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West African Bank Replaces Head to Cut Off Ivory Coast Government

West African leaders have replaced the head of the region's central bank in a move to further isolate the incumbent president of Ivory Coast who is refusing to give up power to the internationally-recognized winner of November's vote. West Africa's central bank last month announced it would sever incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo's access to...

Russian Arms Dealer's Trial Resumes Amid Calls for Global Arms Treaty

Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout makes a second appearance in a New York court Friday, where he is accused of offering to supply arms to terrorists and rebels in Africa. Oxfam, an International non-governmental organization fighting poverty and injustice, says the Bout case shows why there is an urgent need for global rules on arms trade....

East Africa Eager to Welcome Independent South Sudan

With the final referendum votes being counted and south Sudan preparing to cut ties with the north, excitement is building in East Africa, as the prospects of an expanded political and economic union draw near. While official results from south Sudan’s historic election are not expected until February, unofficial tallies indicate nearly universal...

Nigerian Presidential Candidates Campaign on Economy

Presidential candidates in Nigeria are promising to create more jobs and attract more outside investment by improving infrastructure. Unemployment is a big issue in Africa's most populous nation. So presidential candidates are campaigning hard on the economy with opposition parties criticizing the government for failing to use Nigeria's vast oil...

Arab League Chief Says Tunisia's Unrest May Spread

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa has warned Middle East leaders that the region is being "broken" by poverty, unemployment and a general slide in economic conditions. He commented Wednesday at a summit in Egypt that is being overshadowed by the unrest that toppled Tunisia's government last week. Moussa told Arab leaders the political...

South Sudan Officials Prepare for Referendum Result

As vote tabulation proceeds in southern Sudan’s independence referendum, its leaders are preparing for the day when the final results are in. Officials say whether the region chooses to separate or remain part of Sudan they face vast challenges. The head of United Nations in southern Sudan, David Gressly, arrived in the region before the north and...

Ouattara Says Gbagbo Stalling for Time to Arm Himself

Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara says President Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to give up power and acknowledge losing the November election, is stalling for time to arm himself. Listen to VOA's Interview With President-elect Ouattara Mr. Ouattara told VOA that Mr. Gbagbo is looking to buy weapons and ammunition and recruit mercenaries...

Incumbent Ivory Coast Government says Economic Sanctions Will Fail

Ivory Coast's incumbent government says it is not intimidated by economic sanctions meant to force it from power.  The internationally recognized winner of Ivory Coast's presidential vote believes those sanctions will eventually contribute to the incumbent government's collapse.The European Union is increasing economic pressure on incumbent...

Ethiopia’s Inflation Rate Hits Nearly 15 Percent in December

Ethiopia's annual inflation rate soared to 14.5 percente in December, partially due to steep increases in food prices following a currency devaluation.  The government is hoping newly imposed price controls will ease consumer pressure.Ethiopia's Central Statistical Agency Friday said inflation had jumped from 10.2 percent in November to 14.5...

Ugandan Wins Africa Rural Connect Contest

A Ugandan is the grand prize winner of the Africa Rural Connect contest organized last year by the National Peace Corps. Association to solicit ideas on ways to improve the lives of rural farmers in Africa. Johnstone Baguma is founder and executive director of Toro Development Network, a community-based, non-governmental organization that promotes...

Hope, Celebration as Sudanese Community Votes in Kenya

As the long-awaited Sudanese referendum begins, southern Sudanese from around the world are casting their ballots to determine the future of their country. VOA visited a polling center in Nairobi, Kenya to observe the historic vote. The scene at Nairobi’s Railways Sports Club could have easily been mistaken for a large family gathering, or a...

Britain, Canada Reject Expulsion Orders Against Diplomats in Ivory Coast

Canada and Britain are rejecting the expulsion of their ambassadors by Ivory Coast's incumbent president, saying they recognize only the authority of his rival, the internationally-recognized winner of the country's presidential election. Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo's government says Canadian ambassador Marie Isabelle Massip and United...

Incumbent Ivory Coast President Expels British, Canadian Ambassadors

Ivory Coast's incumbent president is expelling the British and Canadian ambassadors after their countries withdrew recognition of his envoys. International pressure on the incumbent president is growing as the Obama administration has frozen his assets.Incumbent government spokesman Ahoua Don Mello says Canadian ambassador Marie Isabelle Massip...

Over 275,000 Zimbabweans Apply for Legal Status in South Africa

The first phase of a vast operation to legalize Zimbabweans who fled south across the border to South Africa during the past 10 years  of political and economic crisis has ended.  South Africa is scrutinizing more than 275,000 applications for permits from Zimbabweans who met the December 31 deadline, and says it will not deport any until the...

Oceanic Bank Winds-Up Operations in Gambia

Oceanic Bank Gambia Limited, a subsidiary of its parent company in Nigeria has began winding up its operations in The Gambia, following its failure to meet the Central Bank of the Gambia [CBG] minimum capital requirement of D150 million. The move came after the CBG issued a press release Monday stating that "13 of the 14 banks operating in The...