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Medicine in Short Supply in Abidjan, Hospitals Struggling

A medical aid group says the humanitarian crisis is stabilizing in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan, but continued violence in the west is blocking access to many in need. Doctors Without Borders [MSF] is providing medical services in many parts of the country and across the border in Liberia. “In Abidjan, actually, the conditions have...

Egyptian Prosecutor Considers Moving Former President to Prison Hospital

An Egyptian prosecutor has ordered a medical team to assess the health of former President Hosni Mubarak to determine if he can be moved from a hospital in the Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh to the Tora prison complex near Cairo.The prosecutor on Thursday ordered the examination of Mubarak. The same day, the state-run news agency MENA quoted an...

Senegal Tests Controversial Maternal Health Drug

A controversial drug that can save women from bleeding to death after delivery has shown promising results in trials conducted in Senegal. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 1,000 women die each day during complications with pregnancy and childbirth. WHO research shows 99 percent of these cases occur in developing...

Wheat Rust Threatening Crops in Africa, Asia and Mideast

Scientists met this week to discuss an aggressive new strain of wheat rust disease that has the potential to devastate crops in many parts of the world. It’s been found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, Iran and Uzbekistan. A meeting has just concluded in Aleppo, Syria, where experts made recommendations to stop the spread of the disease...

Jonathan Calls for End to Post-Election Violence in Nigeria

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has called for an end to violence in the country's mainly Muslim north following his presidential election victory.In a speech late Monday, Jonathan urged national unity and said no one's political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian.The Red Cross says many people were killed and thousands displaced...

Riots Break Out in Northern Nigeria As President Declared Winner

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has won a presidential election with results being reported in all 36 states, as riots broke out in the mainly Muslim north to protest the outcome.Election officials announced Monday that Mr. Jonathan received million 22,495,187 votes in Saturday's polls, nearly twice the number of his main challenger, former...

Carter Center in Final Push to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease

As Southern Sudan prepares to emerge on the world stage as the newest nation on the planet, health workers combating Guinea Worm disease are hoping the country’s independence will energize the campaign against the parasite. The end of Guinea WormIts official name is Dracunculiasis. For those stricken, it is a painful experience, particularly when...

Libyan Opposition Seeks to Build Self-Styled Government

With fighting between opposition forces in Libya and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi in its third month (on April 17th), the rebels have begun to take steps to govern and administer the areas under their control. VOA’s Scott Bobb spoke to opinion leaders in the opposition-controlled city of Benghazi and has this report. Every Friday...

Nigeria's Jonathan Secures Unbeatable Poll Lead; Riots Erupt

Election results in Nigeria show President Goodluck Jonathan has secured an unbeatable lead in the presidential race, sparking protests and allegations of vote-rigging in the northern part of the country.Jonathan's victory became virtually certain after all but five of the 36 states released their results on Monday. There were not enough...

Nigeria ‘Likely’ to Declare Winner of Presidential Vote Monday

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the chairman of the electoral body is likely to officially announce the outcome of the presidential election Monday. Nick Dazan, INEC’s assistant director of public affairs, says preliminary reports of some observers who monitored Saturday’s presidential election...

North-South Divide in Nigeria's Presidential Election

Early results from Nigeria's presidential election show sharp divides between the mainly Muslim north and mostly Christian south.Results from Saturday's presidential election appear to be split between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.President Jonathan - a Christian from the oil-producing Niger Delta - was...

Reports Positive from Nigerian Presidential Vote

Initial reports indicate the voting has gone well in Nigeria's presidential poll, in contrast to a number of previous contests marred by violence and fraud.Observers said voters turned out in large numbers Saturday to elect incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan to his first full term or one of two main challengers.  Mr. Jonathan assumed the...

Nigerians Vote in Presidential Elections

Nigerians are voting Saturday in elections President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to win.Security is tight at polling stations across the country.  Two explosions in the northeastern city Maiduguri early Saturday heightened concerns but caused no injuries.Mr. Jonathan faces two main challengers who failed to form an alliance in a last-minute bid...

Inflation, Drought Deal Ethiopia a Double Blow

Ethiopia has been dealt a double setback with word that inflation is rising rapidly at a time when drought is threatening crops and adding to the numbers of people needing food aid. Ethiopia’s Central Statistical Agency Friday announced the consumer price index was 25 percent higher in March than a year ago. That follows a 16.5 percent increase in...

G20 Asked to Support Tax for Health and Development

In Washington Friday, G20 finance ministers are holding a daylong meeting to discuss the world economy, Japan’s nuclear crisis, China’s currency and other issues. The ministers are here as part of the World Bank / IMF spring meetings. Many NGOs and other groups are calling on them to also take up the issue of a Financial Transaction Tax [FTT],...