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China’s Massive Appetite for Commodities Sparks Concern

China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Correspondent Nico Colombant reports from Washington.Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying...

Kenya’s Education Minister Refuses to Resign

Kenya’s embattled education minister says he will be committing “political suicide” if he resigns his post. Pressure for Sam Ongeri’s resignation has been mounting over following a government audit that revealed 4.2 billion shillings [$46,979,867.66] earmarked for a free education program have been embezzled. Sam Ongeri maintains innocence about...

ICC Weighs Justice and Politics in Prosecutions

Monday, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi, his son and the head of the Libyan intelligence agency. Mr. Ghadafi is the second sitting head of state indicted by the ICC. The first was Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Although indicted in 2008, Mr. Bashir is yet to be arrested. For the victims...

China, Libyan Rebels Hold More Talks

Libya National Transitional Council Chairman Mahmud Jibril arrived in Beijing at noon Tuesday for two days of talks with anxious Chinese leaders keen to see an end to the bloody conflict.Beijing has important economic interests in the North African state, including much needed oil that helps keep China's economic boom going.Jibril is expected to...

US First Lady Brings Message of Youth Power to Africa

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrives in South Africa to begin a week-long trip centered on messages of youth empowerment.  The visit to Africa, without her husband President Barack Obama, will also take her to Botswana. US First Lady addessed Africa's youthPrior to embarking on her flight from the United States, Michelle Obama addressed a...

Somali Prime Minister Resigns, Reversing Pledge to Stay

Somalia's prime minister says he is resigning, reversing a pledge he made last week to stay in office after an outpouring of support by Somalis opposed to his departure.Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told reporters Sunday his decision to leave office was made to avert political collapse in his homeland. He said his departure is "in the...

Power Portraits Capture World Leaders

World leaders and heads of state are always in the public eye. We watch them on TV and see their photos in newspapers and magazines. But when New Yorker staff photographer Platon Antoniou - who uses just his first name professionally - embarked on a journey to capture images of world leaders, he wanted to discover the personalities behind the...

Somali PM Defies Kampala Accord, Refuses to Step-Down

In defying the recently signed "Kampala Accord" and refusing to step down, Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed is riding an unprecedented wave of popular support in the war-torn country. During the past week, thousands of Somalis have taken to the streets around the country, risking arrest by government forces to protest the recently...

Clinton Says Africa Must Fight Corruption to Boost Trade

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says African governments must do more to fight corruption and encourage cross-border commerce to better benefit from U.S. trade preferences. Secretary Clinton says the Obama administration is committed to extending trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. But renewing that duty-free...

SADC Holds Crucial Regional Summit on Zimbabwe

Expectations are high among Zimbabweans ahead of a regional summit that many hope will result in a roadmap to free and fair elections.  The summit follows a key regional meeting in Zambia two months ago, when without naming names, regional leaders blamed President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party for failing to implement key sections of the 2008...

Clinton Prepares For Economic Oriented Africa Tour

Enhancing trade, development and regional security will be key priorities for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on an Africa tour later this week. After a stop in the United Arab Emirates to discuss Libya, Secretary Clinton will start the Africa portion of her trip with a scheduled visit to Zambia's capital Lusaka Friday. There, she will...

HRW: Pro-Ouattara Forces Killing Gbagbo Supporters in Ivory Coast

Human Rights Watch says forces loyal to Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara have killed at least 149 real or perceived supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo since taking control of the commercial capital, Abidjan, in mid-April.When the pro-Ouattara Republican Forces took Abidjan in mid-April, many hoped it would mark the end to a violent,...

Zimbabwean Conservationist Seeks to Protect Black Rhinos

Zimbabwe has one of the largest populations of black rhinos in the world.But conservationists say their numbers are declining, mostly because of man-made problems, including poaching and human encroachment, as people look for new land to farm. Every year hundreds of rhinos are killed for their horns, which are sold for medicinal purposes in...

AU Summit Endorses Libya Peace Map, Demands Air Strikes Halt

An African Union summit has demanded an immediate end to NATO airstrikes on Libya, and backed a “Road Map” peace plan calling for a ceasefire and negotiations. A small but growing number of African nations are suggesting Moammar Gadhafi must be excluded from any peace deal.The African Union Thursday endorsed its own peace plan for Libya. The so-...

Could Muslim Brotherhood Take Over Egypt?

As political Islam grows as a force in post-revolution Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is forming its first political party and getting ready for a good showing in upcoming parliamentary elections. And this has liberal and secular parties scrambling. The revolution that ended three decades of authoritarian rule by Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has...