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Ethiopia Working with Child Advocacy Groups to Clean Up Adoptions

Ethiopia is vowing to put a stop to what has been described as a 'free for all' in the adoption of its children by foreigners. But cleaning up a system rife with fraud and deception will require international assistance to fight well-entrenched and well-financed interests.   The departure lounge at Addis Ababa International Airport might often be...

Under Pressure, Ethiopia Plans Crackdown on Baby Business

Ethiopia is planning to shut down dozens of orphanages and withdraw accreditation from several foreign adoption agencies, in an effort to halt what critics say is a thriving baby business. The Bright Hope transition center in Addis Ababa is a showcase child care facility, financed by a faith-based Texas charity. Twenty abandoned children, ranging...

Bashir Suggests South Sudan's Referendum Might Be Invalid

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir suggested Monday that pro-secession comments made by a leading southern politician might have  invalidated the south's January referendum on self determination.  Our correspondent reports from the international conference on federalism in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.President al-Bashir was one of three...

Leaked Cables Detail Kenya's Role in Arming South Sudan

The latest batch of secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is shedding new light on Kenya's role in the controversial sale of arms to the government of South Sudan. The tidal wave of controversy surrounding the release of classified US cables has finally hit Kenyan shores. On Thursday, WikiLeaks released several secret communiqués from the...

Are GM Crops Africa's Path to Food Security?

For decades, Africa has suffered the ravages of an unpredictable climate, repeating cycles of drought, diminished harvests, hunger and poverty. Now, proponents of genetic engineering see biotechnology leading the continent to a bountiful and prosperous future by genetically modifying crops to resist drought and pests, and fend off disease....

New, Affordable Meningitis Vaccine Debuts in Africa

Health officials say a new, affordable vaccine launched this week in Burkina Faso could eliminate recurring meningitis-A epidemics that have plagued the continent for the past century. Health workers say Meningococcal-A epidemics that hit sub-Saharan Africa every seven to 14 years could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new, affordable...

WHO Begins Mass Meningitis Vaccination in Burkina Faso

The World Health Organization is introducing a new meningitis vaccine in the West African nation of Burkina Faso.The new vaccine, called MenAfriVac, provides 10 years of immunity against meningococcal A, a potentially fatal disease that infects the lining around the brain and spinal cord. The WHO says the vaccine is the first designed specifically...

Stranded Migrants Dying on Yemeni-Saudi Border

The International Organization for Migration reports increasing numbers of stranded migrants are dying on the Yemeni-Saudi border. It says 30 migrants from the Horn of Africa have died in recent weeks. The International Organization for Migration says the latest deaths highlight the urgent need to help the growing number of irregular migrants left...

'Lost Boys' of South Sudan Lead Diaspora Voter Registration Drive

Hundreds of thousands of southern Sudanese who fled their homeland during Sudan's civil war are signing up to vote absentee in the January 9th independence referendum. Former war orphans, the so-called 'Lost Boys', are leading the absentee vote campaign at a registration center in the Ethiopian capital. Wartime memories Nihal Aciek David has only...

Somaliland Pushes for International Recognition

Somaliland has been fighting for its independence for three decades. Its newly elected president, Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, is in London to strengthen economic ties and lobby for support to have his country recognized as a sovereign nation. Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo launched a new economic cooperation center here in London, the Anglo...

Southern Sudan Says North Attacks Army Base

The army of southern Sudan said northern forces have attacked one of its bases in an effort to derail the south's coming referendum on independence.A spokesman for the southern army, Philip Aguer, said helicopter gunships from the north carried out the attack Wednesday, injuring four soldiers and two civilians. He said the northern army, the Sudan...

Optimism, But No Deal, at Summit on Sudan Referendum

An East African regional summit on Sudan has ended with no deal between north and south on key disputes threatening a referendum on southern independence. But the two sides did agree to keep talking as time for a deal runs short.Five heads of state and one possible future head of state gathered at a posh hotel Tuesday to see what could be done to...

UN Reports Progress Against HIV/AIDS in Africa

The United Nations says progress is being made worldwide against the HIV/AIDS virus, as fewer people are becoming infected and fewer are dying from the disease. The report also cites progress in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of all HIV victims live, but says greater efforts are needed in the struggle. The United Nations report on HIV/AIDS...

East African Leaders Discuss Sudan Referendum

East African leaders are meeting to discuss tensions in Sudan, where a referendum on independence for the country's south is now less than seven weeks away.Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and southern Sudanese leader Salva Kiir are among the officials attending the summit Tuesday in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.  Participants are urging...

AIDS: Fewer People Being Infected, Fewer People Dying

A new report from UNAIDS says significant progress is being made against HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.  The findings are contained in the 2010 report on the global AIDS epidemic. The latest report shows the number of newly infected people in sub-Saharan Africa fell in 2009 to about 1.8 million. That compares to around 2.2 million in 2001. It...