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Coalition Fires More Missiles at Libyan Targets

The U.S. military says a multinational coalition enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya has fired at least 10 more cruise missiles at Libyan military targets. U.S. military officials said Monday the missile strikes were carried out Sunday night into Monday. A U.S. official also says a British air strike on the Tripoli compound of Libyan leader Moammar...

US, Allies Attack Libya

U.S.-led coalition forces have launched more than 100 Tomahawk missiles on key air defense sites across Libya as part of operations to protect the population from the forces of long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi.  U.S. Vice Admiral William Gortney outlined what is being called "Operation Odyssey Dawn" several hours after he said the missiles started...

Anti-Government Rally Disturbs Normal Calm of Senegal's Capital

Protesters staged a large anti-government rally in Senegal's capital Saturday just hours after the government said it had arrested several suspects accused of planning a coup d'etat. Several dozen riot police stood watch over Dakar's main square as groups of mostly young men shouted and chanted their grievances against the government of President...

Zimbabwe’s Popular Newspaper Returns After Seven Years

Zimbabwe’s Daily News  is back on the streets after a seven-year absence. The newspaper was forced to close after marathon court battles under the former government controlled by the ZANU-PF party.Many Harare residents seemed pleased to have another newspaper choice.Happy readersJill Day is Zimbabwe’s senior public relations consultant, who has...

Journalists Targeted by Warring Factions in Ivory Coast

<!--IMAGE-->In Ivory Coast, one of the tools being used in the struggle for the presidency is journalism. There are reports that supporters of incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alassane Ouattara are targeting rival media outlets and their reporters. The New York-based Committee to protect Journalists [CPJ] says both sides are...

Dutch Marines Released from Libya Arrive in Greece

Authorities say three Dutch marines held by Libyan government forces for almost two weeks were released early Friday and flown to Greece.The three marines - two men and one woman - were met in Athens by both Greek and Dutch officials.  The officials say the three are in good condition and will be returned to the Netherlands as soon as possible.The...

Egypt’s 'Indiana Jones' Calls It Quits

The celebrated head of the Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, has resigned. The man responsible for overseeing Egypt’s historical sites said he stepped down because many of the ancient sites are not being properly protected. Now, the new government is scrambling to replace the man who has become the worldwide face of Egyptian...

MDC Energy Minister Arrested in Zimbabwe

Elton Mangoma, the energy minister in Zimbabwe’s fractious inclusive government, and a member of the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change, was arrested Thursday.  Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the MDC, said the government is dysfunctional and that he will push for fresh elections under a roadmap designed by the...

Rights Researcher Concerned Over Disappearances in Tripoli

An official of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says her organization is increasingly concerned about the “enforced disappearances” of anti-government protesters in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, who, she says, are now refusing to aid efforts aimed at documenting ongoing human rights abuses. Heba Fatma Morayef, researcher for the rights...

Women’s Representation in World Parliaments Remains Low

A new survey released to coincide with International Women’s Day shows women are making political gains, but their numbers in world parliaments remain low.  The survey by the Inter-Parliamentary Union finds just over 19 percent of parliamentarians worldwide are women, compared to 16.3 percent in 2005.  As in previous years, the Nordic countries...

Libyan Unrest Heightened by Information Battle

Libyan rebels are fighting back against government forces between Bin Jawwad and Ras Lanuf, towns marking the shifting frontlines of the past few days.  Witnesses say Libyan warplanes struck positions around the oil port of Ras Lanuf Monday. Residents were seen leaving the town earlier, expecting an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces after assaults...

Libyan Opposition Compiling Evidence of Gadhafi Abuse, Atrocities

The leader of the opposition Justice and Democracy Party of Libya says he has begun compiling evidence of what he describes as flagrant human rights abuses and grave atrocities perpetrated by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi against anti-government protesters. Hadi Shalluf, who is also an international lawyer, says the evidence...

UN: Ivorian Human Rights Violations Mounting

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, reports human rights violations in Ivory Coast are mounting as inter-communal and inter-ethnic tensions continue to increase. U.N. officials blame most of the abuse on armed forces loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo who, the U.N. maintains, lost the recent presidential election. U....

Jailed Cameroonian Musician Fights for Freedom of Expression

One of Cameroon's best known and most controversial musicians, Lapiro de Mbanga, is spending this year's fifth annual International Music Freedom Day at a Douala courthouse not far from his jail cell.  Lapiro is citing wrongful imprisonment for a song that put him behind bars nearly three years ago. Since April 2008, Lapiro has been detained at...

US Senators Advocate No-Fly Zone Over Libya

Two influential U.S. senators say the United States should help implement a no-fly zone over Libya as part of a broader effort to engage and assist those who are fighting totalitarianism and repression across the Arab world. Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and independent Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut spoke at a...