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Gbagbo Adviser Rejects Calls for President to Step Down

A special advisor to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo told VOA the embattled leader will not hand over power, despite calls to do so by the international community, including leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), following the disputed presidential run-off vote. Ambassador Yao Gnamien described the ongoing political...

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....

Amnesty International Condemns Kenya’s Forced Return of Somali Refugees

Amnesty International is accusing Kenyan authorities of abusing Somali refugees and violating their human rights. Although Kenya closed its border with Somalia in December 2006, Somalis continue to enter the country.  Many are fleeing violence and abuse in their own country.  However, Amnesty says the Somalis are being forcibly returned. Amnesty...

Criticism, Obstacles Mount as Prosecutor Prepares Kenyan Case For Hague

Kenyans are anxiously waiting for suspects to be named in the International Criminal Court's landmark investigation into the country's post-election chaos. But as prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo prepares to present his case to The Hague, setbacks and criticism in Kenya threaten to derail the trial.  There are less than two weeks left until...

ECOWAS Recognizes Alassane Ouattara as New Ivorian President

A top official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) told VOA heads of state and government have unanimously called on President Laurent Gbagbo to step down and hand over power to the new president, Alassane Ouattara. Sonny Ugoh, communications director for the West African regional bloc said the regional leaders agreed with...

Wikileaks: Former Kenyan Anti-Corruption Czar Says Public Not Surprised by Revelations

<!--IMAGE-->The dust over the Wikileaks cables calling Kenya a ‘swamp of flourishing corruption’ has yet to settle in the nation’s capital Nairobi.  Observers say published memos between US diplomats in the country reveal a sense of unease for what is seen as continuing tolerance for financial mismanagement by Kenya’s politicians. Kenya...

Nation Wins Praise for Its Education Budget in Kenya

Kenya has been cited as one of the best spenders in education in Africa, signalling its commitment to international development goals. An international education conference in Tunis, Tunisia, heard at the weekend that Kenya commits 7 per cent of its total income to education annually, surpassing the continental average of 5 per cent. Giving a...

Kenya Asks FBI For Help After 3 Police Killed

Kenyan police say they have asked U.S. officials from the FBI to help investigate the killing of three policemen. Police commissioner Mathew Iteere said Saturday that he expects the FBI to join in the probe. Kenyan police say they hope to draw on the FBI's experience dealing with explosives and tracing the origins of arms. The three policemen were...

Kenyan Policeman Killed in Nairobi Grenade Attack

A Kenyan Police officer has been killed by an explosion Friday morning in Nairobi. Early Friday morning an assailant reportedly threw a grenade or some form of explosive device into a Kenyan police vehicle which exploded, injuring those inside. Kenyan police have confirmed the attack killed one of the officers inside, injuring one and leaving two...

International Pressure Mounts for Sudanese President's Arrest

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir did not appear at independence day celebrations in the Central African Republic, where he faced the possibility of arrest and transfer to the International Criminal Court. Amnesty International says it is only a matter of time before he is brought to justice.  Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the...

Ocampo to Reveal Names of Kenya Violence Suspects

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says he will soon reveal the names of the suspected masterminds behind the country's 2008 post-election violence. Luis Moreno-Ocampo told a conference in Nairobi Thursday that he will file cases against six Kenyans by December 17.  He said his office will pursue two cases, each involving three...

Nation Now Eyes Nuclear Power in Kenya

The building of a nuclear power plant at the coast is being examined despite concerns over its safety. According to the Kenya Gazette notice of November 26, 2010, this is one of the terms of reference of the Nuclear Electricity Project Committee headed by former Rongo MP Ochillo Ayacko. "...identify appropriate sites for construction of a nuclear...

ICC Official Arrives in Kenya for Reconciliation Talks

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is in Kenya as the country anxiously awaits his warrants for the masterminds of the country's post-election chaos. As he winds down his investigation into the post-election chaos that rocked Kenya in 2008, Moreno-Ocampo arrived in Nairobi Tuesday evening to participate in a discussion on...

Rights Group Criticizes CAR Invite to Sudan’s Bashir

A spokesman for Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern that Central African Republic (CAR) has invited Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to participate in its 50th anniversary independence celebrations Wednesday. Reed Brody told VOA his rights group is disappointed the government in Bangui has refused to enforce the international...

Odinga Remarks Spark Persecution Fears for Kenya's Gay Community

Kenya's gay and lesbian communities say they are confused and worried after the country's prime minister called for the arrest of homosexuals.Recent statements made by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga have many gay and lesbian activists concerned that the country's gains in civil rights could be erased. Speaking Sunday at a rally in Kenya's...