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Rival Ivory Coast Governments Lobby for Support Before AU Summit

Ivory Coast's rival presidents are working to secure international support for their competing governments ahead of this weekend's African Union summit in Ethiopia. A power struggle that has played out on the streets of Abidjan, the halls of the regional central bank, and the international cocoa market now moves to the African Union summit where...

Many Illegal Zimbabweans Fail to Apply for South African Residence

Many undocumented Zimbabweans in South Africa were unable to meet the December 31st deadline to apply to become legal residents, a new study has revealed. The study says the Zimbabweans did not have enough time to secure documentation to support their applications.A study by the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of the...

Zimbabwe Civil Servants Consider Strikes

Zimbabwe’s government and its employees are in salary negotiations for the first pay increases in two years. The employees have rejected a 24 percent pay increase. Zimbabwe's government, the country's largest employer, is meeting with some civil service leaders for talks on wages. The increase in salaries and some allowances for civil servants...

Governments of Some African Nations Among World's Most Abusive

In the annual report issued Monday by New York-based Human Rights Watch, several African nations were cited for their alleged human rights abuses. Among those on the list of the organization's most abusive countries are Congo and Zimbabwe. The report also complained about what it called the "soft" approach Western nations have taken toward "...

South African Lesbians Targeted for Rape and Violence

In South Africa, lesbians are often targeted for rape and violence in a phenomenon some perpetrators call corrective rape – indicating they believe a lesbian’s sexual orientation can be changed through rape and violence.In April 2008, Eudy Simelane, star of Banyana Banyana, South Africa’s female national soccer squad, was gang raped, beaten and...

Mugabe: Reports of Health Problems 'Naked Lies'

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said reports that he had surgery in Malaysia are, in his words, "naked lies" put forth by Western-sponsored media.The president, who turns 87 next month, returned to Harare from a trip abroad late Sunday.During an interview with state television, Mugabe said he had been on an annual vacation in Singapore, and...

Kenya Wins African Support to Defer ICC Prosecutions

Several African countries are backing Kenya’s bid to have the International Criminal Court suspend prosecutions of six prominent figures accused of fomenting post 2007 election violence. A resolution of support is expected to win approval at next week’s African Union summit.Kenya’s Vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka stopped in Addis Ababa Friday at...

Extradition Hearing Postponed for British Man Accused of Murder in South Africa

A British man accused of ordering the murder of his wife in South Africa failed to turn up for a court hearing in London on Monday because of an acute stress disorder. South African prosecutors want to extradite Shrien Dewani to South Africa. Dewani and his wife Anni were on their honeymoon in Cape Town when their car was apparently high jacked...

African Countries Have Mixed Record on Power Succession

A new round of diplomacy begins in Ivory Coast this week, as African leaders and international mediators continue to look for a solution to the power stalemate in the country.   This follows an election which the United Nations, the United States and African nations say was won by opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara.  But incumbent Laurent...

Two People Missing, 400 Displaced by Floods in South Africa

Two People Missing, 400 Displaced by Floods in South Africa Two people are missing and some 400 have been evacuated along the flooded Orange River between Upington and Kakamas in the Northern Cape, officials said on Monday. Spokesman for the Siyanda district municipality Gilbert Lategan said police divers and air force personnel were on the look out for two people apparently missing after walking near the...

Zimbabwe President Undergoes Prostate Surgery

Diplomats and Zanu-PF sources say Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who turns 87 next month, is in a hospital in Malaysia after a prostate operation.According to diplomatic and political sources in Harare, Mugabe had medical examinations while on his annual holiday earlier this month in Malaysia. He returned home to Harare, but his prostate...

South Africa Delays Deportation of Zimbabwean Migrants

The South African government says it is extending its deadline for deporting irregular Zimbabwean migrants until July 31. The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration says it welcomes this extension and is ready to assist Zimbabweans who are forced to leave South Africa. South Africa says the moratorium for deporting irregular...

Reports: Kenya Seeks African Support for ICC Withdrawal

The campaign to remove Kenya from the International Criminal Court appears to be gathering steam as the east African nation looks to rally diplomatic support across Africa. Members of Kenya’s cabinet are currently crossing the continent to gain African Union support for withdrawal from the court, the country’s major news outlets are reporting...

Boost for Zimbabwe's Education Sector Results in Texts

When Zimbabwe schools re-open Tuesday, younger scholars will find they have text books for the first time in many years.  A record 13 million text books are being delivered to Zimbabwe’s primary schools.Education minister David Coltart said the massive text-book order, a record for Zimbabwe, was made possible by donations, mainly from Scandinavian...

Voting Begins in Sudan's Historic Referendum

Southern Sudanese are voting in a historic referendum on independence, giving voters a choice between staying united the the rest of Sudan or breaking away to form an independent country.  The region is widely expected to choose independence. South Sudan President Salva Kiir called the vote a "historic moment" for his people. Thousands of Sudanese...