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Rights Group: Uganda Has History of Police Abuse and Censorship

A human rights group says the Ugandan government has a long history of cracking down on freedom of expression. Human Rights Watch [HRW] is reacting to the latest violence stemming from the demonstrations led by opposition figure Kizza Besigye. “Obviously, we’re extremely worried about the situation recently in Uganda,” said Maria Burnett, HRW...

Tunisia Revises Voting Ban on Former Ruling Party

Tunisia's interim prime minister has announced a revised plan that will bar officials who served in the former ruling party from running or voting in July elections, after a broader ban drew protests.  Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi announced the plan on Tuesday.  It would prevent the senior members of the now dissolved RCD (Rally for...

Libya Conflict Has Displaced 550,000 People

U.S. officials said Monday that more than a half-million people, most of them third-country nationals, have fled Libya since the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi's government began in February. And they say about 5,000 people are joining the exodus every day.  Officials here say the outflow is affecting all six countries bordering Libya, but with...

Africa's Governments Confront Social Media Protests

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders has condemned the Uganda Communications Commission for ordering telecom companies to block access to social networking websites.  The order came earlier this month as activists were planning protests against higher prices and corruption. The commission said it took the action to reduce the threat of violence....

US Senator Visits Libyan Rebels in Benghazi

U.S. Senator John McCain arrived in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi Friday to meet with opposition leaders and to assess the situation on the ground.McCain told reporters the rebels are his "heroes", after his arrival in the eastern city that serves as the headquarters of the Libyan opposition.The veteran Republican lawmaker was one of the...

Libyan Rebels Take Western Border Crossing

Rebels in western Libya have taken control of a remote border crossing with Tunisia following fierce clashes with pro-government forces and a week of intense fighting in the nearby mountains that sent more than 10,000 civilians fleeing.Tunisia's state-run TAP news agency says 13 Libyan officers and soldiers, including a colonel and a commander,...

Libyan Rebels Take Control of Tunisia Border Crossing

Witnesses in western Libya say rebels have taken control of a border crossing with Tunisia, following fierce clashes with pro-government forces.Sources Thursday said the rebels secured a post on the Libyan side of the border, on a road leading to the Tunisian town of Dehiba.  They say forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fled across the...

Nigerian Diaspora Seeks Credible Elections Using Social Media

Social media powered civil society groups and the Nigerian diaspora are trying to help make the country’s ongoing election process credible. Election analysts are impressed, saying such efforts will help democracy establish itself across Africa.A video posted on the YouTube video site Thursday showed alleged rigging by election officials during...

Ethiopia Sells Cooking Oil, Sugar to Correct 'Market Failure'

Ethiopia’s government has begun selling some basic food items directly to consumers after imposing price controls that created shortages in the marketplace. Long lines are becoming a regular sight in Addis Ababa as people queue at government shops for sugar and edible oil.Tesfanesh Zewde stood in line for more than an hour in the hot sun this week...

Former Tunisian President Faces 18 Charges

Tunisia's judicial authorities are readying 18 charges against former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali that include a range of alleged crimes from drug trafficking to voluntary manslaughter.The state news agency TAP reported that Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi announced the prosecution plans in an interview on state television late...

Experts: Plan Now for Post-Gadhafi Libya to Avoid Chaos

The United States and its European allies have called for the removal of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and are conducting daily airstrikes to protect civilians that ultimately are helping the rebels trying to oust him.  If their efforts succeed, experts say Libya faces an uncertain future, with many of the same ingredients that led to long...

African Youth to Meet Leaders at AU Summit in June

Africa’s unlimited potential was on display this week as 300 "movers and shakers" (influential) of tomorrow gathered to prepare to address today’s leaders at a continental summit in June.  It takes only a glance at the television news to realize young people are driving the change sweeping Africa.  On a continent where nearly two-thirds of the...

Migrants Missing After Boat Capsizes Near Italian Island

Italian authorities say 150 people are missing after a boat carrying North African migrants capsized in rough seas near an Italian island early Wednesday.The accident comes one day after Italy and Tunisia signed an agreement to curtail the influx of migrants heading to Italy for a better life.Italian coast guard officials say 47 people have been...

Former U.S. President Says Women 'Pivotal' in Uprisings

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says women have played a pivotal role in the uprisings in the Middle East, including Tunisia and Egypt, as well as the ongoing revolution in Libya that demanded change for democracy and equal rights. In an interview with VOA, Carter says one of the greatest human rights violations is done against women and girls...

Red Cross Appeals for Access to Libyan City of Misrata

A Turkish ferry converted into a hospital ship brought 250 wounded people to Benghazi for treatment.  The ship had docked in Misrata under escort by Turkish fighter planes after waiting unsuccessfully for days for permission.Red Cross spokesperson Iman Monkar said weeks of fighting had prevented the group's medical teams from entering Misrata, 200...