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Anti-Gbagbo Forces Claim Capture of Western Ivory Coast Town

Forces opposed to incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo say they have taken control of a town in the western part of the country, where heavy fighting broke out Sunday.The backers of rival leader Alassane Ouattara said they captured the town of Toulepleu near Ivory Coast's border with Liberia.Forces allied with  Gbagbo confirmed the fighting...

African Union Head Leaves Ivory Coast After Talks With Rival Leaders

The head of the African Union Commission has wrapped up talks in Ivory Coast by inviting both of the country's rival presidents to a meeting in Ethiopia to resolve their political crisis. African Union Commission chief Jean Ping left Ivory Coast's commercial capital after separate talks with incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and the United...

Abyei Clashes Cloud North-South Sudan Talks

North and south Sudanese negotiators are reporting progress on a range of difficult issues that need to be settled before the South becomes independent in July. But the potentially explosive issue of control over the oil-rich Abyei region is being put aside for settlement at a higher level.The recent deadly flare-up in Abyei was on everyone’s mind...

Ethiopia to Cut Foreign Adoptions by Up to 90 Percent

Ethiopia is cutting back by as much as 90 percent the number of inter-country adoptions it will allow, as part of an effort to clean up a system rife with fraud and corruption. Adoption agencies and children’s advocates are concerned the cutbacks will leave many Ethiopian orphans without the last-resort option of an adoptive home abroad.Ethiopia’s...

Somalia Fighting Forces Thousands of Refugees Into Kenya

Refugees are pouring across the Kenyan border as fighting between the Somali government and rebel group al-Shabab rages across the war torn country. The Somali government’s recent push to eliminate al-Qaida linked insurgents is spilling into Kenya, as fighting continues along the border. On February 24, the Transitional Federal Government launched...

Encouraging Progress in Girls’ Education

As the world prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8, a new report details the progress and challenges girls face in getting an education. The report – from the Education for All Fast Track Initiative – highlights the importance of girls’ education for economic and social development.  It follows progress in...

Investment In Infrastructure Crucial to Africa's Economic Growth

Some development analysts question whether Africa’s current rapid economic growth will fade like the surge in the 1970s. Others say today’s growth is different.  The last such period was centered on Africa’s oil; today, they say, investors are interested in a number of sectors, including banking, tourism and agriculture. And, economists say...

Ethiopia is Top UK Aid Recipient

Britain has chosen Ethiopia to be its biggest recipient of development aid during the next four years. Several donor governments are ramping up assistance as Ethiopia sets ambitious goals for eradicating poverty and hunger.Ethiopia will receive $2 billion in British development assistance in a four-year period. Howard Taylor, head of the British...

Burundi Signs Deal on Sharing Nile

Burundi has become the sixth African nation to sign an agreement calling for countries to share the Nile River, clearing the way for the deal to be ratified.Currently, Egypt controls most of the Nile's waters under a 1929 treaty.  If the countries involved ratify the new agreement, Egypt would lose its power to veto Nile projects proposed by other...

EPA Chief Promotes Green Partnerships in E. Africa

The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency has been promoting green technology partnerships during a trip to East Africa. One project is aimed at resolving Ethiopia’s most pressing environmental concerns.Tedla Woldemichael is an environmental activist working to promote fuel-efficient cooking stoves in mostly rural southern Ethiopia.He was...

Kenya Reform Moves Forward

Kenya’s coalition government is finally moving forward with its judicial reform agenda after President Mwai Kibaki’s surprise withdrawal of key nominations after nearly a month of controversy. Since late January, Kenya’s coalition government has been engulfed in a bitter struggle between President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga over...

Ethiopia’s Best-Known Opposition Leader to Quit Politics

Ethiopia’s best-known opposition leader has announced she is quitting politics, at least temporarily, and is going to the United States. Birtukan Mideksa’s departure will leave Ethiopia without a prominent female politician. Mideksa, the leader of Ethiopia's Unity and Democracy for Justice Party, or UDJ, returned home from prison last October to...

Kenyan President, PM, to Rethink Judicial Appointees

Kenya’s Parliamentary Speaker Kenneth Marende has rejected controversial judicial appointments made by the President last month. As key deadlines for judicial reform approach, the process is back in the hands of Kenya’s divided leaders. The appointments of major positions within Kenya’s Judiciary are back in the hands of President Mwai Kibaki and...

Ethiopian Journalist Alleges Detention for Inciting Egypt-Style Protests

An Ethiopian journalist says he was detained and harassed by federal police after comparing conditions in Ethiopia to those in North African states hit by people power protests.Journalist Eskinder Nega says six heavily-armed policemen jumped from a truck on a busy central Addis Ababa street last week, grabbed him and whisked him away to federal...

Highway Project Will Connect Southern Sudan to Outside World

Work crews have started paving Southern Sudan's first highway, which will connect the new nation to the international community.  This highway brings the south one step closer to full independence. A military band welcomed Southern Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, the American consul general in the south, Barrie Walkley, and local officials to a...