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Malawi Government Security Vehicles Fuel Controversy

The spokesman for Malawi’s president Bingu Wa Mutharika denies that tensions between the president and Vice President Joyce Banda led to the removal of two vehicles from her security fleet. The spokesman, Heatherwick Ntaba, said the vehicles were needed to replace two from the president’s convoy that were damaged in a recent accident. “This...

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...

EU Unfreezes Former Libyan Official's Assets

The European Union has unfrozen the personal assets of a former manager of Libya's national wealth fund the EU once claimed was a "close confidante" of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.In March, in an effort to increase pressure on Gadhafi's government, the EU froze the riches of his inner circle that were deposited in European institutions. But...

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...

NATO Airstrikes Target Tripoli

NATO has resumed airstrikes on the Libyan capital after a brief layoff, hitting several targets late Tuesday.Witnesses say they heard loud explosions in the center of Tripoli and saw plumes of smoke.  Libyan state media say the bombings hit civilian sites, and there were reports of casualties.The Libyan capital and its surrounding areas have been...

Syrian Government Forces Retake Parts of Restive Northern Region

Syrian Army units have reportedly broken through the defenses of the restive, but mostly deserted, northern town of Jisr al Shaghour, after intense shelling by tanks and field artillery.  Meanwhile in Libya, rebel fighters have reportedly stepped up their pressure on supply lines into the capital Tripoli.Syrian tanks have captured parts of the...

Southern African Region Debates Zimbabwe

A Southern African Development Community summit in Johannesburg is considering Zimbabwe’s progress towards free and fair elections. Although the summit shows there is growing regional solidarity on Zimbabwe, insiders are concerned President Robert Mugabe will ignore SADC recommendations to achieve free and fair elections some time before March...

SADC Holds Crucial Regional Summit on Zimbabwe

Expectations are high among Zimbabweans ahead of a regional summit that many hope will result in a roadmap to free and fair elections.  The summit follows a key regional meeting in Zambia two months ago, when without naming names, regional leaders blamed President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party for failing to implement key sections of the 2008...

China Plays Mediator to Libya's Fighting Factions

Libyan opposition forces trying to oust Moammar Gadhafi from his four decades in power are heading to China to seek support. Foreign Ministry official Chen Xiaodong announced the visit at a briefing Thursday - just as an envoy from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi wrapped up a two-day visit during which he urged China to help secure a ceasefire....

Clinton Prepares For Economic Oriented Africa Tour

Enhancing trade, development and regional security will be key priorities for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on an Africa tour later this week. After a stop in the United Arab Emirates to discuss Libya, Secretary Clinton will start the Africa portion of her trip with a scheduled visit to Zambia's capital Lusaka Friday. There, she will...

Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood Legal

Egypt has declared the Muslim Brotherhood political movement legal, ending a ban on the group that had been in place for decades. The organization is one of the country's best organized political groups.  Egyptian state media announced the government's decision, which clears the way for the Muslim Brotherhood to field candidates in parliamentary...

Explosions Hit Libyan Capital as NATO Pressure Continues

Witnesses say several explosions have hit Libya's capital, Tripoli, as NATO continues to pressure Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.The witnesses said they saw smoke in the area of Gadhafi's compound following the explosions, as NATO carried out rare daytime airstrikes.Diplomatic efforts also continued Tuesday, as a special envoy sent by Russian...

Libyan Rebels Push Into Gadhafi-Held West

Libyan rebels have pushed into a Western Mountain town besieged by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as NATO continued to carry out airstrikes around the Libyan capital, Tripoli.Rebels on Monday say they have taken over the town of Yafran, about 100 kilometers southwest of Tripoli.  Pro-Gadhafi forces attacked the Western Mountain...

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...

August Trial Date Set for Egypt's Mubarak

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons will face trial in August on charges of fraud and orchestrating the killing of anti-government protesters who drove him from power.Egypt state media on Wednesday announced the trial will begin on August 3. Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, will face trial in a Cairo criminal court.In...