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Gadhafi Role Blocking African Union Resolution on Libya

African leaders working on a roadmap to end Libya's conflict are stuck on the question of the future of Moammar Gadhafi. The leaders of South Africa, Mauritania, Uganda, Mali, and the Republic of Congo are at the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea drafting a roadmap for Libya that calls for a cease-fire ahead of a transition to democratic...

Refugees, Asylum Seekers in South Africa Brace For New Regulations

Refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia and other troubled African countries seeking a new life in South Africa are bracing themselves for tighter regulations as part of planned government amendments. Several dozen Somali men and women mill around the offices of human rights lawyers in Pretoria, showing the papers they have brought with them to...

Michelle Obama Goes on African Safari

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama went on a South African safari Saturday at the end of her two-nation African tour. Obama, joined by her daughters, mother and a niece and nephew, saw an elephant as the group headed out into the Madikwe Game Reserve. The family rode in an open-air off road vehicle, in search of lions, giraffes and other animals on...

Southern African Judges Slam Regional Court Closure

Judge Ariranga Pillay, the former president of the Southern African Development Community’s [SADC] tribunal and three of his fellow judges are protesting what they say is the illegal dissolution of this regional court of last resort.The former tribunal judges note that among the court’s rulings were significant judgements against Zimbabwe...

Volunteers Help US Initiative to Feed South African Students

While U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has left South Africa after an emotional visit, many South African volunteers already have been practicing what she preached - ensuring healthy nutrition for at-risk students.  It is the beginning of a school break at Reasoma high school in Soweto, but before they head home, students jostle in line as...

New Initiative Aims to Meet Food and Climate Change Concerns

Boosting agriculture, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the goal of the new Global Research Alliance, which was unveiled Friday in Rome. The idea was spearheaded by New Zealand after the 2009 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Among those supporting the alliance are the United States, Britain, China and South Africa. “We’...

Michelle Obama Visits Botswana HIV/AIDS Clinic

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama helped paint an HIV/AIDS clinic on her first stop in Botswana on Friday.Obama and family members traveling with her painted a mural at the Botswana-Baylor Adolescent Center of Excellence in the capital, Gaborone.The mural is part of a facility that is being constructed to support children and teens infected with or...

Michelle Obama Continues African Trip

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama meets Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu Thursday as she wraps up her visit to South Africa.The two are set to meet in Cape Town.But Obama's planned ferry ride to Robben Island prison, where former South African President Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 years, was cancelled due to high winds. The first lady met...

First Lady Obama Addresses Young African Women

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama addressed a women leaders' forum in Soweto, South Africa on Wednesday. The U.S.-sponsored Young African Women Leaders Forum brings together women from across sub-Saharan Africa who are leading or involved in social and economic initiatives in their own countries.Obama arrived in South Africa this week.  On Tuesday,...

First Lady Obama Begins 5-Day African Visit

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's nearly week long trip to Africa gets formally underway Tuesday as she heads to Johannesburg.She will visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation, where she will meet the former president's wife, Graca Machel, and tour South Africa's Apartheid Museum.The first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha arrived in Pretoria, South...

US First Lady Brings Message of Youth Power to Africa

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrives in South Africa to begin a week-long trip centered on messages of youth empowerment.  The visit to Africa, without her husband President Barack Obama, will also take her to Botswana. US First Lady addessed Africa's youthPrior to embarking on her flight from the United States, Michelle Obama addressed a...

Report: More Midwives Could Help Save Millions of Lives

A new report says more than three and a half million lives could be saved in 58 developing countries if there were enough well-trained midwives. The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 was released Monday in Durban, South Africa, at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives. It says because of a lack of midwives, nearly...

Swiss Firm Seeks Carbon Credits in Kenya with Clean Water

The purchase and sale of carbon credits are relatively new concepts in Africa, accounting for less than three percent of the $144 billion global carbon credit trade. The system is designed to reduce carbon emissions worldwide by allowing projects that that produce low carbon emissions to sell credits to projects that want to reduce their carbon...

Uganda Coalition Wants UN Probe of April Protest Killings

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is being called on to ensure there’s an “independent and transparent investigation” of the killings during April’s walk-to-work protests. At least nine people were killed during the demonstrations over rising food and fuel prices. Police and the military used live ammunition during protests in Kampala, Gulu, Mbale...

Michelle Obama's Africa Trip to Focus on Youth Leadership

The White House says First Lady Michelle Obama’s forthcoming trip to South Africa and Botswana is a continuation of her work to engage young people. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday ahead of next week’s trip, Tina Tchen, Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff, said the First Lady’s trip will emphasize youth leadership, education and health. “Our...