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Obama Urges Gabon's President to Root Out Corruption

U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Gabon's President Ali Ben Bongo to root out corruption and protect human rights in the West African country. Mr. Obama met with Mr. Bongo at the White House Thursday, despite questions about alleged corruption in Mr. Bongo's family and government. The White House said Mr. Obama welcomed reforms that Gabon has...

World Bank: Developing Country Growth Outpacing Rich Nations

The World Bank has released its annual forecast on the global economy.  While it predicts growth in the coming years, the forecast varies sharply between rich and developing countries. The forecast for developing countries actually is better than that for developed nations. But the report says developing nations should “shift from crisis-fighting...

New UN Agency Focuses on Promoting Women’s Global Agenda

This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on UN Women Go to Part:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 “Like a car without a driver.” That’s how U.N. official Lakshmi Puri described the organization’s efforts to handle women’s issues before the creation of U.N. Women. For years, global women’s issues were divided among four smaller entities – the best known being UNIFEM,...

Nigeria's Jonathan to Meet With Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to the White House Wednesday, one day after Jonathan addressed a United Nations conference on AIDS held in New York.The White House says the two presidents will discuss regional and global developments, and work at deepening their countries' relationship.On Tuesday, Jonathan...

Nigerian Blasts Kill 11

Police in Nigeria say 11 people have been killed in bomb attacks that are suspected to be the work of a radical Islamic group.Multiple bombs went off Tuesday at a police station and a church in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the scene of frequent violence in recent months.Borno state police say the radical sect Boko Haram likely was behind...

Nigeria’s Former Speaker to be Prosecuted, Says Anti-Graft Official

An official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] says the outgoing speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives will soon be prosecuted, charged with graft and misappropriation of funds. Dimeji Bankole, former speaker of the House of Representatives, was recently arrested after a four-hour standoff at his home in the capital,...

Climate Change Threatens World Food Production

Higher temperatures and changing rainfall patterns resulting from global climate change will threaten food production in many parts of the world - especially regions in the tropics already struggling with food security, according to a new report.How climate change affects you depends on more than just how it affects your local weather. It also...

Explosions Rock Nigeria's Volatile Borno State

Residents in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state say three separate blasts shook the town of Maiduguru on Tuesday.Witnesses say the blasts struck two police stations and a government building in the state capital.  They also reported hearing gunfire after the explosions.Authorities did not immediately name suspects in the attack.The radical Muslim...

Burkina Faso Regime Under Strain, Analysts Say

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore is facing what appears to be the stiffest resistance ever to his nearly quarter-century rule of the West African nation. Analysts are seeing connections between Burkina's unrest and the revolutions sweeping the Arab world. Hundreds of military rank-and-file, just 200 miles from this nation's capital, fired...

African Countries Feeding Students With Local Produce

At least five African countries have set up "home grown school feeding" initiatives aimed at improving child nutrition and developing local agricultural markets.For Kenyan education official Nur Guleid, there is no food like home-grown food. "We have gone out to monitor at the school level.  They said they enjoy it [the food] because the food is...

Analysts Note Benefits of New West Africa Central Bank Chief

Leaders from francophone West African countries have named a new governor to lead the region's central bank.  The appointment is meant to bring stability to an organization that was thrown into disorder during Ivory Coast's political crisis.Analysts say the appointment of a new leader at the Central Bank for West African States may be the best...

Nigerian President Vows to Strengthen Democratic Rule

The inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria Sunday marks the country's third civilian government since the end of military rule in 1999. President Jonathan first came to power following the death last year of leader Umaru Musa Yar'adua. Ascending from the vice presidency, Jonathan vowed to continue the Yar'adua administration's...

Nigerian President Sworn In

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been sworn in for his first full term in office.Jonathan was inaugurated in Abuja Sunday in front of thousands of dignitaries, including several African heads of state.The president's challenge is to unite a country divided by last month's post-election riots that left more than 800 people dead. Jonathan...

Nigerians Have High Expectations for New President

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is due to be inaugurated Sunday. He came to power in the political crisis that followed the prolonged illness and eventual death of former leader Umaru Musa Yar'adua. Ascending from the vice presidency, Jonathan vowed to continue the Yar'adua administration's focus on improving the economy and organizing free...

Nigerian President Takes Charge of Economic Planning

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he is taking charge of the country's economic planning.  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he will lead Nigeria's economic team in his new Cabinet, replacing the finance minister as the country's chief financial planner.Jonathan says he will push to raise import tariffs on rice and sugar to better...