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Clinton Encourages Economic Reforms in Tunisia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a visit to Tunisia, is urging the country's interim government to enact reforms that encourage economic development. Clinton arrived in Tunis late Wednesday after wrapping up a two-day visit to Egypt, where she also encouraged leaders to pursue democratic reforms.  She is the most senior U.S. official to...

Clinton Tours Tahrir Square

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is touring Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the uprising that toppled autocratic Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak last month.Clinton said Wednesday visiting the square was a "great reminder of the power of the human spirit and desire for freedom and human rights and democracy."She was welcomed by...

People Prevented From Fleeing Combat Zones in Libya

The United Nations refugee agency is appealing to countries to provide a safe haven for civilians fleeing violence inside Libya.  The UNHCR says it is very worried that many people needing to flee combat areas are either unable to go or are being prevented from leaving.  Fighting in Libya is intensifying.  And yet, the U.N. refugee agency says...

Correspondent Debriefer: Pro-Gadhafi Forces in Libya Strong on Weapons, Weak on Manpower

Fighting in Libya between forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and rebels hoping to overthrow his government continues. Our correspondent Phil Ittner has been reporting about the conflict from opposition-held Benghazi. Today, he traveled by car from Benghazi toward Egypt. Susan Yackee caught up with him when he stopped by the side of the road between...

Malawi University Lecturers Defy Presidential Order

In Malawi, lecturers at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, have defied a directive by President Bingu wa Mutharika to return to class Monday. The lecturers have not been teaching for nearly four weeks protesting what they call “interference in their academic freedom.” <!--IMAGE--> Malawi Inspector General...

Ghana Airlift Brings Thousands Home from Libya

Swift” and “impressive.” That’s how Ghana’s deputy information minister, Samuel Okujeto Ablakwa, describes his government’s efforts to airlift home thousands of Ghanaian migrants stranded in Libya, where rebels are fighting to end the rule of Moammar Gadhafi. <!--IMAGE--> Ablakwa says Ghana's a small country with little in the budget for...

UN Chief Dispatching Special Envoy to Libya

The U.N. Secretary-General says he will dispatch his new special envoy for Libya to that country in the coming days. Ban Ki-moon said Friday that stopping the violence is his top priority.Ban said the fighting between the government forces of Moammar Gadhafi and anti-government rebels is escalating and the death toll is mounting daily."Civilians...

UN: Not Enough Planes to Transport People Fleeing Libyan Crisis

The United Nations refugee agency reports evacuation flights from Tunisia and Egypt are not keeping pace with the number of new arrivals from Libya.  The UNHCR says about 2,500 people are arriving at the Tunisian border every day. The U.N. refugee agency reports 17,000 people are at the Tunisian transit camp waiting to go home.  The agency says...

Libyan Crisis Threatens Regional Food Security

The crisis in Libya could put food security at risk, not only in Libya, but in neighboring countries as well. Daniele Donati, chief of the Emergency Operations Service for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, says, “They employ a lot of workers from neighboring countries.  And these people, they are now fleeing the country and they are back...

Aid Group: Sub-Saharan Africans Fleeing Libyan Crisis

The International Organization for Migration says the number of sub-Saharan African migrants fleeing the crisis in Libya is growing. The aid agency said it was set to evacuate nearly 350 African nationals from Libya's neighbors Egypt, Tunisia, and Malta on Thursday. It said the migrants represent 11 different west African countries.IOM said that...

Clinton Sets Visit to Egypt, Tunisia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Egypt and Tunisia next week in the highest-level U.S. visit to the region since the popular upheaval that toppled the governments there.  Clinton told a Congressional panel she will also meet Libyan opposition figures. Clinton says she will be opening a dialogue with members of the Libyan opposition...

African Presidents Facing Tough Decisions on Ivory Coast, Libya

Several African heads of state are meeting in Addis Ababa (Wednesday and Thursday) to consider responses to two of the continent’s most vexing challenges, Ivory Coast and Libya. The organization’s credibility, and a chunk of its financing, are on the line. Alassane Ouattara attends AU meetingInternationally-recognized President Alassane Ouattara...

Wait Continues for Some Migrant Workers Who Fled Libya for Tunisia

More than 14,000 migrant workers and refugees who fled Libya's conflict are still waiting repatriation at a camp set up near the Tunisia-Libya border. Although the majority of Egyptians have been flown home, other nationalities are waiting for news from their governments and aid agencies. Nigerian migrant workers who fled violence in Libya...

UN Investigating Allegations of Torture in Libya

The new United Nations special investigator on torture says he has received allegations of torture in Libya, which have come to light since fighting erupted last month.  He says he will be looking at these cases. Juan Mendez says he and other human rights experts have received allegations of abuse, including torture, arbitrary detentions and extra...

US Military's Africa Command Gets New Chief

The founding commander of the U.S. military's Africa Command has retired after a nearly 40-year military career, saying the role of militaries in the current North African unrest is evidence of the value of building the kind of relationships the command was established to promote.  It was an emotional ceremony for General William Ward as he...