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Nigeria’s Niger Delta Called Pacified

As the Nigerian military tries to quell the religious and ethnic violence in Jos in Plateau State, the situation in the Niger Delta is very different.  The oil-rich region known for its violence and kidnappings is now relatively peaceful. VOA reporter Chinedu Offor is on assignment in Nigeria.  From Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, he...

Diplomatic Engagement Not Enough in Sudan

As the referendum in south Sudan rapidly approaches, experts warn that pressure is needed from all sides to create a stable environment for the vote as well as the possible split of the war-torn country in early 2011. With less than three weeks left until voters from across southern Sudan take to the polls to decide their region's future, Africa's...

Research Finds Possible New Way to Attack Sleeping Sickness

New research on the parasite that causes sleeping sickness suggests possible new ways to attack the disease. African sleeping sickness affects mostly rural people in 36 sub-Saharan countries. The World Health Organization says there are currently an estimated 30,000 cases. Left untreated, it is fatal. Sleeping sickness is caused by a parasite...

Fighting Erupts in Ivory Coast

Witnesses in Ivory Coast report heavy gunfire outside the headquarters of Alassane Ouattara, one of two men claiming the country's presidency.Ivorians were braced for violence Thursday after Mr. Ouattara called on supporters to march on state television and government buildings controlled by the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo.Earlier Thursday...

Ouattara Supporters Vow to Take Control of Ivory Coast State Broadcasting

A leading member of groups supporting Ivory Coast’s former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara said they will take over the country’s state broadcaster Thursday, despite threats of violent clashes with the army following the disputed 28th November presidential run-off vote. The state broadcaster is reportedly controlled by supporters of President...

UN Chief Warns of Possible War in Ivory Coast

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon says he is deeply concerned about the threat of violence in Ivory Coast as a result of that country's continuing political stalemate. In a statement through his spokesman Wednesday, Ban said recent developments have created a politically-charged environment where actions could have "unpredictable consequences,"...

Under Pressure, Ethiopia Plans Crackdown on Baby Business

Ethiopia is planning to shut down dozens of orphanages and withdraw accreditation from several foreign adoption agencies, in an effort to halt what critics say is a thriving baby business. The Bright Hope transition center in Addis Ababa is a showcase child care facility, financed by a faith-based Texas charity. Twenty abandoned children, ranging...

Drug Addiction Strains Beleaguered Medical System in Ghana

At a rehabiliation clinic near Accra, Ghana, patients struggle with what the country's health professionals say is a growing problem: drug addiction.   There are not a lot of shelters like Hopeful Way Oxford House in the West African nation of Ghana - or at least there are not enough, health officials say, to confront the country's growing drug...

WikiLeaks Concern for South African Freedom of Information Activists

As WikiLeaks continues to release heaps of United States government secrets, freedom of information advocates in South Africa are concerned the controversy will spur the country’s parliament on to pass a controversial “Secrecy Bill” into law. “We’re concerned that the issues around WikiLeaks may drive the Ministry (of State Security) to suggest...

A.U. Reportedly Taps Guinea's Transitional Leader for Standby Force

The African Union has reportedly named Guinea’s interim president, General Sekouba Konate, to lead the efforts for creation of the African Standby military Force. Reports quoting A.U. Commission Chairman Jean Ping said General Konate’s title will be “High Representative of the African Union for the Operationalization of the African Standby Force...

Human Health Depends on Biodiversity

There’s a good reason why people should be concerned about having a healthy environment containing lots of animal and plant species. A new study says the loss of biodiversity may make humans more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Biodiversity is one of the ways to measure the health of an eco-system.   And the healthier an eco-system is, the...

Nation Now Eyes Nuclear Power in Kenya

The building of a nuclear power plant at the coast is being examined despite concerns over its safety. According to the Kenya Gazette notice of November 26, 2010, this is one of the terms of reference of the Nuclear Electricity Project Committee headed by former Rongo MP Ochillo Ayacko. "...identify appropriate sites for construction of a nuclear...

Kenya’s Government Launches Anti-Graft Investigation

The director of Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Authority told VOA his organization has begun investigating several high ranking officials, including cabinet ministers in the current administration, who have been accused of committing graft. PLO Lumumba, a constitutional law expert, also called upon Kenyans to get involved in the graft fight to weed out...

Ugandan Opposition Sees ‘Flawed’ Election Next Year Likely

The leader of Uganda’s main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) told VOA there are strong indications the government will “inherently” rig next year’s general election despite what he described as citizen disaffection with President Yoweri Museveni’s “poor performing” administration. Doctor Kizza Besigye said the government has repeatedly...

Rape Counseling Centers in DRC Address Unwanted Pregnancies

Opened as safe havens where rape victims can receive emotional support, the International Committee of the Red Cross' counseling centers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are also trying to help the women who are pregnant as a result of the rapes. Rape victimsWhen the International Committee of the Red Cross began opening the Listening Houses in...