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Business School Prize Promotes Global Water Strategies

About one billion people on earth do not have access to adequate or clean water supplies. More people die each year of water-borne illnesses, such as dysentery and cholera, than are killed in wars. To address this humanitarian and public health crisis, one of New York’s leading business schools conducted an international student competition on...

Liberian Presidential Candidate Beyan's Party is Certified

Liberia’s National Elections Commission Wednesday certified the Grassroots Democratic Party of presidential hopeful Gladys Beyan to contest the October presidential poll. <!--IMAGE--> Beyan says she and her supporters are elated and believe that their party will be victorious in this year’s election. “I and my supporters we are very, very...

Human Rights Watch Warns Against Abuses in Nigeria

Human Rights Watch wants Nigerian leaders to ensure that security forces act responsibly in stopping post-electoral violence. Supporters of a former military ruler have clashed with riot police in protests against the election of President Goodluck Jonathan. President Jonathan is sending more security forces to some northern states where Muslim...

Oil Said to Be Key to Libyan Rebels' Fortunes

As Libya's rebels and pro-government forces fight over cities and the country's political future, oil too is a key prize in the conflict, and some argue, a motive for outside intervention.   A man pumping gas near Tobruk, in eastern Libya, says people everywhere in the world are interested in oil.  But he argues it should be shared, that there is...

New Law Aims to Halt Sale of Conflict Minerals from Congo

Several years ago, human-rights activists around the world began advocating against what became known as ‘blood diamonds,’ jewels that fueled conflict in the Africa.  Now, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is not the diamond trade financing local wars, but vast stores of minerals used to make cell phones, laptop computers and other...

Life for Residents in Opposition-Held Libya Calm But Anxious

The fighting in Libya has devastated coastal cities in the central part of the country, but life in parts of the rebel-controlled east has settled into some measure of uneasy calm. It is market day at Findiq Market, Benghazi’s largest vegetable market. Business is good despite fighting a few hundred kilometers away.Raja Salem has come shopping...

Ethiopia Sells Cooking Oil, Sugar to Correct 'Market Failure'

Ethiopia’s government has begun selling some basic food items directly to consumers after imposing price controls that created shortages in the marketplace. Long lines are becoming a regular sight in Addis Ababa as people queue at government shops for sugar and edible oil.Tesfanesh Zewde stood in line for more than an hour in the hot sun this week...

Uganda Opposition Leader's "Walk-to-Work" Risks Arrest

In Uganda, the stage was set Thursday for a possible confrontation between police and opposition leader Kizza Besigye and his supporters. Besigye vowed to stage another ‘walk-to-work’ to highlight what he says is the high cost of transportation in Uganda. The police say publicizing the desire to walk to work amounts to a procession that will...

Economy, Development Central to Nigerian Voters’ Concerns

Nigeria’s economy is the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa, after South Africa, but observers say that status is deceiving. They complain that Nigeria, despite billions of oil revenues and nearly 7% yearly economic growth, has failed to lift living standards for the average person. Tony Iyare is a columnist and political consultant to Governor...

Ugandan Opposition leader Vows to Lead Another 'Walk-to-Work' Campaign

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye says he and other supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will stage another “walk-to-work” Thursday. Ugandan police arrested Besigye and several others Monday charging them with inciting violence after they participated in the first “walk-to-work” as part of a campaign to highlight what they say...

Cameroon-Nigeria Border Demarcation Due to be Finished Next Year

An agreement between Cameroon and its western neighbor, Nigeria, is serving as a model for the peaceful resolution of border disputes. The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission was created a decade ago to map out the boundary between the two countries. It consists of representatives from Nigeria, Cameroon and the United Nations. The commission says it...

Ouattara Blockades Gbagbo, Calls for End to Sanctions

Fighters loyal to Ivory Coast's internationally-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, are blockading the compound of the country's incumbent leader, who is refusing to give up power after a week of fighting. Ouattara is calling for an end to sanctions as he tries to restore the country's economy.After days of fighting to drive incumbent leader...

Nigerians Seek Energy Solutions from Next Leader

In Nigeria, as in many sub-Saharan African countries, getting energy to both rural and urban areas is a great challenge. Analysts say that given Nigeria’s immense resources, the energy industry is not very efficient in meeting the needs of its customers.Civilian leaders since the end of the military dictatorship in 1999 have promised changes in...

Zimbabwe Mining Law Boosts Black Ownership

Zimbabwe's new mining regulations are requiring companies to come up with a plan by May 9 to surrender a 51 percent stake in their shares to black Zimbabweans within the next six months.  The shares will be paid for by the value of the minerals underground. Some Zimbabweans fear that changing the mining laws will decimate the mining industry, much...

Next Nigerian President Faces Multiple Challenges

More than 20 candidates are seeking the presidency of Nigeria, each promising a change in the country’s political and economic direction. Nigeria, a top oil producer, makes millions of dollars annually from exports, but much of that money is lost to corruption. The World Bank estimates that 80 percent of energy revenues go to only one percent of...