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Southern Africa Region Slams Mugabe

The regional Southern African Development Community or SADC has delivered a sharp rebuke to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in implementing the global political agreement which is the foundation stone of the two-year-old inclusive government. The SADC also decided to call for an extra ordinary...

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo Losing Grip on Abidjan

Ivory Coast's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo is facing calls to resign immediately, as power slips from his grasp in the main city of Abidjan.United Nations peacekeepers haven taken control of the Abidjan airport, while France says French peacekeepers are patrolling parts of Abidjan where looting broke out Thursday. The United States, former...

Several African Leaders Criticize Air Attacks in Libya

South African President Jacob Zuma has warned that the Western-led bombings of Libyan military installations must not target civilians. Zuma was one of several African leaders who criticized the bombings, which were meant to establish a no-fly zone in Libyan air space. South African President Jacob Zuma called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya...

SAF Settlement Residents Struggle as World Marks Water Day

The international community is marking World Water Day this year under the theme of water and urbanization - noting that for the first time in history, more than one-half of the world's population now lives in cities. In Africa, which has the highest urbanization rate in the world, 70 percent of city dwellers live in slums or shantytowns, often...

Egyptian Football League to Return April 15

The Egyptian football league will resume on April 15 after a break of nearly three months because of the revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak.  The league started last August, but was suspended in late January because of anti-government protests in Cairo and other cities.  The season will now end on July 10.The news has been welcomed...

South African Environmental Group Critical of Country’s Lone Nuke Plant

In South Africa, an environmental group is calling on the government to abandon nuclear power in the wake of the crisis in Japan.  South Africa has one nuclear power plant near Cape Town, the Koeberg Plant, the only nuclear power plant on the African continent. Makoma Lekalakale, who’s with the group Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, says, “We are...

Film Tracks Woman's Path from Desert Nomad to Supermodel Activist

The life of former supermodel Waris Dirie, who was born into a nomadic Somali clan in 1965, sounds like fiction. A goatherd by age six who cared for her family’s animals, Dirie ran away at 13 to avoid being sold into marriage. That was the start of a remarkable journey, dramatized in the feature film “Desert Flower," based on Dirie’s autobiography...

Arab League Ministers Meet on Possible Libya 'No-Fly' Zone

Arab League ministers are meeting in Egypt Saturday to discuss a possible "no-fly" zone over Libya to press Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to end his military's deadly airstrikes against rebels. Reuters news agency quotes Oman's foreign minister, Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, as saying there could be "unwanted foreign intervention" in Libya if...

Charles Taylor War Crimes Trial Ends

The war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor has ended after more than three years.  A verdict from the U.N.-backed special court is expected later this year.Mr. Taylor is pleading not guilty to 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged support of rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone who murdered, raped...

Madagascar's Interim President to Form New Transitional Government

The government of Madagascar's de facto president Andry Rajoelina has resigned, in line with a regional mediation proposal to lead the country out of a two-year political crisis.  On Thursday, several opposition parties signed an agreement recognizing Mr. Rajoelina as president until elections are held.  But two key parties did not sign the...

MDC Energy Minister Arrested in Zimbabwe

Elton Mangoma, the energy minister in Zimbabwe’s fractious inclusive government, and a member of the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change, was arrested Thursday.  Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the MDC, said the government is dysfunctional and that he will push for fresh elections under a roadmap designed by the...

Some Development Experts Criticize 'One Laptop Per Child' Initiative in Africa

While the U.S.-based foundation One Laptop Per Child is building new partnerships in Africa, the initiative also is being criticized by some development experts. They say there are limits to how technology can help reduce poverty.An advertisement for One Laptop per Child calls it the little green laptop that could. "My name is Zimi. I am seven...

African Union Head Leaves Ivory Coast After Talks With Rival Leaders

The head of the African Union Commission has wrapped up talks in Ivory Coast by inviting both of the country's rival presidents to a meeting in Ethiopia to resolve their political crisis. African Union Commission chief Jean Ping left Ivory Coast's commercial capital after separate talks with incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and the United...

Madagascar Political Parties Call for Adoption of Regional Mediation Plan

Madagascar political parties supporting de-facto President Andry Rajoelina are calling for quick adoption of a regional mediation proposal making him head of another transitional government. Three major opposition groups reject the proposal and say they will form a rival transitional government. The government of President Andry Rajoelina has...

AIDS: Treating Poor HIV Positive Pregnant Women

In a former township outside of Cape Town, South Africa, there’s a high rate of HIV infection among pregnant women.  Many are unable to get the treatment they need to save their lives and the lives of their children.  But that’s about to change with the launch of a new project that aims to break down barriers to antiretroviral therapy. The man in...