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No-Fly Zone Established Over Libya, but Civilian Attacks Continue

Western military officials say the no-fly zone over Libya is successfully established. Now people are interested in what it takes to sustain a no-fly zone and are asking what comes next?The international coalition is acting under a United Nations resolution that set up a no-fly zone to prevent Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi from using air...

In Algeria, Popular Protests Still Simmer Beneath Surface

Algeria is simmering with the same toxic mix of  economic and political discontent that has exploded into revolts across the Arab world. But another effort to stage an anti-government protest in front of the main post office in downtown Algiers failed. Frustrated youth It was announced on Facebook as a youth march that would rally thousands. But...

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...

Thousands Across Morocco Demand Political Reforms

Thousands of people turned out Sunday across Morocco, answering an appeal by the February 20 Movement to increase demands for political reforms, improved civil rights and an end to corruption.  The protests went ahead despite the pledge made earlier this month by King Mohamed to undertake political reforms that include giving more power to...

Growing African Middle Class is Potential Source of Political Stability

The middle class has been at the forefront of demands for political change in Tunisia and Egypt. Now, a growing middle class south of the Sahara presents challenges for governments there, as well as a potential source of political stability.Political upheaval across North Africa is being driven, in part, by a growing middle class that wants more...

Five Dead in Violence After Morocco Demos, Minister Says

Five Dead in Violence After Morocco Demos, Minister Says Five bodies were found in a bank set on fire during unrest that erupted after demonstrations in Morocco on the weekend, the government said Monday. The "burned bodies of five people were recovered inside one of the bank branches set alight by rioters in the city of Al Hoceima," Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui told reporters. Cherkaoui said...

Five Killed in Morocco Unrest

Morocco's interior minister says authorities have found five charred bodies in a burned bank after demonstrations erupted into unrest.Taieb Cherkaoui told reporters Monday that officials recovered the burned bodies from a bank branch in the northern city of Al Hoceima following Sunday's violence there. He said that authorities believe rioters set...

Anti-Government Protests Spread in Arab Countries

Security forces in Libya have opened fire again on anti-government protesters, while thousands of people have started protesting in Morocco, and people in Bahrain and Yemen continue to demonstrate for political reform.In Libya's second-largest city, Benghazi, witnesses said security forces shot at mourners attending a funeral Sunday for protesters...

Anti-Government Protests Spread in North Africa

Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Morocco and Tunisia Sunday, while there are reports of up to 200 people killed during clashes with security forces in eastern Libya. Morocco was the latest Arab country with anti-government protests. Journalists report at least 2,000 people marched in the capital, Rabat, and other...

Experts Say al-Qaida Center May Shift to Sahara, Sahel

Terrorism experts say the world has every reason to be concerned about terrorism in 2011 and beyond. They say al-Qaida may be slowly dying in Afghanistan, but its tentacles around the world live on in very remote areas.  They also say frustration among the poor in the Middle East and Africa could lead to new ethnic and political conflicts. The...

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...

Single Mothers in Morocco Abandoned Thousands of Babies Each Year

Thousands of babies are abandoned in Morocco every year because their single mothers are too afraid to face family and friends. Instead of just taking in abandoned children, one nonprofit has begun working with families to help single mothers find ways to keep their babies. At this center for abandoned children in Marrakech, kids play and sing...

UN Security Council 'Deplores' Western Sahara Violence

The U.N. Security Council has deplored last week's deadly clashes in Western Sahara, but has not said it will agree to a request from the pro-independence Polisario Front for a U.N. investigation into the violence. The 15-member Security Council had private briefings Tuesday from the U.N.'s department on peacekeeping and the Secretary-General's...

Further Talks On Western Sahara Need 'Careful Preparation' - Ban

If progress is to be made on the status of Western Sahara, careful preparation is needed before further talks are held between Morocco and the Frente Polisario on the long-running dispute, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today. Mr. Ban welcomed the two parties' commitment to continue their negotiations - as stated in the...