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Cell Phone Text Technology Helps Promote Health in Senegal

A pilot project in rural Senegal uses text messaging to remind women of upcoming doctor’s appointments and local health meetings.  Health reminders The sound of a text message, recognizable the world over, but in a small village tucked away down the sandy back-roads of Senegal, a few short beeps can be vital reminders.  For mothers living in and...

Zuma: Gadhafi Not Ready to Leave

South African President Jacob Zuma says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is not ready to leave his country.Zuma made the comment Tuesday after returning home from meeting with Gadhafi in Tripoli Monday.  Zuma was trying to broker a peace deal between the Libyan government and rebel fighters.Zuma told Libyan media Monday that Gadhafi wants a cease-...

SADC Mediators Prepare for More Madagascar Talks

As international mediators prepare for another summit on how to resolve Madagascar's two-year political crisis, Andry Rajoelina says his transitional government will push through with elections regardless of the decision.   The country's three main opposition parties say the acting president is trying to force through elections that will not be...

North Sudan Demands South Pull Troops From Two States

<!--IMAGE--> The government of north Sudan is demanding the south withdraw its troops from two key border states by Wednesday.The demand, reported in Sudanese media, concerns the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.  Both sit along Sudan's north-south border, like the disputed and oil-rich Abyei region, which northern forces occupied a...

Ugandan Activists Plan to Take their Protests to Parliament

A Ugandan activist group is calling for what they have termed a Walk-to-Parliament protest tomorrow [Monday]. Activists for Change (A4C) says it stands in solidarity with all Ugandans who are outraged by news that parliament is seeking to increase their emoluments – pay and benefits -- in the face of rising inflation. Media reports say the Ugandan...

Egyptian Court Fines Mubarak, Ex-Officials $90 Million for Telecom Shutdown

An Egyptian court has fined ousted president Hosni Mubarak and two of his former ministers $90 million for shutting down telecommunication services during the country's popular uprising earlier this year.The court ruled Saturday that Mubarak, former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly were guilty of "damaging"...

Ethiopians Celebrate 20 Years of Meles Zenawi Rule

Meskel Square is empty on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the bloodless coup that brought a band of Marxist Tigrayan rebels to power in Ethiopia. Only a few workers are here setting up the sound system and stage.In a few hours, throngs of government supporters will pour into the square to celebrate the day in 1991 when the 17-year rule of the...

Security Council Demanding Results From Somali Government

As the campaign to oust Islamist insurgent group al Shabab intensifies, the U.N. Security Council is warning Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government to resolve its internal differences or lose backing from the international community.With the internationally approved mandate of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government set to expire in August,...

Egyptian Protesters Plan 'Second Revolution' Rally

Egyptian protesters plan to return to the streets Friday for what they're billing as a "Second Revolution." The activists fear the long-term change and lasting reform they've been seeking is being sidetracked. Using the tools of their January 25 uprising, Egyptian youth are calling on Facebook and Twitter for a massive turnout in Cairo's Tahrir...

Political Agreement Needed in Abyei Crisis, Says Sudan Ruling Party Official

An official of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party [NCP] says the national armed forces will not withdraw from the disputed, oil-rich Abyei region until a political solution is reached. Northern forces seized Abyei last weekend. Ibrahim Ghandour, head of information and media affairs of the NCP, said the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement [CPA...

Egypt's Mubarak, Sons to Face Trial in Protesters' Deaths

Egypt's chief prosecutor says former President Hosni Mubarak and two of his sons will be tried on charges relating to the deaths of protesters during the revolt that led to Mubarak's resignation.Egypt's state news agency announced the decision Tuesday. Groups demanding Mubarak's prosecution planned a mass protest in Cairo for Friday.The news comes...

Zimbabwe State Media Increase ZANU-PF Propaganda

Zimbabwe’s state media have escalated propaganda for the party of President Robert Mugabe since southern African leaders met Friday in Namibia. Analysts say the high level of publicity, including alleged misrepresentation of facts, appears to be a reaction to the Southern African Development Community’s recent criticism of the ZANU-PF party.South...

Libyan Resistance Fighters Make Presence Known in Tripoli

A senior United Nations official is warning that Libya is a ticking time bomb and that life-saving assistance is needed, especially in the western part of the country.  Little is known about what is happening in Tripoli, the nation's capital and Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold.  To find out, VOA's Carolyn Presutti spoke to two opposition leaders -...

Ugandan Opposition Leader Besigye Put Under House Arrest

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been placed under house arrest by Ugandan police in their latest efforts to quell the "walk to work" protests. In their sixth week in Uganda, security forces are trying nip the demonstrations in the bud by keeping former presidential candidate and opposition figure Besigye from leaving his house.Early Thursday,...

Al-Qaida Releases Posthumous bin Laden Audio

Al-Qaida has released an audio recording by Osama bin Laden made just days before his death.A U.S.-based monitoring service, SITE, said Wednesday that in the tape, bin Laden praises revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa and says he thinks "the winds of change" will spread across the entire Muslim world.In the 12-minute message, bin...