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Southern Sudan Ready to Negotiate With Militias to End Violence

South Sudan’s chief of mission to the United States and United Nations has called on militia groups to lay down their arms and join his government. He says continued fighting risks destabilizing the region, ahead of south Sudan’s independence scheduled for July. This came after South Sudanese officials say the army has killed at least 55 rebel...

At Least 55 Killed in South Sudan Fighting

Officials in south Sudan say the army has killed at least 55 rebel fighters during a clash in volatile Jonglei state.Hundreds have died in fighting between the southern army and various rebel groups since January, when southern Sudan voted to split from the north.  Southern leaders accused the north of supporting the rebellions to destabilize the...

Kenyans Outraged Over Rising Fuel Prices

Discontent is rising in Kenya's public and private sectors over the record-setting price of fuel. With ongoing unrest in North Africa and border clashes in northern and southern Sudan, the price of fuel is reaching new heights in Kenya. The price has already topped 110 shillings per liter of petrol in Nairobi, or $1.30, a new record for the...

IMF Official Cautions African Countries on Election Costs

With over 30 African countries scheduled to hold parliamentary and presidential elections this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warns their leaders to balance their need to spend money for votes with macro-economic prudence. So far, about 16 African countries have held elections and a few, including Egypt and Sudan, have had referendums...

African Militaries Adjust to Civilian Rule

The relationship between African militaries and civil society has often been rocky. Many consider the military a tool of repression of the government in power.But observers say in many countries that dynamic is changing. They point to efforts to professionalize armies, with the understanding that they serve societies and not leaders. It’s the...

Satellite Spots Torched Sudanese Village

Satellite images of Sudan’s South Kordofan State indicate a village in the Nuba Mountains may have been the target of political violence. The state is scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election in early May. Rival candidates have traded charges over attacks on the village that reportedly killed 20 people. Nathanial Raymond, director of operations...

Carter Center in Final Push to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease

As Southern Sudan prepares to emerge on the world stage as the newest nation on the planet, health workers combating Guinea Worm disease are hoping the country’s independence will energize the campaign against the parasite. The end of Guinea WormIts official name is Dracunculiasis. For those stricken, it is a painful experience, particularly when...

Libya Conflict Spotlights Qatar's Growing Influence

The small state of Qatar is playing a large role in the Libya conflict. In addition to hosting a conference Wednesday on the future of the North African country, Qatar has made its presence felt on the rebel side with military aid and morale boosting. Our correspondent has more from the defacto rebel capital Benghazi.The expression of anti-...

Biden Praises Kenyan People, Urges More Reforms

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has praised the people of Kenya for bringing change to their country in the wake of the 2007 post-election violence. He met Tuesday at the White House with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, continuing discussions that began last June when the vice president visited Nairobi. Biden said Kenya needs to implement...

Obama Calls Ivory Coast's Newly Installed President

U.S. President Barack Obama has called Ivory Coast's newly installed President Alassane Ouattara to congratulate him on taking power. The White House says Mr. Obama called Mr. Ouattara Tuesday, a day after forces arrested the country's former leader Laurent Gbagbo who had refused to step down. The White House says Mr. Obama and Mr. Ouattara...

Sudan Prepares to Hold Talks over Resolving Foreign Debt

A prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) says a delegation representing President Omar al-Bashir’s government will soon hold talks in Washington with officials of international financial institutions. Rabie Abdelati Obeid says at issue is how to handle Sudan’s foreign debt after the country splits into two. “They will...

Africa's Hungriest Need Better Agricultural Research

A new study of sub-Saharan Africa finds serious shortcomings in the scientific research capabilities needed to improve the region's agricultural production. Rates of hunger in sub-Saharan Africa today are the highest in the world. Addressing that hunger problem is complicated by a host of emerging issues, including food price volatility, growing...

France to Provide $580 Million to Ivory Coast

France says it will soon provide Ivory Coast with $580 million to help its citizens, restart public services and stimulate the economy.Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said Tuesday the money will be available "in coming days" once financial circuits and security are restored.Lagarde said the money will fund emergency expenses for civilians, the...

UN Chief Calls on Ivory Coast to Embrace 'Historic Opportunity'

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Ivory Coast to take advantage of a "historic opportunity" for national reconciliation following the arrest of former leader Laurent Gbagbo.Ban spoke Monday with President-elect Alassane Ouattara, and stressed the need to ensure there is no retaliation against Gbagbo's supporters.The U.N. says it...

UN's Ban: Ivory Coast's Gbagbo Must Go

As clashes continue in Ivory Coast, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again demanded that embattled incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo cease efforts to cling to power.  Ban met with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday on Capitol Hill.The U.N. secretary-general minced no words in his message to Laurent Gbagbo,...