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Somalia Wants Piracy Courts on its Territory

The United Nation’s top legal advisor says the Somali Transitional Federal Government is not in favor of having specialized courts in other countries try Somali piracy suspects. Patricia O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council Somalia says it prefers such a court be established in Somalia and is willing to work with the United Nations toward an...

US Senators Kerry, McCain Introduce Libya Resolution

Two leading U.S. senators have introduced a resolution that would limit the role of the U.S. military in Libya.Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry of Massachusetts, a Democrat, and John McCain of Arizona, the senior Republican on the Armed Services Committee, spoke about the measure on the Senate floor Tuesday.McCain said the...

Rights Group Criticizes China Invitation to Sudanese Leader

The Chinese government is being called on to rescind its invitation to Sudanese President al-Bashir. Human Rights Watch [HRW] calls the invitation an “affront” to the victims in Darfur and other parts of Sudan where conflict has occurred recently. There are reports Mr. al-Bashir could visit China June 27th. Indicted “The key to understand is...

China, Libyan Rebels Hold More Talks

Libya National Transitional Council Chairman Mahmud Jibril arrived in Beijing at noon Tuesday for two days of talks with anxious Chinese leaders keen to see an end to the bloody conflict.Beijing has important economic interests in the North African state, including much needed oil that helps keep China's economic boom going.Jibril is expected to...

Corruption Puts Kenya’s Educational Funding at Risk

With tens of millions of dollars already missing in Kenya’s Ministry of Education, the corruption scandal currently rocking Kenya’s schools threatens to cost the country millions more. With efforts to reform Kenya’s notoriously corrupt public sector ongoing, 2011 has already seen its share of scandals ripple through Nairobi and the halls of the...

US First Lady Brings Message of Youth Power to Africa

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrives in South Africa to begin a week-long trip centered on messages of youth empowerment.  The visit to Africa, without her husband President Barack Obama, will also take her to Botswana. US First Lady addessed Africa's youthPrior to embarking on her flight from the United States, Michelle Obama addressed a...

Report: More Midwives Could Help Save Millions of Lives

A new report says more than three and a half million lives could be saved in 58 developing countries if there were enough well-trained midwives. The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 was released Monday in Durban, South Africa, at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives. It says because of a lack of midwives, nearly...

Somali Prime Minister Resigns, Reversing Pledge to Stay

Somalia's prime minister says he is resigning, reversing a pledge he made last week to stay in office after an outpouring of support by Somalis opposed to his departure.Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told reporters Sunday his decision to leave office was made to avert political collapse in his homeland. He said his departure is "in the...

Children Paying Huge Price In Libyan Conflict

The head of UNICEF's operations in Libya says four months into the Libyan crisis, children and women are beginning to pay a huge price.  He says the situation is still manageable, but warns the situation for women and children will worsen the longer the conflict continues.The United Nations Children’s Fund says the Libyan conflict is seriously...

Spain Freezes Detained Mubarak Associate's Assets

Spain has frozen the assets of a business associate of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, after arresting him on charges of fraud.Police said Friday they froze $47 million in bank accounts held by Hussein Salem, which they suspect was obtained illegally in Egypt.  Police say they also seized homes and buildings worth $14 million.Spanish...

UN Report: Higher Food Prices Here to Stay

Higher food prices and volatile commodity markets are here to stay. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD]. The report said a good harvest in the coming months “may keep prices below the extreme levels seen earlier this year.”...

NATO Pounds Tripoli During Daytime Raids

NATO warplanes shook the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday with more bombing runs, targeting several parts of the city.It was not immediately clear what was hit or whether there were casualties.  Sirens of rescue vehicles blared through the streets.NATO has most often struck under the cover of darkness, but daytime assaults have become more common...

US Envoy Returning to Sudan for Crisis Talks

President Obama is sending U.S. Sudan envoy Princeton Lyman back to the region amid rising violence that could complicate South Sudan’s scheduled independence July 9. U.S. officials want China to use its leverage with the Sudanese government in Khartoum to calm the situation. The announcement of Lyman’s planned return to Sudan later this month...

Landmark Convention Adopted to Protect Domestic Workers

Delegates attending the International Labor Conference have adopted a landmark Convention aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.The measure was passed by a vote of 396 in favor, 16 abstentions, and one negative vote cast by Swaziland. The Convention is an international treaty that is binding on...

Uganda Coalition Wants UN Probe of April Protest Killings

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is being called on to ensure there’s an “independent and transparent investigation” of the killings during April’s walk-to-work protests. At least nine people were killed during the demonstrations over rising food and fuel prices. Police and the military used live ammunition during protests in Kampala, Gulu, Mbale...