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Red Cross Ferry Takes 300 From Libyan Capital

The International Committee for the Red Cross has brought some 300 people out of Tripoli to be reunited with family members in eastern Libya, under rebel control. A VOA correspondent on scene says the ship pulled into Benghazi harbor Friday on the first of three journeys the Red Cross has arranged to bring home those displaced by the months of...

Senegal Protests Disrupt Plans for Vice Presidency

Violent protests and opposition from his own party this week forced Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade to give up changes that would have made it easier for him to win re-election. Objections to creating a vice president for Senegal focus chiefly on concerns, both within the ruling party and within the opposition, that President Wade would use...

Working to reunite Parents and Children along Tunisian/Libyan Border

At least 150 unaccompanied minors and children have been identified along the Tunisian-Libyan border since the early days of the Libyan crisis. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), along with other NGOs and local authorities, has been working aggressively to reunite these children with their parents. They are mostly boys from 15 to...

Ethiopia’s Low-Tech, High-Value Transportation

In many parts of the world, people now rely on the Internet, smart phones and Twitter in their daily affairs. In rural Ethiopia, the same can be said for donkeys, horses and mules. A new study looks at the animals’ contributions to people’s livelihoods. The study describes equines as a “lifeline” for both rural and urban people of Ethiopia. The...

Human Resources Key to Southern Sudan's Success

After more than two decades of civil war with the North, Southern Sudan is set to become anindependent country on July 9.  The fledgling nation will be starting virtually from scratch in enacting policies, programs and institutions.  It will be a daunting task, given that few people who lived in Southern Sudan during the war were able to attend...

New Initiative Aims to Meet Food and Climate Change Concerns

Boosting agriculture, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the goal of the new Global Research Alliance, which was unveiled Friday in Rome. The idea was spearheaded by New Zealand after the 2009 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Among those supporting the alliance are the United States, Britain, China and South Africa. “We’...

US Lawmakers to Vote on Curbing Libya Operations

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives says lawmakers will vote Friday on a resolution to cut off funding for U. S. drone attacks and airstrikes in Libya.John Boehner said Thursday the measure orders the removal of U.S. forces except for those engaged in non-hostile operations. The bill would allow the military to continue conducting...

China Defends Engagement with Africa

Chinese officials are defending their approach to engagement with Africa, saying embargoes and sanctions against Sudan and other brutal African governments do not work. The country’s former envoy to Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region, Liu Guijin says China is offering a new type of engagement with Africa based on equality and mutual benefit....

Aid Group Decries Mass Rape in DR Congo

A medical aid group says more than 100 women in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped during a two-day attack in South Kivu province this month.Doctors Without Borders says the rapes took place around the town of Fizi from June 10 to June 12.A regional official with the group, Megan Hunter, said Thursday aid workers were cooperating with...

Somalia Appoints New Prime Minister

Somalia's Transitional Federal Government has named a Somali-American Economist as the next Prime Minister. President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has chosen Abdiweli Mohamed Ali to replace Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed as prime minister.  Ali has been serving as acting prime minister since the resignation of Mohamed on Sunday. Speaking in Mogadishu,...

Rights Group Calls on Tunisia to Protect Migrants

A human rights group says Tunisia must do more to protect migrant workers who fled the violence in neighboring Libya. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says there are about 3,000 foreign nationals living in the camps, mostly from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia. Some, it said, have been the targets of violence. “They’re being held in camps along the...

Will a Rush to Elections in Egypt Undo Its Revolution?

After street protests forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down after thirty years in power, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took on the temporary rule of the country. If the council delivers on its promises, parliamentary elections in Egypt will be held in September of this year, followed by presidential elections a few months...

Human Rights Group Protests Detention of Former Ivorian President’s Supporters

International human rights group Amnesty International has expressed outrage over the detention of at least 50 supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo, including several high-profile Ivorian politicians. The group says at least 21 people, including the former prime minister and former minister of foreign affairs, are being held at the...

Obama Describes Situation in Sudan's S. Kordofan State as 'Dire'

U.S. President Barack Obama has described the situation in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state as "dire" and pressed the north and south to immediately impose a cease-fire.Obama said Wednesday there are reports that attacks are taking place in Southern Kordofan state based on ethnicity.  He accused the north's Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) of bombing...

Ghana, Brazil Leaders Share World Food Prize

The world's top honor in food and agriculture this year goes to two former presidents who led dramatic reductions in hunger and poverty in their countries in the past decade.Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor and Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva have received the World Food Prize for what the prize citation called "visionary...