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Agency Appeals for More Money For Migrants Fleeing Libya

The International Organization for Migration is appealing for nearly $160 million to continue assisting migrants who are fleeing the Libyan crisis.  It says thousands of migrants are stranded at Libya’s border with Tunisia and Egypt desperate to return home.  This is the third appeal IOM has launched since the Libyan crisis began in late February...

Libyan Opposition Says More Aid Needed to Oust Gadhafi

The leader of the opposition Justice and Democracy Party of Libya says logistical and intelligence support from the international community are two key elements “urgently” needed by the revolutionaries seeking to force Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. Hadi Shalluf, who is also an international lawyer, says world leaders need to expedite...

Libya's Foreign Minister Resigns, Arrives in Britain

Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa has arrived in Britain and has declared he is leaving Moammar Gadhafi's government. The British foreign office said Wednesday that Koussa traveled from Tunisia to London under his own free will, telling officials he is resigning his post. British officials urged Mr. Gadhafi's other supporters to desert him as...

Niger Airs Concerns Over West's Libya Intervention

Civil society groups in Niger are speaking out against the Western-backed military intervention against its northern neighbor Libya and the country's leader Moammar Gadhafi, where fighting between pro-Gadhafi forces and rebels has caused thousands of refugees to flood across its border. Niger's government has yet to take an official position on...

African Ministers Mull Government’s Role in Development

Ethiopia’s prime minister says Africa needs a new development plan in which the state replaces the private sector as the main engine of growth. The shadow of recent uprisings hung over a conference of African finance ministers, where officials talked about ways to satisfy Africa's growing population of restless youth.In his keynote address, Prime...

Amnesty International: Momentum Against Death Penalty Gains Ground

The London-based human rights organization Amnesty International says momentum against the death penalty is gaining ground around the world.  The assessment is part of the group’s data-based report titled Death Sentences and Executions in 2010. The total number of executions officially recorded by Amnesty International last year was at least 527....

Obama Administration Defends Involvement in Libya

Leading members of President Obama's administration are defending U.S. involvement in Libya, saying the U.S. acted to halt a humanitarian crisis and guard against destabilizing Egypt and Tunisia.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared on several U.S. talk shows Sunday to defend the administration's decision...

Moroccan King’s Speech Long on Reform Promises, Short on Details?

King Mohamed VI has sometimes been called “the King of the Poor” for the reforms he has instituted in that country since inheriting the throne from his father, King Hassan II,  in 1999.  He instituted wider media freedoms and allowed media to report on corruption; he released political prisoners and amended the country’s penal code to ban torture...

Algeria's Large Youth Population Has Few Opportunities

Walk down Rue Didouche Mourad - a bustling auto route lined with colonial-era buildings that winds its way toward the Algiers port - and this is what you will see: groups of children heading home from school; young girls, some with headscarves, others bareheaded, mobile phones glued to their ears; young men hanging out in cafes; a street...

UN Chief: Libya Not Complying with Cease-fire

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is no evidence to support Libyan assertions that it is complying with a cease-fire. In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council Thursday, the U.N. chief said he continues to have serious concerns about the protection of civilians, abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law....

In Algeria, Popular Protests Still Simmer Beneath Surface

Algeria is simmering with the same toxic mix of  economic and political discontent that has exploded into revolts across the Arab world. But another effort to stage an anti-government protest in front of the main post office in downtown Algiers failed. Frustrated youth It was announced on Facebook as a youth march that would rally thousands. But...

Malawi College Teacher Boycott Shows No Sign of Ending

Lecturers at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, continue their weeks-long boycott, despite an order by President Bingu wa Mutharika to return to the classroom. The lecturers say their academic freedom was infringed on when Inspector General of Police Peter Mukhito summoned an associate political science...

US, Allies Attack Libya

U.S.-led coalition forces have launched more than 100 Tomahawk missiles on key air defense sites across Libya as part of operations to protect the population from the forces of long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi.  U.S. Vice Admiral William Gortney outlined what is being called "Operation Odyssey Dawn" several hours after he said the missiles started...

UNHCR: Preparing For Worst Case Scenario in Libya

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration (UNHCR) warn escalating fighting in Libya could prompt a mass exodus from the country.   They say they are preparing for a so-called worst-case scenario to assist hundreds of thousands of people who might flee across borders into neighboring countries.  Since the...

Clinton Cautious on Libyan Cease-Fire

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States wants to see tangible action by the Libyan government to back up its stated intention to have a cease-fire with rebels. Clinton said Friday any negotiating process in Libya would have to end with the departure of Muammar Gadhafi. Clinton is making clear that the world community is not...