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Clinton: Gadhafi's Threats Will Not Stop NATO in Libya

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says NATO will not let Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's threats deter its mission in the country.Clinton made the comments during a visit to Spain Saturday.Libya's embattled leader threatened Friday that NATO will face consequences if the coalition does not end its campaign of airstrikes.Gadhafi delivered the...

US: Sudan Peace Process 'Fundamentally on Track'

U.S. Sudan envoy Princeton Lyman said Friday the process of dividing that country into two independent states is "still fundamentally on track" despite territorial and economic disputes. Lyman is heading to the region for last-minute diplomacy before South Sudan becomes independent July 9.Lyman says the political atmosphere surrounding the birth...

People of Southern Sudan Face Bleak Future with Optimism

Southern Sudan becomes the world's newest country on July 9. After more than 20 years of civil war, followed by a half decade of uncertain peace, the new country is starting virtually from scratch. The challenges are many, but the level of optimism is high enough to match. It is a dramatic shift in mentality from short-term survival to long-term...

Senegalese President Facing Unrest Over Power Cuts, Electoral Changes

Security forces in Senegal have put army tanks on the streets of the capital as President Abdoulaye Wade faces the most serious unrest of his ten-year rule. These protests began over a ruling-party push to change the constitution to make it easier for President Wade to win re-election next year. The government quickly abandoned those changes, but...

Gadhafi's Son Denies Ordering Libyan Troops to Kill Civilians

The son of embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says that neither he nor his father ordered the killing of civilian protesters during Libya's ongoing pro-democracy rebellion against 42 years of autocratic rule.In an interview with the Russian news channel RT posted online Friday, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi defended the actions of Libya's military,...

Sudan after Comprehensive Peace Agreement

On July 9, Sudan splits in two, with the south becoming an independent nation. Once that happens, how should the international community interact with northern and southern Sudan? A new report from 22 international NGOs tries to answer that question. Beyond the Pledge: International Engagement after Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement was...

Libyan Rebel Strategy Depends on Outside Military Help

The admission by French officials that they have supplied weapons to rebels in western Libya could help explain the opposition's recent territorial gain. The advance has been one of the few breakthroughs in the rebels' fight against the government's professional army.  The rebel leadership has spent four months trying to form a cohesive plan to...

Gadhafi Role Blocking African Union Resolution on Libya

African leaders working on a roadmap to end Libya's conflict are stuck on the question of the future of Moammar Gadhafi. The leaders of South Africa, Mauritania, Uganda, Mali, and the Republic of Congo are at the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea drafting a roadmap for Libya that calls for a cease-fire ahead of a transition to democratic...

Controversial Zimbabwe Diamonds Dispute Deepens

There is growing confusion over whether Zimbabwe can legally export rough diamonds from its military-run Marange fields under the Kimberley Process, the mechanism meant to stop the flow of so-called "blood diamonds." Experts have conflicting views on whether Zimbabwe is complying with Kimberley Process rules.Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti...

Sierra Leone Denies Selling Lands ‘Illegally’

Sierra Leone’s information minister is denying accusations that government land sales to international investors are illegal. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said, “It is not true that we gave this land to people illegally. We also have protected our people by insisting that each company that operates in this country in the area of agriculture for the purposes...

Somalia Appeals for International Assistance as Drought Worsens

Somalia’s Council of Ministers issued a statement Thursday calling for dramatic intervention on the part of the United Nations and the international community to prevent the country’s current drought from becoming a major catastrophe.  Somali government spokesperson Abdirahman Omar Osman spoke with VOA just before the appeal was issued.“The...

Russia: France May Have Violated UN Arms Embargo on Libya

Russia says France may have violated a U.N. arms embargo on Libya by air-dropping weapons to rebels fighting troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi earlier this month.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday Moscow has asked Paris to explain the arms drop to rebels in Libya's Western Mountains region. He says that if the...

What’s Next for Sudan?

With Sudan set to split into two countries on July 9, experts and advocates are asking what’s next for north and south Sudan. In a briefing Thursday sponsored by Humanity United and Crisis Action, a group of them raised concerns about the volatile situations in Abyei and Southern Kordofan State and the ongoing conflict in Darfur in western Sudan....

UN Criticizes China's Failure to Arrest Sudan's Bashir

The United Nations has criticized China for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to Beijing this week.U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday she is "disappointed" China welcomed Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.The ICC has charged Bashir with war crimes, crimes...

Britain Sends Body Armor to Libyan Rebels

Britain says it is sending body armor, police uniforms and communications equipment to Libyan rebels fighting against forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday his country is supplying 5,000 sets of body armor, 6,650 police uniforms and 5,000 high-visibility vests to police loyal to Libya's...