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Amnesty: Ivory Coast’s Ouattara Giving 'Green Light' to Violence

A new Amnesty International report says war crimes have been committed on both sides of the political divide during Ivory Coast's violent post-election standoff.  A group from Amnesty International spent about two months in Ivory Coast, speaking to witnesses of a power struggle that erupted after last November’s disputed presidential election....

Monitors: North Sudan's Occupation of Abyei Was Planned

An international monitoring group says north Sudan's occupation of the contested Abyei region was likely a "premeditated and well-planned" operation.The Satellite Sentinel Project, which uses satellite photos to observe developments in Sudan, says it documented a build-up of tanks, helicopters, and troops along roads near Abyei in the weeks before...

Could Muslim Brotherhood Take Over Egypt?

As political Islam grows as a force in post-revolution Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is forming its first political party and getting ready for a good showing in upcoming parliamentary elections. And this has liberal and secular parties scrambling. The revolution that ended three decades of authoritarian rule by Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has...

North Africa Migrant Influx Prompts EU Border Debate

The arrival of tens of thousands of migrants in southern Europe from North Africa has prompted a fierce debate within the European Union on how to deal with the influx. Some countries have begun reinstating border controls within the EU, despite a decades-old agreement on passport-free travel throughout much of the continent.  After five days on...

World Bank Sends Billions to Aid Egypt, Tunisia

The World Bank says it will give up to $6 billion in aid to Egypt and Tunisia over the next two years to help modernize their economies.World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the aid should be linked to reforms in Egypt and Tunisia, where autocratic rulers were toppled by popular uprisings.Egypt is the larger of the two nations, and $4.5...

Northern Sudan Official Outlines Abyei Peace Issues

As northern Sudanese troops continue to occupy Abyei - an area both north and south Sudan claim as their own - a Sudanese official has outlined what he says are major stumbling blocks to peace in the area.The Sudanese ambassador to Kenya, Kamal Ismail Saeed, told reporters in Nairobi that northern government troops would pull out of Abyei once...

Difficult Fight Seen for Mogadishu’s Bakara Market

As international troops close in on Mogadishu's Bakara market, a stronghold of the militant group al-Shabab, an analyst from the International Crisis Group is warning that seizing the critical position could prove to be complicated and costly.Much of the military campaign in Somalia's war-torn capital, Mogadishu, has been a battle for Bakara...

Creating a Safe Haven for Chadians Fleeing Libya

Humanitarian agencies are setting up a way station in a small, remote mountain town in Chad. It’s the entry point for thousands of Chadian migrants fleeing the conflict in Libya. All the new arrivals need food, water and health care. The town of Zouarke is little more than a cluster of 20 huts. But one thing it does have is a deep well. And at any...

Zimbabwe State Media Increase ZANU-PF Propaganda

Zimbabwe’s state media have escalated propaganda for the party of President Robert Mugabe since southern African leaders met Friday in Namibia. Analysts say the high level of publicity, including alleged misrepresentation of facts, appears to be a reaction to the Southern African Development Community’s recent criticism of the ZANU-PF party.South...

Rights Groups call on US to Protect against LRA Rebel Attacks

A coalition of nearly 40 human rights and humanitarian organizations is calling on the Obama administration to step up efforts to protect civilians against LRA rebels. For many years the Lord’s Resistance Army was based in northern Uganda, but now rebels are launching brutal attacks in several countries. LRA Disarmament Act “One year ago,...

US Diplomat in Libya's Rebel Territory for Talks

The most senior U.S. diplomat to visit Libya since the uprising against leader Moammar Gadhafi began in February was in rebel territory expressing support on Monday.Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is in the rebel stronghold Benghazi for talks with leaders of the government opposition. The visit comes a day...

UN Reports Burning, Looting in Sudan's Abyei

The U.N. mission in Sudan reports burning and looting in the contested town of Abyei, which north Sudanese forces seized two days ago.The mission strongly condemned the violence in a statement Monday and said the north's army is responsible for maintaining law and order in the areas they control.The U.N. blamed the burning and looting on "armed...

Sudan Government Cancels UN Meetings, Captures Disputed Abyei Town

Sudan has rebuffed attempts by the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a territorial dispute that threatens to mar the birth of a new Southern Sudanese state. The council responded with a strong warning that nothing should come in the way of the South’s independence in July. The Security Council’s two-day mission to Sudan got off to a...

European Union Recognizes Libyan Rebels

The European Union has boosted the international recognition of the Libyan rebel leadership by opening an office Sunday in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi.European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was surrounded by a flock of rebel officials and reporters as she arrived in Benghazi to inaugurate the new E.U. office. She accepted a...

With Elections on the Way, Tunisia Still Unsettled

Two months before scheduled elections, Tunisia remains a country in flux. Protests continue, discontented Tunisians are still migrating to Europe and the country is grappling with unrest spilling over from neighboring Libya. Tunisia was at the vanguard of the protests still roiling the Arab world. The self-immolation of a young man in southern...