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China ‘Concerned’ Over Libyan Unrest

China has expressed concern about unrest in Libya, especially attacks on Chinese workers and assets there.  A Libyan diplomat stationed in Beijing has resigned to protest his government's violent crackdown on protesters. China has been watching unfolding events in the Middle East and North Africa and responded cautiously to the latest uprising in...

Gadhafi Loses Support of Libyan Officials, Denies Fleeing

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is losing the support of key figures in his government as Libyan officials at home and abroad resign or defect in response to his deadly crackdown on nationwide protests demanding his ouster. Mr. Gadhafi made a brief televised statement Monday, saying he was in the Libyan capital and not Venezuela as he leaned out of...

Egyptian Analyst: Mubarak Assets Key Test for Interim Government

An Egyptian scholar said a majority of people in the country are cautiously optimistic about the interim government’s efforts to freeze foreign assets held by former President Hosni Mubarak and his family, reputedly a fortune worth billions of dollars. Said Sadek, professor of political sociology at the American University of Cairo, contends that...

Libyan Protests Escalate With Fires, Gunfire Reported

Reports from Libya indicate the more than 40-year-rule of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is under siege from an escalating popular uprising that is turning violent and destructive. Witnesses in the Libyan capital say the country's legislative branch is among government buildings on fire as opposition activist’s battle security forces and government...

Gadhafi's Son Warns of Civil War as Libyan Protests Spread

A violent, anti-government uprising in Libya has spread to the capital, Tripoli, as leader Moammar Gadhafi's son told Libyans in a televised speech the country would fall into a vicious civil war if they threw off his father's 40-year-long rule.In a rambling address early Monday, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi warned that "rivers of blood" would consume...

Rights Advocate Warns Massacre Looming in Libya

An official of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said her organization is increasingly concerned and seriously alarmed about what she described as the ongoing murder of unarmed protesters who are demanding reforms in Libya. Heba Fatma Morayef, researcher for the Rights Organization for Egypt and Libya, told VOA it appears is behind the...

Rights Group: Death Toll Rises to 104 in Libyan Protest Crackdown

A U.S.-based rights group says a Libyan government crackdown on anti-government protesters in the country's east has killed at least 104 people in five days of unrest. Human Rights Watch issued the estimate Sunday, a day after Libyan security forces fired on protesters in the second largest city of Benghazi, where crowds gathered for the funerals...

Anti-Government Protests Continue in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen

Security forces in Libya and Yemen have carried out more deadly shootings against anti-government protesters, while thousands of pro-democracy activists in Bahrain have returned to a major square following the withdrawal of security forces. Witnesses and media reports in Libya say security forces shot and killed at least 15 protesters in the...

Crackdown on Protesters Deepens in Libya

News reports say Libyan security forces fired shots Saturday to disperse a crowd gathered to mourn protesters killed in a government crackdown on demonstrations.There were conflicting reports as to whether forces fired directly at the group in Libya's second-largest city of Benghazi, or in the air. The Associated Press quotes a Libyan hospital...

Kenyan President, PM, to Rethink Judicial Appointees

Kenya’s Parliamentary Speaker Kenneth Marende has rejected controversial judicial appointments made by the President last month. As key deadlines for judicial reform approach, the process is back in the hands of Kenya’s divided leaders. The appointments of major positions within Kenya’s Judiciary are back in the hands of President Mwai Kibaki and...

HRW Says 24 Killed in Libyan 'Day of Rage' Protests

An international human rights group says Libyan security forces killed 24 protesters during Thursday's crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.Human Rights Watch says witnesses say security forces shot and killed protesters in an effort to break up the demonstrations across Libya.The New York-based group called on Libya to end the use of...

Ethiopian Journalist Alleges Detention for Inciting Egypt-Style Protests

An Ethiopian journalist says he was detained and harassed by federal police after comparing conditions in Ethiopia to those in North African states hit by people power protests.Journalist Eskinder Nega says six heavily-armed policemen jumped from a truck on a busy central Addis Ababa street last week, grabbed him and whisked him away to federal...

Libyan Activists Call for More Protests

Libyan activists are calling for nationwide protests Thursday following clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces.Expatriate opposition leaders, Libyan human rights groups and online activists are using the social networking website Facebook to call for "day of rage" protests Thursday. Those calling for the action are...

Liberian Editor to Appeal $1.5m Libel Verdict

The editor-in-chief and publisher of Liberia’s independent Frontpage Africa newspaper and online magazine told VOA he and his lawyers will appeal a one-point-five million dollar libel verdict that a Monrovia jury awarded to former Agriculture Minister Chris Toe. The suit stems from articles published in 2009, in which the publication accused Toe...

The Egyptian Economy: Facing the Unknown

As Egypt works to replace the government of President Hosni Mubarak, the country’s financial future is still far from certain. Many Egyptians are confident that a new government will usher in a more efficient and equitable economy. With the country still in turmoil, though, the economic recovery could be as unpredictable as the political future....