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UNHCR: Preparing For Worst Case Scenario in Libya

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration (UNHCR) warn escalating fighting in Libya could prompt a mass exodus from the country.   They say they are preparing for a so-called worst-case scenario to assist hundreds of thousands of people who might flee across borders into neighboring countries.  Since the...

Nigerian Militants Attack Oil Facility, Warn of More Violence

Nigeria's best-known militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, is claiming responsibility for attacking a facility run by the Italian oil firm Agip.In a written statement, the group says it is launching a new campaign of attacks ahead of April's legislative, presidential, and gubernatorial elections as a reminder to the...

Losing Candidate Concedes Defeat in Niger Election

Former Prime Minister Seini Oumarou has conceded defeat in Niger's presidential election.Oumarou told reporters Wednesday that he has decided against asking Niger's constitutional council to annul the election results.The country's electoral commission said Monday that veteran opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou won the poll 58 to 42 percent....

Human Rights Watch Accuses Gbagbo Allies Targeting Foreigners in Ivory Coast

Human rights officials say allies of Ivory Coast's incumbent president are targeting foreigners in a campaign of violence that may constitute war crimes. The U.N. certified winner of Ivory Coast's presidential vote says attacks on foreigners must end.Human Rights Watch says soldiers and militia loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo are...

HRW, Nigerian Lawyers Seek Crackdown on Political Violence

Violent, rigged elections have been the norm in Nigeria since 1999 when the country moved from military to civilian rule. Election-related violence killed at least 300 people during the last nationwide poll in 2007, which was so marked by voter intimidation and ballot stuffing that it was rejected by many national and international observers.Now,...

Niger Opposition Candidate Wins Presidential Run-off

Niger's electoral commission says veteran opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou has won the country's presidential run-off election.The commission said Monday that Mr. Issoufou defeated former prime minister Seini Oumarou in Saturday's poll, 58 to 42 percent.The presidential election is meant to return Niger to civilian rule, more than a year after...

Niger Holds Runoff Presidential Election

Voters in Niger cast ballots Saturday in a presidential runoff election meant to return the west African nation to civilian rule after last year's military coup that ousted Mamadou Tandja as president. The runoff pits veteran opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou against former prime minister Seini Oumarou.Issoufou won 36 percent of the vote in the...

Niger Election to Return Country to Civilian Rule

Niger goes to the polls Saturday for the second round of a presidential election meant to return the country to civilian government following a military coup last February. The presidential run-off election pits a long-time opposition leader against an ally of ousted president, Mamadou Tandja.Opposition leader, Mahamadou Issoufou, led a first...

Libyan Crisis Threatens Regional Food Security

The crisis in Libya could put food security at risk, not only in Libya, but in neighboring countries as well. Daniele Donati, chief of the Emergency Operations Service for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, says, “They employ a lot of workers from neighboring countries.  And these people, they are now fleeing the country and they are back...

Aid Group: Sub-Saharan Africans Fleeing Libyan Crisis

The International Organization for Migration says the number of sub-Saharan African migrants fleeing the crisis in Libya is growing. The aid agency said it was set to evacuate nearly 350 African nationals from Libya's neighbors Egypt, Tunisia, and Malta on Thursday. It said the migrants represent 11 different west African countries.IOM said that...

Libyan Rebels Consolidate Gains as Terror Grips Capital

Libyan rebels reinforced a key oil port Thursday following new airstrikes launched by leader Moammar Gadhafi while residents in the capital, Tripoli, reported constant surveillance, searches by armed militiamen and disappearances of those involved in protests.Several people in the Tripoli neighborhoods of Feshloom and Tajoura say pro-Gadhafi...

Thousands of Migrants Trapped in Libya

As violence continues between Libyan troops and rebels seeking to topple Moammar Gadhafi, aid agencies are struggling to deal with the refugee crisis sparked by the conflict.Libyan border crossings have been overwhelmed by thousands of migrant workers fleeing the fighting, while international aid officials say many remain trapped in the country....

UN Seeks $160 Million for Migrants Caught up in Libya's Violence

The United Nations is appealing for $160 million to meet the emergency needs of an estimated 460,000 people who have fled Libya's violence or remain trapped inside the country. U.N. officials say they will revise the appeal and action plan in two weeks to reflect the changing situation.   Libya has been host to about 2.5 million migrant workers....

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...

Ethiopia is Top UK Aid Recipient

Britain has chosen Ethiopia to be its biggest recipient of development aid during the next four years. Several donor governments are ramping up assistance as Ethiopia sets ambitious goals for eradicating poverty and hunger.Ethiopia will receive $2 billion in British development assistance in a four-year period. Howard Taylor, head of the British...