Africa

.Africa Domain name bidding opens

The international organization that governs top-level Internet domain names is taking bids on the creation of ".africa". Supporters say it will promote African businesses better than individual country names such as "dot-ke" for Kenya or "dot-za" for South Africa

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Liberia Electoral Commission Chairman Resigns Ahead Of Second Round Vote

The former chairman of Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) says he hopes his resignation will encourage the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) to participate in the November 8th runoff election. James Fromayan resigned Sunday amid accusations he was biased in favor of incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and after an NEC letter, which he signed, stated the CDC received the highest vote total instead of the ruling Unity Party

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NATO to End Libya Mission

NATO ministers are meeting in Brussels, on Friday, where they are expected to announce plans to end the seven-month-old operation in Libya. The meeting comes a day after the U.N. Security Council voted to cancel its mandate that established the mission

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UN Security Council Ends NATO Mission in Libya

The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to end the authorization of the NATO no-fly zone over Libya, which was established in March to protect civilians from forces loyal to then-dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The vote was held despite a request from Libya’s interim government to delay the action

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UN Starts Voluntary Repatriation of Ivory Coast Refugees

The United Nations has begun the first voluntary repatriation of Ivory Coast refugees from neighboring Liberia. Hundreds of thousands of Ivorians had crossed the border to flee their country's violent post-election crisis. The refugees are starting to stream home now that security conditions are improving in western Ivory Coast

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South Africa Unveils $3.2 Billion Stimulus Plan

South Africa's government has unveiled a $3.2 billion stimulus plan aimed at boosting industrial output and creating jobs in sub-Saharan Africa's largest economy. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced the six-year package during his mid-term budget speech in Cape Town on Tuesday

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Gaddafi’s Will Revealed

Muammar Gaddafi's website, Seven Days News, says it has published the last will of the deceased former leader of Libya. The document was reportedly handed to three of his relatives, one of whom was killed, the second arrested and the third managed to escape the fighting in Sirte Here is the English translation:

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African Union Largely Silent About Gaddafi’s Death

The African Union has remained largely silent about the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhadfi, who once led the alliance and served as its largest benefactor. AU commission chairman Jean Ping released a statement on Friday simply noting Gadhafi's death. Mr. Ping then focused on the African Union's concern for the Libyan people, their aspirations and the need for national reconciliation

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Africans Shed Few Tears for Gaddafi

The reaction to the death of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been mostly subdued across sub-Saharan Africa. While Gadhafi's strongman governing style may not be missed, his economic contributions to the continent certainly will

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Gaddafi Killed By Libya NTC Fighters

Provisional government officials in Libya say former leader Moammar Gadhafi has died after being wounded during a battle for control of the town of Sirte. The reports have not been independently confirmed. Earlier Thursday, military leaders in the National Transitional Council (NTC) said Gadhafi had been taken into custody, and that he was badly wounded

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