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Nigeria Poised to Elect President

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to win a presidential poll in Africa's most populous nation on Saturday.Jonathan faces two main challengers who failed to form an alliance in a last-minute bid to force a run-off.President Jonathan's top rival is former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, followed by challenger Nuhu Ribadu, a former...

Zimbabwe's ‘Hard Road to Reform’ Report

The first independent review of the often turbulent and sometimes violent politics of Zimbabwe’s two-year-old inclusive government indicates there has been some progress and positive change. The report by the Solidarity Peace Trust says continued control of the security sector by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party has allowed for episodes of...

Ivory Coast: Rape, Sexual Abuse Called Pervasive

Large numbers of women have been raped, sexually assaulted, beaten and abducted in Ivory Coast, according to a humanitarian aid organization. The International Rescue Committee [IRC] is calling on the international community to “ramp up” support programs for victims of gender-based violence [GBV] “to address the needs of the humanitarian disaster...

Economic Issues Key in Nigerian Presidential Vote

After voting in parliamentary elections last weekend, Nigerians will once again head to the polls this Saturday.  This time around, the people of Africa's most populous country are getting ready to choose their next president. A campaign rally in Lagos, the capital - this one in support of Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of one of the main opposition...

Hospitals Struggle to Care for Wounded in Libya Fighting

As fighting continues between troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi and opposition forces determined to oust him, the dead and the wounded fill hospitals. VOA’s Scott Bobb recently visited the main hospital in the opposition-held city of Benghazi, in eastern Libya.It is late morning in the intensive care unit of Benghazi’s Jalah hospital....

Economy, Development Central to Nigerian Voters’ Concerns

Nigeria’s economy is the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa, after South Africa, but observers say that status is deceiving. They complain that Nigeria, despite billions of oil revenues and nearly 7% yearly economic growth, has failed to lift living standards for the average person. Tony Iyare is a columnist and political consultant to Governor...

Egypt's Mubarak Hospitalized Amid Growing Corruption Probe

Egyptian authorities say former President Hosni Mubarak has been taken to a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he was under house arrest.The 82-year-old was expected to face legal questioning over corruption allegations and Western media reported that he was to be interviewed by investigators as early as Tuesday.During the...

Egypt's Ousted Mubarak Denies Corruption

Several hundred Egyptian demonstrators have defied an army order to leave Cairo's main Tahrir Square, in a third day of protests against the military chief, and demands for more corruption trials.Protestors behind barbed wire blockades Sunday chanted slogans against Egypt's military chief Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who heads the...

Africa's Bright, Dark Economic Spots Get Attention

As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank spring meetings kick off in Washington this week, Africa's economies are the talk of both guarded optimism and cause for concern. Since the mid-1990s, economic growth in Africa has accelerated. The upward trend is continuing now despite sluggish recoveries elsewhere. World Bank officials...

Humanitarian Aid Finally Reaches Libyan Port of Misrata

U.N. officials say a relief cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of essential aid has arrived at the Libyan port city of Misrata.    United Nations officials say a ship chartered by the World Food Program docked at the Port of Misrata on Thursday and is currently being unloaded.The vessel contains 800 tons of humanitarian aid for a number of U.N....

Ouattara Blockades Gbagbo, Calls for End to Sanctions

Fighters loyal to Ivory Coast's internationally-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, are blockading the compound of the country's incumbent leader, who is refusing to give up power after a week of fighting. Ouattara is calling for an end to sanctions as he tries to restore the country's economy.After days of fighting to drive incumbent leader...

Agency Appeals for More Money For Migrants Fleeing Libya

The International Organization for Migration is appealing for nearly $160 million to continue assisting migrants who are fleeing the Libyan crisis.  It says thousands of migrants are stranded at Libya’s border with Tunisia and Egypt desperate to return home.  This is the third appeal IOM has launched since the Libyan crisis began in late February...

Relief, Rights Groups Say Ivory Coast Civilians in Harm's Way

Relief officials are calling on both sides to avoid civilian casualties in the fight for control of Abidjan as the political crisis in Ivory Coast has already displaced nearly one million people. Aid agencies and rights organizations are warning of a deteriorating humanitarian situation as fighting between forces loyal to Ivory Coast's rival...

Conference Pushes Sharing of Africa Climate Data

The African continent is dotted with weather stations busy collecting data on rainfall, temperature wind conditions, and so forth. When this meteorological information is widely shared, it helps government policymakers and health professionals predict, prevent or mitigate weather-influenced diseases such as malaria, meningitis and plague. The...

Libya Downplays Foreign Minister's Defection

Libya is downplaying the defection of one of its key figures in political leadership.A spokesman for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi confirmed on Thursday that Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa resigned and says Koussa's decision was "personal." In a news conference in Tripoli, spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the resignation did not represent a blow to...