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Ugandan Wins Africa Rural Connect Contest

A Ugandan is the grand prize winner of the Africa Rural Connect contest organized last year by the National Peace Corps. Association to solicit ideas on ways to improve the lives of rural farmers in Africa. Johnstone Baguma is founder and executive director of Toro Development Network, a community-based, non-governmental organization that promotes...

SPLM To Split, Remain in Northern Sudan After Referendum

If southern Sudan chooses independence in Sunday’s referendum, the country of Sudan will not be the only thing splitting in two.  The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), currently the ruling party in the south and a primary opposition party in the north, will also be forced to divide. Yasir Arman is the head of the SPLM’s northern sector. ...

100,000 Zimbabweans Still Waiting For Passports in South Africa

100,000 Zimbabweans Still Waiting For Passports in South Africa An estimated 100,000 Zimbabweans still need passports to enable them to receive permits to stay in South Africa, People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (Passop) said on Wednesday. "As we were monitoring centres towards the end of the deadline we found people lacked Zimbabwean passports and documents," said spokesman Braam...

Sudan: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in South

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) says the humanitarian crisis in southern Sudan is growing worse, as the referendum for independence nears. The group says there’s been a steady stream of southern Sudanese returning home from the north and neighboring countries.  But they’re often settling in areas already facing shortages of basic...

Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement: Success or Failure

Many analysts credit the CPA with bringing an end to two decades of civil war, which took over two million lives and left four million people homeless. The plan – which had the backing of the international community – was signed in 2005 by the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), based in Juba, and the ruling National...

Liberia Prepares for Election Despite Challenges

Despite the challenges of bad roads in some parts of Liberia, the country is starting voter registration ahead of the October 2011 election.  On January 10, Liberians will begin to register to vote in their October 2011 presidential election.Difficulties in registering voters living in neighboring Guinea and Ivory Coast contributed to election...

Somali Prime Minister to Face Parliament Over Security Training, Airport Deals.

Somalia's parliament has asked Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (alias Farmajo) to appear in parliament to answer questions regarding agreements signed with foreign companies over security training and airport management, Radio Garowe reports. Somali MPs in Mogadishu reportedly asked Prime Minister Farmajo to appear in parliament to answer...

Four Days Left for Zimbabwean Immigrants to Register in South Africa

Illegal Zimbabweans living in South Africa have four days left to register for legal documents, the home affairs department said on Monday. "The final bells for the registration of illegal Zimbabweans living in South Africa are tolling with only four days left before the deadline of 31 December 2010 as set out by Cabinet," Home Affairs Minister...

A Gloomy Christmas for Cameroon Traders

  This Christmas is far from merry for some in Cameroon.   Traders are grumbling over lagging sales, families say inflation and lagging wages are stifling their holiday and religious authorities complain the season has become too commercial. Christmas is one of the most popular holidays in Cameroon.  In good times,  it accounts for upswings in...

Water Shortages Could Trigger Mideast Unrest

Water is a scarce resource in the desert regions of the Middle East. Though disputes over water have come close to triggering wars between nations of the region in the past, diplomats intervened to keep tensions to a minimum.  Now a new study suggests that, over the next 20 years, water shortages could trigger unrest  within national borders...

General Konate Bids Farewell to Guinean army

Guinea's interim military leader General Sekouba Konate has officially taken leave of the country's army during a ceremony at military barracks in Conakry on Thursday evening. Speaking at the ceremony, he said: "I am taking leave of the army after fulfilling our promise to organize a democratic election as we have done." He added: "We have done...

President Said Ethiopia's Meles Tried to Assassinate Him

Eritrean strongman Isaias Afeworki was nearly assassinated while on his way back to Asmara after a family holiday in Kenya, secret American diplomatic cables have revealed. The secret cables posted online by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks accuse Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, a one time ally of Afeworki in Addis Ababa's struggle to overthrow...

South Sudan: Worst Kala Azar Outbreak in 8 Years

A medical aid group says as south Sudan nears a referendum on independence, it faces many serious health problems. Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, says south Sudan is currently experiencing the largest outbreak of kala azar in eight years.  The parasitic disease is transmitted by the bite of sand flies and attacks internal organs, such...

Research Finds Possible New Way to Attack Sleeping Sickness

New research on the parasite that causes sleeping sickness suggests possible new ways to attack the disease. African sleeping sickness affects mostly rural people in 36 sub-Saharan countries. The World Health Organization says there are currently an estimated 30,000 cases. Left untreated, it is fatal. Sleeping sickness is caused by a parasite...

South Africa Eases Deportation Threat Against Zimbabweans Seeking Work Permits

The South African government has announced it will not deport Zimbabwean migrants who can show they have applied to work legally in the country. But it says it will not extend the deadline for applying for the permits, causing concern among civic groups that work with the migrants.Activists working with Zimbabwean migrants have welcomed South...