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New Nation of Southern Sudan Seeks to Develop Agriculture

During more than two decades of war, the people of southern Sudan relied heavily on food aid brought in by foreign aid agencies.  Following the signing of the north-south peace agreement, and on the eve of South Sudan’s independence, the focus is now shifting from providing emergency food relief to developing long-term agricultural policies. ...

The Case of Rachid Nini: A Test of Press Freedom in Morocco

A leading Moroccan rights lawyer was recently in Washington to bring U.S. attention to the case of a controversial newspaper publisher now serving a one year jail sentence apparently for exposing alleged government corruption and repression. The case coincides with an upcoming constitutional referendum, part of reforms promised by King Mohammed VI...

Obama Defends US Involvement in Libyan Conflict

President Obama has defended U.S. involvement in Libya, saying the international operation has protected thousands of people in the North African country. Obama said he did not violate the War Powers Resolution, a U.S. law that requires congressional approval within 60 days if U.S. forces are involved in hostilities. He said Libyan leader Moammar...

Nigeria Government Fighting Corporate Corruption

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says fighting corruption is one of the driving goals of his new administration. President Jonathan says the fight against corruption "must enlist the overwhelming force of Nigeria's collective determination" to ensure that the country's limited resources are best used for the common good.As the president...

China Pledges Lasting Friendship with Sudan

China’s president is defending his country’s warm reception for Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, saying Beijing’s friendship with Sudan will not change. His comments followed a meeting with his Sudanese counterpart, who is wanted for alleged war crimes. A military guard stood in attendance as Chinese President Hu Jintao welcomed Sudanese President...

Analysts: Warrant for Gadhafi Could Complicate His Possible Departure

With the International Criminal Court's arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and a trusted ally, some analysts say avenues could close for Mr. Gadhafi, should he want to leave Libya in defeat and find a safe haven. The streets of rebel-held Misrata erupted in jubilation when news came Monday that the International Criminal...

Crowdmapping Arab Spring: Next Social Media Breakthrough?

VOA Middle East Voices: Behind the Wall- Syria crowdmap Six months ago, if someone told you that activists in the Middle East would use social media platforms to revolutionize - literally - the way information is used and disseminated, you probably would have been skeptical. Six months later, Twitter and Facebook have played a crucial role in...

ICC Opens War Crimes Investigation in Ivory Coast

The International Criminal Court is in Ivory Coast to investigate war crimes committed during the political crisis between the former government and the winner of last year's vote. President Alassane Ouattara's government signed an agreement with the criminal court allowing it to formally open an investigation into crimes committed during the...

ICC Weighs Justice and Politics in Prosecutions

Monday, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi, his son and the head of the Libyan intelligence agency. Mr. Ghadafi is the second sitting head of state indicted by the ICC. The first was Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Although indicted in 2008, Mr. Bashir is yet to be arrested. For the victims...

Somali Parliament Approves New Prime Minister

Somali lawmakers have approved Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, a Somali-American economist, as the country's new prime minister.Parliamentary Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden says lawmakers approved Ali on Tuesday by a vote of 437 to four, with two abstentions.Ali, who was immediately sworn in after the approval, said he will focus on fighting terrorism and...

Angola Says ICC Being 'Selective' With Cases

Angola has suggested the International Criminal Court is targeting Africa with the cases it pursues, a day after the ICC indicted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.In comments published by the Angolan Press Agency, Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti said African countries believe the court is selective in how it assesses or lays charges. He said African...

NATO Says it will Keep Pressure on Libyan Government

NATO's commander for the Libya operation says the allied force is not scaling down its airstrikes despite calls from some nations for a pause in the operation.Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard said the mission, entering its fourth month, has made "significant progress" and that attacks on civilians by Libyan government forces have...

Thousands of Chadian Migrants Stranded in Southern Libyan Desert

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it is racing against time trying to save the lives of about two thousand Chadian migrants in southern Libya. It says they’re mostly women, children and the elderly in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical aid. They have been stranded in the towns of Sebha and Gatroun for the past...

China Hosts Alleged War Criminal, Sudanese President Bashir

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is visiting China for talks with top officials. In a news conference after his arrival Tuesday, Chinese officials defended the visit by a leader wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Beijing early Tuesday morning, nearly one day later than...

International Prosecutor Wants Libya to Arrest Gadhafi

The International Criminal Court's top prosecutor demanded Tuesday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi aides arrest him and hand him to the world court for trial.Luis Moreno-Ocampo's remarks came after the court issued arrest warrants Monday for Gadhafi and two top lieutenants on war crimes charges linked to their suppression of an opposition...