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Anti-Government Rally Disturbs Normal Calm of Senegal's Capital

Protesters staged a large anti-government rally in Senegal's capital Saturday just hours after the government said it had arrested several suspects accused of planning a coup d'etat. Several dozen riot police stood watch over Dakar's main square as groups of mostly young men shouted and chanted their grievances against the government of President...

Egyptians Vote on Constitutional Amendments

Egyptians are voting in a referendum on constitutional amendments aimed at allowing free and fair elections.Turnout is expected to be high Saturday, in the first test of Egypt's move toward democracy after the overthrow of longtime-leader Hosni Mubarak by a popular uprising.The amendments would open elections to all opposition candidates and limit...

Egyptians Brace for First Test on Democracy

It was only five weeks ago that Hosni Mubarak stood down from nearly 30 years of autocratic rule. In this continual breakneck pace of change, Egyptians go to the polls Saturday in the first major test on their road to democracy. They will decide on a series of eight amendments to the recently-suspended constitution. Most of the changes focus on...

Egyptian Dissident to Return from Exile in US to Help Democratic Movement

Before January 25 and the youth revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak, Saad Eddin Ibrahim was Egypt’s most well-known and well-publicized dissidents.  After speaking out against irregularities in the 1995 elections, he served seven years in prison and many years’ exile in the United States.  Now, he is preparing to return to Egypt and take...

UNHCR: Preparing For Worst Case Scenario in Libya

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration (UNHCR) warn escalating fighting in Libya could prompt a mass exodus from the country.   They say they are preparing for a so-called worst-case scenario to assist hundreds of thousands of people who might flee across borders into neighboring countries.  Since the...

Clinton Cautious on Libyan Cease-Fire

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States wants to see tangible action by the Libyan government to back up its stated intention to have a cease-fire with rebels. Clinton said Friday any negotiating process in Libya would have to end with the departure of Muammar Gadhafi. Clinton is making clear that the world community is not...

Clinton Encourages Economic Reforms in Tunisia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a visit to Tunisia, is urging the country's interim government to enact reforms that encourage economic development. Clinton arrived in Tunis late Wednesday after wrapping up a two-day visit to Egypt, where she also encouraged leaders to pursue democratic reforms.  She is the most senior U.S. official to...

Egyptian Football League to Return April 15

The Egyptian football league will resume on April 15 after a break of nearly three months because of the revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak.  The league started last August, but was suspended in late January because of anti-government protests in Cairo and other cities.  The season will now end on July 10.The news has been welcomed...

Egypt Prepares for Referendum, US Treads Careful Line

Egyptians will vote Saturday in a referendum on changes to the constitution, the first in a series of steps meant to carry out reforms demanded in a popular uprising. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got to see first-hand the continued push for change in Egypt, driving past a crowd of demonstrators seeking economic betterment Wednesday...

Clinton Tours Tahrir Square

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is touring Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the uprising that toppled autocratic Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak last month.Clinton said Wednesday visiting the square was a "great reminder of the power of the human spirit and desire for freedom and human rights and democracy."She was welcomed by...

People Prevented From Fleeing Combat Zones in Libya

The United Nations refugee agency is appealing to countries to provide a safe haven for civilians fleeing violence inside Libya.  The UNHCR says it is very worried that many people needing to flee combat areas are either unable to go or are being prevented from leaving.  Fighting in Libya is intensifying.  And yet, the U.N. refugee agency says...

Correspondent Debriefer: Pro-Gadhafi Forces in Libya Strong on Weapons, Weak on Manpower

Fighting in Libya between forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and rebels hoping to overthrow his government continues. Our correspondent Phil Ittner has been reporting about the conflict from opposition-held Benghazi. Today, he traveled by car from Benghazi toward Egypt. Susan Yackee caught up with him when he stopped by the side of the road between...

Malawi University Lecturers Defy Presidential Order

In Malawi, lecturers at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, have defied a directive by President Bingu wa Mutharika to return to class Monday. The lecturers have not been teaching for nearly four weeks protesting what they call “interference in their academic freedom.” <!--IMAGE--> Malawi Inspector General...

Libya Opposition: Rebels Still Control Brega

A Libyan opposition leader says anti-government forces have beaten back pro-Gadhafi forces from the oil town of Brega. Earlier reports indicated the rebels had fled the oil port as the result of heavy shelling. Hadi Shalluf, president of the Justice and Democracy Party of Libya, also says the rebels captured dozens of pro-Gadhafi soldiers. “The...

Ghana Airlift Brings Thousands Home from Libya

Swift” and “impressive.” That’s how Ghana’s deputy information minister, Samuel Okujeto Ablakwa, describes his government’s efforts to airlift home thousands of Ghanaian migrants stranded in Libya, where rebels are fighting to end the rule of Moammar Gadhafi. <!--IMAGE--> Ablakwa says Ghana's a small country with little in the budget for...