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Gadhafi Role Blocking African Union Resolution on Libya

African leaders working on a roadmap to end Libya's conflict are stuck on the question of the future of Moammar Gadhafi. The leaders of South Africa, Mauritania, Uganda, Mali, and the Republic of Congo are at the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea drafting a roadmap for Libya that calls for a cease-fire ahead of a transition to democratic...

Report: US Drone Targets Militants in Somalia

A Washington newspaper reports that a U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab in Somalia last week, apparently wounding them.The Washington Post quotes an unnamed senior military official familiar with the operation.The official said the strike was carried out amid rising concerns that al-Shabab is...

Drug Firms Fight Spread of Counterfeit Drugs in East Africa

The world's largest pharmaceutical companies have gathered in Nairobi to develop a strategy to fight counterfeit medicines in East Africa. A two-day conference opened Wednesday to discuss the dangers of counterfeit medicine, as well as ways to limit the spread of the drugs in East Africa and around the world. Health officials, police, customs...

Angola Says ICC Being 'Selective' With Cases

Angola has suggested the International Criminal Court is targeting Africa with the cases it pursues, a day after the ICC indicted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.In comments published by the Angolan Press Agency, Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti said African countries believe the court is selective in how it assesses or lays charges. He said African...

Civil Society Groups: Support Justice for Gravest Crimes

Civil society groups are urging African nations to show support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the AU summit in Equatorial Guinea. Some 125 organizations in more than 25 African countries issued a report Monday called Observations and Recommendations on the ICC. It calls on African member countries of the ICC to “support justice for...

Human Resources Key to Southern Sudan's Success

After more than two decades of civil war with the North, Southern Sudan is set to become anindependent country on July 9.  The fledgling nation will be starting virtually from scratch in enacting policies, programs and institutions.  It will be a daunting task, given that few people who lived in Southern Sudan during the war were able to attend...

Rwanda Names 22 Rare Baby Gorillas

Made famous in the 1980s by the movie Gorillas in the Mist, Rwanda’s rare gorillas are making a comeback, having increased their numbers three-fold. This year, the east African nation is celebrating the births of 22 babies in a traditional naming ceremony, the largest group since the annual event began seven years ago.Dancers in long white...

Somali Prime Minister Resigns, Reversing Pledge to Stay

Somalia's prime minister says he is resigning, reversing a pledge he made last week to stay in office after an outpouring of support by Somalis opposed to his departure.Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told reporters Sunday his decision to leave office was made to avert political collapse in his homeland. He said his departure is "in the...

Uganda Coalition Wants UN Probe of April Protest Killings

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is being called on to ensure there’s an “independent and transparent investigation” of the killings during April’s walk-to-work protests. At least nine people were killed during the demonstrations over rising food and fuel prices. Police and the military used live ammunition during protests in Kampala, Gulu, Mbale...

Higher Fuel Taxes Driving Togolese Motorists to Black Market

Higher fuel taxes in Togo are driving motorists to the black market for gasoline and diesel as service stations lose customers to the illegal trade. A five percent increase in Togolese fuel taxes has created a thriving black market for motorists unwilling to pay the equivalent of $1.24 for a liter of unleaded petrol when that same fuel was...

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 “...

Fighting Continues in Congo’s Endless War

The Second Congo War, the world's deadliest since World War II, began in the 1990s when civil war and genocide spilled out of Rwanda and into the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Now, eight years after the peace treaty, the fighting in the east continues. Although the old war lingers on, the nature of the battle is new.Roughly the size of...

Climate Change Threatens World Food Production

Higher temperatures and changing rainfall patterns resulting from global climate change will threaten food production in many parts of the world - especially regions in the tropics already struggling with food security, according to a new report.How climate change affects you depends on more than just how it affects your local weather. It also...

Rights Groups call on US to Protect against LRA Rebel Attacks

A coalition of nearly 40 human rights and humanitarian organizations is calling on the Obama administration to step up efforts to protect civilians against LRA rebels. For many years the Lord’s Resistance Army was based in northern Uganda, but now rebels are launching brutal attacks in several countries. LRA Disarmament Act “One year ago,...

Ugandan Opposition Leader Besigye Put Under House Arrest

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been placed under house arrest by Ugandan police in their latest efforts to quell the "walk to work" protests. In their sixth week in Uganda, security forces are trying nip the demonstrations in the bud by keeping former presidential candidate and opposition figure Besigye from leaving his house.Early Thursday,...