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Egypt: Analyst says Long-term Rulers Should Take Heed

The popular uprising in Egypt should serve as a warning to long-time Arab and African leaders, says a University of South Africa professor. Shadrack Gutto, director of the university’s Institute for African Renaissance Studies in Pretoria, says, “One would have wished that the leadership in Egypt took a cue from what happened in Tunisia to be able...

Mauritania Increasing Attacks Against Suspected Terrorists in Mali

Mauritania says it is stepping up attacks against al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists across the border in Mali after this week's killing of three suspected militants outside the Mauritanian capital. Defense Minister Hamady Ould Hamady says all of the suspected terrorists captured and killed outside Nouakchott this week crossed the border from Mali....

Africans Debate Wisdom of Expected Secession of Southern Sudan

For some Africans, southern Sudan’s expected independence is a cautionary tale; others see it as a pathway for their regions to gain full sovereignty. According to Bloomberg News, Somaliland’s foreign minister, Mohamed Omar, says his government plans to take a “more aggressive policy toward the African Union in its efforts to gain international...

Sarkozy Calls on African Leaders to do Better or Risk Public Wrath

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has cautioned African leaders to respect the peoples’ will or risk being swept aside by a rising tide of public discontent. The warning came as part of Sarkozy’s keynote address to an African Union summit in Addis Ababa.The words were carefully chosen, aimed at no one in particular, but the intent of Sarkozy’s...

US Ready for Sudan Normalization Steps After Referendum

The United States said Wednesday that it is willing to begin steps to normalize relations with Sudan because of the Khartoum government’s support for the southern Sudan independence vote. Sudanese Foreign Minister Ahmen Ali Karti met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Obama administration says that after the results of the referendum are...

Egypt, Libya Leaders Meet with Sudan's Bashir

The leaders of Libya and Egypt are meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum to discuss the future of his country.Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were to discuss the possible impact of southern Sudan's referendum on independence. Officials say a press statement will be released after the meeting....

'Commitment' of Both Parties Seen as Key to CPA Disagreements

A leading member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA “commitment” from his party, as well as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), is the key to resolving all outstanding issues involving the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Rabie Abdelati Obeid said leaders from neighboring countries will be unable to help...

Sudan’s Neighbors to Help Resolve CPA Challenges

A leading member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said leaders in the neighboring countries will soon meet to help resolve all outstanding issues involving the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), ahead of next month’s referendum. Rabie Abdelati Obeid told VOA leaders of countries that share borders with Sudan have expressed...

WikiLeaks Revelations Could Have Serious Consequences for Africa, says Analyst

The WikiLeaks website is continuing to publish thousands of United States government secrets on the internet. The classified documents reveal secret correspondence between the US State Department in Washington, DC and its 270 embassies across the globe. The revelations are embarrassing and angering Washington and governments and political leaders...

S. Africa's Zuma Calls for New Relationship With Developing World

South African President Jacob Zuma says the continent is making progress on economic and political reforms and should move toward a different relationship with the industrialized world.  Mr. Zuma made the comments at the end of the Africa-European Union summit this week in Libya. President Jacob Zuma told South African national television that...

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...

Sudan to Reject Decisions from AU-EU Summit

A leading member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s government will not recognize any resolution or proclamation agreed upon at the two-day African Union-European Union summit in Libya scheduled to end Tuesday. Rabie Abdelati Obeid also called on the entire African continent to resist, in...

Sudan Boycotts AU-EU Summit over Bashir Indictments

The International Crisis Group’s special adviser on Sudan and the African Union (AU) told VOA there are strong indications that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s government will not benefit financially from the decisions to be taken at a two-day African Union-European Union summit which begins in neighboring Libya Monday. No Sudanese official will...

Former Gambian Diplomat Says break with Iran Presidential Cover-Up

A former Gambian ambassador to the United States said President Yayah Jammeh might have severed relations with Iran to cover up his reported involvement with an arms shipment confiscated last week by Nigerian authorities. Gambia Monday night gave Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. A statement issued by the Gambian foreign ministry...

ECOWAS Court Rules Senegal Must Use Tribunal to Try Hissene Habré

A regional court in West Africa has ruled that Senegal cannot, by itself, try Hissène Habré for war crimes the former Chadian dictator committed during the 1980s. The verdict comes as a green light for the special tribunal human rights lobbyists have long been calling for.The decision reached by the West African Economic Community's regional court...