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AU Summit Opens, Libya Crisis Expected to Dominate Talks

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union.  The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) are both at the AU summit outside Malabo where African leaders will...

AU Summit Expected to Focus on Libya Crisis

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union. The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council are both at the AU summit in Malabo where African leaders will present their...

Mauritania, Mali Military Attack Al-Qaida Base in Sahel

Mauritania and Mali say they have destroyed an al-Qaida-affiliated base camp and are pursuing terrorists who fled along their common border. Security forces in Africa's Sahel region are on high alert following last month's killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Mauritanian army spokesman Colonel Teyib Ould Brahim says there were casualties on...

International Criminal Court to Decide on Issuing Arrest Warrants Against Libyan Leader

Judges of the International Criminal Court are scheduled to announce today (Monday) whether to issue arrest warrants on counts of murder and persecution against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Richard Dicker, director of HRW’s International Justice Program, said his organization expects the Hague-based court to apply the statutes of the ICC to the...

AU Panel Discusses Libya Peace, Aid Efforts

The African Union panel on Libya is meeting to discuss peace and humanitarian aid efforts in the war-torn country.South African President Jacob Zuma is hosting heads of state from Mauritania, Uganda and Mali at Sunday's meeting in Pretoria.Mr. Zuma's office says the leaders will discuss efforts to secure a cease-fire and to bring about political...

Climate Change Threatens World Food Production

Higher temperatures and changing rainfall patterns resulting from global climate change will threaten food production in many parts of the world - especially regions in the tropics already struggling with food security, according to a new report.How climate change affects you depends on more than just how it affects your local weather. It also...

African Countries Feeding Students With Local Produce

At least five African countries have set up "home grown school feeding" initiatives aimed at improving child nutrition and developing local agricultural markets.For Kenyan education official Nur Guleid, there is no food like home-grown food. "We have gone out to monitor at the school level.  They said they enjoy it [the food] because the food is...

Senegal Quranic School Puts Children First

Quranic schools in Senegal gained much unwanted attention last year with a damning report by Human Rights Watch that said many schools were enslaving their students to beg for money. One Quranic school that is putting its students first. Mohammed Niasse opened his Quranic school in 1981 with just six students. Thirty years later, this daara,...

West African Community to Hold Forum on Anti-Terrorism

U.N. anti-terrorism experts will address a forum next week sponsored by the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, according to a leading member of the organization. Sonny Ugoh, communications director of the sub-regional body, says the forum will better equip ECOWAS to address the challenges of...

Abidjan Food Stocks Looted

The World Food Program reports its warehouse in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan has been looted over the past week.  WFP says its entire stock has been completely wiped out, leaving tens of thousands of people without food aid. WFP country director in Ivory Coast, Alain Cordell, says the food stocks cannot be replenished because the port...

WFP Airlifts Life-Saving Food to Thousands in Ivory Coast

The World Food Program says it is airlifting life-saving food aid to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Ivory Coast and Ivorian refugees in neighboring Liberia.  The U.N. agency is also airlifting non-food items, such as telecommunications equipment and medicines supplied by other aid agencies.  WFP says airlifts are very costly...

Ivory Coast Conflict Displaces Nearly Two Million

Despite the capture of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, the humanitarian situation in the country continues to deteriorate. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] has appealed for more than $41 million to provide aid to displaced people. Fighting not yet over “Our understanding is that the situation is not yet resolved in...

Ivory Coast Displaced Need Food, Water, Shelter

Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict in Ivory Coast, with many thousands of displaced people isolated from humanitarian aid. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] said the situation is becoming “increasingly untenable.” IOM spokesman Jean-Philippe Chauzy said tens of thousands of displaced people are seeking shelter at...

Libya Conflict Could Create Crisis to the South, Analysts Say

Libya's southern neighbors appear ill-equipped to deal with the wave of refugees, mercenaries, and unemployed men that analysts fear is likely to come from the fighting in Libya.  The Niger desert town of Dirkou sits more than 1,600 kilometers due south of Libya's coastline where rebels are fighting with Western support to oust Libyan leader...

Niger Airs Concerns Over West's Libya Intervention

Civil society groups in Niger are speaking out against the Western-backed military intervention against its northern neighbor Libya and the country's leader Moammar Gadhafi, where fighting between pro-Gadhafi forces and rebels has caused thousands of refugees to flood across its border. Niger's government has yet to take an official position on...