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Russia and China Lead Opposition to Air Assault on Libya

Opposition to the Western air assault on Libya has come from a variety of quarters with Russia and China expressing regret and the African Union calling for it to end.Both China and Russia abstained when the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution on Thursday which authorized "all necessary means" to protect Libyan civilians and enforce a...

Rebels Say Ethiopia Blocks Aid in Drought-Hit Region

A rebel group in Ethiopia's arid Somali region has issued an urgent appeal for humanitarian assistance, accusing the government of blocking aid deliveries. The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) insurgent group says people and livestock are dying in Ethiopia's Somali region as drought conditions deteriorate across the Horn of Africa. An email...

Researchers Developing New Techniques to Improve Food Security In Africa

Agricultural researchers from five African countries and Australia met in Kenya's capital recently to discuss how to improve food security in Eastern and Southern Africa. Under a four-year joint program called SIMLESA, researchers aim to increase the quality and quantity of maize and legume crops through the use of new or improved technologies....

Ivory Coast Fighting Spreads to Gbagbo Stronghold

Fighting between supporters of rival leaders in Ivory Coast has spread to a stronghold of Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president who refuses to give up power.Witnesses in the commercial capital of Abidjan reported heavy fighting Monday in Yopougon district, a neighborhood where most residents back Gbagbo.The incumbent leader has defied...

Ivory Coast Rebels Take Over Another Town

Rebels allied with Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, have taken control of another western town from troops loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo.Spokesmen from both sides say New Forces fighters seized control of the town of Doke from troops backing Mr. Gbagbo, who refuses to give up power after losing...

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...

Aide Says Gbagbo Rejects AU Endorsement of Ouattara as Ivory Coast Leader

The incumbent government of Ivory Coast is rejecting the African Union's endorsement of the United-Nations certified winner of November's presidential election, saying African leaders are making the situation worse and will be held accountable for a possible return to civil war.Former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara says African Union leaders...

Incumbent Ivory Coast Government Criticizes AU For Recognizing Ouattara

The incumbent government of Ivory Coast is rejecting the African Union's endorsement of the United Nations certified winner of November's presidential election, saying African leaders are making the situation worse and will be held accountable for a possible return to civil war. Former prime minister Alassane Ouattara says African Union leaders...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Sees Investment Opportunities in Africa

Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana all have investment opportunities for the U.S. business community, according to Scott Eisner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Eisner, who heads the group’s Africa Business Initiative, led a delegation to the three countries in early March.  He says the countries all offer market potential for infrastructure investments...

Gbagbo Team Rejects AU Mediation on Ivory Coast

Allies of Ivory Coast's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo say he has rejected an African proposal to end the country's political crisis.Members of a pro-Gbagbo delegation termed the proposal unacceptable Thursday following talks at African Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital.There was no immediate comment from Gbagbo’s presidential rival,...

Modern Humans Traced to Southern African Bushmen

A new study traces the origin of modern humans to the primitive Bushmen tribes of southern Africa.  The finding upends a widely-held scientific belief that modern humans originated in east Africa.  The largest-ever genetic analysis of a remote tribe concludes that the Bushmen of southern Africa are the ancestral source of modern humans.The study...

Four Killed in Latest Ivory Coast Violence

Witnesses in Ivory Coast say at least four people have been killed following a march against the rule of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo.Reports from the main city of Abidjan say security forces opened fire in the neighborhood of Treichville Tuesday, killing three men and a woman.  Several hundred women had marched in the same area hours earlier...

Ethiopia Charges 130 in Church Burning Incidents

Police in Ethiopia have arrested 130 people described as religious extremists in connection with a series of church burnings in a Muslim-majority area.  Tensions are simmering in a region where Muslims and Christians have lived side by side for generations.Several U.S.-based Christian websites say Muslim extremists burned dozens of churches near...

U.N. Adviser: Somalia Violence Threatens Horn of Africa

An adviser to the United Nations on the conflict in Somalia warns the country’s ongoing crisis is encouraging terrorism activities in Kenya and other neighboring countries, which he says could destabilize the entire Horn of Africa region. Mustapha Ali, who is also the Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders, says Kenyans are...

UNICEF Launches Annual Aid Appeal

The United Nations children's agency is launching its global annual appeal for funding for women and children caught in various crises.  Within that appeal, the agency called for donors to contribute $303 million to projects in eight countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, with the bulk going to Ethiopia, Somalia, and Zimbabwe.   UNICEF’s...