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G8 Pledges Billions Toward Mideast Democracy, African Development

G8 leaders have pledged $20 billion in assistance for the democratic transformations in Egypt and Tunisia and address development and security needs in sub-Saharan Africa. The pledge came on the final day of their summit in Deauville, France. G8 leaders said in a final communique that the money is intended to shore up the so-called Arab Spring,...

Obama: US, France Want to 'Finish the Job' in Libya

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and France are joined in resolve to "finish the job" in Libya, as NATO presses for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. President Obama spoke Friday after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Group of Eight industrialized countries' summit in Deauville, France.President...

Sarkozy: Critical That G8 Support Arab 'Spring'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said it is critical that Group of Eight leaders deliver firm commitments to help Tunisia and Egypt during their two-day summit in France.  Speaking at a press conference, G8 summit host - French President Nicolas Sarkozy - said it is critical that the popular revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt succeed.  He said...

World Bank Sends Billions to Aid Egypt, Tunisia

The World Bank says it will give up to $6 billion in aid to Egypt and Tunisia over the next two years to help modernize their economies.World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the aid should be linked to reforms in Egypt and Tunisia, where autocratic rulers were toppled by popular uprisings.Egypt is the larger of the two nations, and $4.5...

With Elections on the Way, Tunisia Still Unsettled

Two months before scheduled elections, Tunisia remains a country in flux. Protests continue, discontented Tunisians are still migrating to Europe and the country is grappling with unrest spilling over from neighboring Libya. Tunisia was at the vanguard of the protests still roiling the Arab world. The self-immolation of a young man in southern...

Funding Development through Diaspora Remittances

A new initiative was launched this week to spur development with funds from the Diaspora. The Diaspora Investment in Agriculture [DIA] initiative is co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD]. The program aims to tap into the hundreds of billions of dollars a year in Diaspora...

Obama Addresses 'Extraordinary Change' in Middle East, North Africa

U.S. President Barack Obama has welcomed the "extraordinary change" taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, but said too many countries have met the calls for change with violence.Obama, speaking Thursday at the State Department, said the most extreme example is Libya, where he said Moammar Gadhafi launched a war against his own people...

Al-Qaida Releases Posthumous bin Laden Audio

Al-Qaida has released an audio recording by Osama bin Laden made just days before his death.A U.S.-based monitoring service, SITE, said Wednesday that in the tape, bin Laden praises revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa and says he thinks "the winds of change" will spread across the entire Muslim world.In the 12-minute message, bin...

Pro-Gadhafi Supporters Rally in Libyan Capital

Supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi rallied in Tripoli on Thursday, apparently in response to state news reports that his forces were regaining control of rebel-held Benghazi. About 100 people chanted pro-Gadhafi slogans and honked car horns, although there were no independent reports of rebels losing their grip on the eastern city....

NATO Increases Pressure on Libya's Pro-Government Forces

NATO is stepping up pressure on the Libyan government's strongholds with targeted aerial attacks and psychological warfare operations.Wing Commander Mike Bracken said Tuesday NATO has air-dropped leaflets and broadcast messages to troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi asking them "to return to their barracks and homes.''  The messages also...

N. African Migrants Risk Lives to Reach Italian Island

More than 30,000 migrants have arrived from north Africa on the tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa, so far, this year.  Most of the migrants leave the coasts of Tunisia and Libya onboard rickety fishing boats.  Thousands of people have died making the journey.  Despite the dangers, the ongoing violence in Libya is forcing many more people...

Libya Offers Truce to UN in Return for NATO Cease-fire

Libya's prime minister has offered a truce to a visiting United Nations envoy in return for an immediate NATO cease-fire. Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi made the comments in Tripoli Sunday following a meeting with U.N. special envoy Abdul Ilah Khatib. Soon after Khatib arrived, Libya's state television reported that a new NATO airstrike hit...

Tunisia Arrests Two Suspected of al-Qaida Links

<!--IMAGE--> Tunisian state television says two people suspected of having links to al-Qaida's North African branch have been arrested in the country's south.Reports say the men were carrying bombs when they were arrested in an area near the border with Libya. No further details were released.Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb grew out of an...

More Migrants Reach Italy from North Africa

More than 1,000 migrants fleeing North Africa reached Italian shores Friday and Saturday, adding to a refugee crisis triggered by unrest in Tunisia and Libya.Officials said eight boats carrying 1,300 people arrived at the Italian island of Lampedusa.Many of the refugees are migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa, including Senegal and Somalia....

Libyan Refugees Describe Brutalizing Boat Ordeal

Survivors of a boat that left Tripoli on March 25 describe the brutalizing ordeal they and their fellow passengers were forced to endure on this perilous journey.  The U.N. refugee agency says its staff interviewed three Oromo Ethiopian men on Thursday who said they were among only nine survivors from a boat carrying 72 people.  The survivors of...