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AU Summit Opens, Libya Crisis Expected to Dominate Talks

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union.  The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) are both at the AU summit outside Malabo where African leaders will...

AU Summit Expected to Focus on Libya Crisis

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union. The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council are both at the AU summit in Malabo where African leaders will present their...

China’s Massive Appetite for Commodities Sparks Concern

China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Correspondent Nico Colombant reports from Washington.Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying...

China Defends Engagement with Africa

Chinese officials are defending their approach to engagement with Africa, saying embargoes and sanctions against Sudan and other brutal African governments do not work. The country’s former envoy to Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region, Liu Guijin says China is offering a new type of engagement with Africa based on equality and mutual benefit....

Ex-Zambian President Chiluba Dies

A Zambian spokesman says Frederick Chiluba, the country's first democratically elected president, died at his home Saturday.He was 68.  His spokesman says he had been suffering from heart and kidney problems.Chiluba led Zambia from 1991 to 2002.  The son of a copper miner and former union leader,Chiluba took office after almost three decades of...

Clinton: African Businesswomen Need More Access to Credit

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says African businesswomen need more access to credit.As African economies work to attract more outside investment and expand cross-border trade, Clinton said there should be more of an effort to help the continent's businesswomen.“No country can thrive when half its people are left behind," she said. "And...

Clinton 'Concerned' by Chinese Trade Practices in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is concerned by Chinese aid and investment policies in Africa. Trade was a centerpiece of Secretary Clinton's trip to Africa this week as she met with business leaders to discuss continuing duty-free access to U.S. markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.So it is no surprise that...

Soutnern African Nations Urge Faster Progress on Zimbabwe Power Sharing

A SADC summit in Johannesburg urged Zimbabwe's political rivals to move faster to resolve differences. The Southern African Development Community called for South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique to appoint officials to a team to assist implementation of the country's power-sharing agreement.The multi-party Joint Monitoring and Implementation...

US Secretary of State Promotes American Investment in Zambia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging American companies to invest in Zambia, citing its 11 years of economic growth.Secretary Clinton's comment came Saturday during a forum with U.S. and Zambian business leaders in the capital, Lusaka.She said the U.S. wants a relationship of partnership, not patronage; of sustainability, not quick...

Clinton: Chad Backs Ousting Gadhafi, Helping on Sudan

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Libya's southern neighbor Chad supports efforts to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power. She met with Chad's foreign minister at a trade conference in Zambia, where they also discussed ongoing violence in southern Sudan. Clinton said Chadian President Idriss Deby's government supports Gadhafi opponents who...

Clinton Says She is Not Campaigning for Top World Bank Job

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is denying press reports that she is campaigning to be the next head of the World Bank. Secretary Clinton has long said she only intends to serve four years at the State Department. So there is growing speculation about what she might do next.The Reuters news agency Thursday quoted unnamed sources said to be...

African Business Leaders Want More US Investments

African business leaders say the United States can do more to encourage investment on the continent. The Obama administration agrees. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to close a meeting in Zambia on U.S. trade preferences.The African Growth and Opportunity Act has been the cornerstone of U.S. investment on the continent for more...

SADC Holds Crucial Regional Summit on Zimbabwe

Expectations are high among Zimbabweans ahead of a regional summit that many hope will result in a roadmap to free and fair elections.  The summit follows a key regional meeting in Zambia two months ago, when without naming names, regional leaders blamed President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party for failing to implement key sections of the 2008...

African Business Leaders Eye Expanded Exports Under US Trade

African business leaders are meeting in Zambia for talks on how they can take better advantage of U.S. trade preferences. The Obama administration wants Congress to extend those duty-free imports.In the 10 years of trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act [AGOA], exports to the United States have grown from $23 billion to $64...

Clinton Travels to Middle East, Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has set off on a four-nation trip where she will take part in talks on Libya as well as an African economic conference.On Thursday, Clinton will be in the United Arab Emirates for a meeting of the 22-nation Libya Contact Group.  Participants are expected to discuss how to help rebels opposing Libyan leader...