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Nations Seek to Prevent Uprisings by Controlling Food Prices

As food prices soar worldwide, experts are advising policymakers that certain strategies to calm the markets - and the populace - do more harm than good.Recent demonstrations in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria recall memories of food riots in several countries in 2007 and 2008. While experts say the situation today has not reached that level, lessons...

Western Governments Warn of Possible Bomb Attacks During African Summit

Several Western governments are warning their citizens in Ethiopia of credible threats of terrorist bomb attacks during the African Union summit this week in Addis Ababa. A long list of African leaders and foreign dignitaries will be attending the summit.Australia’s foreign ministry issued a bluntly worded security alert for Ethiopia on its...

Price Controls Cause Chaos in Ethiopian Markets

Price controls on many staple food items ordered by Ethiopia's government early this month have reduced grocery bills for many low-income families. But now shopkeepers are upset and some basic items are disappearing from store shelves. Economists are concerned about the long-term effect of the government's price-fixing strategy. Confusion has been...

Mugabe: Reports of Health Problems 'Naked Lies'

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said reports that he had surgery in Malaysia are, in his words, "naked lies" put forth by Western-sponsored media.The president, who turns 87 next month, returned to Harare from a trip abroad late Sunday.During an interview with state television, Mugabe said he had been on an annual vacation in Singapore, and...

Kenya Wins African Support to Defer ICC Prosecutions

Several African countries are backing Kenya’s bid to have the International Criminal Court suspend prosecutions of six prominent figures accused of fomenting post 2007 election violence. A resolution of support is expected to win approval at next week’s African Union summit.Kenya’s Vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka stopped in Addis Ababa Friday at...

Eritrea Reopens African Union Mission

Eritrea has reopened its mission to the African Union, ending years of self-imposed exile from the continental organization. But diplomats say the move does not signal a thaw in relations between Eritrea and its archrival, the African Union host Ethiopia.Eritrea’s ambassador to the African Union Girma Asmerom Tesfay presented credentials this week...

UN Committee Against Torture Calls for Prosecution of Former Chad President

The U.N. Committee Against Torture is calling for Senegal to either prosecute former Chad president Hissene Habre for crimes against humanity or extradite him to a country that will.  Habre has been under house arrest in Dakar since 2000. In 2006, the African Union called for Senegal to try Hissene Habre in the name of Africa.  Senegal adopted...

Sudanese Diaspora Vote Unanimously in Favor of Secession

The Southern Sudanese diaspora in Ethiopia has voted almost unanimously in favor of the South’s separation from the North. It’s a small sampling of voters, but the result was an overwhelming 99 percent show of southern Sudan’s desire for independence. Of 7198 votes cast by southern Sudanese at three polling centers in Ethiopia, 7137 were for...

North and South Sudan: Challenge of Forming Cooperative Ties

    A political expert on Sudan compares the formal break-up of the country to a delicate medical operation. "The situation between north and south is like [separating] Siamese twins. Any surgical mistakes could destroy both of them, " says El Moiz Abunura, a political consultant on Sudan and former senior economist in the Ministry of Energy....

Ethiopia’s Inflation Rate Hits Nearly 15 Percent in December

Ethiopia's annual inflation rate soared to 14.5 percente in December, partially due to steep increases in food prices following a currency devaluation.  The government is hoping newly imposed price controls will ease consumer pressure.Ethiopia's Central Statistical Agency Friday said inflation had jumped from 10.2 percent in November to 14.5...

Reports: Kenya Seeks African Support for ICC Withdrawal

The campaign to remove Kenya from the International Criminal Court appears to be gathering steam as the east African nation looks to rally diplomatic support across Africa. Members of Kenya’s cabinet are currently crossing the continent to gain African Union support for withdrawal from the court, the country’s major news outlets are reporting...

Hope, Celebration as Sudanese Community Votes in Kenya

As the long-awaited Sudanese referendum begins, southern Sudanese from around the world are casting their ballots to determine the future of their country. VOA visited a polling center in Nairobi, Kenya to observe the historic vote. The scene at Nairobi’s Railways Sports Club could have easily been mistaken for a large family gathering, or a...

Sudan Independence Referendum Draws Large Refugee Turnout in Ethiopia

Southern Sudanese refugees in neighboring Ethiopia are turning out in big numbers at referendum voting stations to express their feeling that independence is the road to a new life in their homeland. At a voting center here the celebration has already begun. The voting will go on for several more days, but the outcome is a foregone conclusion for...

Diplomatic Engagement Not Enough in Sudan

As the referendum in south Sudan rapidly approaches, experts warn that pressure is needed from all sides to create a stable environment for the vote as well as the possible split of the war-torn country in early 2011. With less than three weeks left until voters from across southern Sudan take to the polls to decide their region's future, Africa's...

Dominican Teen Wins Children's Peace Prize

A 16-year-old girl from the Dominican Republic has received the 2010 Children's Peace Prize. Francia Simon campaigned for the right of all children in the country - native-born and refugee - to be registered, with a birth certificate, so they could gain access to health care and education.The Children's Peace Prize is presented by the KidsRights...