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EPA Chief Promotes Green Partnerships in E. Africa

The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency has been promoting green technology partnerships during a trip to East Africa. One project is aimed at resolving Ethiopia’s most pressing environmental concerns.Tedla Woldemichael is an environmental activist working to promote fuel-efficient cooking stoves in mostly rural southern Ethiopia.He was...

Madagascar Crisis Sparks Worry, Hope Among Businessmen

Madagascar’s ousted President Marc Ravalomanana is due to return home Saturday from exile in South Africa despite a warrant for his immediate arrest. It has been almost two years since a coup d’etat and ensuing political standoff sparked an economic crisis in Madagascar characterized by the freezing of most foreign aid and investment. The...

Oil a Contested But Vital Industry in Both Sudans

As south Sudan prepares for independence following the referendum in January, its leaders are counting on oil revenues to fund reconstruction and ignite economic growth. But the fact that the revenues fund more than 95 percent of the government budget and must be divided with northern Sudan creates a challenge. Decades of war prevented the...

Displaced in Ivory Coast Need More Shelter

The United Nations refugee agency says it has begun work on a new camp for internally displaced people in western Ivory Coast. The UNHCR says it expects the current shortage of shelter for thousands of uprooted people to get worse as their numbers continue to increase. So far, the UN refugee agency has registered 38,600 uprooted individuals in...

West Africa Stock Exchange Suspends Ivory Coast Trading

West Africa's regional stock exchange has suspended operations in Ivory Coast because of the country's political crisis. It is the latest in a series of financial closures that deepen the economic impact of the standoff between rival presidents.The regional bourse [stock exchange] is suspending all operations until further notice at its Abidjan...

Ethiopia Revokes License of US Adoption Agency

Ethiopia has revoked the license of an American adoption agency, accusing it of child trafficking. The agency has responded sharply, charging it is the victim of government retaliation. Ethiopia’s Charities and Societies Agency has notified the Minnesota-based Better Future Adoptions Services that its license to operate in the country has been...

Korean Aid to Help Unearth Cameroon’s Mineral Resources

Cameroon’s new mineral research center will begin operations this year.   South Korean mining researchers are making trips to Cameroon to determine the overall cost of the facility, to be located in the capital, Yaounde. They  say the center will cost several millions of dollars and will ultimately be offered to the Cameroon government as a gift...

Activists at ‘World Social Forum’ Seek World without Capitalism

Tens of thousands of activists are in Senegal for the World Social Forum, an annual gathering of anti-capitalists promoting progressive causes. The 11th annual World Social Forum officially kicked off this week with representatives of more than 123 countries convening in Senegal's capital to highlight the world's problems.The gathering follows the...

Traditional, Western Medicine Treat Cancer in Senegal

With cancer rates in Senegal rising, traditional healers and medical doctors hope to collaborate for better treatment. Serigne Samba Ndiaye was trained by his father as a traditional healer and herbalist. At his private clinic on the outskirts of Dakar, he treats everything from insomnia to cancer.Ndiaye say he grinds kola nuts into a powder that...

Moody's Downgrades Ratings of 5 Egyptian Banks

U.S. ratings agency Moody's has downgraded the ratings of five Egyptian banks due to ongoing unrest in that nation, a move that could hurt the ability of those banks to borrow money. Moody's said the downgrades resulted from a reassessment of Egypt's capacity to support its banking system, following the agency's lowering Monday of the government's...

Scientists Develop Green Super Rice

Researchers are working to develop rice varieties which require much less water, fertilizer and pesticide than modern types of rice demand. Rice feeds roughly three billion people in Asia alone, and is a staple food around the world. Modern rice plant varieties yield double or triple the amount of grain possible before the 1960s. When the...

Ivory Coast Incumbent Government Rejects Cocoa Ban

Ivory Coast's incumbent government says there will be no disruption to cocoa production, despite calls by the internationally recognized winner of November's election for a month-long ban on cocoa exports.  Even though much of Ivory Coast's current cocoa harvest has been sold, any threat to production in the world's largest grower has a global...

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...

Somali Prime Minister: Government Suppressing Insurgent Attacks

Somalia’s prime minister told VOA his government has been successful in suppressing almost daily attacks of hard-line Islamist insurgents, including al-Shabab, who have vowed to overthrow the government to implement the strictest form of the Sharia law. Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed said that it is in the interest of the international...

Troops Surround Hotel of Internationally-Recognized Winner of Ivory Coast Vote

Ivory Coast's disputed election has produced two rival presidents who head two competing governments. But only one of those leaders occupies the presidential palace. The other is in a resort hotel protected by U.N. peacekeepers. Most of the world leaders now recognize the Abidjan hotel as the country's seat of power. With government troops...