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Protesters Absent as Ethiopia Marks Anniversary of Meles Rule

Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have turned out in Addis Ababa’s main square to mark Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s 20th anniversary in power.  A “day of rage” counterdemonstration planned by democracy activists failed to materialize.The turnout at Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square was a fraction of the one million predicted. And with thunder clouds...

Tensions Remain High in Refugee Camp Near Tunisia-Libya Border

The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to international donors to step up aid for thousands of refugees and migrant workers caught up in deadly disturbances over the past week at a camp near the Tunisia-Libya border.  The UNHCR is also urging countries to resettle refugees who cannot safely return to their home countries.  Serious disturbances broke...

NGO: Guinea-Bissau to be Land Mine Free by Next Year

An organization dedicated to the removal of land mines from three conflicts in the small West African nation of Guinea-Bissau says the country will become mine free in 2012. The land mine removal group HUMAID says it is close to completing its work in the mine-riddled countryside of Guinea-Bissau, a country of 1.6 million people that is nestled...

Zimbabwean Conservationist Seeks to Protect Black Rhinos

Zimbabwe has one of the largest populations of black rhinos in the world.But conservationists say their numbers are declining, mostly because of man-made problems, including poaching and human encroachment, as people look for new land to farm. Every year hundreds of rhinos are killed for their horns, which are sold for medicinal purposes in...

Thousands Flee Violence in Sudan’s Abyei Region

The United Nations reports thousands of people are fleeing the conflict in the disputed Abyei region between north and south Sudan. Aid agencies describe the situation as volatile, with sporadic shooting and looting reported.  Before northern Sudanese troops marched into Abyei and fighting erupted last week, an estimated 110,000 people lived in...

G8 Pledges Billions Toward Mideast Democracy, African Development

G8 leaders have pledged $20 billion in assistance for the democratic transformations in Egypt and Tunisia and address development and security needs in sub-Saharan Africa. The pledge came on the final day of their summit in Deauville, France. G8 leaders said in a final communique that the money is intended to shore up the so-called Arab Spring,...

AU Summit Endorses Libya Peace Map, Demands Air Strikes Halt

An African Union summit has demanded an immediate end to NATO airstrikes on Libya, and backed a “Road Map” peace plan calling for a ceasefire and negotiations. A small but growing number of African nations are suggesting Moammar Gadhafi must be excluded from any peace deal.The African Union Thursday endorsed its own peace plan for Libya. The so-...

Sarkozy: Critical That G8 Support Arab 'Spring'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said it is critical that Group of Eight leaders deliver firm commitments to help Tunisia and Egypt during their two-day summit in France.  Speaking at a press conference, G8 summit host - French President Nicolas Sarkozy - said it is critical that the popular revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt succeed.  He said...

Libyan Opposition to Open Office in Washington, Says Official

The general secretary of Libya’s opposition Transitional National Council [TNC] says his group will soon open an office in Washington, as pressure mounts on Moammar Gadhafi to step down and cede power. Abdul Karim said he is encouraged by the international community’s support and recognition of the TNC’s legitimacy. “We are optimistic and happy...

Partisan Zimbabwe Police Flourish Under Attorney General

Many of Zimbabwe's top lawyers say the country's 2008 political agreement, the foundation of the inclusive government, will not achieve its goal of producing undisputed elections, unless the present attorney general is replaced with a professional legal officer.  Two human rights defenders were arrested this week while managing a workshop in...

Security Council Demanding Results From Somali Government

As the campaign to oust Islamist insurgent group al Shabab intensifies, the U.N. Security Council is warning Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government to resolve its internal differences or lose backing from the international community.With the internationally approved mandate of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government set to expire in August,...

Libya Invested Oil Wealth Around the World

A new report says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi deposited billions of dollars of the country's oil revenues in accounts at some of the largest Wall Street and European financial institutions.Global Witness, a British advocacy group that campaigns against natural resource-related corruption, released a document Thursday it had obtained showing that...

AU Security Summit Considers Post-Gadhafi Libya

African leaders are holding a two-day security summit focused on shaping more timely and coordinated responses to crises on the continent.  The opening day's discussions at African Union headquarters revealed deep divisions about how to move to a post-Gadhafi Libya.Moammar Gadhafi's government asked for the continental summit after initial AU...

Guinea-Bissau Wants More Money for Fish Agreements

Officials in Guinea-Bissau say the European Union is paying too little for the right to fish in their seas, and must pay more if they want to continue doing so.This wetland country off Africa's Atlantic coast is no rich nation.  In fact, the United Nations ranks it the world's sixth poorest.Yet just off shore, under the waves that batter its 80...

G8 Warned of Pending Food Crisis

G8 leaders are being called on to make stronger ties with Africa a top priority at their meeting in Deauville, France, especially regarding food security and poverty reduction. The International Food Policy Research Institute [IFPRI] warned of another food crisis unless action is taken. “For the last decade or so, the partnership between Africa...