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Experts: Plan Now for Post-Gadhafi Libya to Avoid Chaos

The United States and its European allies have called for the removal of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and are conducting daily airstrikes to protect civilians that ultimately are helping the rebels trying to oust him.  If their efforts succeed, experts say Libya faces an uncertain future, with many of the same ingredients that led to long...

Battle Begins for Hosting US Africa Command

As U.S. defense officials begin evaluating future sites for their Africa command, known as AFRICOM, a battle to host the command is brewing among U.S. states and territories.  At a recent hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson sang Atlanta’s praise with hopes the city will become AFRICOM’s future host."We...

Egyptian Protesters Demand Corruption Trials

A few hundred Egyptian protesters have defied an army demand to leave Cairo's main Tahrir Square and are vowing to stay until Egypt holds former officials accountable for corruption. Protesters have stepped up pressure on Egypt's ruling military to try ousted president Hosni Mubarak and members of his government for corruption and other crimes. ...

Egypt's Ousted Mubarak Denies Corruption

Several hundred Egyptian demonstrators have defied an army order to leave Cairo's main Tahrir Square, in a third day of protests against the military chief, and demands for more corruption trials.Protestors behind barbed wire blockades Sunday chanted slogans against Egypt's military chief Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who heads the...

Humanitarian Aid Finally Reaches Libyan Port of Misrata

U.N. officials say a relief cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of essential aid has arrived at the Libyan port city of Misrata.    United Nations officials say a ship chartered by the World Food Program docked at the Port of Misrata on Thursday and is currently being unloaded.The vessel contains 800 tons of humanitarian aid for a number of U.N....

African Youth to Meet Leaders at AU Summit in June

Africa’s unlimited potential was on display this week as 300 "movers and shakers" (influential) of tomorrow gathered to prepare to address today’s leaders at a continental summit in June.  It takes only a glance at the television news to realize young people are driving the change sweeping Africa.  On a continent where nearly two-thirds of the...

Egypt's Salafists Raise Their Political Profile

As Egypt prepares for its first elections since a popular uprising, many new actors have entered the political scene. Among them are Salafi Muslims, whose fundamentalism is seemingly at odds with both hopes for a democratic future and the country's long history of tolerance and pluralism. The mosque of Sheikh Shaaban Darwish sits side-by-side a...

Former U.S. President Says Women 'Pivotal' in Uprisings

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says women have played a pivotal role in the uprisings in the Middle East, including Tunisia and Egypt, as well as the ongoing revolution in Libya that demanded change for democracy and equal rights. In an interview with VOA, Carter says one of the greatest human rights violations is done against women and girls...

Libyan Opposition Rejects Gadhafi Family Role in Political Compromise

Leaders of the eastern-based opposition in Libya have rejected the continued leadership of Moammar Gadhafi or his family as part of any diplomatic solution to the Libyan crisis. They were reacting to reports of a proposed deal to end the six week-old conflict.A spokesman for the opposition National Transition Council (T.N.C), Mustafa Gheriani,...

Agency Appeals for More Money For Migrants Fleeing Libya

The International Organization for Migration is appealing for nearly $160 million to continue assisting migrants who are fleeing the Libyan crisis.  It says thousands of migrants are stranded at Libya’s border with Tunisia and Egypt desperate to return home.  This is the third appeal IOM has launched since the Libyan crisis began in late February...

Gadhafi Envoy Reportedly Held Talks in Britain

British media say an envoy of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has visited London for talks with British officials.The reports said the envoy was Mohammed Ismail, a senior aide to Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam.  A British Foreign Office spokesman told The Guardian newspaper that a clear message was delivered that Gadhafi "has to go."  The spokesman...

Ethiopia Offers Olive Branch in Nile Water Sharing Dispute

Ethiopia is offering Egypt and Sudan an olive branch in their bitter dispute over sharing the waters of the Nile River. The offer includes possible joint ownership of a huge Ethiopian hydropower project that Egypt has tried to block.Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi launched a furious attack Friday on powerful interests seeking to prevent...

Egypt Favors Pragmatic Solution to Nile Water Sharing, Says Analyst

Water use issues have long been a source of contention among the Nile Basin countries, which disagree over the distribution of the river’s waters. For decades, the allocation has been determined by an agreement that’s been re-negotiated recently and that could alter the historic water-sharing arrangements for the Nile. The new accord, the...

Nile River Countries Consider Cooperative Framework Agreement

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven upstream countries...

Egyptian Activists to Rally Against Torture

Egyptian activists have called for a protest Friday against torture, which they say continues under the nation's new army leadership. The call comes as the army pledges to help Egypt transition to the rule of law, beginning with an amended constitution. The anti-torture rally will take place on Tahrir Square where democracy protesters have...