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African Presidents Facing Tough Decisions on Ivory Coast, Libya

Several African heads of state are meeting in Addis Ababa (Wednesday and Thursday) to consider responses to two of the continent’s most vexing challenges, Ivory Coast and Libya. The organization’s credibility, and a chunk of its financing, are on the line. Alassane Ouattara attends AU meetingInternationally-recognized President Alassane Ouattara...

ICC Summons 6 Suspects Linked to Kenya’s Post-Election Violence

Judges at the International Criminal Court have issued summonses for the six Kenyans suspected of organizing the country’s post-election violence over three years ago. More than two months after the ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo,  revealed the so-called “Ocampo Six” under investigation for crimes against humanity in Kenya, the court’s pre-...

Ruto Attorney: ICC Has No Case Against His Client

The attorney representing William Ruto, Kenya’s suspended Higher Education Minister, says the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has no case against his client after the court summoned six suspected Kenyans, including Ruto, to appear before the court April 7. Katwa Kigen says the defense team is not privy to the evidence the court has...

Modern Humans Traced to Southern African Bushmen

A new study traces the origin of modern humans to the primitive Bushmen tribes of southern Africa.  The finding upends a widely-held scientific belief that modern humans originated in east Africa.  The largest-ever genetic analysis of a remote tribe concludes that the Bushmen of southern Africa are the ancestral source of modern humans.The study...

Kenyan Women’s Groups Call for End to Police Executions

As International Women's Day is observed worldwide, Kenyan women gathered in Nairobi Tuesday to speak out against the police killings of their loved ones. For women around the world, the March 8 is a day to celebrate and advance the progress of gender equality globally.  But in Nairobi, March 8 was a day for mothers, daughters, sisters and wives...

U.N. Adviser: Somalia Violence Threatens Horn of Africa

An adviser to the United Nations on the conflict in Somalia warns the country’s ongoing crisis is encouraging terrorism activities in Kenya and other neighboring countries, which he says could destabilize the entire Horn of Africa region. Mustapha Ali, who is also the Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders, says Kenyans are...

Criticism as Kenya Lobbies UN for ICC Deferral

International criticism of Kenya is mounting as a team of top officials travels to the United Nations to seek a deferral of the International Criminal Court's probe into the 2007 and 2008 post-election violence. On Monday, the government of Kenya began another diplomatic press aimed at deferring trials at the ICC stemming from the violence.  Six...

Kenyan Women's University Prepares Students to Compete

Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is home to Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology (KWUST), the only university in East Africa that caters specifically to women. Officials and students say having an all-famale environment better prepares the school's graduates to be successful leaders in the working world by developing their self-esteem and...

Somalia Fighting Forces Thousands of Refugees Into Kenya

Refugees are pouring across the Kenyan border as fighting between the Somali government and rebel group al-Shabab rages across the war torn country. The Somali government’s recent push to eliminate al-Qaida linked insurgents is spilling into Kenya, as fighting continues along the border. On February 24, the Transitional Federal Government launched...

Increased Investment Rapidly Changing Africa’s IT landscape

Africans must have greater access to new technologies if they are to catch up with the developed world, say development experts.  Technology improves the lives of consumers and attracts foreign investors eager to profit from a growing consumer population. McKinsey & Company, a leading global management consulting firm, estimates Africa’s gross...

Foreign Investors See Potential in African Agriculture

Agriculture is one of the most important economic activities in Africa.  In addition to providing employment, agriculture has the potential to transform African societies through the increased export of produce to Western markets. Many agree that transformation will not take place without increased investment in agriculture, including public or...

Burundi Signs Deal on Sharing Nile

Burundi has become the sixth African nation to sign an agreement calling for countries to share the Nile River, clearing the way for the deal to be ratified.Currently, Egypt controls most of the Nile's waters under a 1929 treaty.  If the countries involved ratify the new agreement, Egypt would lose its power to veto Nile projects proposed by other...

Kenya's Next Presidential Race in Full Swing

February 28 marks the third anniversary of Kenya’s coalition government, formed in after violence surrounding the country’s disputed presidential poll. Though much work remains in Kenya’s reform and reconciliation agenda, the race is already heating up for elections in 2012. It is just more than three years since a disputed presidential election...

Greater Support Urged for Private Sector in Post-Conflict Africa

“A strong private sector is crucial to broad based economic growth, and this is especially true to post conflict African states such as Liberia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone as well as a host of others in Africa, ”says Hany Besada, a senior researcher and the head of the Development Corporation Program at the North-South Institute in Ottawa,...

Kenya’s Coalition Struggles to Fulfill Peace Accord

February 28, 2008, Kofi Annan stood before thousands of Kenyans in Nairobi to announce an end to the chaos which brought the country to the brink of civil war.“I am pleased to be able to tell you and all the citizens of Kenya that the two parties this afternoon completed the work on Agenda Item 3: How to overcome the political crisis," Annan said....