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UN Urges International Action as Somali Drought Deepens

Capping a three-day tour of refugee camps in drought-stricken parts of Somalia, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told reporters that serious international focus is needed to head off increasingly severe shortages of food and water. “Somalia, as you know, hosts one of the largest populations of displaced people in the world and is...

Multi-Drug Resistant TB Epidemic Imminent in Nigeria

An escalating number of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases in Nigeria is currently constituting a major source of worry. Medical experts have warned that the trend should be quickly checked in order to forestall what they describe as "imminent and total collapse of the efficacy of the available first-line drugs for TB treatment."...

U.S.-Egypt - Obama Looking Beyond Mubarak

With new anti-government demonstrations expected in Cairo and other Egyptian cities Tuesday, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama appears to have concluded that the 29- year reign of President Hosni Mubarak is coming to an end. But it hopes to avoid calling publicly for Mubarak's departure, even as U.S. officials are scrambling to...

Egyptians Begin Gathering for Million-Strong March

Thousands of people gathered in central Cairo Tuesday, where protesters have called for a million-strong march to press their demand that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak cede power.Military forces remained stationed throughout the capital, but were not interfering with those gathering for the rally.  The military announced earlier it recognizes...

Court Admits Wikileaks Documents in Former Liberian President's Trial

Judges at the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor have admitted into evidence two Wikileaks documents that appear to question the impartiality of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.  The decision comes just days before prosecutors and defense attorneys present their closing arguments in Mr. Taylor's war crimes trial.  Mr....

Obama Sends Top Officials to African Union Summit

The US Government has sent a team of high level officials to the African Union summit to hold consultations with Sudanese authorities. According to US Embassy in Addis Ababa, the officials including deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and National Security Council Senior...

Nations Seek to Prevent Uprisings by Controlling Food Prices

As food prices soar worldwide, experts are advising policymakers that certain strategies to calm the markets - and the populace - do more harm than good.Recent demonstrations in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria recall memories of food riots in several countries in 2007 and 2008. While experts say the situation today has not reached that level, lessons...

CAR Holds Presidential, Parliamentary Polls

Voters in the Central African Republic went to the polls Sunday for presidential and parliamentary elections.Witnesses reported seeing long lines at polling stations in the capital, Bangui. However, many stations opened late because voting equipment had not arrived.President Francois Bozize is favored to win another term. His challengers include...

UNICEF Targets Yellow Fever in Ivory Coast

The United Nations Children's Fund is kicking off a yellow fever vaccination campaign in Ivory Coast  despite growing instability and hostility to U.N. staff following a disputed presidential election in November. UNICEF plans to vaccinate more than 800,000 adults and children in north-central Ivory Coast against yellow fever over the next week....

Guineans Upbeat over Future with New Leader

As Guinea's first freely-elected president gets to work, hopes are high that his government will tackle the power cuts, lack of running water and rising food prices that continue to make life daily difficult for many Guineans. The election of Guinea's new president, veteran opposition leader Alpha Conde, on Nov. 7 was billed as the country's first...

Summary of Obama's Call With Egyptian President Mubarak

The President spoke with Egyptian President Mubarak this morning on a broad range of issues, to include the New Year's Day attack on a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria, developments in Tunisia and Lebanon, and how best to advance Middle East peace. The President extended his personal condolences to President Mubarak and the Egyptian people...

Sudanese Diaspora Vote Unanimously in Favor of Secession

The Southern Sudanese diaspora in Ethiopia has voted almost unanimously in favor of the South’s separation from the North. It’s a small sampling of voters, but the result was an overwhelming 99 percent show of southern Sudan’s desire for independence. Of 7198 votes cast by southern Sudanese at three polling centers in Ethiopia, 7137 were for...

Outside Aid Focuses on Africa's Growing Slums

Activists are increasingly looking to help the growing number of slum residents in Africa through local organizations and economic programs. This reverses previous activism in Africa focused on improving human rights and rural areas. A resident of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, introduces himself in an activist video on the Internet. "My name...

Tunisian Americans Overjoyed, Cautiously Optimistic About Their Country's Future

Tunisians in Metropolitan Washington D.C. are cautiously watching the dramatic events in their country, where jobless-related protests drove longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali into exile in Saudi Arabia. While they are thousands of miles away, they have strong opinions sbout developments there."We worry about the safety of the people back...

Over 700,000 Mozambican Children Still Studying in Open Air

Over 700,000 Mozambican children are currently studying in the open air, deprived of minimal conditions for learning. This is considered to be a situation that negatively affects their educational progress. According to the Minister of Education, Zeferino Martins, there has been no improvement in the number of children being taught outside, a...