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Nigerian President Calls Out More Security Forces

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is calling out more security forces to stop rioting that has followed his election. The president's leading challenger says that vote was rigged.President Jonathan says calm is being restored to troubled parts of northern Nigeria where political violence is displacing thousands of civilians. He says Tuesday's...

Libyan Rebels Take Control of Tunisia Border Crossing

Witnesses in western Libya say rebels have taken control of a border crossing with Tunisia, following fierce clashes with pro-government forces.Sources Thursday said the rebels secured a post on the Libyan side of the border, on a road leading to the Tunisian town of Dehiba.  They say forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fled across the...

Uganda Opposition Leader to Stage Another "Walk-to-Work"

Uganda opposition leader Kizza Besigye says he and his supporters will stage another ‘walk-to-work’ Thursday to highlight what he says are high fuel and food prices, as well as alleged gross abuses of public office by the government of President Yoweri Museveni. But, Ugandan police say Besigye will not be allowed to ‘walk-to-work’ without a permit...

Nigerian Opposition Candidate Disputes Vote, Urges Calm

Defeated Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari is continuing to dispute the validity of the vote, while urging calm following deadly riots in the north.Buhari told VOA's Hausa service Wednesday there were no elections in the country's Niger Delta region and the southeast, and that his supporters were not allowed to vote.  But he called...

Social Media Play Big Role in Nigeria’s Elections

A vibrant and tech savvy youth population is influencing the electoral process in Nigeria. The oil-producing West African nation is holding much anticipated legislative, presidential and gubernatorial elections this month. With the growing penetration of Internet and telephone technology, the electorate has embraced social media platforms that are...

NATO Jets Bomb Libyan Capital

NATO warplanes bombed several targets near the Libyan capital Tripoli early Tuesday.The alliance said the strikes targeted command and control facilities as well as communications infrastructure.NATO says it also bombed the headquarters of Libya's elite 32nd Brigade which it says has been used to lead and coordinate attacks on civilians.State-run...

Egypt's Former President to Move to Military Hospital, Jail

An Egyptian prosecutor has announced plans to transfer former President Hosni Mubarak from a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to a military medical facility.State-run media reports on Friday say Mubarak will later be moved from the hospital to prison, as his "health condition improves." The former president was hospitalized with...

NATO Expects More Allies' Planes in Libyan Mission

NATO expects coalition allies to supply more aircraft to increase the airstrikes on the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Ramussen said on Friday, after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, that the help will arrive "in the very near future."Britain and France have been asking allies for more...

Nigerian Diaspora Seeks Credible Elections Using Social Media

Social media powered civil society groups and the Nigerian diaspora are trying to help make the country’s ongoing election process credible. Election analysts are impressed, saying such efforts will help democracy establish itself across Africa.A video posted on the YouTube video site Thursday showed alleged rigging by election officials during...

Amateur Videos from Libya Show Frustration

Government restrictions on the media in the parts of Libya controlled by Moammar Gadhafi make it difficult to get uncensored news out of Tripoli. But a VOA correspondent has contacts in Libya and has received videos over the Internet that apparently show examples of government repression.  We want to to share these videos with you and dissect what...

Ethiopia Sells Cooking Oil, Sugar to Correct 'Market Failure'

Ethiopia’s government has begun selling some basic food items directly to consumers after imposing price controls that created shortages in the marketplace. Long lines are becoming a regular sight in Addis Ababa as people queue at government shops for sugar and edible oil.Tesfanesh Zewde stood in line for more than an hour in the hot sun this week...

Zimbabwe's ‘Hard Road to Reform’ Report

The first independent review of the often turbulent and sometimes violent politics of Zimbabwe’s two-year-old inclusive government indicates there has been some progress and positive change. The report by the Solidarity Peace Trust says continued control of the security sector by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party has allowed for episodes of...

U.N. Assists DRC in Organizing General Elections

The spokesman for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo [MONUSCO] says his group is assisting the Independent Electoral Commission [CEI] to organize this year’s general elections. Alexander Essome says through its radio station, Radio Okapi, the UN has begun a sensitization campaign to educate Congolese,...

Libya Conflict Spotlights Qatar's Growing Influence

The small state of Qatar is playing a large role in the Libya conflict. In addition to hosting a conference Wednesday on the future of the North African country, Qatar has made its presence felt on the rebel side with military aid and morale boosting. Our correspondent has more from the defacto rebel capital Benghazi.The expression of anti-...

Egypt Detains Mubarak, Sons for Questioning

Egyptian authorities have detained former president Hosni Mubarak for 15 days as part of a corruption investigation.Prosecutors made the announcement Wednesday shortly after Mubarak was hospitalized with heart problems while being questioned by authorities in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Egyptian media reported that his sons Alaa and...