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South Africa: New IMF Chief Should Be From Developing Nation

South Africa's finance minister has called for the next head of the International Monetary Fund to come from a developing nation.Pravin Gordhan said Wednesday that such a candidate would ensure the interests of both developed and developing nations are reflected in IMF policies.Gordhan said there are several eligible contenders, but he did not...

Zimbabwe's National Airline Defaults

Zimbabwe’s national airline has been suspended from the International Air Transport Association for failing to pay its dues. Air Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s oldest airlines, has other major financial and operational difficulties.Top executives at Air Zimbabwe say they are trying to find about $280,000 from the government to pay the International Air...

Mega-Fires Pose Threat to Environment and Economy

Experts gathered this week in Sun City, South Africa, to discuss wildfires. But a new report also focused on a growing phenomenon called mega-fires. The report describes mega-fires as “extraordinary conflagrations unprecedented in the modern era for their deep and long-lasting social, economic and environmental impact. They’re ignited with the...

Study Shows Africa’s Middle Class on the Rise

The study by the African Development Bank indicates one-third of Africa’s 900 million people have more to spend on domestic goods and describes that group as middle class.However, the bank includes in the definition of middle class some 191 million Africans it describes as a floating class, who are able to spend between $2 and $4 per day per...

South Africa Establishes Team to Respond to Homophobic Crimes

The South African government has established a task team in partnership with non-governmental organizations to combat homophobia and homophobic crimes. The move comes after the latest brutal murder of a lesbian activist.Last month Noxolo Nogwana, a lesbian activist was stoned, gang-raped and stabbed with broken glass, the latest in a series of...

Online Archive Preserves Images from Christian Missions in Africa, Asia

An ambitious Internet project is bringing to light forgotten images from Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world during the period when missionaries were active.  The International Mission Photography Archive contains more than 60,000 historic photographs that show cultural interaction - through missionaries - with the West.  In some cases, the...

Libya Crisis Prompts Call for Extraordinary AU Summit in May

The African Union will hold an extraordinary meeting of heads of state next month to examine more rapid and effective ways of responding to continental crises. Our correspondent at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa reports the summit call was prompted by concerns that the organization is being sidelined as big powers dictate solutions to African...

Nigeria's Latest Election Signals Possible Turnaround

Nigeria may be able to polish its reputation and assume a wider on role the global stage if its upcoming gubernatorial polls are as seemingly free and fair as last week's presidential election, analysts say. This oil-exporting country of 154 million people has long enjoyed the money and manpower to dominate its continent, and some analysts expect...

Legacy of Suspicion, Betrayal Haunts Libya

One of the defining characteristics of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's era has been the crafty network of secret police and government informers. Decades of living with the fear of betrayal have taken their toll on ordinary citizens. The trouble is not over, even in the rebel-held areas. Intelligence gathering A former diplomat is giving an...

South Africa Plans More Charges Against Terror Suspect

Prosecutors in South Africa have announced plans to file more charges against Henry Okah, the alleged mastermind of a deadly bombing in Nigeria last year. News reports on Tuesday quote prosecutor Shaun Abrahams as saying the additional charges relate to a March 2010 bombing in the southern Nigerian city of Warri. Abrahams says Okah will be charged...

Desperation, Hope Mix in Zimbabwe Fight for Democracy

Though he has covered wars and conflicts, journalist Peter Godwin wasn't prepared for the surreal mix of desperation and hope he encountered when he returned to Zimbabwe, his broken homeland, in 2008. After ruling for nearly 30 years, President Robert Mugabe finally lost an election. However, instead of conceding power, he launched a brutal...

Economy, Development Central to Nigerian Voters’ Concerns

Nigeria’s economy is the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa, after South Africa, but observers say that status is deceiving. They complain that Nigeria, despite billions of oil revenues and nearly 7% yearly economic growth, has failed to lift living standards for the average person. Tony Iyare is a columnist and political consultant to Governor...

Swaziland Police Beat, Arrest Protestors

In Swaziland police have arrested scores of activists, beaten others and fired tear gas and water cannon to prevent a planned pro-democracy protest.  Teachers, students and activists attempting to gather for a planned march in the city of Manzini Tuesday were among those beaten by police, who also set up road blocks, and turned away buses heading...

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...

Obama Meets With New Sudan Envoy

President Barack Obama met at the White House on Friday with his new special envoy for Sudan, Princeton Lyman, amid mounting concerns about stability and security in the transition to independence for South Sudan on July 9. The president underscored his "serious concerns" about the situations in the oil-rich region of Abyei, and in Darfur. A White...