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UN: 57 Somalis Drown in Waters Near Yemen

The U.N. refugee agency says 57 Somalis drowned when their boat capsized Sunday in rough waters in the Gulf of Aden near southeast Yemen.The agency reported Thursday that 54 of those who died were refugees and three were smugglers. It said the only survivor swam nearly a full day before reaching the Yemeni coast near the town of Bir Ali.The agency...

Stampede at Mali Stadium Kills 36

Officials in Mali say a stampede during a religious ceremony in the capital has killed 36 people, most of them women.Thousands of people had gathered at Modibo Keita stadium in Bamako late Monday for the Muslim festival of Maouloud, marking the birth of the prophet Muhammed.Witnesses say a well-known imam, Osman Madani Haidara, was delivering his...

Arab and Sub-Saharan Countries Share Issues of Poverty, Unemployment

Sub-Saharan African countries are closely watching developments in North African and Middle East countries, according to a South African foreign policy analyst. Thomas Wheeler, who’s with the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, is a former ambassador. In Libya, where violence has perhaps claimed hundreds of lives,...

Ethiopian Journalist Alleges Detention for Inciting Egypt-Style Protests

An Ethiopian journalist says he was detained and harassed by federal police after comparing conditions in Ethiopia to those in North African states hit by people power protests.Journalist Eskinder Nega says six heavily-armed policemen jumped from a truck on a busy central Addis Ababa street last week, grabbed him and whisked him away to federal...

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan Suspends Campaign to Mourn Stampede Victims

honor of several people who died in a stampede during a political rally last weekend in Port Harcourt.  He has also ordered an investigation into the incident.  Police said it started when thousands tried to leave his campaign rally in Liberation Stadium last weekend. The state is still reeling from the disaster, says Ibim Semenitari, the Rivers...

Nigeria Electoral Commission to Display Voter List This Week

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said his organization will Monday begin a week-long nationwide voter list display that will allow Nigerians to inspect and possibly make corrections to the list. The voters’ list is expected to be used for the upcoming April presidential, parliamentary and state governorship...

Pirates Seize Oil Tanker with $200 Million of Crude

Armed pirates have hijacked a U.S.-bound oil tanker carrying about $200 million worth of crude off the coast of Oman. Authorities say the Greek-flagged vessel has a crew of 25, including 17 Filipinos, seven Greeks and one Georgian. This is the second pirate seizure of an oil tanker in as many days. Experts say that while the price tag of the...

It’s Lesbians vs Police in South African Township

A group of women sing and gyrate outside a police station in Vosloorus, an impoverished township to the east of Johannesburg.  Perspiration pastes the T-shirts they’re wearing to their ebony skins.  The fiery sun reflects off the placards they’re waving, some of which read, “END POLICE HOMOPHOBIA” and “LESBIANS ARE PEOPLE, TOO.” Phumzile Nkosi, a...

Kampala’s Haven from Homophobia

In a balmy suburb of Kampala, gay couples gather in a nightclub to escape the tensions of their everyday lives.  They laugh, they hold hands, they embrace, they kiss, they dance under flashing, multicolored strobe lights, they dig into plates of fatty fried chicken. It’s like any other club…except that the patrons are with partners who are of the...

Rights Researcher Alarmed by Egyptian “State” Violence

A researcher for the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch told VOA she is “extremely concerned” about what she described as government-sponsored violence perpetrated against anti-government protesters, who demand Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down after nearly three decades in power. Heba Morayef said the government, in her words, has the clear...

Egypt's President Fed Up But Says Cannot Leave

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he is fed up with being the country's leader and would like to leave now, but fears Egypt would sink deeper into chaos if he did.   In an interview Thursday with ABC News correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Mr. Mubarak also blamed the Muslim Brotherhood opposition movement for the violence that has taken place...

Harare Suburb Center of Political Violence

In the last six weeks political violence in Zimbabwe has intensified, and now one working class Harare suburb has been described as a ‘war zone’ by Movement for Democratic Change secretary-general Tendai Biti. There are reports that several supporters of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party have suffered serious injuries.Biti, who is...

Egyptian PM Apologizes for Violent Clashes

Egyptian soldiers have taken positions between pro- and anti-government protesters in Egypt's capital, where gunfire erupted early Thursday after violent clashes between the two sides.Several tanks were stationed near Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square, as thousands of anti-government protesters gathered there and built barricades. Listen to VOA’s...

Ivory Coast Security Forces Accused of Raping, Killing Ouattara Supporters

Human Rights Watch says security forces in Ivory Coast have carried out torture, rape, forced disappearances and extra-judicial killings during the political crisis between the country's incumbent president and the internationally-recognized winner of November's presidential vote.  Human Rights Watch says security forces and militiamen loyal to...

Anti-RCD Protests As Tunisia Mourns Jasmine Revolution Dead

Demands that deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's former allies be purged from Tunisia's political life continue, as the country starts three days of mourning for those killed by security forces during the revolt that toppled him. Protests demanding that ex-members of Ben Ali's RCD party be kicked out of the new government continued in...