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Senegal Opposition Searching for Consensus Candidate

Opposition parties in Senegal are looking for a consensus candidate to challenge President Abdoulaye Wade in elections early next year. Toward that end, hundreds of people gathered for a large and noisy opposition rally in Ziguinchor, the regional capital of the southern Casamance region.Called “Benno Siggil Senegal” - or “Unite to Empower Senegal...

More Migrants Reach Italy from North Africa

More than 1,000 migrants fleeing North Africa reached Italian shores Friday and Saturday, adding to a refugee crisis triggered by unrest in Tunisia and Libya.Officials said eight boats carrying 1,300 people arrived at the Italian island of Lampedusa.Many of the refugees are migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa, including Senegal and Somalia....

Ivory Coast's Ouattara Seeks Close Ties with Senegal

Sworn in as president just last week, Mr. Ouattara now sits at the helm of a deeply divided country still reeling from waves of post-electoral violence that killed at least 3,000 people and displaced more than a million. In the Senegalese capital Friday, Mr. Ouattara vowed to launch investigations into all war crimes reported since the disputed...

Senegal Quranic School Puts Children First

Quranic schools in Senegal gained much unwanted attention last year with a damning report by Human Rights Watch that said many schools were enslaving their students to beg for money. One Quranic school that is putting its students first. Mohammed Niasse opened his Quranic school in 1981 with just six students. Thirty years later, this daara,...

New Ivory Coast President Visits Senegal

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara heads to Senegal on Thursday - his first foreign trip since being sworn in last week.Ouattara's office is calling the trip a "friendly and working visit."Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade supported Ouattara during his standoff with former president Laurent Gbagbo.Gbagbo refused to turn over power after...

Senegalese Villages Turn to Solar Power

In Senegal, growing electricity shortages are forcing more and more people to turn to one of the country's greatest renewable resources, solar energy. There are no power lines running through the village of Langueme, in the Factik region of Senegal.  Like many rural areas here, people here are not connected to the national electricity grid.  But,...

Senegal Tests Controversial Maternal Health Drug

A controversial drug that can save women from bleeding to death after delivery has shown promising results in trials conducted in Senegal. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 1,000 women die each day during complications with pregnancy and childbirth. WHO research shows 99 percent of these cases occur in developing...

IMF Official Cautions African Countries on Election Costs

With over 30 African countries scheduled to hold parliamentary and presidential elections this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warns their leaders to balance their need to spend money for votes with macro-economic prudence. So far, about 16 African countries have held elections and a few, including Egypt and Sudan, have had referendums...

Africa Faces Its Own Nuclear Power Challenges

While the tsunami-caused nuclear plant emergency in Japan is leading to reassessments of nuclear energy policy around the world, in Africa, experts say challenges remain the same as before. They say limits to expanding nuclear power on the continent are of a financial nature, as well as related to fears of political instability.Africa has just two...

Ivory Coast Displaced Need Food, Water, Shelter

Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict in Ivory Coast, with many thousands of displaced people isolated from humanitarian aid. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] said the situation is becoming “increasingly untenable.” IOM spokesman Jean-Philippe Chauzy said tens of thousands of displaced people are seeking shelter at...

West Africa Explores Ways to Mitigate Climate Change's Effects

From eroding coastline to depleted fish stocks, the effects of climate change are being felt along West Africa's coast and governments and environmental groups are coming together to talk about what can be done to mitigate its impact.  The ocean breaking on southern Senegal's coastline does not look much different from any other beach. But a...

Anti-Government Rally Disturbs Normal Calm of Senegal's Capital

Protesters staged a large anti-government rally in Senegal's capital Saturday just hours after the government said it had arrested several suspects accused of planning a coup d'etat. Several dozen riot police stood watch over Dakar's main square as groups of mostly young men shouted and chanted their grievances against the government of President...

Gadhafi’s Alleged Support for West Africa Conflicts

The former chief prosecutor for the U.N.-backed Special Court in Sierra Leone says he once considered indicting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. David Crane, who’s now a law professor at Syracuse University, is the man who signed the war crimes indictment against former Liberian president Charles Taylor.  He says evidence showed Col. Gadhafi’s...

Iran Calls Diplomatic Split with Senegal 'Illogical'

Iran is calling Senegal's decision to end their long-standing diplomatic ties as "illogical."The Tehran government says it appears Senegal is under the influence of foreign interest.Senegal said Wednesday it was severing ties with Iran because Iranian weapons were used in Sunday's attack by rebels of the Democratic Forces of Casamance that killed...

West Africa's Central Bank Governor Promotes Single Currency

The Interim governor of the central bank for eight West African nations says Africa needs a single currency to realize its enormous economic potential.  Central bank leaders from throughout Africa met in Senegal to discuss ideas about how they better integrate economies across this landmass, which is home to more countries than any other continent...