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Food Security Tops Agenda of Paris Meeting

G20 agricultural ministers gather next week in Paris to discuss food security. It’s the ministers’ first-ever official meeting as a group. They’ll try to develop a plan to deal with current food price volatility, as well as longer term goals of solving poverty and extreme hunger. “I think it’s potentially very important,” said Shenggen Fan,...

Sudan Blames Bombardment on Southern Aggression

As violence continues along Sudan's disputed north-south border, the government of Sudan has rejected U.S. President Barack Obama's demand for peace. On the defensive after international condemnation of an aerial bombing campaign in Sudan's Southern Kordofan State, the government in Khartoum is claiming the attacks were prompted by aggression on...

Somali Pirates Rescue Crew as Ship Burns

Somali pirates say they have evacuated 19 crew members from a hijacked ship that caught fire Wednesday.The Panama-flagged cargo ship MV Orna caught fire in the pirate stronghold of Harardhere, on Somalia's Indian Ocean coast.VOA's Somali service talked to a regional piracy expert, Andrew Mwangura, who says the ship was still on fire Thursday...

Sudanese President, Wanted for War Crimes, Plans China Visit

China has announced that Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will visit China at the end of this month. The Sudanese leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges and on Thursday he canceled a planned visit to Malaysia following protests from human rights groupsForeign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says Sudan’s President...

UN Investigators Call for End to Impunity in Ivory Coast

U.N. human-rights investigators are calling for an end to impunity in Ivory Coast. They warn there will be no lasting peace or stability in Ivory Coast until those responsible for crimes during the post-election turmoil in the country are brought to justice.The three-member International Commission of Inquiry has submitted its report on Ivory...

Somali PM Defies Kampala Accord, Refuses to Step-Down

In defying the recently signed "Kampala Accord" and refusing to step down, Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed is riding an unprecedented wave of popular support in the war-torn country. During the past week, thousands of Somalis have taken to the streets around the country, risking arrest by government forces to protest the recently...

Deal on Sudan's Abyei Region Coming Apart

A reported deal to ease tensions in Sudan's disputed Abyei region appears to be unraveling, as negotiations drag into a fourth day.VOA correspondent Peter Heinlein is at the scene of the talks in Addis Ababa.  He says that according a source involved in the talks, points which were previously settled have come unsettled, and the deal may be coming...

US President Calls on Sudan To Stop 'Campaign of Intimidation'

U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on Sudan's government to stop its "campaign of intimidation" in the country's southern border area or face international isolation.In an audio statement given to VOA Tuesday, Mr. Obama said Sudan's government must immediately cease its military actions in southern Sudan including aerial bombardments and the...

US Warns Sudan on Abyei, Southern Kordofan

The United States warned Sudan Tuesday it will not move ahead on normalizing relations with Khartoum if it pursues a military solution to its disputes with the south over the Abyei and Southern Kordofan regions. U.S. officials say violence in the two areas complicates efforts to resolve other issues in advance of South Sudan’s independence July 9...

NATO Official Warns Resource Issue Will Become Critical in Libyan Operation

A senior NATO official is warning that the issue of resources will become critical if operations against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were to last long.But French General Stephane Abrial, a senior NATO commander, said Tuesday that NATO so far has the means necessary to carry out its mission in the North African country wracked by violence.The...

East Africa Food Shortages Expected to Affect More People

In East Africa, millions people are in need of emergency food assistance because of the prolonged, severe drought. Now a U.N. agency warns that things could get worse. Steady rain is hard to come by in many parts of East Africa.  The Food and Agriculture Organization, the FAO, says the region has been hit with two consecutive seasons with “...

Clinton 'Concerned' by Chinese Trade Practices in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is concerned by Chinese aid and investment policies in Africa. Trade was a centerpiece of Secretary Clinton's trip to Africa this week as she met with business leaders to discuss continuing duty-free access to U.S. markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.So it is no surprise that...

Libyans Will Vote After Gadhafi Cedes Power, Says Opposition Official

The general secretary of Libya’s opposition Transitional National Council [TNC] says his group will organize democratic elections within two years, after the country is liberated from what he said is Moammar Gadhafi’s dictatorial rule. Abdul Karim also said the TNC will ensure Libya remains united by reconciling all tribal groups, and will...

Donors Pledge More than $4 Billion for Child Immunizations

Major funding was announced Monday to greatly expand childhood immunization programs in developing countries. The more than $4 billion commitment came at a donors’ meeting in London hosted by the British and Liberian governments and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More than asked for The commitment surpasses the goal of vaccine proponents...

Mobilizing to End Child Hunger

Ending child hunger is the goal of a meeting here in Washington Monday. Government officials, nutrition and health experts and members of civil society from around the world are promoting the 1,000 Days Partnership. The goal is to save the lives of millions of children. “The 1,000 Days Partnership is really a call to action to address this issue....