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Khartoum Rejects UN Force After South’s Independence

Sudan’s U.N. ambassador told the U.N. Secretary-General and the Security Council Tuesday that his government does not want to see an extension of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in his country after the south declares independence on July 9. The north’s confirmation comes amid an escalation in fighting between the two sides in the disputed Abyei...

Analysts Note Benefits of New West Africa Central Bank Chief

Leaders from francophone West African countries have named a new governor to lead the region's central bank.  The appointment is meant to bring stability to an organization that was thrown into disorder during Ivory Coast's political crisis.Analysts say the appointment of a new leader at the Central Bank for West African States may be the best...

Madagascar Moves to Protect Precious Forests

Madagascar's Ministry of Environment is heralding the success of a crackdown on illegal logging, notably in the country's northeast where vast protected areas have been the focus of huge trafficking scandals.  The ministry says more than 1,000 precious rosewood logs have been seized in the last two weeks of policing, and that members of a so-...

Analyst: After ICC Ruling, Kenya Must Accept Hague Trials

A legal analyst says Kenya has no choice but to continue with the International Criminal Court trials now that judges have rejected the country’s attempt to stop proceedings at The Hague. Late Monday, judges at the International Criminal Court dismissed Kenya’s application challenging the admissibility of two cases against Kenyan citizens at The...

Growing Numbers of Young Children Wounded, Killed in Somalia

In the Somali capital Mogadishu, more and more children are becoming victims of the fighting between pro-government forces and the Islamist militia al Shabab. The World Health Organization [WHO] says the number of weapon-related casualties at the city’s three main hospitals reached a new peak last week.  Of the nearly 1600 casualties, 46-percent...

Ivorian Refugees Strain Resources in Liberia

Ivory Coast is still reeling from a post-electoral crisis that killed at least 3,000 people and displaced more than a million after former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to U.N.-certified winner of last November's election, Alassane Ouattara. The Liberia office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says as many as 190,000...

Cell Phone Text Technology Helps Promote Health in Senegal

A pilot project in rural Senegal uses text messaging to remind women of upcoming doctor’s appointments and local health meetings.  Health reminders The sound of a text message, recognizable the world over, but in a small village tucked away down the sandy back-roads of Senegal, a few short beeps can be vital reminders.  For mothers living in and...

HRW: Rwanda Genocide Courts Leave 'Mixed Legacy'

Human Rights Watch has issued a report saying Rwanda's community-based genocide courts will have a mixed legacy, but the government says the report distorts the truth.HRW's Africa director Daniel Bekele says the courts, known as Gacaca, helped Rwandans better understand what happened in the 1994 genocide.  However, he added that in many cases, "...

SADC Mediators Prepare for More Madagascar Talks

As international mediators prepare for another summit on how to resolve Madagascar's two-year political crisis, Andry Rajoelina says his transitional government will push through with elections regardless of the decision.   The country's three main opposition parties say the acting president is trying to force through elections that will not be...

Kenya Denies Undermining International Criminal Court

Kenya’s Justice and Constitutional affairs minister has denied accusations his government has created a “climate of fear” to undermine the International Criminal Court’s [ICC] investigations into post-election violence in 2008. Fighting between opposing sides in the presidential election left more than 1,300 people dead and displaced hundreds of...

North Sudan Demands South Pull Troops From Two States

<!--IMAGE--> The government of north Sudan is demanding the south withdraw its troops from two key border states by Wednesday.The demand, reported in Sudanese media, concerns the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.  Both sit along Sudan's north-south border, like the disputed and oil-rich Abyei region, which northern forces occupied a...

Domestic Rape in Congo a Rapidly Growing Problem

In Eastern Congo, rape can be an act of war or revenge, or a response to extreme poverty, ignorance and fear.A new study published by the American Journal of Public Health indicates that nearly 2 million women in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been raped. Many rapes are a part of military operations, designed to terrorize and control the...

ICC Officials In Kenya to Gauge Commitment to Court

Representatives of the International Criminal Court were in Kenya on Monday to seek answers regarding Kenya’s commitment to justice for victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.At the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the case against six Kenyans suspected of planning and financing the country’s post-election violence appears to be...

South African President Urged to Focus on Human Rights in Libya

An official of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch [HRW] says South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma should make human rights issues an important part of his agenda as he meets embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Monday. Fred Abrahams, special adviser for the rights group, said there is need for President Zuma to express concern about the...

Monitors: Evidence of 'Ethnic Cleansing' in Sudan's Abyei

An international monitoring group says there are indications of state-sponsored "ethnic cleansing" in Sudan's contested Abyei region.North Sudanese forces occupied the region a little more than a week ago, prompting southern troops to withdraw and thousands of residents to flee southward.The Satellite Sentinel Project says northern troops and...