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US: Sudan Peace Process 'Fundamentally on Track'

U.S. Sudan envoy Princeton Lyman said Friday the process of dividing that country into two independent states is "still fundamentally on track" despite territorial and economic disputes. Lyman is heading to the region for last-minute diplomacy before South Sudan becomes independent July 9.Lyman says the political atmosphere surrounding the birth...

UNICEF Alarmed by Malnutrition in Horn of Africa

The U.N. Children's Fund says drought-stricken areas of the Horn of Africa are afflicted by record high levels of malnutrition among children.  The aid agency says tens of thousands of drought victims are fleeing to parts of Kenya and Ethiopia where they hope to find food.The numbers are extremely alarming.  The U.N. Children’s Fund estimates 480,...

Somalia Appeals for International Assistance as Drought Worsens

Somalia’s Council of Ministers issued a statement Thursday calling for dramatic intervention on the part of the United Nations and the international community to prevent the country’s current drought from becoming a major catastrophe.  Somali government spokesperson Abdirahman Omar Osman spoke with VOA just before the appeal was issued.“The...

Ethiopia’s Low-Tech, High-Value Transportation

In many parts of the world, people now rely on the Internet, smart phones and Twitter in their daily affairs. In rural Ethiopia, the same can be said for donkeys, horses and mules. A new study looks at the animals’ contributions to people’s livelihoods. The study describes equines as a “lifeline” for both rural and urban people of Ethiopia. The...

Rights Group Calls on Tunisia to Protect Migrants

A human rights group says Tunisia must do more to protect migrant workers who fled the violence in neighboring Libya. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says there are about 3,000 foreign nationals living in the camps, mostly from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia. Some, it said, have been the targets of violence. “They’re being held in camps along the...

Obama Describes Situation in Sudan's S. Kordofan State as 'Dire'

U.S. President Barack Obama has described the situation in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state as "dire" and pressed the north and south to immediately impose a cease-fire.Obama said Wednesday there are reports that attacks are taking place in Southern Kordofan state based on ethnicity.  He accused the north's Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) of bombing...

Southern Kordofan Fighting Disrupts Sudan Talks in Addis Ababa

Talks on the future of a divided Sudan have been disrupted by the latest escalation of hostilities in the country's Southern Kordofan state. An urgent African Union-United Nations mission is heading Thursday to Southern Kordofan in an attempt to broker a ceasefire.Former South African President and chief AU Mediator Thabo Mbeki, along with U.N....

East Africa Food Shortages Expected to Affect More People

In East Africa, millions people are in need of emergency food assistance because of the prolonged, severe drought. Now a U.N. agency warns that things could get worse. Steady rain is hard to come by in many parts of East Africa.  The Food and Agriculture Organization, the FAO, says the region has been hit with two consecutive seasons with “...

Eritrea Volcano Disrupts East Africa Air Travel

The ash cloud from an erupting volcano in Eritrea is disrupting air travel in parts of East Africa.Officials with Ethiopian Airlines says the company canceled flights to Djibouti, northern Ethiopia and the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Tuesday.Earlier, Germany's Lufthansa canceled a flight from Eritrea's capital, Asmara, and a flight from...

Libyan Forces Fire Rockets Along Tunisian Border

Libyan rebels say forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have fired rockets at opposition fighters near the border with Tunisia.The Reuters news agency quotes witnesses who say the Libyan rockets crossed the border into Tunisia, an act that could raise tensions that are already high between the two countries.Libya fired rockets into Tunisia...

Clinton 'Concerned' by Chinese Trade Practices in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is concerned by Chinese aid and investment policies in Africa. Trade was a centerpiece of Secretary Clinton's trip to Africa this week as she met with business leaders to discuss continuing duty-free access to U.S. markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.So it is no surprise that...

African Officials Urge Country Control of Health Care

Health ministers from four African countries – Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone – are in Washington to push for greater ownership of their national health care programs. They are expected to issue a “Call to Action” to help make country ownership of health programs a reality. Dr. Medhin Zewdu, Director-General of the Office of the...

Agreement on Abyei Region Reported Near in North-South Sudan Talks

North and South Sudan are reported close to an agreement on removing all military forces from the disputed Abyei region and deploying peacekeeping troops in the tense border area. A deal is expected Monday in Addis Ababa, where Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Southern leader Salva Kiir are holding talks.Sources close to Sunday’s top-...

Clinton to Meet African Union Officials

A university professor says he expects U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to urge the African Union [AU] to be proactive in resolving conflicts on the continent at a meeting scheduled for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today [Monday]. “I expect that is going to be one of the central messages that Mrs. Clinton is likely to take to the...

Fighting Continues in Libya, Creeps Toward Capital

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have hammered rebels in the west with heavy weapons, as separate fighting creeps toward the capital, Tripoli.Reporters at the front line near the western rebel-held town of Zintan say intense fighting Sunday caused damage, but had no immediate report on casualties. In Zawiyah, 50 kilometers west of...