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Ouattara Inaugurated as Ivory Coast President

IVORY COAST, Yamoussoukro : Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara (L) waves next to French president Nicolas Sarkozy (R) on May 21, 2011 at the airport in YamoussoukroOuattara Inaugurated as Ivory Coast PresidentUN Secretary-General Ban, French President Sarkozy were among more than 20 dignitaries, heads of state attending event in...

Ivory Coast to Inaugurate President Alassane Ouattara

Ivory Coast is preparing for the formal inauguration of President Alassane Ouattara, a ceremonial end to the months of violence that killed at least 3,000 people following the West African nation's disputed election. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are among the dignitaries expected to attend the...

Problems Persist for Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara is set to be inaugurated Saturday in the capital, Yamoussoukro. While his inauguration marks a symbolic end to six months of violent political crisis, Ouattara faces significant challenges to restoring national security.Ivory Coast is still reeling from a post-electoral crisis that killed at least 3,000...

Funding Development through Diaspora Remittances

A new initiative was launched this week to spur development with funds from the Diaspora. The Diaspora Investment in Agriculture [DIA] initiative is co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD]. The program aims to tap into the hundreds of billions of dollars a year in Diaspora...

Thousands of Chadians Stranded after Fleeing Libya

In a remote mountain town near the Niger border, nearly 4,000 Chadian migrants are stranded with little food or water. They’ve traveled a long way to get to Chad, suffering from exposure to searing heat and clouds of dust. The migrants fled the conflict in Libya and traveled some 800 kilometers by truck to the town of Zouarke. While they are back...

Observers: Vote in Key Sudanese Oil State Credible

International observers say controversial elections in a key oil-producing state in Sudan were credible.The U.S.-based Carter Center said Thursday it did not find any evidence to suggest the re-election of Ahmed Haroun as governor of South Kordofan should be invalidated.Sudan's election commission announced Haroun's victory at the polls Sunday,...

Obama Addresses 'Extraordinary Change' in Middle East, North Africa

U.S. President Barack Obama has welcomed the "extraordinary change" taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, but said too many countries have met the calls for change with violence.Obama, speaking Thursday at the State Department, said the most extreme example is Libya, where he said Moammar Gadhafi launched a war against his own people...

Rights Group: Justice Needed for Grave Crimes in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara is being called on to bring to justice to those who allegedly committed human rights abuses and crimes against humanity. A letter to Mr. Ouattara from Human Rights Watch [HRW] describes Ivory Coast as a “deeply fractured nation still reeling from months of violence.”  The violence erupted following last...

Graffiti Coming of Age in Senegal

Graffiti art in Senegal's capital city is fast becoming a popular and socially accepted way for a young generation eager to speak out.  Graffiti in Dakar can be considered a tool for development, rather than a pointless form of vandalism. Below a cement overpass leading into downtown Dakar is a bright pink, 88-foot graffiti mural. Every day...

Ugandan Opposition Leader Besigye Put Under House Arrest

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been placed under house arrest by Ugandan police in their latest efforts to quell the "walk to work" protests. In their sixth week in Uganda, security forces are trying nip the demonstrations in the bud by keeping former presidential candidate and opposition figure Besigye from leaving his house.Early Thursday,...

Pro-Gadhafi Supporters Rally in Libyan Capital

Supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi rallied in Tripoli on Thursday, apparently in response to state news reports that his forces were regaining control of rebel-held Benghazi. About 100 people chanted pro-Gadhafi slogans and honked car horns, although there were no independent reports of rebels losing their grip on the eastern city....

US Envoy Optimistic of Peaceful Sudan Separation

U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman says he is “reasonably optimistic” that Sudanese parties can amicably resolve their remaining issues before south Sudan becomes independent on July 9. Senior officials of the north and south's ruling parties are to resume talks on the separation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday.Lyman, a veteran U.S...

HIV Positive Kenyans Call on Leaders to Deliver on HIV Funding

As Kenya begins its first National AIDS Conference in Nairobi, hundreds of Kenyans living with HIV have gathered to demand that promises are kept in fighting the disease. On Wednesday morning, Kenya’s Minister for Special Programs Esther Murugi opened the first, biennial Kenya National AIDS Conference.  But as Murugi and other Kenyan officials...

ECOWAS Set to Combat Cybercrimes

A spokesman for the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] says justice ministers have unanimously agreed on a common legal mechanism to combat cybercrimes in the sub-region. Communications director Sonny Ugoh, said his organization will also cooperate with the rest of the international community to address the growing “menace” in the...

African Livestock May Benefit From A Scientific Breakthrough In Fiighting Tsetse Fly Parasite

A team of scientists have made a revolutionary breakthrough on a parasite carried by the tsetse fly.  The Researchers say it may prove to be vitally important to the lives and livelihoods of millions of African farmers. The parasite known as trypanosome causes both African sleeping sickness in people and a wasting disease in cattle. Scientists at...