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In Nigeria, Last Main Militant Group in Niger Delta Offers Truce in Exchange for Amnesty

In Nigeria, the last significant militant group in the oil-rich Niger Delta has called for a truce with the government, offering to disband and disarm in exchange for amnesty from prosecution. The Nigeria Delta Liberation Force is a breakaway faction of the main group, MEND, and has been fighting government forces since its leader, John Togo,...

IOM: Migrants Fleeing Libya Overwhelm Niger

The International Organization for Migration says about 1,000 people every day are arriving from Libya to northern Niger's main entry point of Dirkou, fleeing Libya's months-long conflict. The head of IOM in Niger, Abibatou Wane, says many of the migrants are from Niger or other sub-Saharan African countries and arrive in poor condition after...

Lawyer: Niger Court Orders Tandja Released

A lawyer for Niger's former president Mamadou Tandja says an appeals court has dropped corruption charges against his client and ordered his release from prison.Attorney Souley Oumarou told reporters in the capital Niamey Tuesday that his client would be freed soon.Tandja was ousted in a military coup last year after amending the constitution to...

UN Humanitarian Chief: Libyan Civilians Under Fire, Face Widespread Shortages

The head of the United Nations humanitarian aid program said Monday that Libya is facing widespread shortages and she called for a pause in the fighting in that country to allow international aid agencies to address humanitarian concerns.  The humanitarian aid chief at the United Nations, Valerie Amos, told the U.N. Security Council that the the...

Nigerian Opposition Party APGA Wins Re-Run Vote in Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria

In Nigeria, reaction is continuing to last week’s victory by the opposition in the controversial re-run gubernatorial election in Imo State. The original vote was cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] when it became apparent that the opposition was winning. Bur the Nigerian opposition, the All Progressives Grand...

Nigeria's Ruling Party Still Strong in Oil-Rich Niger Delta

Elections in Nigeria cut the ruling party's share of powerful state governors.  But President Goodluck Jonathan's party retains control of most of the oil-rich Niger Delta where it is promising to follow through with an amnesty program for former militants.  Nigeria's gubernatorial elections changed the shape of state government with opposition...

UN Asks West for Help with Libyan Refugee Crisis

What inevitably follows the breakout of war is the movement of masses of people across international borders. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that hundreds of thousands of refugees are moving out of Libya, mainly into Tunisia and Egypt, countries fresh with the instability of their own revolutions. United Nations High...

Nigerian Opposition Parties Make Gains in State Houses

Nigerian opposition parties have increased their share of the country's powerful state governors in a vote that the Obama administration says reverses a downward slide of democracy.Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) held on to the presidency with the election of Goodluck Jonathan, but it will control fewer of the country's powerful...

Voting Underway in Nigerian States Where Violence Delayed Poll

Voting is underway in two states in northern Nigeria where polling was delayed by violence that followed last week's presidential election. Nigeria's ruling party retained the presidency, but appears to have lost control of several state governments. Security forces accompanied electoral workers to polling stations in Kaduna and Bauchi where state...

Video Shows French Hostages Held by North African Al-Qaida Group

A video released on jihadist websites shows four French hostages kidnapped by a North African al-Qaida group last September.The U.S.-based SITE intelligence group says the video was posted on Tuesday.  It shows photos of the hostages with armed militants standing behind them.  In an audio message accompanying the pictures, the hostages call on...

Nigerian President Considering State of Emergency if Elections not Complete

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he will be forced to impose a state of emergency in two northern states, if they are not able to complete elections this week.  President Jonathan says declaring a state of emergency in Kaduna and Bauchi is an option of last resort, if there is not sufficient security to hold statewide elections there....

Bomb Blast Kills At Least 3 in Northern Nigeria Ahead of Vote

Nigerian police say a bomb blast in northeastern Nigeria has killed at least three people and wounded 14 ahead of state-wide elections. Nigerian police believe the Easter Sunday blast in the city of Maiduguri is the work of the Islamic group Boko Haram, which has been fighting for the past two years to establish an Islamic state in northern...

Nigerian Human Rights Group: At Least 500 Killed in Post-Election Violence

A Nigerian human rights group announced Sunday that at least 500 people were killed in violence that followed last week's election of President Goodluck Jonathan. Relief officials say more than 65,000 people have been displaced.The Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria says most of the deaths occurred in northern states where Muslim supporters of...

Innovative African Farmers Find Going Green More Fruitful

At a time when forests around the world are falling to make room for crops to feed more and more people, the opposite is happening in parts of Africa’s Sahel. Farmers in this semi-arid region below the Sahara desert are growing more trees than they did three decades ago and they’re producing more crops and eating better because of it. This...

International Election Observer Declares Nigeria Presidential Vote Credible

The leader of an observer mission at last weekend’s presidential election in Nigeria says the vote was largely free and fair. It was a significant improvement over the 2007 general elections, said Robin Carnahan of the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute [NDI], and the secretary of state of the U.S. state of Missouri. Most observers described...