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Ethiopia PM blames Muslim extremist group for church burnings

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has accused a little known Muslim extremist group of staging a wave of church burnings to provoke communal tensions in the Horn of Africa country. Meles expressed concern about regional instability, but dismissed the possibility of a North African-style popular uprising in Ethiopia.Meles says he is aware of...

Arab League Ministers Meet on Possible Libya 'No-Fly' Zone

Arab League ministers are meeting in Egypt Saturday to discuss a possible "no-fly" zone over Libya to press Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to end his military's deadly airstrikes against rebels. Reuters news agency quotes Oman's foreign minister, Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, as saying there could be "unwanted foreign intervention" in Libya if...

UN Chief Dispatching Special Envoy to Libya

The U.N. Secretary-General says he will dispatch his new special envoy for Libya to that country in the coming days. Ban Ki-moon said Friday that stopping the violence is his top priority.Ban said the fighting between the government forces of Moammar Gadhafi and anti-government rebels is escalating and the death toll is mounting daily."Civilians...

UN: Not Enough Planes to Transport People Fleeing Libyan Crisis

The United Nations refugee agency reports evacuation flights from Tunisia and Egypt are not keeping pace with the number of new arrivals from Libya.  The UNHCR says about 2,500 people are arriving at the Tunisian border every day. The U.N. refugee agency reports 17,000 people are at the Tunisian transit camp waiting to go home.  The agency says...

Libyan Crisis Threatens Regional Food Security

The crisis in Libya could put food security at risk, not only in Libya, but in neighboring countries as well. Daniele Donati, chief of the Emergency Operations Service for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, says, “They employ a lot of workers from neighboring countries.  And these people, they are now fleeing the country and they are back...

Egypt’s 'Indiana Jones' Calls It Quits

The celebrated head of the Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, has resigned. The man responsible for overseeing Egypt’s historical sites said he stepped down because many of the ancient sites are not being properly protected. Now, the new government is scrambling to replace the man who has become the worldwide face of Egyptian...

Aid Group: Sub-Saharan Africans Fleeing Libyan Crisis

The International Organization for Migration says the number of sub-Saharan African migrants fleeing the crisis in Libya is growing. The aid agency said it was set to evacuate nearly 350 African nationals from Libya's neighbors Egypt, Tunisia, and Malta on Thursday. It said the migrants represent 11 different west African countries.IOM said that...

Violence in Libya Cutting Economic Output

Fighting in Libya is sharply cutting the nation's economic output and raising the risk facing investors in the oil-rich country.The assessment comes from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, which cut the nation's credit rating Thursday because of growing uncertainty.S&P says international sanctions on Libya and other obstacles make it...

Clinton Sets Visit to Egypt, Tunisia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Egypt and Tunisia next week in the highest-level U.S. visit to the region since the popular upheaval that toppled the governments there.  Clinton told a Congressional panel she will also meet Libyan opposition figures. Clinton says she will be opening a dialogue with members of the Libyan opposition...

Libyan Government, Rebels Lobby for International Support

With a military stalemate apparent on the front lines in Libya between pro-Gadhafi groups and the opposition, the war of words has taken center stage.The two sides in Libya’s conflict spent much of the day Wednesday exchanging not only bullets but also efforts to win international support and depict their enemies as the real aggressors.For the...

African Presidents Facing Tough Decisions on Ivory Coast, Libya

Several African heads of state are meeting in Addis Ababa (Wednesday and Thursday) to consider responses to two of the continent’s most vexing challenges, Ivory Coast and Libya. The organization’s credibility, and a chunk of its financing, are on the line. Alassane Ouattara attends AU meetingInternationally-recognized President Alassane Ouattara...

Turkey Opposes Sanctions Against Libya, Contradicting its Western Allies

Pro-government forces in Libya are escalating their attacks on rebel forces. The increasing violence is fueling talk for tough sanctions and the enforcement of a no-fly zone against Libya and its leader, Moammar Gadhafi, both in the European Union and the United States. But Turkey, an EU applicant and NATO member, is voicing strong opposition to...

UN Investigating Allegations of Torture in Libya

The new United Nations special investigator on torture says he has received allegations of torture in Libya, which have come to light since fighting erupted last month.  He says he will be looking at these cases. Juan Mendez says he and other human rights experts have received allegations of abuse, including torture, arbitrary detentions and extra...

Libyan Warplanes Strike Oil Facility in Rebel-Held Town

Libyan government warplanes have struck an oil facility near the rebel-held eastern town of Ras Lanuf during a heavy bombardment aimed at driving out opposition forces trying to topple Libya's leader Moammar Gadhafi. The warplanes bombed the As Sidr oil facility Wednesday, causing a fire and sending huge plumes of smoke into the sky. There were no...

US Military's Africa Command Gets New Chief

The founding commander of the U.S. military's Africa Command has retired after a nearly 40-year military career, saying the role of militaries in the current North African unrest is evidence of the value of building the kind of relationships the command was established to promote.  It was an emotional ceremony for General William Ward as he...