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Senegalese Villages Turn to Solar Power

In Senegal, growing electricity shortages are forcing more and more people to turn to one of the country's greatest renewable resources, solar energy. There are no power lines running through the village of Langueme, in the Factik region of Senegal.  Like many rural areas here, people here are not connected to the national electricity grid.  But,...

Ouattara Set to Take Oath of Office as Ivory Coast President

Ivory Coast's President Alassaine Ouattara is set to take the oath of office Friday, formally ending the violent political crisis that followed November's disputed election. Meanwhile, a United Nations human rights team is investigating a possible mass grave in an Abidjan suburb where the new national army has been battling loyalists of the ousted...

Nigeria Sends More Troops to Southeastern State of Imo Ahead of Governorship Polls

The Nigerian government has sent more troops to the southeastern state of Imo ahead of a controversial re-run of the governorship election. The vote was first held on April 26, along with gubernatorial elections across the country. The opposition candidate was ahead when electoral authorities canceled the results in some local government areas....

Cell Phones Come to Rescue of Africa's Health Sector

Several U.S. non profit organizations are releasing new products to use in Africa to help governments and health practitioners improve their health systems with mobile phone technology. The Washington-based Medic Mobile non profit recently released a video promoting a test version of one of its new products called PatientView.  Its aim is to give...

UN Says Displaced in Ivory Coast Need More Help

The United Nations is asking international donors for more assistance to help the hundreds of thousands of citizens of Ivory Coast stranded in refugee camps and villages. For more than two weeks now, Ivory Coast has enjoyed its most widespread peace since last November's presidential election boiled over into a civil war.Yet hundreds of thousands...

Rape Victims in Congo Call for Justice

United Nations officials have called the Democratic Republic of Congo "the rape capital of the world" and railed against the atmosphere of impunity that allows soldiers and civilians to rape women and children without fear of arrest. This year, several soldiers have been convicted of rape in Congo, including a prominent colonel, offering a glimmer...

Desperation, Hope Mix in Zimbabwe Fight for Democracy

Though he has covered wars and conflicts, journalist Peter Godwin wasn't prepared for the surreal mix of desperation and hope he encountered when he returned to Zimbabwe, his broken homeland, in 2008. After ruling for nearly 30 years, President Robert Mugabe finally lost an election. However, instead of conceding power, he launched a brutal...

Nigeria Senate Elections Set for Saturday for Most of Country

NIGERIA / SENATE ELECTIONS -- Nigeria will hold most of its senate elections Saturday.  The voting was supposed to be held April 2nd, but was postponed because of the late arrival of election materials in some areas. INEC, the Independent National Electoral Commission, confirmed Thursday night the Senate polls would be held on two separate days....

Nigerians Seek Energy Solutions from Next Leader

In Nigeria, as in many sub-Saharan African countries, getting energy to both rural and urban areas is a great challenge. Analysts say that given Nigeria’s immense resources, the energy industry is not very efficient in meeting the needs of its customers.Civilian leaders since the end of the military dictatorship in 1999 have promised changes in...

Fighting Poverty with Better Nutrition for Women

Hunger and poverty continue to be major obstacles to the well-being of millions of women and children around the world.  The Bread for the World Institute says those problems can be reversed by improving the social, economic and political status of rural women. Executive Director Asma Lateef says reducing global hunger and poverty simply starts...

Migration and Remittances Underpin African Economy

About 30 million Africans live outside their home countries, and the money they send home – called remittances – plays a major role in local and national economies. But a new World Bank report says African governments could do more to harness their full economic benefits. “It seems like not a big deal in some ways because 30 million people is only...

Zimbabwe Tensions Rise Before Regional Meeting

Political tensions are rising in Zimbabwe, where police cancelled a Movement for Democratic Change rally, while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made an unscheduled weekend visit to South African President Jacob Zuma before a regional security meeting this week.  MDC officials say they expect more senior members to be arrested this week.Zimbabwe’s...

UN Suspends Food Aid Deliveries to Chad Through Libya

The United Nations World Food Program says political violence in Libya has forced it to suspend the delivery of food through the Libyan corridor to hundreds of thousands of people in Chad.   The WFP says it has diverted two ships carrying 10,000 metric tons of food aid to the Red Sea port of Port Sudan.  Chad is a landlocked country.  The World...

Moroccan King’s Speech Long on Reform Promises, Short on Details?

King Mohamed VI has sometimes been called “the King of the Poor” for the reforms he has instituted in that country since inheriting the throne from his father, King Hassan II,  in 1999.  He instituted wider media freedoms and allowed media to report on corruption; he released political prisoners and amended the country’s penal code to ban torture...

Kenya Red Cross Sees Shift in Attitude Toward Safe Sex

As the Kenyan Red Cross moves to meet a condom shortage in Kenya, the group is seeing positive changes in attitudes towards sexual health. On Friday, the Kenya Red Cross delivered an emergency shipment of male and female condoms to the people of Mashambani, a village in the Isiolo region in the Eastern Province of Kenya. Nearly 90,000 condoms were...