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South Africa: New IMF Chief Should Be From Developing Nation

South Africa's finance minister has called for the next head of the International Monetary Fund to come from a developing nation.Pravin Gordhan said Wednesday that such a candidate would ensure the interests of both developed and developing nations are reflected in IMF policies.Gordhan said there are several eligible contenders, but he did not...

Mediators 'Concerned' About Health of Zimbabwe's Mugabe

South Africa's ruling party says the health of Zimbabwe's aging President Robert Mugabe could affect talks on a new Zimbabwean constitution.The African National Congress says in its weekly newsletter that negotiators are "concerned" about Zimbabwe's succession law should Mugabe "die or retire" before a new constitution is adopted.Questions have...

South Africans to Vote in Local Government Elections

South Africans vote Wednesday in local government elections many see as a test of voters’ patience with the dominant African National Congress party, which is increasingly criticized for its failures to provide basic services, for corruption, and for poor management, particularly at the local level. A recent report by the national auditor general...

Botswana’s Government Closes Down Schools as Strike Continues

The spokesman for Botswana’s government says all primary and secondary public schools have been closed down as a temporary measure to address concerns of an ongoing nationwide public workers’ strike that include teachers. Jeff Ramsey said the move was necessary to protect students following a public sector strike that turned violent. “We’ve done...

UN Mission Denies Leaving North Sudan

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has denied a report that it is leaving the country's north ahead of south Sudan's independence in July.The pro-government Sudanese Media Center said Monday that the U.N. mission has begun moving equipment to the southern capital of Juba from five offices in the north, including one in the capital,...

T-Shirts Return From Africa With Purpose

Castoff American t-shirts, which have flooded African markets for years, are starting to trickle back to the United States as part of a non-profit initiative spearheaded by two young American social entrepreneurs.American Sean Hewens said he recently was stuck in a traffic jam in Nairobi, Kenya, when he saw a t-shirt worn by a rickshaw pusher...

Libya Offers Truce to UN in Return for NATO Cease-fire

Libya's prime minister has offered a truce to a visiting United Nations envoy in return for an immediate NATO cease-fire. Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi made the comments in Tripoli Sunday following a meeting with U.N. special envoy Abdul Ilah Khatib. Soon after Khatib arrived, Libya's state television reported that a new NATO airstrike hit...

Authors Defend New Report on Congo's Rapes

Authors of a U.S. report released this week [Thursday, May 12] revealing a very high number of rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo are defending their work after criticism from advocates, U.N. officials and other researchers.Congolese women's advocate, American author Eve Ensler was one of many who reacted strongly to the new report. In a...

In Egypt, Thousands Demand Reform, Peace

Thousands gathered in Cairo's main square on Friday urging an end to sectarian violence, continued political reforms and support of the Palestinian cause.The rally comes after Muslim-Christian clashes left 12 dead over the weekend in sectarian fighting. Violence between Egypt's Coptic Christians and conservative Muslims has led to calls for...

Gates: US Remains Cautious Over Libyan Rebels

Representatives from the Libyan opposition are in Washington this week to meet senior U.S. officials in a bid to win more foreign assistance to help topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.  But the United States remains hesitant in providing more aid.When Libya’s uprising began in March, there were calls for the United States to train the country’s...

Gadhafi's Tripoli Compound Hit After TV Appearance

NATO warplanes have attacked Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli, hours after he made his first appearance on Libyan television since last month.Libyan authorities took reporters to the Bab al-Azaziya compound Thursday to show them the damage from the early morning airstrikes. The reporters saw one missile-damaged building at the...

Southern Africa Mediators Report Progress in Zimbabwe Political Talks

For the first time mediators have reported progress toward agreement on a multi-party plan for elections in Zimbabwe. South African mediator Lindiwe Zulu said she hopes the Southern African Development Community will endorse this progress.  Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu, who is also South African President Jacob Zuma’s international advisor, said the...

Egypt's Christians Continue Protests Against Sectarian Violence

Coptic Christians demonstrated in Cairo on Monday in protest of Muslim-Christian clashes that left 12 dead over the weekend in sectarian violence.Some of the protesters gathered outside the headquarters for state-run television where a sit-in began on Sunday.Demonstrators are demanding that Egypt's Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi step down...

Gunmen Attack Village Killing 16 in Nigeria

Nigerian police say attackers killed 16 people in a mostly Christian village late Friday.The attackers also set fire to more than one dozen homes in the village in Bauchi state.Nigeria has a history of deadly clashes between Muslim and Christians.Last month, riots broke out in the predominantly Muslim north after incumbent President Goodluck...

Study Shows Africa’s Middle Class on the Rise

The study by the African Development Bank indicates one-third of Africa’s 900 million people have more to spend on domestic goods and describes that group as middle class.However, the bank includes in the definition of middle class some 191 million Africans it describes as a floating class, who are able to spend between $2 and $4 per day per...