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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...

Nigerian Militants Attack Oil Facility, Warn of More Violence

Nigeria's best-known militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, is claiming responsibility for attacking a facility run by the Italian oil firm Agip.In a written statement, the group says it is launching a new campaign of attacks ahead of April's legislative, presidential, and gubernatorial elections as a reminder to the...

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...

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Urges SADC & AU to Act On Violence

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday expressed serious concern at the ongoing crackdown against MDC MPs, supporters and pro-democracy activists. Scores of activists, including the co-chairman of COPAC Douglas Mwonzora and the leader of the International Socialist Organization of Zimbabwe Munyaradzi Gwisai (a former MP for the MDC in the...

Former U.N. Official Alarmed Over Africa’s Silence on Libya

The former director of governance at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa questions why African leaders and the African Union have been “alarmingly silent” about the crisis in Libya following what he describes as the grave human rights abuses perpetrated by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. Okey Onyejekwe says a number of people across...

Kenya's Next Presidential Race in Full Swing

February 28 marks the third anniversary of Kenya’s coalition government, formed in after violence surrounding the country’s disputed presidential poll. Though much work remains in Kenya’s reform and reconciliation agenda, the race is already heating up for elections in 2012. It is just more than three years since a disputed presidential election...

Egypt Issues Travel Ban, Asset Freeze on Mubarak

Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered a travel ban and an asset freeze for former President Hosni Mubarak and his family, as he considers further actions against the leader who resigned earlier this month following popular protests. Judicial authorities say Monday's travel ban and recent asset freeze follow complaints that the former president...

Libyan Security Forces Fire on Protesters in Western City

Libyan security forces and pro-government groups in the western city of Zawiyah have violently attacked anti-government protesters and Egyptian migrant workers, Human Rights Watch said today. Hundreds of Egyptian migrants crossed the border into Tunisia on February 25, 2011, joining thousands of other migrants who had been stranded there for three...

Zimbabwe Activists Charged with High Treason

Forty-six people in Zimbabwe, charged with high treason, appeared in court in Harare Thursday.Defense lawyer Alec Muchadahama said he estimates 10 of the defendants in court were having difficulty sitting down or walking.He said they claimed they were assaulted in detention at Harare Central Police Station after their arrests last Saturday.  He...

Gaddafi Opponents Control Coastal East of Libya, Reports Say

Opponents of leader Moamer Kadhafi control the coastal east of Libya, with government troops fraternising with rebels, media reports say. Residents in Libya told the AFP news agency that protesters have taken control of the Libyan coast from the city of Tobruk through to Libya's second city Banghazi and as far as Ajdabiya. French daily Le Monde...

China Prepares Libya Evacuation

China is preparing a mass evacuation of its citizens from Libya, where a violent uprising has seen Chinese interests come under attack. China said Wednesday it is sending a fleet of ships, buses and planes to Libya to evacuate over 30,000 Chinese nationals.A chartered plane left Beijing Wednesday loaded with food and medical supplies, and will...

Uganda Electoral Commission Rejects ‘Ghost’ Voter Allegation

An official of Uganda’s electoral commission has rejected a report which suggests that nearly 2,000 polling stations across the country had ballot boxes with more votes than the number of people who voted in the February 18th presidential and parliamentary election. Charles Willy Ochola, commission spokesman, described the report to VOA as...

Five Dead in Violence After Morocco Demos, Minister Says

Five Dead in Violence After Morocco Demos, Minister Says Five bodies were found in a bank set on fire during unrest that erupted after demonstrations in Morocco on the weekend, the government said Monday. The "burned bodies of five people were recovered inside one of the bank branches set alight by rioters in the city of Al Hoceima," Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui told reporters. Cherkaoui said...

Ethiopia’s Best-Known Opposition Leader to Quit Politics

Ethiopia’s best-known opposition leader has announced she is quitting politics, at least temporarily, and is going to the United States. Birtukan Mideksa’s departure will leave Ethiopia without a prominent female politician. Mideksa, the leader of Ethiopia's Unity and Democracy for Justice Party, or UDJ, returned home from prison last October to...

Government spokesperson: Museveni Victory Deserved

The spokesperson for Uganda’s government said stability, peace and improved service delivery was, in her words, the trump cards that ensured long-time President Yoweri Museveni’s re-election victory in a vote the opposition dismissed as a sham. Kabakumba Labwoni Masiko, who also won the Bujenje parliamentary seat, dismissed as ridiculous...