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Senegalese President Facing Unrest Over Power Cuts, Electoral Changes

Security forces in Senegal have put army tanks on the streets of the capital as President Abdoulaye Wade faces the most serious unrest of his ten-year rule. These protests began over a ruling-party push to change the constitution to make it easier for President Wade to win re-election next year. The government quickly abandoned those changes, but...

Liberian Politician George Weah Graduates With U.S. College Degree

Former Liberian presidential candidate and football legend George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change Party (CDC) says it is never too late for anyone to pursue and achieve a dream. During the 2005 presidential election, some of Weah’s critics said he was not fit to be president because he did not have a college degree. Last week, Weah...

Nigeria Government Fighting Corporate Corruption

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says fighting corruption is one of the driving goals of his new administration. President Jonathan says the fight against corruption "must enlist the overwhelming force of Nigeria's collective determination" to ensure that the country's limited resources are best used for the common good.As the president...

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...

Liberian President Sirleaf: Country Making Progress, Challenges Remain

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is seeking re-election this year, said U.S. aid to Liberia has helped the country rise from the ashes of war to become an emerging democratic nation. President Sirleaf spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington Friday on the progress her government has made and the challenges it faces. She...

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....

Voter Registration Increases in DRC’s North Kivu province, Says UN Official

A U.N. official in the DRC says there’s been a sharp increase in voter registration over the past 10 days in North Kivu province as the country prepares for general elections on November 28. Alexander Essome, the regional spokesman for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), attributes the...

West Africa Seeks Improved Business Ties with China

Senior officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) begin talks in China this week to find investors in agriculture, industry and roads and other physical infrastructure. The regional body is trying “to stimulate development and through that we [will]…pull ourselves out of poverty,” said Sonny Ugoh, ECOWAS communications...

US First Lady Brings Message of Youth Power to Africa

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrives in South Africa to begin a week-long trip centered on messages of youth empowerment.  The visit to Africa, without her husband President Barack Obama, will also take her to Botswana. US First Lady addessed Africa's youthPrior to embarking on her flight from the United States, Michelle Obama addressed a...

Spain Freezes Detained Mubarak Associate's Assets

Spain has frozen the assets of a business associate of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, after arresting him on charges of fraud.Police said Friday they froze $47 million in bank accounts held by Hussein Salem, which they suspect was obtained illegally in Egypt.  Police say they also seized homes and buildings worth $14 million.Spanish...

Power Portraits Capture World Leaders

World leaders and heads of state are always in the public eye. We watch them on TV and see their photos in newspapers and magazines. But when New Yorker staff photographer Platon Antoniou - who uses just his first name professionally - embarked on a journey to capture images of world leaders, he wanted to discover the personalities behind the...

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...

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 Says Africa Must Fight Corruption to Boost Trade

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says African governments must do more to fight corruption and encourage cross-border commerce to better benefit from U.S. trade preferences. Secretary Clinton says the Obama administration is committed to extending trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. But renewing that duty-free...