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Swaziland Police Beat, Arrest Protestors

In Swaziland police have arrested scores of activists, beaten others and fired tear gas and water cannon to prevent a planned pro-democracy protest.  Teachers, students and activists attempting to gather for a planned march in the city of Manzini Tuesday were among those beaten by police, who also set up road blocks, and turned away buses heading...

Egypt's Mubarak Hospitalized Amid Growing Corruption Probe

Egyptian authorities say former President Hosni Mubarak has been taken to a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he was under house arrest.The 82-year-old was expected to face legal questioning over corruption allegations and Western media reported that he was to be interviewed by investigators as early as Tuesday.During the...

Libyan Conflict Seen as Stalemate

Fresh fighting in Libya Tuesday follows the failure of an African diplomatic initiative to end hostilities between pro and anti-government forces.  Both the Libyan government and rebel leaders outwardly express confidence their side will prevail.  But behind the scenes, concerns are rising that the eight week conflict may be at a stalemate....

Liberian Candidate Challenges Electoral Commission Competence, Objectivity

One of the presidential candidates in Liberia’s October elections says he does not think the National Elections Commission (NEC) has the competence or objectivity to conduct the poll. Charles Brumskine of the opposition Liberty Party says he has taken the commission to court because of its makeup. Elections Commissions Chairman James Fromayan says...

Uganda’s Opposition Forms Pressure Group to Protest Corruption And Abuse of Public Funds

Uganda’s largest opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has launched a non-partisan pressure group to champion a non-violent campaign against the spiraling cost of basic needs, government opulence and hunger in the country. The high prices of commodities, including food and fuel, in the country have seen a rise in inflation since...

NATO Regrets Accidental Strike on Libyan Rebels

NATO has confirmed it was responsible for airstrikes that hit Libyan rebel tanks outside the eastern oil city of Brega.NATO deputy commander Russell Harding told reporters in Brussels on Friday that allied forces had never seen rebels operating tanks before and mistook them for pro-government forces. Rebel leaders say four people died in the...

Massive Cairo Protest Calls for Mubarak's Prosecution

Tens of thousands of Egyptian activists gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday to press for reforms, including demanding the prosecution of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.While demonstrators regularly gather in the square, Friday's protest was one of the biggest turnouts since the popular revolution overthrew Mubarak on February 11. Protesters...

Libyan Rebels: Deadly Airstrike Likely Friendly Fire

A Libyan opposition commander says a deadly airstrike on rebel tank positions may be a case of friendly fire.Rebel military commander Abdelfateh Yunis said four people died and 14 were wounded in Thursday's strike near the eastern town of Brega.  Earlier, Libyan medical officials put the death toll at five.Some opposition leaders blamed the strike...

Religious Groups Demand Debate on Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Religious leaders in Uganda are calling for a renewed debate of the country's  "anti-homosexuality" bill which they argue is essential to protect Ugandan children from homosexual recruitment. On Wednesday, religious leaders and anti-homosexual activists from around Uganda gathered in parliament to urge debate on the country’s much-maligned “anti-...

Egypt's Salafists Raise Their Political Profile

As Egypt prepares for its first elections since a popular uprising, many new actors have entered the political scene. Among them are Salafi Muslims, whose fundamentalism is seemingly at odds with both hopes for a democratic future and the country's long history of tolerance and pluralism. The mosque of Sheikh Shaaban Darwish sits side-by-side a...

Nigerian President Backs Election Chief Despite Poll Delay

Nigeria's president is supporting the embattled electoral commission chief whose decision to postpone the country's elections has sparked a flurry of criticism.Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said the head of the Independent Nigerian Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, made the right call in postponing Nigeria's election to allow for...

Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide Brings Declarations, Warnings

Rwanda is approaching the anniversary of one of the worst genocides in modern history that killed almost one million people. Officials stress that what happened 17 years ago must never happen again in Rwanda, the rest of Africa, and the world.  April 7, 1994 was the first day of a 100-day initiative led by one of Rwanda's three ethnic groups to...

Libyan Opposition Leader: Rebels Must Gain U.S. Support

The leader of the opposition Justice and Democracy Party of Libya says the inability of the Transitional National Council to gain political support from the Obama administration will, in his words, make it impossible to achieve its objective, which is, he says, to force embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. Hadi Shalluf, who is also an...

Libyan humanitarian: Misrata Siege Denies City Needed Supplies

A Libyan humanitarian says the “constant” bombardment by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi are preventing shipments of needed medical supplies, food and fresh water from reaching residents of Misrata caught up in the clashes between Gadhafi loyalists and the rebels. Tariq Tarhouni, whose identity he wishes to remain anonymous, also...

Libyan Rebels Make Gains in Key Oil Town

Libyan rebels made gains on Monday in a battle for a key oil town as international diplomatic efforts continued to end the fighting between government loyalists and opponents.Foreign media reports said the rebels controlled access in and around the eastern town of Brega, where the rival forces have been in a standoff for days.On the western front...