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UN Sees Encouraging Developments in Guinea-Bissau

A senior United Nations official says there have been encouraging developments in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau. But he adds that there is a lot yet to be done by the country’s leaders to consolidate the gains. The U.N. Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau, Joseph Mutaboba, says the encouraging developments include the reform of...

Obama Urges Gabon's President to Root Out Corruption

U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Gabon's President Ali Ben Bongo to root out corruption and protect human rights in the West African country. Mr. Obama met with Mr. Bongo at the White House Thursday, despite questions about alleged corruption in Mr. Bongo's family and government. The White House said Mr. Obama welcomed reforms that Gabon has...

Nigeria's Jonathan to Meet With Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to the White House Wednesday, one day after Jonathan addressed a United Nations conference on AIDS held in New York.The White House says the two presidents will discuss regional and global developments, and work at deepening their countries' relationship.On Tuesday, Jonathan...

AU Summit Endorses Libya Peace Map, Demands Air Strikes Halt

An African Union summit has demanded an immediate end to NATO airstrikes on Libya, and backed a “Road Map” peace plan calling for a ceasefire and negotiations. A small but growing number of African nations are suggesting Moammar Gadhafi must be excluded from any peace deal.The African Union Thursday endorsed its own peace plan for Libya. The so-...

Amnesty International: Momentum Against Death Penalty Gains Ground

The London-based human rights organization Amnesty International says momentum against the death penalty is gaining ground around the world.  The assessment is part of the group’s data-based report titled Death Sentences and Executions in 2010. The total number of executions officially recorded by Amnesty International last year was at least 527....

Oxfam: Ghana's New Oil Law Leaves Room for Financial Mistakes

Oxfam says Ghana's new oil law will not protect it from making the same financial mistakes as established oil producers such as Angola and Nigeria. The Petrol Revenue Management Bill that Ghana's parliament ratified on March 2 is to regulate how the country spends and saves the $1 billion in oil money it expects to reap this year alone, an amount...

Security Developments Play Havoc With AU Summit Agenda

African foreign ministers meeting in Addis Ababa are being confronted with several late-breaking developments as they survey the continent’s rapidly changing security landscape. Reports of non-agenda items such as Tunisia, Egypt and – more recently Gabon – have inserted themselves into the dialogue.These African Union foreign ministers talks were...

Gabonese Official Dismisses Opposition Leader’s “Ploy”

The chief of President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba’s cabinet has dismissed as “sensationalism and (an) attention-seeking ploy” an opposition leader's declaring himself president after finishing second in Gabon’s 2009 election. Liban Suleiman told VOA Andre Mba Obame is trying to create division among ethnic Gabonese that will, in his words, mimic the...

Gabon Dissolves Opposition Party

The main opposition party in Gabon has been dissolved and the party leader accused of treason.  The Interior Ministry disbanded the National Union one day after its leader, Andre Mba Obame, declared himself president in a swearing-in ceremony in the capital, Libreville.Obame, who finished second in Gabon's 2009 presidential race, also named a...

Gbagbo Aide Sees New US Sanctions as Unhelpful in Resolving Ivorian Crisis

A special adviser to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has described as unfortunate the U.S. decision to freeze the accounts of the embattled leader and his close associates. Ambassador Yao Gnamien told VOA the account freeze will not help resolve the country’s political crisis, which began after the 28th November presidential run-off vote. “It is...

US Stance on Ivory Coast Gets Mixed Reviews

While African regional bodies are taking the lead in trying to convince incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo to step down, the U.S. government has also made repeated and forceful statements against the resistant leader. This approach has gotten mixed reviews, and brought warnings it could lead to the breakup of Ivory Coast.At a recent...

Conservationists Working to Protect Endangered African Manatees

Conservationists in West Africa are working with local fishermen to protect endangered African manatees, which are an important part of both the environment and local folk lore.The distinctive sound can be heard of a manatee - a torpedo shaped marine animal that lives in the Caribbean, South America and along the coast, rivers and wetlands of over...

WHO: Spiraling Health Costs Push 100 Million People Into Poverty

The World Health Organization says spiraling health costs push 100 million people into poverty every year. Now, a WHO report provides practical guidelines on how governments can strengthen their health financing systems, and make services available to more people.  Rich and poor governments alike are struggling to pay for health care.  Some...