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US Names New Sudan Envoy Amid Concern Over Abyei

The Obama administration on Thursday named veteran diplomat Princeton Lyman as its new special envoy for Sudan.  The announcement came amid growing U.S. concern about tensions in Sudan’s central Abyei region that threaten the country’s north-south peace process.  Lyman came out of retirement last year to become the administration’s advisor on...

Conference Pushes Sharing of Africa Climate Data

The African continent is dotted with weather stations busy collecting data on rainfall, temperature wind conditions, and so forth. When this meteorological information is widely shared, it helps government policymakers and health professionals predict, prevent or mitigate weather-influenced diseases such as malaria, meningitis and plague. The...

Nile River Countries Consider Cooperative Framework Agreement

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven upstream countries...

Nile Debate Emphasizes Conservation, Water Sharing

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. <!--IMAGE--> It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven...

Uganda, Burundi Pledge Additional 4,000 Troops in Somalia

As pro-government troops continue their push to oust Islamist insurgents from southern and central Somalia, Uganda and Burundi have pledged additional troops to reinforce the African Union peacekeeping mission.It has been slightly more than a month since the Somali government launched an offensive against the al-Qaida-linked insurgent group al-...

Kenya Red Cross Sees Shift in Attitude Toward Safe Sex

As the Kenyan Red Cross moves to meet a condom shortage in Kenya, the group is seeing positive changes in attitudes towards sexual health. On Friday, the Kenya Red Cross delivered an emergency shipment of male and female condoms to the people of Mashambani, a village in the Isiolo region in the Eastern Province of Kenya. Nearly 90,000 condoms were...

EU Seeks Benchmarks in Extension of Somali Government

As the Somali government attempts to oust Islamist insurgents from southern and central Somalia, the European Union is shifting its support and demanding results from the transitional leaders.European Union officials are in East Africa to assess the situation on Somalia and evaluate the EU's support of the troubled transitional federal government...

Kenya Women's Groups Want More Female Judges

Women's groups in Kenya are calling for the government to appoint at least one woman to fill the country's top judicial positions. The Kenyan president in late January announced nominations for the positions, but withdrew the names following a ruling that the process was unconstitutional. Two commissions are now recruiting candidates for the...

Kenya Seeks Another Way to Stall Hague Proceedings

Nearly two months of diplomatic negotiations led by Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka appears to have had little impact as the United Nations Security Council is set to reject Kenya’s request for deferral of two trials at the International Criminal Court.Musyoka, along with a team of Kenyan Members of Parliament and Ministers worked to...

Dispute Flares Over Kenya Election Date

Some members of Kenya's national assembly oppose a recent announcement that general elections will be held in August of next year, as stipulated in the country's new constitution. They argue that elections should not be conducted before they finish their term in December of next year, also outlined in the constitution. According to Section 101 of...

Conflicting Voices on Kenya’s Quest for ICC Deferral

As United Nations Security Council members consider Kenya’s request for a deferral of its ICC trial, Kenya’s leaders are engaged in a war of words over the will and interests of the country's people. International Criminal Court’s inquiry In the coming weeks, the U.N. Security Council will consider a request, backed by the African Union, to defer...

ICC to Request Reduced Powers for Kenyan Suspect

As Kenya attempts to halt an International Criminal Court case against six of its nationals, the court’s prosecutor is questioning the role that one of the suspects plays in the current government. Speaking via video link from The Hague late Monday, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo revealed the court was preparing to send...

Researchers Developing New Techniques to Improve Food Security In Africa

Agricultural researchers from five African countries and Australia met in Kenya's capital recently to discuss how to improve food security in Eastern and Southern Africa. Under a four-year joint program called SIMLESA, researchers aim to increase the quality and quantity of maize and legume crops through the use of new or improved technologies....

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Sees Investment Opportunities in Africa

Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana all have investment opportunities for the U.S. business community, according to Scott Eisner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Eisner, who heads the group’s Africa Business Initiative, led a delegation to the three countries in early March.  He says the countries all offer market potential for infrastructure investments...

Ivorian President Gbagbo Must Step Down, Says U.S. Congressman

A U.S. Congressman says embattled Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should be made to cede power because failure to do so would have a negative impact on the 16 or more other African countries that are likely to hold elections this year. New Jersey Democratic Congressman Donald Payne, ranking member of the House of Representatives Foreign...