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Somalia Government Postpones Elections to 2012

With its mandate set to expire in less than four months, the Somali government has decided to postpone national elections until 2012. On August 20, the original mandate bestowed to Somalia's transitional government by the international community will run out.  The besieged government was given seven years to deliver a new constitution and national...

Refugee Camp Springs Up on Campus

A refugee camp built by students and volunteers spreads over Southern Methodist University's expanse of green lawns and live oaks. The affordable shelters are designed to be used by the poor as well as survivors of war and natural disasters. The diverse structures are clustered around a white United Nations tent. A six-sided poly-propylene and...

In Kenya, a Community Fights Against Malaria

As World Malaria Day is observed worldwide April 25, VOA takes a look at Malindi, a city on Kenya’s coast that is fighting malaria through community action.As the world works to eliminate malaria deaths by 2015, sub-Saharan Africa is still struggling to confront the continent’s number-one killer of children under the age of five years old. In...

Aid Workers Say Child Soldiers Involved in Escalating Violence

Aid workers and observers in Somalia say an increasing number of child soldiers are being used by factions involved in the escalating violence in the country. They say most of the children are recruited or abducted by the militant Islamic group al-Shabab and suffer horrendous experiences on the battlefield.  The United Nations children's agency,...

United States Works with African Countries to Address Human Rights Crimes

The U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, Stephen Rapp, says he is working with a number of African countries to establish domestic justice systems for investigating and prosecuting war crimes. “[We are] looking at…places in Africa as a way to strengthen judicial systems [and] that is very consistent with [the idea of] complementarity. [...

Wheat Rust Threatening Crops in Africa, Asia and Mideast

Scientists met this week to discuss an aggressive new strain of wheat rust disease that has the potential to devastate crops in many parts of the world. It’s been found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, Iran and Uzbekistan. A meeting has just concluded in Aleppo, Syria, where experts made recommendations to stop the spread of the disease...

Kenyans Outraged Over Rising Fuel Prices

Discontent is rising in Kenya's public and private sectors over the record-setting price of fuel. With ongoing unrest in North Africa and border clashes in northern and southern Sudan, the price of fuel is reaching new heights in Kenya. The price has already topped 110 shillings per liter of petrol in Nairobi, or $1.30, a new record for the...

Kenya Faces Criticism Over Nationals Detained in Uganda

Pressure is mounting on the Kenyan government to seek the release of eight human rights activists being detained in Uganda in connection with the July terrorist attacks in Kampala.In the past few days, a debate has arisen in the Kenyan government over the fate of prominent rights activist Al Amin Kimathi and several suspects facing charges of...

Return to Cabinet Possible for Kenyan ICC Suspect William Ruto

International Criminal Court suspect William Ruto has been cleared of fraud charges in Kenya’s courts, paving the way for his return to the cabinet.After nearly seven years of legal battles, suspended Kenyan Higher Education Minister Ruto has been cleared of fraud charges. Ruto faced trial for his alleged involvement in the illegal sale of land in...

Little Hope for Talks on Somali Government Transition

With the mandate of Somalia’s transitional government nearing an end, the United Nations has convened a conference in Nairobi to discuss the future of the Horn of Africa nation. But with some major stakeholders absent, observers expect little progress. International diplomats, government ministers, armed groups and politicians at the conference...

Biden Praises Kenyan People, Urges More Reforms

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has praised the people of Kenya for bringing change to their country in the wake of the 2007 post-election violence. He met Tuesday at the White House with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, continuing discussions that began last June when the vice president visited Nairobi. Biden said Kenya needs to implement...

Kenya, Somalia Strengthen Ties to Stabilize Somalia, Region

With the mandate of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government due to expire in August, Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed was in Nairobi Thursday to discuss regional security with his Kenyan counterpart, Prime Minister Raila Odinga.<!--IMAGE--> Over the 20 years of Somalia’s instability, Kenya has frequently felt the effects...

Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide Brings Declarations, Warnings

Rwanda is approaching the anniversary of one of the worst genocides in modern history that killed almost one million people. Officials stress that what happened 17 years ago must never happen again in Rwanda, the rest of Africa, and the world.  April 7, 1994 was the first day of a 100-day initiative led by one of Rwanda's three ethnic groups to...

Monitors say Drought is Leading to Extreme Insecurity in Somalia

An on-going drought is deepening in the war-torn nation of Somalia, leading aid groups to issue extreme food insecurity alerts and appeals. A Somali government official issued his own appeal in Kenya's capital Tuesday, saying that many people will stand to die if aid is not forthcoming. Somalia's Ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Ali Nur says the...

Huge Illegal Shipment of Elephant Tusks Seized in Thailand

Thai customs officials have seized more than two tons of African elephant tusks in the largest haul of smuggled ivory in recent history. The illegal ivory was the biggest smuggling bust by Thailand to date, worth an estimated $3.5 million and the first seized from a boat shipment.Thai customs investigators uncovered 247 African elephant tusks...