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Africans React to Death of Osama bin Laden

There is mixed reaction in Africa to the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.Osama bin Laden's deadliest strike in Africa was the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that together killed 224 people.Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said the al-Qaida leader's death is an "act of justice" for the victims of the Nairobi bombing...

African Observers say Death of Terrorist Leader Brings Opportunities and Challenges

In Nigeria, reaction to death of Osama Bin Laden, who was killed Sunday by U.S. forces in Pakistan, was mixed. While some expressed support for the U.S. action, others warned it could lead to more violence. Bin Laden’s death offers an opportunity for improved relations between the United States and the Muslim world, said Mallam Auwal Rafsanjani,...

Nigerian Opposition Party Demands Release of Election Results in Imo State

In Nigeria, tension was high in the southeastern state of Imo as the people awaited the outcome of the disputed governorship election. Armed soldiers were patrolling the streets and guarding government facilities as members of the opposition planned demonstrations to demand the release of the election results. The incumbent governor, Ikedi Ohakim...

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...

US Criticizes Sudan’s Bashir Over Abyei Comments

The United States on Thursday criticized an assertion by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir that Khartoum will not recognize South Sudan as independent, if it claims the disputed Abyei region. South Sudan is set to become fully independent in July. The State Department’s top Africa diplomat is framing Bashir's comments on Abyei as unhelpful, and is...

US Commission Cites Egypt for Violating Religious Freedoms

For the first time, an independent U.S. commission is recommending Egypt be added to a list of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty. The recommendation was contained in the Commission on International Religious Freedom's annual report.The bipartisan commission says Egypt’s religious minorities, like Coptic Christians, have faced severe...

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...

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....

Polling Underway in Nigeria

Voting is underway in Nigeria after last week's presidential election touched off rioting in some northern states. Nigerian voters were accredited at polling stations Tuesday before casting their ballots for statewide offices.It is the third and final round of voting in nationwide elections to choose lawmakers and a president.Goodluck Jonathan was...

Nigerians Set to Vote for Nation's Governors

The United States' top diplomat on African affairs, Johnnie Carson, says he regrets the violence that plagued the ongoing elections in Nigeria and he is urging authorities there to do whatever they can to ensure that nationwide voting for governors is free, fair and peaceful. First came legislative elections in Nigeria, then presidential and now...

Rights Group Condemns Nigeria Violence, Demands Accountability

An official of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch [HRW] has condemned the ongoing violence in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north in the run-up to the gubernatorial election scheduled for Tuesday. It’s also concerned about possible violence during and after the polls. Eric Guttschuss, a researcher with the group, also called for the protection of...

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...

Nigeria Gubernatorial Vote to Proceed Despite Unrest

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says his organization has postponed elections in both Bauchi and Kaduna states after violence erupted there after last week’s presidential poll. Riots broke out in the predominantly Muslim north last week after incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the...

Bomb Explodes in Northern Nigeria

Authorities said there has been an explosion in northern Nigeria where dozens are reported to have been killed this week in post-election violence.Security sources said the blast on Friday evening hit in the city of Kaduna, the capital of the state of the same name. Reuters news agency says at least two people were killed as they accidentally...