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Soutnern African Nations Urge Faster Progress on Zimbabwe Power Sharing

A SADC summit in Johannesburg urged Zimbabwe's political rivals to move faster to resolve differences. The Southern African Development Community called for South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique to appoint officials to a team to assist implementation of the country's power-sharing agreement.The multi-party Joint Monitoring and Implementation...

Mobile, Wireless Devices Save Lives, Money

World Health officials have released the most comprehensive global survey to date of how mobile phones and other wireless communication technologies are improving health care delivery around the world. The World Health Organization survey notes that there are more than five billion mobile phone subscribers in the world today. That means more than...

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...

Clinton to Attend US-Africa Trade Forum During Visit to Zambia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among delegates from the United States expected to attend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA, forum in Zambia this week.African Growth and Opportunity Act is designed to strengthen trade between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. And Deputy Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis says AGOA...

Swaziland Government Dismisses Calls for Democratic Reforms

Swaziland’s attorney general has dismissed opposition demands for democratic reforms, saying the campaign lacks strong local support. Majahenkaba Dlamini said the government would not kowtow to pressure from self-interest groups to work outside the confines of the constitution. He also said the groups are unsure about what they really want. “They...

AIDS Orphans Face Psychological Challenges

AIDS has had a devastating effect in many parts of Africa. Now, 30 years into the epidemic, researchers are learning more about the impact on orphans and other children whose parents get AIDS. Oxford University researcher Lucie Cluver has spent a decade studying AIDS orphans and other youngsters who live with adults who have AIDS in South Africa...

Obama to Host African Leaders Next Week

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to meet with two African leaders next week, while his wife and daughters prepare to travel to the continent later this month. The White House announced Saturday that Obama will meet newly sworn-in Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday.  The statement said the two leaders will discuss the latest "...

Michelle Obama Will Travel to Africa

The White House has announced that first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa and Botswana for an official visit later this month.The wife of U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Africa on June 21 for a five-day visit focusing on youth leadership, education, health and wellness.Mrs. Obama will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town in...

Albertina Sisulu, Much Loved Veteran of Anti-Apartheid Struggle Dies at 92

Albertina Sisulu, anti-apartheid struggle icon, has died suddenly at her home in Johannesburg.  Ma Sisulu, as she was fondly known across South Africa, died unexpectedly at her family home late Thursday.  In announcing the death, her son Mlungisi Sisulu says she was, as always, at the center of family activities.“Sitting in a chair watching the...

Electoral Chief Hails DRC Voter Registration Drive

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission [CENI] in the Democratic Republic of Congo says he is pleased with his organization’s performance in the run up to the November 28 general elections. Reverend Daniel Ngoy Mulunda hailed what he described as the “enormous enthusiasm” among Congolese citizens registering to vote, despite...

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...

Cell Phone Text Technology Helps Promote Health in Senegal

A pilot project in rural Senegal uses text messaging to remind women of upcoming doctor’s appointments and local health meetings.  Health reminders The sound of a text message, recognizable the world over, but in a small village tucked away down the sandy back-roads of Senegal, a few short beeps can be vital reminders.  For mothers living in and...

Women Unite to End Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

In Africa, thousands of children are infected with HIV by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, labor, delivery or breastfeeding. It’s called mother-to-child transmission [MTCT]. But the process can be prevented, said Robin Smalley of the South Africa-based organization Mothers to Mothers. She said developed countries have shown it is...

Democratic Alliance Shows Significant Gains in South African Election

South Africa’s Democratic Alliance is celebrating significant gains in this local government election over its performance in 2006. Support for the African National Congress was slightly down but the party continues to convincingly dominate politics in the country.The Democratic Alliance, or DA, increased its support nationally among voters from...

South Africans Vote in Local Government Elections

South Africans voted in local elections Wednesday many see as test of voters’ patience with the dominant African National Congress, or ANC. A few voting stations opened late, and a few others had technical problems that resulted in long lines. However, most problems were resolved by midday, leaving voters to focus on the issues that are fueling...