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Economic Problems Fuel Ivory Coast Conflict, says Analyst

Ivory Coast’s electoral stand-off has cost hundreds of lives. Independent monitors and the international community say Alassane Ouattara won the recent presidential poll, and incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo refuses to step down. But some observers say the real cause of the conflict is cocoa, the commodity that has boosted living standards in...

US Authors Delve Deep Into Congo's Troubles

As atrocities persist in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, two U.S. authors have delved deeply into the country's troubles, trying to explain the situation to an outside audience.  Warfare in the vast central African nation is estimated to have caused the deaths of  more than five million people from combat and the related humanitarian...

Ethiopian Economy Counting on Perks of Coffee Trade

Some of the world’s finest specialty coffees come from Africa, and now some African countries are looking at ways to make sure the perks of the lucrative coffee trade are not limited to coffee connoisseurs.Morning at a coffee shop in Washington and the grind is on.Only these customers are not buying just any coffee.  They are buying expensive,...

Nigerian Electoral Official to Discuss Election With Governors

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the chairman of the electoral body is scheduled to address the country’s governor’s forum Monday, ahead of April’s presidential, parliamentary and state governorship elections. Nick Dazan, INEC assistant director of public affairs, says the electoral chief will focus...

Zimbabwe’s Popular Newspaper Returns After Seven Years

Zimbabwe’s Daily News  is back on the streets after a seven-year absence. The newspaper was forced to close after marathon court battles under the former government controlled by the ZANU-PF party.Many Harare residents seemed pleased to have another newspaper choice.Happy readersJill Day is Zimbabwe’s senior public relations consultant, who has...

Libya Cease-Fire Draws Skepticism as Emergency Summit Planned in France

The leaders of Britain and France and the chiefs of the United Nations and Arab League will join other world leaders for an emergency summit on Libya.  French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said that Paris will host the meeting Saturday to talk about international intervention in Libya.The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution on...

Egypt Prepares for Referendum, US Treads Careful Line

Egyptians will vote Saturday in a referendum on changes to the constitution, the first in a series of steps meant to carry out reforms demanded in a popular uprising. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got to see first-hand the continued push for change in Egypt, driving past a crowd of demonstrators seeking economic betterment Wednesday...

Ivory Coast: Aid Agencies Struggle to Help Displaced

It’s estimated that between 300,000 and 400,000 people have been displaced by the political turmoil and fighting in Ivory Coast.  Humanitarian agencies and NGOs are stretched thin trying to help. Tens of thousands of refugees have crossed the border into Liberia, seeking shelter in villages and camps run by the United Nations.  Tuesday, the aid...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Sees Investment Opportunities in Africa

Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana all have investment opportunities for the U.S. business community, according to Scott Eisner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Eisner, who heads the group’s Africa Business Initiative, led a delegation to the three countries in early March.  He says the countries all offer market potential for infrastructure investments...

Government: Uganda Post-Election Protesters ‘Hooligans’

The spokesperson for Uganda’s government describes anti-government protesters demonstrating against alleged rigging by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) in last month’s presidential and parliamentary elections as hooligans and property destroyers. Kabakumba Labwoni Masiko says the protesters defied the country’s law by refusing to...

Turkey Opposes Sanctions Against Libya, Contradicting its Western Allies

Pro-government forces in Libya are escalating their attacks on rebel forces. The increasing violence is fueling talk for tough sanctions and the enforcement of a no-fly zone against Libya and its leader, Moammar Gadhafi, both in the European Union and the United States. But Turkey, an EU applicant and NATO member, is voicing strong opposition to...

Peace Corps Mission Unchanged 50 Years Later

<!--IMAGE-->This month, the Peace Corps marks 50 years of work across the developing world. It was founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy and has been supported by other presidents, including Barack Obama, who has emphasized the need for public service. This month’s celebrations will recognize the achievements of volunteers past and...

Closing Gender Gap Could Boost World Food Supply

Food prices continue to rise, threatening to push more and more people into poverty and hunger. A new report from the UN food agency says one of the best ways to boost agricultural productivity worldwide would be to remove the barriers women farmers face that their male counterparts do not. Women farmers tend to be less productive than men, but...

Tiny Italian Island Braces for Influx of North African Refugees

Residents of the tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa are bracing for an influx of refugees fleeing political violence in North Africa. Island officials and business leaders are concerned the mass migration could adversely affect the tourism industry.More than 6,000 immigrants have already landed in Lampedusa since the start of the year. ...

Kenyan Women's University Prepares Students to Compete

Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is home to Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology (KWUST), the only university in East Africa that caters specifically to women. Officials and students say having an all-famale environment better prepares the school's graduates to be successful leaders in the working world by developing their self-esteem and...