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Security Council Demanding Results From Somali Government

As the campaign to oust Islamist insurgent group al Shabab intensifies, the U.N. Security Council is warning Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government to resolve its internal differences or lose backing from the international community.With the internationally approved mandate of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government set to expire in August,...

Nigerian President Takes Charge of Economic Planning

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he is taking charge of the country's economic planning.  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he will lead Nigeria's economic team in his new Cabinet, replacing the finance minister as the country's chief financial planner.Jonathan says he will push to raise import tariffs on rice and sugar to better...

Liberian Ministers Defend Government's Development Effort

Two leading Liberian economic ministers say the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s signature three-year development plan, has been a success thus far. Planning and Economic Affairs Minister Amara Konneh and Finance Minister Augustine Ngafuan were in Washington to discuss the success of their government’s...

Difficult Fight Seen for Mogadishu’s Bakara Market

As international troops close in on Mogadishu's Bakara market, a stronghold of the militant group al-Shabab, an analyst from the International Crisis Group is warning that seizing the critical position could prove to be complicated and costly.Much of the military campaign in Somalia's war-torn capital, Mogadishu, has been a battle for Bakara...

Liberian Presidential Hopeful Vows New Economic Policy

One of the candidates in Liberia’s upcoming October presidential election says, if elected, he would institute a new economic policy that would empower Liberians to have a say in the management of their natural resources. Dew Tuan-Wleh Mason, Liberia’s former ambassador to France under former President Samuel Doe, is running as the candidate of...

Pro-Gadhafi Supporters Rally in Libyan Capital

Supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi rallied in Tripoli on Thursday, apparently in response to state news reports that his forces were regaining control of rebel-held Benghazi. About 100 people chanted pro-Gadhafi slogans and honked car horns, although there were no independent reports of rebels losing their grip on the eastern city....

Trade Barriers Impede Food Security

When the food crisis began several years ago, with soaring prices and supply shortages, governments agreed to invest much more in agriculture. And with predictions of a global population of nine billion by 2050, the need for more food has become increasingly urgent. But some say food security cannot be achieved unless trade barriers are removed....

Analysts: Guinea Mining Deal Could Open Doors for More Investment

The world's top bauxite producer, Guinea, recently signed its first mining agreement since the country's return to democracy, which analysts say may expedite the development of its lucrative mining sector.  Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has agreed to pay Guinea $700 million for the right to mine iron ore in two blocks of the country's southern...

African Gays Under Attack as HIV/AIDS Epidemic Turns 30

Thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, stigma and discrimination continue to slow efforts to prevent and treat the disease. And more and more, gay men are becoming the targets in sub-Saharan Africa. In Uganda, for example, legislation had been pending that could have imposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts. In its final day of doing...

Opportunity International Says Microfinancing Blooming in Congo

A non-profit that helps people climb out of poverty says microfinance - the practice of giving entrepreneurs very small loans to help their businesses - is flourishing in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Less than one percent of the Democratic Republic of Congo's 68 million people enjoy that most basic of financial services: a bank account.But...

Senegalese Villages Turn to Solar Power

In Senegal, growing electricity shortages are forcing more and more people to turn to one of the country's greatest renewable resources, solar energy. There are no power lines running through the village of Langueme, in the Factik region of Senegal.  Like many rural areas here, people here are not connected to the national electricity grid.  But,...

Kenya Hip Hop Artist Remembers His Roots

Henry Ohanga, otherwise known as "Octopizzo," is one of Kenya's hottest hip hop artists. He says his most satisfying work is helping fellow youth in Nairobi's so-called "informal settlement" of Kibera to turn away from drugs and crime and instead make a living from their talents.  Born and raised in Kibera, Octopizzo started a youth self-help...

Ivory Coast Resumes Cocoa Exports

Ivory Coast is resuming cocoa exports that were stopped during the political crisis resulting from last year's disputed election.  The country's new president is moving to revive an economy hurt by years of division.The world's largest cocoa producer is back in business, as 1,700 tons of Ivorian beans are loaded onto a ship in Abidjan before...

Journalists: Ethiopia Hijacked Press Freedom Day Conference

An Ethiopian observance of World Press Freedom Day was marred Tuesday by a walkout of independent journalists after a dispute with a rival group of state-run media employees.  It was organized as a conference on critical topics of interest to Ethiopian journalists.  But before the meeting began, staff members of Addis Ababa’s private newspapers...

Ugandan Capital Tense After Friday’s Riots

Uganda’s capital Kampala is reportedly calm but tense after Friday’s riots that according to a police statement, has claimed the lives of at least five people and left over a hundred injured. Uganda security forces fought running battles with protesters following what many describe as the inhumane and brutal arrest of the main opposition leader Dr...