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Injection Drug Use Helps Drive HIV/AIDS in Africa

Injection drug use has long been a driving factor in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. But now, there are signs it’s a growing problem in sub-Saharan Africa, as well. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, sent a team to Kenya and Tanzania to study the relationship between injection drugs...

Ugandan Opposition Leader Arrested Again

Less than 24 hours after being released, Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been arrested again in the capital, Kampala.A spokesman from his political party said Besigye has been arrested for the fourth time since the beginning of the "Walk to Work"  protests just three weeks ago.The arrest comes the morning after Besigye was released on...

Ugandan Opposition Leader Released, Bail Conditions Decried

Uganda’s top opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, has been granted bail after seven days in jail. Besigye, who is the head of the Forum for Democratic Change, was arrested for leading protests against increases in the cost of food and fuel.He was freed today by the magistrate’s court in Nakasongola, 100 km outside the capital, Kampala.  A condition...

Burkina Faso to Address Soldiers' Grievances

Burkina Faso's army commander says the government will work with soldiers to resolve the grievances that led to unrest that erupted last week.General Nabere Honore Traore announced the decision on Tuesday, a day after members of the elite presidential guard released a statement apologizing for the unrest. Last Thursday, soldiers in the capital,...

Students Join Protests in Burkina Faso

The unrest continues to spread in Burkina Faso, with students staging violent protests in Koudougou as army protests expanded to a fourth city.Student protesters burned down the headquarters of the ruling party in Koudougou Monday, and also set fire to the former prime minister's house.  Meanwhile in the northern city of Kaya, soldiers and police...

Rape Victims in Congo Call for Justice

United Nations officials have called the Democratic Republic of Congo "the rape capital of the world" and railed against the atmosphere of impunity that allows soldiers and civilians to rape women and children without fear of arrest. This year, several soldiers have been convicted of rape in Congo, including a prominent colonel, offering a glimmer...

African Union Honors Rwanda Genocide Victims

The African Union held a moment of silence Thursday to mark the 17th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. A lone candle wrapped in purple ribbon burned in the center of the African Union plenary hall as diplomats and dignitaries stood in silence to honor the nearly one million, mostly ethnic Tutsis, who died in 100 days of carnage in Rwanda in...

US Court Sentences Somali Pirate to 25 Years

A U.S. court has sentenced a Somali man to 25 years in prison for a pirate attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden.A federal judge in Washington sentenced Jama Idle Ibrahim on Thursday. The 39-year-old pleaded guilty last year to charges of conspiring to commit piracy and using a firearm during a violent crime.The charges stemmed from a...

Former U.S. President Says Women 'Pivotal' in Uprisings

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says women have played a pivotal role in the uprisings in the Middle East, including Tunisia and Egypt, as well as the ongoing revolution in Libya that demanded change for democracy and equal rights. In an interview with VOA, Carter says one of the greatest human rights violations is done against women and girls...

Activists Fight to Save Crumbling Algiers Casbah

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Algiers' historic Casbah, or old quarter, bears the hallmarks and the scars of the country's turbulent past.  During the bloody "black decade" of Algeria's 1990s civil war, the Casbah was the feared bastion of Islamist terrorists. Now that ordinary residents and a few visitors have returned, and a new battle...

Ugandan Police and Military Unit Accused of Torture

Human Rights Watch has accused Ugandan police of torture and extrajudicial killings. It recently issued a report saying an elite police and military group known as the Rapid Response Unit “frequently operates outside the law” with impunity. The outfit, which includes elements of the police and the army, was created by Uganda’s president, Yoweri...

UN Spokesman Calls For 'Rapid Solution' to Ivorian Crisis

The spokesman for the United Nations mission in Ivory Coast says there is need for a “rapid solution” to the escalating crisis in the West African nation. This came after forces loyal to internationally-recognized President Alassane Ouattara attacked a U.N. reconnaissance helicopter Monday. Amadou Toure condemns the incident warning that any...

Ethiopia Accused of Detaining Activists to Deter Uprising

Ethiopia has detained dozens of political activists as part of what opposition groups say is a crackdown aimed at preventing a North African or Middle Eastern style popular uprising. Our correspondent in Addis Ababa says the crackdown is focused on the politically sensitive Oromia region, home to more than one third of the country’s population....

New Allies Join Offensive Against Libya

New Allies Join Offensive Against Libya Four nations have joined France, Britain and the United States in an international campaign to impose a no-fly zone on Libya. Following United Nations Security Council resolution 1973, Denmark, Canada, Norway and Belgium have all sent fighter jets to the Mediterranean to combat forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. The country's center-...

Missile Strikes Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s Compound in Tripoli

Missile Strikes Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s Compound in Tripoli A missile strike on Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s compound in Tripoli Sunday night has destroyed what Western officials called a military command and control centre. Kadhafi’s regime invited journalists to visit the site of the attack on the Bab al-Aziziya compound early Monday morning but it was not clear if there where any casualties. US...