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Cameroon Rivals Seek Support Before 2011 Poll

Even though Cameroon's presidential election has yet to be scheduled, political rivals, including longtime President Paul Biya, are busy gathering support. Analysts say that as long as Biya is in the race, his opponents do not stand a chance.A former high-ranking member of the opposition Social Democratic Front, Kah Walla, who is running for...

South Africa Eases Deportation Threat Against Zimbabweans Seeking Work Permits

The South African government has announced it will not deport Zimbabwean migrants who can show they have applied to work legally in the country. But it says it will not extend the deadline for applying for the permits, causing concern among civic groups that work with the migrants.Activists working with Zimbabwean migrants have welcomed South...

Time Running Out for Undocumented Zimbabweans in South Africa

For the past two months, Zimbabweans living in South Africa have been lining up at government offices around the country seeking permits allowing them to work or study legally in the country.  There are an estimated 1.5 million Zimbabweans living in South Africa. With less than a month to go before the deportations are due on December 31, human...

Chicago Businessman Provides Affordable Bikes in Africa

After the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 200,000 people, Chicago businessman Frederick K. Day wanted to help survivors rebuild their lives.  As the founder of Sram Corporation, maker of high end components for racing bicycles, Day felt his greatest contribution would be what he knew best-he put his knowledge of bicycles to use...

Clinton: 'Every day is Human Rights Day'

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted civil society's role in promoting human rights during multiple events at the State Department Friday in honor of Human Rights Day.  Secretary Clinton said that for the people who strive to promote human rights around the world: "Every day is Human Rights Day."Sixty-two years after former first...

WikiLeaks Revelations Put Zimbabwe in Jeopardy of Further Instability, says Analyst

A leading security analyst based in southern Africa says the spilling of United States government secrets about Zimbabwe by the WikiLeaks organization is “dangerous” for the region, and could lead to instability and violence ahead of the election Harare’s expected to call next year. “Certainly for southern Africa, the WikiLeaks Zimbabwe...

US Diplomat: China Displays 'No Morals' in Africa

A diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks quotes a senior U.S. official as saying China is acting aggressively and "without morals" in Africa. The cable, which was widely distributed Thursday, was sent earlier this year by the U.S. consulate in Nigeria's business capital, Lagos. It quotes from a meeting between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for...

Migrant Deportations Could Lead to Disease and Death in Southern Africa, says Aid Organization

An international aid organization is warning that the deportations of thousands of Zimbabwean migrants from South Africa will pose serious public health risks. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says mass expulsions could also endanger the lives of many migrants, including some who suffer from potentially fatal conditions, such as HIV and...

Gbagbo Adviser Rejects Calls for President to Step Down

A special advisor to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo told VOA the embattled leader will not hand over power, despite calls to do so by the international community, including leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), following the disputed presidential run-off vote. Ambassador Yao Gnamien described the ongoing political...

ECOWAS Recognizes Alassane Ouattara as New Ivorian President

A top official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) told VOA heads of state and government have unanimously called on President Laurent Gbagbo to step down and hand over power to the new president, Alassane Ouattara. Sonny Ugoh, communications director for the West African regional bloc said the regional leaders agreed with...

Zimbabwe's Economic Woes Continue

Nearly two years into Zimbabwe's government of national unity, the country's economy is plagued by a declining industrial sector and continuing job losses. There is little foreign investment and little hope for financial assistance. The International Monetary Fund said last week that while it continued technical assistance to Zimbabwe, the...

Zimbabwean Editor Arrested Over Report

Authorities in Zimbabwe have arrested the editor of a weekly newspaper that said police are hiring "war veterans" to bolster the force ahead of possible elections.Police said Tuesday they had arrested Nevanji Madanhire of the independent Standard newspaper.  The editor's lawyer, Chris Mhike, said Madanhire has been charged with publishing false...

Zimbabwe Leaders to Resume Talks Following Zuma Mediation

Following a mediation trip to Harare by South African President Jacob Zuma, the senior leaders in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government are to resume meetings after a two-month breakdown. South African President Jacob Zuma said he had persuaded Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to begin talking to each other...

Zimbabwe's PM files lawsuit against Mugabe

Zimbabwe's prime minister has filed a lawsuit against President Robert Mugabe, alleging he violated the constitution and a power-sharing deal.Morgan Tsvangirai petitioned the High Court to nullify Mr. Mugabe's appointment last month of 10 provincial governors.Mr. Tsvangirai accused Mr. Mugabe of not consulting him about the appointments as...

UN Reports Progress Against HIV/AIDS in Africa

The United Nations says progress is being made worldwide against the HIV/AIDS virus, as fewer people are becoming infected and fewer are dying from the disease. The report also cites progress in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of all HIV victims live, but says greater efforts are needed in the struggle. The United Nations report on HIV/AIDS...