Africa

Egyptians Angry Over ‘Excessive’ Military Force

An official of the U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Egyptians are expressing anger and frustration at the military over the use of “excessive” force to prevent anti-government protests. Medics say a police and army assault on anti-government protesters in Cairo has killed at least three people, raising the death toll in Egypt to at least five killed in two days of unrest

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Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi Captured in Libya

Libyan military officials say they have captured and detained Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, a fugitive son of former leader Moammar Gadhafi. A military spokesman said Saturday forces caught Seif al-Islam and several of his aides near the southern town of Obari. The town is near the border of Niger, which has already given asylum to another son of the former Libyan leader, Saadi Gadhafi

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Ethiopia May Join Fight Against Al-Shabab in Somalia

An alliance of mostly East African nations is preparing a coordinated military campaign in Somalia to finish off the embattled al-Shabab extremist group. The al-Qaida-inspired extremists were driven out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu by African Union troops in August, and have recently lost ground to advancing Kenyan forces in the south

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New Protest Sweeps Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Thousands of Egyptians are demonstrating in Cairo's Tahrir Square, upset over what they say is an attempt by the country's military to reinforce its powers. Friday's rally was called by the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's most organized political group, in reaction to a government proposal to give the military the final say on major policies

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Pope to Deliver Message to Africa During Benin Visit

Pope Benedict travels to the West African country of Benin on Friday, where he is expected to urge African nations to work towards peace, justice and reconciliation. The 84-year-old pontiff is scheduled to arrive in Cotonou for a three-day visit to a country whose Roman Catholic population has soared in recent years

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Cassava virus epidemic in Africa

UN scientists are warning that a virus attacking the cassava plant is nearing an epidemic in parts of Africa. Cassava is one of the world's most important crops providing up to a third of the calorie intake for many people. The food and agriculture organisation of the UN says the situation is urgent and are calling for an increase in funding for surveillance

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UN Security Council Condemns LRA Rebels

The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned the actions of the Lord's Resistance Army saying the rebel group continues to commit human rights abuses. In a statement Monday, the Council demanded the LRA end all attacks, particularly against civilians, and insisted the rebels disarm and surrender. It also condemned the group's recruitment of children

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Liberia: Winston Tubman Charges Police with Attempted Assassination

Liberia's top opposition leader says he believes he and his running mate, George Weah, were targeted for assassination during last week’s pre-election violence near his party’s headquarters. Winston Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) said police fired live rounds at his supporters, even though they were retreating into the party compound

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Climate Change in Africa’s Major River Basins Could Impede Continent’s Farm Transformation Efforts, Increase Cross-Border Water Conflicts

Climate change could significantly alter water flows in major river basins in Africa, presenting a new barrier to nascent efforts to better manage water for food production and to resolve potential cross-border water conflicts all over southern Africa, according to research findings presented at this week’s Third International Forum on Water and Food in Tshwane, South Africa

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