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Tunisia Moves to Outlaw Party of Former Ruler

Tunisia's interior minister, Farhat Rajhi, took steps Monday to dissolve the party of the country's ousted ruler, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.  The move is designed to prevent members of the party from running in forthcoming elections to replace Mr. Ben Ali, who was forced from power last month and fled with his family to Saudi Arabia.Mr. Rajhi filed...

First Group of Ivorian Refugees Moved to New Camp in Liberia

The UN refugee agency on Friday started relocating a first group of around 100 Ivorian refugees from Liberia’s border area to the newly established camp at Bahn. The UNHCR says it has plans to move a further 15,000 refugees to the camp over the coming weeks. The UN refugee agency had hoped to move 150 Ivorians to the new refugee camp in Bahn on...

Lack of Infrastructure a Major Challenge for South Sudan

South Sudan is due to become the world’s 193rd nation on July 9, following a referendum last month in which nearly 99 percent of its voters chose to separate from Sudan. Africa’s newest nation will also join the ranks of the world’s least-developed countries because of decades of war and neglect by the government in Khartoum. The new government...

Radio Network in Southern Senegal Tries to Restore Peace

A community radio project in Senegal’s troubled Casamance region is trying to help the peace process there by encouraging dialogue in an atmosphere of ongoing tension and violence. Pasted to the wall inside Fogny FM, a radio station located just south of the Gambian border, are the words "radio is an art" scribbled in French.  But for thousands of...

UN: Ivory Coast Measles Outbreak Linked to Political Crisis

Health workers Wednesday begin vaccinating more than a half million children in Ivory Coast, after an outbreak of measles that the United Nations says is the result of disruption in health services caused by the country's ongoing political crisis. Ivory Coast's health ministry has confirmed 47 cases of measles since the first of the year.  Nearly...

Ivorian Refugees Threatened By Disease Outbreaks

The UN Children's Fund warns thousands of Ivorian refugees, who have fled to Liberia, are threatened by disease outbreaks.  UNICEF says cramped living conditions are increasing health and protection risks for children and women.  The United Nations reports more than 36,300 Ivorian refugees have fled to Liberia, 85 percent are children and women....

Government Reportedly Hindered by Mugabe's Absence in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe left Zimbabwe last Friday for medical treatment in Asia. Mugabe's recent absences from Harare means that the executive has met for just two hours in the last two months. Mugabe told colleagues he was traveling to Singapore for a post-operative check after an operation on one of his eyes. His spokesman George Charamba said...

New Vaccine to Combat Infant Mortality in Kenya

A coalition of non-governmental organizations has partnered with the Kenyan government to tackle the leading cause of infant mortality in the east African Nation.   As Kenya strives to meet the Millennium Development Goals, one of the largest battles facing the east African nation is infant mortality. According to the United Nations Children's...

UN Gears Up To Help Sudanese Returning To South

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says it is preparing to help thousands of displaced Sudanese who will be returning from the capital, Khartoum, and other parts of northern Sudan to their new country in the south. Relief agencies anticipate as many as 800,000 southerners will return from the north this year. Some 200,000...

Zimbabwe’s Inclusive Government Stalls

When Zimbabwe’s inclusive government came into being two years ago - the anniversary is  February 11 - after tough negotiations many Zimbabweans greeted its arrival with enthusiasm and had high hopes for political reform they believed would rebuild the shattered economy, get education back on track, reopen closed hospitals, bring products back to...

Mubarak Credited for Egyptian Stability During 30-Year Rule

Egypt's leader Hosni Mubarak, who resigned Friday after 30 years in power, was credited by some with keeping Egypt stable during his rule, but others say that stability came at too high a price.The former air force commander, 82, attained the presidency in 1981 after militants assassinated his predecessor, Anwar Sadat.Mr. Mubarak was Sadat's vice...

Protests, Strikes Spread as Egypt's Regime Stiffens

Labor actions affecting tourism, textiles, railways and the government flared across Egypt Wednesday, as the opposition began to pursue a different strategy in its campaign to oust embattled President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.More than 6,000 disaffected workers demonstrated for a second day Wednesday against low wages and poor...

Advocates Say Removal of Taxes,Tariffs Can Reduce Malaria Deaths

Malaria prevention advocates say many lives can be saved by removing taxes and tariffs from essential commodities used to fight the disease.  Health ministers and representatives from the African Union, attending a meeting sponsored by the World Health Organization, have pledged to make these products more affordable by pushing for the elimination...

Latin America Boosting Ties With Africa

Visits to Senegal this week by Bolivian President Evo Morales and Brazil's ex-President Lula da Silva highlight what analysts say is Latin America's growing geopolitical interest in Africa. The cries of "Olé" that pierced the Senegalese air before a rally Monday are an exotic noise to this continent that boasts only one Spanish-speaking country,...

Darfur: Thousands Displaced in North by Two Months of Fighting

In Sudan’s North Darfur State, fighting between government forces and rebels have displaced thousands of people. The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says fighting began two months ago, forcing people to flee to camps in Shangil Tobaya, Tabit and Dar Alsalam.  It describes conditions in those camps as “precarious.” Cristina Falconi...