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Liberian Presidential Hopeful Vows New Economic Policy

One of the candidates in Liberia’s upcoming October presidential election says, if elected, he would institute a new economic policy that would empower Liberians to have a say in the management of their natural resources. Dew Tuan-Wleh Mason, Liberia’s former ambassador to France under former President Samuel Doe, is running as the candidate of...

European Union Recognizes Libyan Rebels

The European Union has boosted the international recognition of the Libyan rebel leadership by opening an office Sunday in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi.European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was surrounded by a flock of rebel officials and reporters as she arrived in Benghazi to inaugurate the new E.U. office. She accepted a...

Botswana Strike Deals Blow to Health Services

In Botswana, the public workers strike continues. It began on April 18 with a demand for higher pay. No settlement with the government is in sight and the strike is now affecting medical care. Earlier this week, the government fired many striking essential health workers, saying they had violated a court order to return to their jobs. Thursday,...

Graffiti Coming of Age in Senegal

Graffiti art in Senegal's capital city is fast becoming a popular and socially accepted way for a young generation eager to speak out.  Graffiti in Dakar can be considered a tool for development, rather than a pointless form of vandalism. Below a cement overpass leading into downtown Dakar is a bright pink, 88-foot graffiti mural. Every day...

HIV Positive Kenyans Call on Leaders to Deliver on HIV Funding

As Kenya begins its first National AIDS Conference in Nairobi, hundreds of Kenyans living with HIV have gathered to demand that promises are kept in fighting the disease. On Wednesday morning, Kenya’s Minister for Special Programs Esther Murugi opened the first, biennial Kenya National AIDS Conference.  But as Murugi and other Kenyan officials...

UN Says Libya is a 'Ticking Time Bomb'

A senior U.N. official warns conditions in Libya are continuing to deteriorate and life-saving assistance is urgently needed.  In launching the appeal, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Panos Moumtzis, says his main concern is for the western part of Libya where 80 percent of the population lives.  “Our concern for the west is that the...

Mediators 'Concerned' About Health of Zimbabwe's Mugabe

South Africa's ruling party says the health of Zimbabwe's aging President Robert Mugabe could affect talks on a new Zimbabwean constitution.The African National Congress says in its weekly newsletter that negotiators are "concerned" about Zimbabwe's succession law should Mugabe "die or retire" before a new constitution is adopted.Questions have...

South Africans to Vote in Local Government Elections

South Africans vote Wednesday in local government elections many see as a test of voters’ patience with the dominant African National Congress party, which is increasingly criticized for its failures to provide basic services, for corruption, and for poor management, particularly at the local level. A recent report by the national auditor general...

Benin Peace Corps Murder Provokes Calls for Reform

While the 2009 murder of a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country of Benin remains unaccounted for, activists and former volunteers are seeking reforms to the U.S. overseas service program.  A hearing last week in the U.S. Congress failed to bring answers from Peace Corps officials about the murder of Benin Peace Corps volunteer Kate...

Botswana’s Government Closes Down Schools as Strike Continues

The spokesman for Botswana’s government says all primary and secondary public schools have been closed down as a temporary measure to address concerns of an ongoing nationwide public workers’ strike that include teachers. Jeff Ramsey said the move was necessary to protect students following a public sector strike that turned violent. “We’ve done...

Study Finds Early Treatment Can Prevent Spread Of AIDS

An international clinical trial of HIV/AIDS cases shows that when one infected partner gets early drug treatment, the risk of transmitting the disease to the uninfected partner is dramatically reduced. For every person in sub-Saharan Africa who gets treated for AIDS, health clinics have to turn two infected people away.  But now a new study, with...

African Gays Under Attack as HIV/AIDS Epidemic Turns 30

Thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, stigma and discrimination continue to slow efforts to prevent and treat the disease. And more and more, gay men are becoming the targets in sub-Saharan Africa. In Uganda, for example, legislation had been pending that could have imposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts. In its final day of doing...

Africa's Domestic Violence, Rapes Extend Far Beyond Congo

While a recent U.S. report has staggering statistics about ongoing mass rapes and domestic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, human rights activists say the problem exists across Africa.  Our correspondent caught up with African lawyers who are in the United States getting advice on how to confront the situation.At a meeting in the...

Anti-Retroviral Therapy Protects Against HIV Transmission

Scientists are reporting “groundbreaking” results in a new study on preventing the spread of HIV/Aids. The U.S. National Institutes of Health [NIH] and UNAIDS have confirmed that a person taking anti-retroviral drugs is much less likely to transmit the AIDS virus, HIV. “This is ground breaking because it looks at it from the other side. So it...

As Museveni Sworn in, Questions Raised About Uganda’s Democracy

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been sworn in for a fourth term in office, which will extend his rule of the country to 30 years. Once viewed as a liberator and reformer, Museveni is now facing increasing criticism over his consolidation of power and his commitment to human rights.Security was tight in Kampala as police and military alike...