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Nile Debate Emphasizes Conservation, Water Sharing

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. <!--IMAGE--> 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...

Niger Airs Concerns Over West's Libya Intervention

Civil society groups in Niger are speaking out against the Western-backed military intervention against its northern neighbor Libya and the country's leader Moammar Gadhafi, where fighting between pro-Gadhafi forces and rebels has caused thousands of refugees to flood across its border. Niger's government has yet to take an official position on...

African Ministers Mull Government’s Role in Development

Ethiopia’s prime minister says Africa needs a new development plan in which the state replaces the private sector as the main engine of growth. The shadow of recent uprisings hung over a conference of African finance ministers, where officials talked about ways to satisfy Africa's growing population of restless youth.In his keynote address, Prime...

Egypt's Military Rulers Set Parliamentary Election for September

Egypt's military rulers say the first parliamentary elections since an uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak last month will be held in September this year.The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that has ruled Egypt since Mubarak's ouster made the election announcement Monday. It also declared that Egypt's emergency laws that were put in...

Obama Administration Defends Involvement in Libya

Leading members of President Obama's administration are defending U.S. involvement in Libya, saying the U.S. acted to halt a humanitarian crisis and guard against destabilizing Egypt and Tunisia.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared on several U.S. talk shows Sunday to defend the administration's decision...

Libyan Rebels Retake Ajdabiya as Unrest Continues Across Middle East

Libyan rebels retook the strategic crossroads town of Ajdabiya which they lost just over a week ago, as airstrikes by coalition warplanes pound forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Unrest also continues in Syria and Yemen, following protests Friday. Libyan rebels chanted and fired their automatic rifles into the air after capturing the...

Moroccan King’s Speech Long on Reform Promises, Short on Details?

King Mohamed VI has sometimes been called “the King of the Poor” for the reforms he has instituted in that country since inheriting the throne from his father, King Hassan II,  in 1999.  He instituted wider media freedoms and allowed media to report on corruption; he released political prisoners and amended the country’s penal code to ban torture...

UN Chief: Libya Not Complying with Cease-fire

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is no evidence to support Libyan assertions that it is complying with a cease-fire. In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council Thursday, the U.N. chief said he continues to have serious concerns about the protection of civilians, abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law....

Gates Visits Israel After Egypt Stop

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Israel Thursday to discuss regional issues, but also trying to push the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. His visit follows a bomb attack in Jerusalem that killed one person and wounded dozens of others near the city's central bus station. Gates said the bombing was "a horrific terrorist attack."...

In Algeria, Popular Protests Still Simmer Beneath Surface

Algeria is simmering with the same toxic mix of  economic and political discontent that has exploded into revolts across the Arab world. But another effort to stage an anti-government protest in front of the main post office in downtown Algiers failed. Frustrated youth It was announced on Facebook as a youth march that would rally thousands. But...

Gates Makes Unannounced Visit to Cairo

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is making his first visit to Cairo since ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted by protests.The previously unannounced two-day visit began Wednesday as Gates monitors U.S. and allied military operations enforcing a no-fly zone in neighboring Libya.Gates is expected to meet Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein...

Malawi College Teacher Boycott Shows No Sign of Ending

Lecturers at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, continue their weeks-long boycott, despite an order by President Bingu wa Mutharika to return to the classroom. The lecturers say their academic freedom was infringed on when Inspector General of Police Peter Mukhito summoned an associate political science...

World Bank President Warns Overthrowing Rulers is Not Enough

The president of the World Bank cautioned on Monday that much remains to be done to improve the economies in countries in the Middle East and North Africa where popular uprisings have removed repressive leaders. Regional experts at a conference sponsored by the World Bank discussed recent events in the Arab world. World Bank President Robert...

Egyptian Voters Show Strong Support for Constitutional Changes

Partial results from Egypt's referendum on constitutional reforms show strong support for the changes, paving the way for presidential and parliamentary elections. Turnout was reported to be high on Saturday, with millions of Egyptians casting ballots in a vote whose outcome, for the first time in Egypt's recent history, was not a foregone...

US, Allies Attack Libya

U.S.-led coalition forces have launched more than 100 Tomahawk missiles on key air defense sites across Libya as part of operations to protect the population from the forces of long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi.  U.S. Vice Admiral William Gortney outlined what is being called "Operation Odyssey Dawn" several hours after he said the missiles started...