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Fighting Poverty with Better Nutrition for Women

Hunger and poverty continue to be major obstacles to the well-being of millions of women and children around the world.  The Bread for the World Institute says those problems can be reversed by improving the social, economic and political status of rural women. Executive Director Asma Lateef says reducing global hunger and poverty simply starts...

West Africa Explores Ways to Mitigate Climate Change's Effects

From eroding coastline to depleted fish stocks, the effects of climate change are being felt along West Africa's coast and governments and environmental groups are coming together to talk about what can be done to mitigate its impact.  The ocean breaking on southern Senegal's coastline does not look much different from any other beach. But a...

Nigerian Youths Call on Political Parties to Adopt Pro-Youth Programs

In Nigeria, some youth groups say candidates at all levels of government are not addressing issues of concern to young people. The ruling PDP and the opposition AC say they have programs that will improve the lives of young people if they get into power. But the National Association of Nigerian Students [NANS] says the claim is a ploy to get the...

Kenya Red Cross Sees Shift in Attitude Toward Safe Sex

As the Kenyan Red Cross moves to meet a condom shortage in Kenya, the group is seeing positive changes in attitudes towards sexual health. On Friday, the Kenya Red Cross delivered an emergency shipment of male and female condoms to the people of Mashambani, a village in the Isiolo region in the Eastern Province of Kenya. Nearly 90,000 condoms were...

US Group Helps Africa's War-Affected Women

The Maryland-based group Women for Democracy and Peace in Africa states as its goals helping African women displaced by violence and encouraging them to take part in politics and peacemaking.Member Rebecca Affi is from Ivory Coast. She is nervously following the intensifying violence in her divided home country, where two men are claiming the...

Libya: No Need for International Aid

U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Rashid Khalikov met with Libya's deputy foreign minister and deputy minister of health.  The aim of his visit was to negotiate arrangements for a U.N. mission to assess the humanitarian needs.  But he says the Libyan government was not sure the humanitarian situation in the country justified an international...

Better Labs, Better Health Care in Africa

A new organization aims to sharply improve the quality of African laboratories, allowing health professionals to better track, treat and test for diseases. It’s called the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, or ASLM. A new organization aims to sharply improve the quality of African laboratories, allowing health professionals to better track,...

Ivory Coast’s Health System Collapses, MSF Steps in

The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says “intense armed conflict and political gridlock” are taking a toll on Ivory Coast’s civilian population. The group, also known as MSF, is trying to fill the gaps left by a barely functioning health care system. Renzo Fricke, MSF emergency coordinator, says, “Our teams are really trying to be where...

Film Tracks Woman's Path from Desert Nomad to Supermodel Activist

The life of former supermodel Waris Dirie, who was born into a nomadic Somali clan in 1965, sounds like fiction. A goatherd by age six who cared for her family’s animals, Dirie ran away at 13 to avoid being sold into marriage. That was the start of a remarkable journey, dramatized in the feature film “Desert Flower," based on Dirie’s autobiography...

Niger Election to Return Country to Civilian Rule

Niger goes to the polls Saturday for the second round of a presidential election meant to return the country to civilian government following a military coup last February. The presidential run-off election pits a long-time opposition leader against an ally of ousted president, Mamadou Tandja.Opposition leader, Mahamadou Issoufou, led a first...

Ouattara Says Nationalizing Ivory Coast’s Cocoa Sector is ‘Stealing’

Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized president-elect has described the nationalization of the country’s cocoa industry as ‘stealing’ and promised to reverse a period of economic decline. A day after receiving a vote of confidence from the African Union, Alasanne Ouattara met with AU accredited diplomats to brief them on his plans as Ivory...

Ivorian President Gbagbo Must Step Down, Says U.S. Congressman

A U.S. Congressman says embattled Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should be made to cede power because failure to do so would have a negative impact on the 16 or more other African countries that are likely to hold elections this year. New Jersey Democratic Congressman Donald Payne, ranking member of the House of Representatives Foreign...

Actor, Activist Ben Affleck Urges US to Help DRC

Actor Ben Affleck and other activists are urging the United States to appoint a special envoy for the Democratic Republic of Congo and to help ensure elections scheduled there in November are free and fair. Affleck, founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, testified this week before the U.S. Congress.Affleck came to Washington Tuesday to make his...

10 Killed in Egypt Sectarian Clashes

Egypt's health ministry says at least 10 people were killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians in the capital, Cairo, Tuesday.It was not immediately clear how many of the victims were Christian or Muslim, though earlier reports said as many as six Christians had been killed by gunfire.The health ministry said 110 people were wounded in the...

UN Seeks $160 Million for Migrants Caught up in Libya's Violence

The United Nations is appealing for $160 million to meet the emergency needs of an estimated 460,000 people who have fled Libya's violence or remain trapped inside the country. U.N. officials say they will revise the appeal and action plan in two weeks to reflect the changing situation.   Libya has been host to about 2.5 million migrant workers....