Africa

South Africa: Kgalema Motlanthe Denies Challenge To Zuma

South Africa's deputy president has denied that he is campaigning to replace Jacob Zuma as head of the ruling party when it elects new leaders next year. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is also deputy leader of the ruling African National Congress, said that he is “not involved in any campaigning or lobbying for the presidency of the ANC and has not spoken to anyone about his future role” in the party

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Nigerian Police Arrest 100 Suspected Islamic Radicals

Nigeria's state security service says it has arrested more than 100 alleged members of a northern-based Islamic militant group, including some key leaders. Security officials did not name the group, but the Boko Haram group has claimed responsibility for deadly violence in six northern states, including assassinations and attacks on police stations. The attacks include last month's bombing of the headquarters of the national police in the capital, Abuja

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Libya Rebels Reject African Union Peace Plan

Libyan rebels are rejecting an African Union peace plan because it does not demand the immediate resignation of Moammar Gadhafi. The African Union wants a multi-national peacekeeping force for Libya. Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, the spokesman for Libya's rebel National Transitional Council says the African Union plan is not complete because it does not call for Colonel Gadhafi to give up power

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Nigeria: ex minister El-Rufai arrested

Nigerian police have arrested a former government minister who is accused of corruption and who has been an outspoken critic of the current administration. The State Security Service, or the SSS, detained Malam Nasir El-Rufai Saturday morning at Abuja airport as he returned from a private trip to London. No reason was given for the arrest

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African Union Summit Dodges Issue of Gaddafi’s Future

African leaders have agreed on a road map designed to help end fighting in Libya, but the proposal leaves open whether there is any future role for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. African leaders attending a summit in Equatorial Guinea say the plan calls for a cease-fire between Libya's government and rebel forces, and a transition to democratic elections. But the proposal makes no call for Mr. Gadhafi to step down — a key demand of Libyan rebels from the Transitional National Council

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Gadhafi’s Son Denies Ordering Libyan Troops to Kill Civilians

The son of embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says that neither he nor his father ordered the killing of civilian protesters during Libya's ongoing pro-democracy rebellion against 42 years of autocratic rule. In an interview with the Russian news channel RT posted online Friday, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi defended the actions of Libya's military, saying troops had killed people in order to defend military sites and to prevent the theft of ammunition or arms

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China Hosts Sudan President Bashir

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is visiting China for talks with top officials. In a news conference after his arrival Tuesday, Chinese officials defended the visit by a leader wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Beijing early Tuesday morning, nearly one day later than originally scheduled

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Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan Submits Cabinet Nominees To Senate

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has submitted a list of 34 cabinet nominees to the Senate for approval. Senate President David Mark read the list, which did not specify portfolios, to the upper house of parliament Tuesday. Some of the proposed ministers include ex-finance minister Olusegun Aganga, a former Goldman Sachs executive. Former oil minister Deziani Alison-Madueke also made the list

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ICC Issues Gadhafi Arrest Warrant

Judges at the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants on Monday for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two of his most trusted lieutenants on war crimes charges. The decision came after ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo had asked for arrest warrants for Mr. Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and the head of Libyan intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi

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Libya: NATO strikes kill 15 civilians

NATO officials have responded to Libyan claims that alliance forces struck a restaurant and bakery in the eastern city of Brega, killing 15 civilians, saying its aircraft hit “legitimate military targets.” A spokesman for the NATO mission in Libya said Saturday that allied warplanes hit key command and control centers in the strategic port city, adding that the coalition has “no indications of any civilian casualties in connection with these strikes

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Michelle Obama Visits HIV/AIDS Clinic in Botswana

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama helped paint an HIV/AIDS clinic on her first stop in Botswana on Friday. Mrs. Obama and family members traveling with her painted a mural at the Botswana-Baylor Adolescent Center of Excellence in the capital, Gaborone. The mural is part of a facility that is being constructed to support children and teens infected with or affected by HIV-AIDS

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China Defends Africa Dealings

Chinese officials are defending their approach to engagement with Africa, saying embargoes and sanctions against Sudan and other brutal African governments do not work. The country’s former envoy to Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region, Liu Guijin says China is offering a new type of engagement with Africa based on equality and mutual benefit

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Somalia Names New Prime Minister

Somalia's president has named former economics professor Abdiweli Mohamed Ali as the country's new prime minister. Mr. Ali has been serving as acting prime minister following the resignation Sunday of his popular predecessor, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

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Gadhafi Denounces NATO as ‘Murderers’

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has vowed to continue fighting, as he denounced NATO for airstrikes that caused civilian casualties. Gadhafi said in an audio statement broadcast late Wednesday that NATO states are "murderers" who have "killed our children and grandchildren."

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ECOWAS Seeks Improved Business Ties with China

Senior officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) begin talks in China this week to find investors in agriculture, industry and roads and other physical infrastructure. The regional body is trying “to stimulate development and through that we [will]…pull ourselves out of poverty,” said Sonny Ugoh, ECOWAS communications director

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