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UN Spokesman: Gbagbo Not Ivory Coast President

The United Nations says a request by incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo for all foreign peacekeepers to leave the divided country immediately is irrelevant. Ivorian state television issued a statement earlier Saturday accusing peacekeepers of siding with rebels and Mr. Gbagbo's presidential rival Alassane Ouattara.  U.N spokesman...

Nigeria Drops Bribery Charges Against Former US Vice President

A spokesman for Nigeria's anti-graft agency says the country has dropped bribery charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, for his alleged actions as a top official at energy company Halliburton.The spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Femi Babafemi, says the charges against Cheney and other executives were...

Cameroon Rivals Seek Support Before 2011 Poll

Even though Cameroon's presidential election has yet to be scheduled, political rivals, including longtime President Paul Biya, are busy gathering support. Analysts say that as long as Biya is in the race, his opponents do not stand a chance.A former high-ranking member of the opposition Social Democratic Front, Kah Walla, who is running for...

Kenya Reacts as ICC Names Suspects in Election Chaos

On Wednesday, the International Criminal Court named six high-profile suspects it believes spearheaded the country's political chaos in 2007 and 2008.  There is renewed hope for justice nearly three years later, but many, including some suspects, are surprised by the names included on the list.  ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo released a list of...

6 Prominent Kenyans Accused of Crimes Against Humanity

Three Kenyan ministers are among six high-profile figures accused of crimes against humanity by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. At a press conference in The Hague, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he was requesting charges to be brought against six prominent Kenyans who allegedly incited or facilitated ethnic...

Ivory Coast Debate Lights Up on Twitter

While Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo resists pressure to leave power after a recent election in which the United Nations says he was defeated, the controversy has given rise to a lively debate on the social micro-blogging website Twitter.So-called threads, or ongoing discussions, on the Twitter website are identified by a hash mark and a...

WikiLeaks Concern for South African Freedom of Information Activists

As WikiLeaks continues to release heaps of United States government secrets, freedom of information advocates in South Africa are concerned the controversy will spur the country’s parliament on to pass a controversial “Secrecy Bill” into law. “We’re concerned that the issues around WikiLeaks may drive the Ministry (of State Security) to suggest...

US Cable: Facing Suit, Pfizer Tried to Link Nigerian Official to Corruption

A newly-released U.S. diplomatic cable says Pfizer hired investigators to dig up damaging evidence against Nigeria's former attorney general to pressure him into dropping a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company.The document, published by WikiLeaks  Friday, quotes a Pfizer official in 2009 as saying the company was seeking to uncover...

WikiLeaks Revelations Put Zimbabwe in Jeopardy of Further Instability, says Analyst

A leading security analyst based in southern Africa says the spilling of United States government secrets about Zimbabwe by the WikiLeaks organization is “dangerous” for the region, and could lead to instability and violence ahead of the election Harare’s expected to call next year. “Certainly for southern Africa, the WikiLeaks Zimbabwe...

WikiLeaks Revelations Could Have Serious Consequences for Africa, says Analyst

The WikiLeaks website is continuing to publish thousands of United States government secrets on the internet. The classified documents reveal secret correspondence between the US State Department in Washington, DC and its 270 embassies across the globe. The revelations are embarrassing and angering Washington and governments and political leaders...

UN Security Council Recognizes Ouattara as Ivory Coast President-Elect

The U.N. Security Council has called on all stakeholders in the Ivory Coast to respect the outcome of last month's presidential election, in which opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara was declared the clear winner. Wednesday evening's statement comes after five days of negotiations in the council to find a unified position. It took the 15-member...

Gbagbo Rejects Pressure to Leave Power in Ivory Coast

West African leaders are calling on Laurent Gbagbo to step down as president of Ivory Coast, in favor of a former prime minister who won a vote that was certified by the United Nations. Mr. Gbagbo appears determined to hold on to power in the face of international pressure.Gbagbo spent much of the last decade joining fellow West African heads of...

US Scholars Help With Liberia's Women Empowerment

Scholars and officials in the United States are trying to help with women empowerment in war-torn Liberia, where many women were previously victims of abuse and neglect during years of conflict. One such project is to develop the first gender studies program at the University of Liberia. Spearheading the project, Georgia State University Associate...

Hundreds of Eritreans Held Hostage in Sinai

The U.N. refugee agency is urging Egypt to intervene to secure the release of about 250 Eritreans who have been held hostage for about a month by human traffickers in the Sinai.The United Nations refugee agency says it does not have much information about  the group of Eritreans nor the hostage takers.   It says media reports note the traffickers...

Rights Group Critical of Zambian Invitation to Indicted Sudanese Leader

An official of Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern that Zambian President Rupiah Banda has invited indicted Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to participate in a regional conference scheduled for 15th December. Reed Brody, spokesman for the rights organization, told VOA a majority of human rights groups across Africa have...