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Anti-Government Protests Break Out in Libya

Libyan protesters clashed with police Wednesday in an anti-government demonstration inspired by the uprisings that brought down the rulers of Libya's neighbors, Egypt and Tunisia.Opposition activists, organizing through social media, rallied against the country's long-time leader, Moammar Gadhafi, in the country's second-biggest city, Benghazi....

Hundreds of Libyans Stage Anti-Government Protest

Hundreds of Libyans have staged an anti-government protest in the country's second-largest city, Benghazi, chanting slogans denouncing Libyan leaders and fighting with police. Witnesses and private media say the protesters gathered late Tuesday into early Wednesday outside a security building in Benghazi, initially to demand the release of a...

Public Holiday Gives Egypt’s Rulers More Time to Implement Reforms

Egyptians have another day off work Monday, amid word of a new timeline for implementing political reforms in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak's resignation. Egypt’s military rulers called a public holiday Monday, amid strikes by bank tellers, state media employees and transport workers, all demanding better pay and benefits after President...

Constitutional Referendum in Egypt Promised in 2 Months

Egyptian pro-democracy activist Wael Ghonim says the country's new military rulers have promised him that a referendum will be held on a revised constitution in two months. Ghonim and blogger Amr Salama posted a note on their website saying they secured the commitment in talks with the military council that took control of Egypt from President...

China Reacts Cautiously to Events in Egypt

China's authoritarian government has reacted with caution to the ousting of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak.  China's ruling Communist Party called Saturday for stability in Egypt after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak  - saying foreign powers should not interfere.Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ma Zhaoxu  repeated in an online statement China's...

Zimbabwe’s Inclusive Government Stalls

When Zimbabwe’s inclusive government came into being two years ago - the anniversary is  February 11 - after tough negotiations many Zimbabweans greeted its arrival with enthusiasm and had high hopes for political reform they believed would rebuild the shattered economy, get education back on track, reopen closed hospitals, bring products back to...

US President Obama Nominates Scott Gration as the Next Ambassador to Kenya

U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the next Ambassador to Kenya. Gration’s arrival will end the term of influential and often controversial envoy Michael Ranneberger.After much speculation, U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration as the next U.S....

UN Radio Defying Incumbent Ivorian Government Broadcast Ban

Ivory Coast's incumbent president has ordered the United Nations to stop domestic radio broadcasts.Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo's National Council on Audiovisual Communication revoked the broadcasting license for U.N. radio in keeping with Mr. Gbagbo's call for the entire U.N. mission to leave the country because he says it lost its...

Ivory Coast UN Ambassador Seeks More Pressure on Gbagbo

The Ivory Coast ambassador to the United Nations is calling for more international pressure to make incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo cede power. The Ivorian diplomat warned the situation could turn more violent if outside help is insufficient to force out Gbagbo. Youssouf Bamba was the first appointee by internationally-recognized President...

Egypt Charges Government Figures with Corruption

Egypt's state prosecutor has launched a corruption investigation against three former government ministers and a member of parliament from Egypt's ruling National Democratic party, as protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square continued anti-government demonstrations for a 17th day. Media reports Thursday say the investigation is targeting former...

Egypt Military: Mubarak to 'Meet Protesters' Demands

Egyptian military officials and members of the ruling party say that President Hosni Mubarak will "meet protesters' demands."Egyptians have been demonstrating for 17 days, calling for the ouster of President Mubarak, who has been in power for nearly 30 years.  They have been demanding he leave immediately.The military's supreme council was...

New Ivory Coast Ambassador Arrives in US

A new Ivory Coast ambassador has arrived in the United States, as part of a diplomatic offensive by the internationally-recognized President-elect  Alassane Ouattara against incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo who is refusing to leave power.  Daouda Diabate spoke to dozens of Ivorian nationals who gathered at the Embassy Suites hotel in Washington...

Cyber-Based Opponents Call For More Demonstrations In Khartoum

A group using internet social media sites to mobilize youth across northern Sudan said they are planning demonstrations beginning Saturday against what they call ‘’bad governance and economic hardship.” The group, which calls itself Al Intifada, is using Facebook and Twitter to get the word out to youth across the country for demonstrations in...

Nigeria Ruling Party Rejects Criticism of Campaign Launch

A leading member of the ruling Nigeria’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed as unfounded media criticism of the party’s choice of Nasarawa State to begin its presidential campaign was aimed to “de-ethnicize” President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential bid. Party spokesman Rufai Ahmed Alkali also told VOA the choice had nothing to do with...

Egypt Makes Political Moves as Protests Continue

The leadership of Egypt's ruling party has resigned, as thousands of anti-government protesters continued their vigil in Cairo's main square to call for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.Egyptian state television says the entire leadership of the National Democratic Party resigned, including the president's son Gamal Mubarak. There were...