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Mubarak Huddles With Advisers as Protests Continue

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met with his economic team Saturday to discuss the financial impact of the country's political crisis, as thousands of anti-government protesters continued their vigil in Cairo's main square.Egyptian state media reports Mr. Mubarak's talks included the prime minister, the ministers of oil and finance and the...

Mubarak Meets Economic Team as Protests Enter Day 12

Thousands of demonstrators are in Cairo's Tahrir Square for a 12th day of protests against Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.Early Saturday, gunfire rang out in the packed square, but there were no reports of casualties.Egyptian state media report Mr. Mubarak met Saturday with his economic team, including several members of his new...

UN Rights Chief Seeks Investigation of Egypt Clashes

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling for an international investigation to determine whether Egypt's security forces instigated violence that disrupted protests in Cairo and other cities in Egypt this week.  U.N. Human Rights chief Navi Pillay says she is alarmed by what took place in Cairo and other Egyptian cities this week. ...

Mugabe Refuses Appointment of New Deputy Prime Minister

The new president of the small Movement for Democratic Change party, Welshman Ncube, has sought an appointment with President Robert Mugabe so he can be sworn into office as deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe. Our reporter informs that President Robert Mugabe says Arthur Mutambara,  the outgoing deputy prime minister in the inclusive government,...

Return of Islamic Leader Worries Some Tunisian Women

Last week, Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi and other members of the Islamic al-Nahda Party returned to Tunisia after more than two decades in exile. Ghannouchi’s return—and the warm welcome he received at the Tunis airport—touched off concerns about a resurgence of political Islam in the North African country.  No one is more concerned than Tunisia's...

Egypt Prepares for 'Day of Departure' Protest

Anti-government protesters in Egypt are preparing for massive new demonstrations they are calling the "day of departure" for President Hosni Mubarak.Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square Friday for the demonstrations expected to begin after midday prayers.Opposition leaders are calling it a "departure day"...

Anti-Mubarak Protesters Plan New Push

Anti-government demonstrators in Egypt are preparing for another massive protest Friday to further pressure President Hosni Mubarak to leave power. The streets of the capital have been the scene of bloody battles between opposition demonstrators and supporters of Mr. Mubarak.  Anti-Mubarak demonstrators are calling Friday Hosni Mubarak's day of...

Journalists Attacked, Detained in Cairo

Journalists covering the protests in Egypt have been detained by security forces and attacked by supporters of President Hosni Mubarak in the capital, Cairo.  Reporters say they have been targeted by angry supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who view the news media as sympathetic to anti-government demonstrators.VOA's Luis Ramirez says...

Journalists Arrested as Crackdown Continues in Khartoum

The Sudanese government continued cracking down on opposition media and protestors Thursday, as activists continued planning for more rounds of demonstrations.  Late Wednesday, journalists from the communist party newspaper were arrested, following crackdowns on opposition media earlier in the week. The government has not said why the journalists...

Egyptian Police Start Wave of Arrests

Egyptian security forces are arresting demonstrators as clashes continue between supporters of President Hosni Mubarak and his opponents who want him to go now.  The latest violence has killed at least five people and injured hundreds.   The arrests follow a night of intense violence in the Egyptian capital in which pro and anti-Mubarak protesters...

Kenya’s Parliament Speaker to Rule on Presidential Appointments

The chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs told VOA Kenneth Marende, the Legislative Speaker, will rule Thursday whether President Mwai Kibaki flouted the new constitution following his recent appointments to four key government positions. Abuba Namwamba also condemned alleged threats from pro-Kibaki supporters aimed...

Africans Debate Wisdom of Expected Secession of Southern Sudan

For some Africans, southern Sudan’s expected independence is a cautionary tale; others see it as a pathway for their regions to gain full sovereignty. According to Bloomberg News, Somaliland’s foreign minister, Mohamed Omar, says his government plans to take a “more aggressive policy toward the African Union in its efforts to gain international...

Analyst: Egypt’s President Mubarak Sees Crisis as “Manageable

An Egyptian-based human rights activist told VOA beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak’s Tuesday night’s speech shows his belief that the ongoing “situation is manageable.” Heba Morayef, a Human Rights Watch researcher, said the protesters’ message is clear that President Mubarak should step down after serving as the country’s leader for three...

Mubarak Appoints New Ministers; Protesters Call for Strike, March

Egyptian media say President Hosni Mubarak has appointed a new interior minister and finance minister, as protesters continue to press for an end to the president's nearly 30-year rule.Reports from Cairo say former director of prisons General Mahmoud Wagdy will replace Habib Adly as the interior minister, who oversees the police and...

Analyst: More Egyptian Protests Expected Monday Despite Curfew

A scholar said Egyptians are dissatisfied with the appointment of a vice president and will continue with their protests Monday despite an imposed curfew to press home their demands for embattled President Hosni Mubarak to step down from office. Howayda Mostafa, professor of mass communication at the University of Cairo, told VOA the protesters do...