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Google Expands Reach in West Africa to Tech-Savvy Youth

West Africa's Internet penetration level remains one of the lowest in the world, but a booming market for mobile phones has more tech companies sensing opportunity.  U.S. search giant Google has set up offices in several countries in the region and is encouraging a new generation of tech-savvy Africans to lead the way in fostering Africa's...

Amnesty Reports on Ivory Coast Abuses

Human rights abuses have been committed by forces loyal to the incumbent leader of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo and by forces loyal to his rival Alassane Ouattara, an Amnesty International investigation reported Tuesday. Gaetan Mootoo is one of the Amnesty researchers who went to Ivory Coast to investigate human rights abuses there. The team stayed...

Radio Network in Southern Senegal Tries to Restore Peace

A community radio project in Senegal’s troubled Casamance region is trying to help the peace process there by encouraging dialogue in an atmosphere of ongoing tension and violence. Pasted to the wall inside Fogny FM, a radio station located just south of the Gambian border, are the words "radio is an art" scribbled in French.  But for thousands of...

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...

At Close of World Social Forum, Activists Draw Inspiration from Uprisings

The World Social Forum wraps up Friday in Senegal. The forum gives anti-globalization activists and civil society leaders a chance promote progressive causes.Students and activists mingled on the campus of the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, for the last day of the World Social Forum  - an alternative to the elite World Economic...

Activists at ‘World Social Forum’ Seek World without Capitalism

Tens of thousands of activists are in Senegal for the World Social Forum, an annual gathering of anti-capitalists promoting progressive causes. The 11th annual World Social Forum officially kicked off this week with representatives of more than 123 countries convening in Senegal's capital to highlight the world's problems.The gathering follows the...

Latin America Boosting Ties With Africa

Visits to Senegal this week by Bolivian President Evo Morales and Brazil's ex-President Lula da Silva highlight what analysts say is Latin America's growing geopolitical interest in Africa. The cries of "Olé" that pierced the Senegalese air before a rally Monday are an exotic noise to this continent that boasts only one Spanish-speaking country,...

Traditional, Western Medicine Treat Cancer in Senegal

With cancer rates in Senegal rising, traditional healers and medical doctors hope to collaborate for better treatment. Serigne Samba Ndiaye was trained by his father as a traditional healer and herbalist. At his private clinic on the outskirts of Dakar, he treats everything from insomnia to cancer.Ndiaye say he grinds kola nuts into a powder that...

Africans Debate Wisdom of Expected Secession of Southern Sudan

For some Africans, southern Sudan’s expected independence is a cautionary tale; others see it as a pathway for their regions to gain full sovereignty. According to Bloomberg News, Somaliland’s foreign minister, Mohamed Omar, says his government plans to take a “more aggressive policy toward the African Union in its efforts to gain international...

Human Rights Activists Critical of Obiang AU Nomination

Human rights activists are expressing outrage at the selection of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang as the new rotating head of the African Union.  They say the choice of a former coup leader comes at a very bad time, with two dozen African countries holding elections this year. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch and the Senegal-based African...

ECOWAS Seeks International Support on Ivorian Crisis

A top official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) told VOA the regional bloc is seeking international support from President Barack Obama’s administration, as well as the U.N. Security Council, to help resolve the ongoing crisis in Ivory Coast. Sonny Ugoh, communications director for the regional bloc said ECOWAS will...

Gbagbo Tries to Seize Control of Bank Branches

Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo says he is seizing control of Ivorian branches of the West African central bank, in an attempt to retain control of state finances and his hold on power.Mr. Gbagbo has ordered Ivorian staffers to answer to local officials and not the bank's management, which is based in Dakar, Senegal.  Mr. Gbagbo...

Newly Launched Senegal Airlines to Begin Flights January 25

A new regional air carrier called Senegal Airlines will begin flights this month to neighboring countries in West Africa. A boisterous crowd gathered at the international airport in Senegal's capital, Dakar, for an official ceremony to inaugurate the country's newest regional carrier, Senegal Airlines.The airline will begin flights on January 25...

UN Committee Against Torture Calls for Prosecution of Former Chad President

The U.N. Committee Against Torture is calling for Senegal to either prosecute former Chad president Hissene Habre for crimes against humanity or extradite him to a country that will.  Habre has been under house arrest in Dakar since 2000. In 2006, the African Union called for Senegal to try Hissene Habre in the name of Africa.  Senegal adopted...

Ivory Coast President Gbagbo Scrapes to Survive in Ivory Coast

Analysts, diplomats and his political opponents say incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is using all sorts of methods to stay in power despite growing international pressure and sanctions to force him to leave office after controversial elections last year. Meetings took place in Mali's capital Bamako Tuesday among West African military...