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Study: Public-Private Partnership Is Key to Africa's Health Care

The World Bank and International Finance Corporation have launched a report aimed at improving access to health care in Africa.Africa’s public and private health providers do not work well together, according to the report, which was released Monday. Entitled "Healthy Partnerships," it investigates ways in which both sides of Africa’s health care...

Ivory Coast Government Pledges Reconciliation

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's new government starts its first full week of work with ministers taking a census of federal workers and an inventory of equipment.Former rebel leader Guillaume Soro continues as prime minister - a post he held in the Ouattara government named after November's disputed election and in the coalition...

British Foreign Secretary Visits Libyan Rebels

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has arrived in Libya for talks with opposition leaders in the rebel stronghold, Benghazi. Hague is one of the highest-ranking foreign officials to visit the rebel-held territory.  The foreign secretary said he plans to meet with leaders of the opposition's Transition National Council on Saturday as part of...

NATO Sends Helicopters on Libyan Attacks For First Time

NATO boosted its bombardment of Libya Saturday, for the first time sending attack helicopters on low-altitude missions against military installations loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.NATO said British Apache helicopters destroyed a radar site and an armed checkpoint in their first deployment since British Prime Minister David Cameron...

Amnesty Urges Rwanda Ease Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

Amnesty International is calling on Rwanda to ease restrictions on free speech.The rights group says the months leading up to last year's presidential election were marked by a clampdown on freedom of expression.Amnesty is calling on Rwanda to allow opposition politicians, journalists and human rights activists to express their views without fear...

UN Condemns Sudan For Taking Over Abyei

The U.N. Security Council is condemning Sudan's government for seizing control of the oil-rich Abyei region last month. The council Friday called on Sudan's military to stop all looting, burning and illegal resettlement in the region and to withdraw its forces immediately.It described Sudan's military operations in Abyei a "serious violation" of...

Medical Group Calls for Greater Effort against HIV/AIDS

Doctors Without Borders [MSF] says the international community needs to step up. It says action is needed now to reduce the projected number of new HIV infections and deaths that could be avoided. The organization says progress continues to be made in providing access to HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries, but it’s calling for more. “...

Libyan Government Faces New Military, Diplomatic Pressure

The NATO bombardment of Libya continued Friday, even as new diplomatic efforts were seen in the effort to get leader Moammar Gadhafi to give up power.China says its ambassador to Qatar has met with the head of Libya's rebel council, the first time China has revealed such contacts. Chinese officials said they stand by their position that the Libyan...

Kenya, Ethiopia Agree on Steps to Reduce Border Tensions

Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed on measures to ease tensions along their border following deadly clashes between ethnic groups battling for scarce resources. The Horn of Africa neighbors will revive a long dormant ministerial commission to take on a host of prickly bilateral issues.Delegations of senior Ethiopian and Kenyan officials sat down...

Congolese Girls Abducted Into War

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a war that formally ended in 2008 still rages in the countryside. International organizations say all types of military groups are guilty of recruiting or abducting children, including countless numbers of girls, to serve as soldiers, porters, spies, scouts, cooks and sex-slaves.When Alliance was 13-years-old,...

Global Effort Needed to Solve World Food Supply Crisis

The world's food supply is in crisis says the international organization Oxfam and this week it's launched a campaign to fix it. There's some controversy over where exactly the problems lie.Oxfam says 925 million people are going hungry around the world. In East Africa alone, it says, 8 million people are facing chronic food shortages. Gawain...

Satellite Images May indicate War Crimes in Abyei

A bipartisan group of former civilian and military officials say recent satellite images of the Sudanese town of Abyei give visual evidence of alleged war crimes. The officials include two former U.S. State Department Special Ambassadors-at-Large for War Crimes, David Scheffer and Pierre Prosper; David Crane, the former chief prosecutor for the...

Electoral Chief Hails DRC Voter Registration Drive

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission [CENI] in the Democratic Republic of Congo says he is pleased with his organization’s performance in the run up to the November 28 general elections. Reverend Daniel Ngoy Mulunda hailed what he described as the “enormous enthusiasm” among Congolese citizens registering to vote, despite...

UN Panel: Libyan Forces, Opposition Committed War Crimes

A U.N. panel investigating the conflict in Libya says forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and opposition forces in the country have committed war crimes.The report, published Wednesday by three U.N.-appointed experts, says the violations committed by pro-Gadhafi forces were severe enough to also constitute crimes against humanity.  They...

Thousands of Displaced Sudanese in Need of Food, Water, Shelter

Efforts continue to find, register and provide assistance to the many thousands of people who’ve fled the Sudanese town of Abyei and surrounding region. The exodus south began around May 20th, after fighting between northern and southern forces in the oil-rich area. The northern Sudan Armed Forces are now in control. The International Organization...