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New Constitution in Tanzania Could End One Party Rule, Says Analyst

In Tanzania, a scholar says popular support for a new constitution could end the dominance of the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM). The ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi, or “the party of the revolution” in Swahili, has been in power since independence from Great Britain in 1964. Xavery Lwaitama, a political science professor at the University of Dar-Es...

UN Court Convicts First Woman in 1994 Rwanda Genocide

A U.N. court has sentenced a former Rwandan government minister to life in prison for her role in the 1994 genocide in that country.  The United Nations-backed tribunal in Tanzania sentenced Pauline Nyiramasuhuko Friday on charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and rape as a crime against humanity.  She is the first women convicted by...

Somalia Wants Piracy Courts on its Territory

The United Nation’s top legal advisor says the Somali Transitional Federal Government is not in favor of having specialized courts in other countries try Somali piracy suspects. Patricia O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council Somalia says it prefers such a court be established in Somalia and is willing to work with the United Nations toward an...

East Africa Food Shortages Expected to Affect More People

In East Africa, millions people are in need of emergency food assistance because of the prolonged, severe drought. Now a U.N. agency warns that things could get worse. Steady rain is hard to come by in many parts of East Africa.  The Food and Agriculture Organization, the FAO, says the region has been hit with two consecutive seasons with “...

Clinton 'Concerned' by Chinese Trade Practices in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is concerned by Chinese aid and investment policies in Africa. Trade was a centerpiece of Secretary Clinton's trip to Africa this week as she met with business leaders to discuss continuing duty-free access to U.S. markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.So it is no surprise that...

Clinton: US Boosting Funds to Improve Nutrition in Tanzania

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration is increasing funding to improve nutrition in Tanzania, where more than half of pregnant women are anemic. Secretary Clinton walked through sweet pepper fields along the Tanzanian coast with farmers from the Upendo Women's Group. They are part of a program to help nearly 900,000...

Clinton: Death of Embassy Bombing Suspect Big Blow to al-Qaida

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the death of a man suspected of organizing the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania is a significant blow to al-Qaida. Secretary Clinton says Harun Fazul's death is “a significant blow to al-Qaida, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa.”  After laying flowers at a...

Clinton Says Death of Embassy Bombing Suspect is Significant Blow for al-Qaida

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the death of a man suspected of playing a key role in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania is a significant blow to al-Qaida. Secretary Clinton says Harun Fazul's death is “a significant blow to Al Qaeda, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa.”In a written...

Al-Qaida's Leader in East Africa Killed in Somalia

Somali authorities say the man believed to be al-Qaida's leader in East Africa is dead, killed during a confrontation with police. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was believed to have played a key role in the deadly bombing attacks in 1998 that caused mass casualties and severely damaged U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam.  The United States...

US Secretary of State Promotes American Investment in Zambia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging American companies to invest in Zambia, citing its 11 years of economic growth.Secretary Clinton's comment came Saturday during a forum with U.S. and Zambian business leaders in the capital, Lusaka.She said the U.S. wants a relationship of partnership, not patronage; of sustainability, not quick...

Clinton Travels to Middle East, Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has set off on a four-nation trip where she will take part in talks on Libya as well as an African economic conference.On Thursday, Clinton will be in the United Arab Emirates for a meeting of the 22-nation Libya Contact Group.  Participants are expected to discuss how to help rebels opposing Libyan leader...

New UN Agency Focuses on Promoting Women’s Global Agenda

This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on UN Women Go to Part:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 “Like a car without a driver.” That’s how U.N. official Lakshmi Puri described the organization’s efforts to handle women’s issues before the creation of U.N. Women. For years, global women’s issues were divided among four smaller entities – the best known being UNIFEM,...

Clinton Prepares For Economic Oriented Africa Tour

Enhancing trade, development and regional security will be key priorities for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on an Africa tour later this week. After a stop in the United Arab Emirates to discuss Libya, Secretary Clinton will start the Africa portion of her trip with a scheduled visit to Zambia's capital Lusaka Friday. There, she will...

Kenyan Politician Named Drug 'Kingpin' by US

A Kenyan lawmaker and businessman has been named one of seven so-called “kingpins” targeted by the United States for drug trafficking. The United States Government has enacted strict sanctions against prominent Kenyan businessman and  parliamentarian Harun Mwau, and businesswoman Naima Mohamed Nyakiniywa for their alleged involvement in narcotics...

HRW: Rwanda Genocide Courts Leave 'Mixed Legacy'

Human Rights Watch has issued a report saying Rwanda's community-based genocide courts will have a mixed legacy, but the government says the report distorts the truth.HRW's Africa director Daniel Bekele says the courts, known as Gacaca, helped Rwandans better understand what happened in the 1994 genocide.  However, he added that in many cases, "...