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US-Libya Relations Rocky During Gadhafi's Leadership

President Barack Obama has described as “outrageous” the killings of protesters demonstrating against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.Gadhafi came to power on September 1st, 1969, leading a bloodless military coup that toppled Libya’s King Idris, who was out of the country receiving medical treatment. Bruce St John, an author of seven books on Libya...

West Africa Stock Exchange Suspends Ivory Coast Trading

West Africa's regional stock exchange has suspended operations in Ivory Coast because of the country's political crisis. It is the latest in a series of financial closures that deepen the economic impact of the standoff between rival presidents.The regional bourse [stock exchange] is suspending all operations until further notice at its Abidjan...

Niger Politicians Forge Alliances Before March Election

Niger's lead opposition candidate is forging political alliances that could prove decisive in next month's presidential run-off, which is meant to return the country to civilian hands following last February's military coup. The election pits a key opposition leader against an ally of ousted president, Mamadou Tandja.Since seizing power last...

Nigeria Electoral Commission to Display Voter List This Week

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said his organization will Monday begin a week-long nationwide voter list display that will allow Nigerians to inspect and possibly make corrections to the list. The voters’ list is expected to be used for the upcoming April presidential, parliamentary and state governorship...

11 Deaths in Nigeria Stampede

Officials in Nigeria say 11 people have been killed in a stampede at a election campaign rally for President Goodluck Jonathan in the southern Niger Delta region.Police say thousands of supporters had crowded in and around a stadium in Port Harcourt Saturday to hear President Jonathan, who is from the region.  They say dozens of people were also...

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...

Niger Presidential Race Heading for Run-Off Vote

Provisional results from Niger's presidential election show there will be a second-round run-off between the main opposition candidate and an ally of the president who was deposed in last February's military coup. Niger went to the polls Monday to choose a new leader, nearly one year after soldiers ousted president Mamadou Tandja, who had grown...

Mauritania Increasing Attacks Against Suspected Terrorists in Mali

Mauritania says it is stepping up attacks against al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists across the border in Mali after this week's killing of three suspected militants outside the Mauritanian capital. Defense Minister Hamady Ould Hamady says all of the suspected terrorists captured and killed outside Nouakchott this week crossed the border from Mali....

Niger Vote Results Being Announced

Niger's electoral commission has begun releasing provisional results for Monday's presidential and parliamentary elections meant to hand the country back over to civilians after nearly a year of military government.   Niger's electoral commission says it will announce provisional results for the presidential race late Wednesday, just 48 hours...

Niger Holds Peaceful Election Designed to Restore Civilian Rule

The West African nation of Niger held an election Monday designed to restore a civilian government after a year of military rule. Niger's current leader, General Salou Djibo, who is not among the 10 candidates running for president, expressed "satisfaction and hope" as he cast his ballot in Niamey, the country's capital.  He called the election a...

Niger Voting in Presidential Election

Voters in the West African nation of Niger are casting ballots Monday in a presidential election meant to replace military rule with a stable civilian government.The ballot features 10 candidates, including some who were close to ousted president Mamadou Tandja.Niger's military overthrew Mr. Tandja last February when he tried to change the...

African Union Summit Opens, Focus on Security

More than 25 African leaders are in Ethiopia's capital for a 2-day summit focusing mainly on political and security concerns. The annual gathering, which opened Sunday in Addis Ababa, will feature mini-summits on Ivory Coast, Sudan and Somalia, as well as discuss several other hotspots, such as Niger and Madagascar. However, AU Commission Chairman...

AU Summit to Focus on Security Concerns

More than 25 African leaders are in Ethiopia's capital for a two-day summit focusing mainly on political and security concerns. The annual gathering, beginning Sunday, will feature mini-summits on Ivory Coast, Sudan and Somalia, as well as discuss several other hotspots, such as Niger and Madagascar. However, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping says...

Aid Agencies Want More Preventative Action to Fight Malnutrition in Niger

Relief officials say better access to health care and family planning education can help reduce the number of malnourished children in Niger, where malnutrition rates remain above emergency levels, despite stronger rains and better harvests. Despite record harvests in October, more than 300,000 Niger children were treated for severe acute...

Niger Military Says Elections Will Not Be Delayed

Niger's military ruler says he will not postpone presidential and legislative elections meant to return the country to civilian rule after a military coup last February.   The leader of Niger's ruling military junta, General Salou Djibo, said elections will take place January 31, as planned, despite calls from eight of the country's 10...