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Teenage Journalist Displays 'Normal' Libya

Atem is 17-years-old.  Before the uprising began, she was finishing her last year in high school and acting very much her age.Teen life "I just like hanging with my friends. We all go out, like, every Thursday night, every weekend," Atem said. "I like movies.  I like music.  I'm addicted to Facebook. I love the Internet. It was normal."Her English...

Economic Issues Key in Nigerian Presidential Vote

After voting in parliamentary elections last weekend, Nigerians will once again head to the polls this Saturday.  This time around, the people of Africa's most populous country are getting ready to choose their next president. A campaign rally in Lagos, the capital - this one in support of Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of one of the main opposition...

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-...

Return to Cabinet Possible for Kenyan ICC Suspect William Ruto

International Criminal Court suspect William Ruto has been cleared of fraud charges in Kenya’s courts, paving the way for his return to the cabinet.After nearly seven years of legal battles, suspended Kenyan Higher Education Minister Ruto has been cleared of fraud charges. Ruto faced trial for his alleged involvement in the illegal sale of land in...

Economy, Development Central to Nigerian Voters’ Concerns

Nigeria’s economy is the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa, after South Africa, but observers say that status is deceiving. They complain that Nigeria, despite billions of oil revenues and nearly 7% yearly economic growth, has failed to lift living standards for the average person. Tony Iyare is a columnist and political consultant to Governor...

Activist's Hunger Strike Gains Support in India

An activist on a hunger strike in India is gaining widespread public support in his efforts to pressure the government on the issue of corruption.   The movement draws on some of modern India's most deeply cherished nonviolent traditions.Hundreds of supporters Wednesday voiced their solidarity with the 72-year-old activist known as Anna Hazare.The...

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...

Opposition Leader: Libyans Will Pay 'Ultimate Price' for Freedom

The leader of the main opposition Libyan National Movement says embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi is fully aware that ordinary Libyans will pay the “ultimate price” to achieve the objective of the revolution, which he says is about embracing democracy. Mufta Lamloom says Gadhafi has denied Libyans the “full” democracy they have wanted over the past...

Egypt Favors Pragmatic Solution to Nile Water Sharing, Says Analyst

Water use issues have long been a source of contention among the Nile Basin countries, which disagree over the distribution of the river’s waters. For decades, the allocation has been determined by an agreement that’s been re-negotiated recently and that could alter the historic water-sharing arrangements for the Nile. The new accord, the...

Nile Debate Emphasizes Conservation, Water Sharing

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. <!--IMAGE--> It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven...

Somali Government Future Clouded As Mandate Nears Expiration

With the end of the mandate for the Transitional Federal Government looming, the Somali political structure is in disarray over questions of legitimacy and leadership in the war-torn country. Established in 2004 and backed by the United Nations, the TFG was originally tasked to deliver national elections and a new constitution by August of this...

US Authors Delve Deep Into Congo's Troubles

As atrocities persist in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, two U.S. authors have delved deeply into the country's troubles, trying to explain the situation to an outside audience.  Warfare in the vast central African nation is estimated to have caused the deaths of  more than five million people from combat and the related humanitarian...

Algeria's Large Youth Population Has Few Opportunities

Walk down Rue Didouche Mourad - a bustling auto route lined with colonial-era buildings that winds its way toward the Algiers port - and this is what you will see: groups of children heading home from school; young girls, some with headscarves, others bareheaded, mobile phones glued to their ears; young men hanging out in cafes; a street...

US Group Helps Africa's War-Affected Women

The Maryland-based group Women for Democracy and Peace in Africa states as its goals helping African women displaced by violence and encouraging them to take part in politics and peacemaking.Member Rebecca Affi is from Ivory Coast. She is nervously following the intensifying violence in her divided home country, where two men are claiming the...

Large Turnout in Egypt for Constitution Vote

Large Turnout in Egypt for Constitution Vote Egyptians came out in large numbers Saturday to vote on a group of constitutional changes that will pave the way to presidential and parliamentary elections within six months. Observers said some polling stations have stayed open late to accommodate the large turnout. The country's estimated 45 million registered voters are being asked to vote on...