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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...

AU Delegation to Meet With Libyan Rebels

A delegation of African leaders is heading to the Libyan rebel-stronghold of Benghazi Monday to present a plan for a cease-fire they say has already been accepted by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.African Union officials say the proposal calls for an immediate cease-fire, talks between the rebels and the government, the protection of foreign...

S. African Leader: Gadhafi Accepts Cease-Fire Plan

South African President Jacob Zuma, leading a delegation of African leaders to the Libyan capital, says leader Moammar Gadhafi has accepted their roadmap for a cease-fire with anti-government rebels.The terms of the African Union's proposal are still unclear, but opposition leaders have said they will accept nothing less than an end to Mr. Gadhafi...

AU Leaders to Mediate Libyan Crisis

Leaders from the African Union are headed to Libya in an effort to resolve the political crisis between longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels attempting to overthrow him.South African President Jacob Zuma flies to the capital, Tripoli, Sunday, where he will be joined by the presidents of Mauritania, Mali and Congo. The group will meet with Mr...

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...

Clinton: Gadhafi Can End Crisis by Yielding

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the quickest way for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to end the crisis swirling around him is to leave power. Clinton, who held talks with her Moroccan counterpart, claimed "significant progress" in enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone.Clinton is suggesting that the air campaign, which has halted...

Ivory Coast: Getting Out Alive

The rising violence in Ivory Coast means more people are trying to get out of the country. It’s estimated the number of displaced within Ivory Coast and refugees in neighboring countries is between 300,000 and 400,000 people. The International Office for Migration [IOM] is helping the displaced find safe haven. Spokesperson Jemini Pandya says, “...

Russia and China Lead Opposition to Air Assault on Libya

Opposition to the Western air assault on Libya has come from a variety of quarters with Russia and China expressing regret and the African Union calling for it to end.Both China and Russia abstained when the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution on Thursday which authorized "all necessary means" to protect Libyan civilians and enforce a...

Gadhafi Forces Aim for Rebel Stronghold as UN Debates Response

Libyan forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi are pounding targets near the rebel stronghold, Benghazi, as the U.N. Security Council considers authorization of a "no-fly" zone over the country. As the U.N. negotiations continued Thursday, Libya's armed forces announced it would stop operations on Sunday to give rebels a chance to surrender....

Ivory Coast: Aid Agencies Struggle to Help Displaced

It’s estimated that between 300,000 and 400,000 people have been displaced by the political turmoil and fighting in Ivory Coast.  Humanitarian agencies and NGOs are stretched thin trying to help. Tens of thousands of refugees have crossed the border into Liberia, seeking shelter in villages and camps run by the United Nations.  Tuesday, the aid...

African Union Head Leaves Ivory Coast After Talks With Rival Leaders

The head of the African Union Commission has wrapped up talks in Ivory Coast by inviting both of the country's rival presidents to a meeting in Ethiopia to resolve their political crisis. African Union Commission chief Jean Ping left Ivory Coast's commercial capital after separate talks with incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and the United...

Encouraging Progress in Girls’ Education

As the world prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8, a new report details the progress and challenges girls face in getting an education. The report – from the Education for All Fast Track Initiative – highlights the importance of girls’ education for economic and social development.  It follows progress in...

Ivory Coast Civilians Find Shelter from Fighting in Abidjan Church

In Ivory Coast, more than 30,000 people have fled a neighborhood of the commercial capital Abidjan because of fighting between supporters of the country's rival governments. One church has become a sanctuary for some of those displaced. At the gates of Abidjan's Saint Ambroise Church, young volunteers come early to greet families who are fleeing...