Africa

West African Drug Trafficking Is More Sophisticated – UN

A top United Nations official says drug traffickers are using a more sophisticated system to smuggle drugs from West Africa to Europe. Alexander Schmidt, the West African head of the U.N. Office on Drug Crime, says the amount of cocaine seized in western Africa has gone down, suggesting that smugglers are repositioning drug routes and becoming increasingly sophisticated at hiding their operations

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Refugees in Ghana double since Cote d’Ivoire crisis

The number of refugees living in Ghana has doubled since the outbreak of post-election violence in Cote d'Ivoire. According to the Representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ghana, Mrs. Sharon Cooper, of the 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Ghana, more than 16,000 have recently arrived from Cote d’Ivoire

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Michelle Obama And Daughters in Africa

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is traveling to South Africa as part of a five-day trip focusing on youth leadership, education, health and wellness. The wife of U.S. President Barack Obama is set to arrive Monday in Pretoria, where she will meet with South African President Jacob Zuma

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Clinton: Africa Should Sever Ties With Gadhafi

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on African nations to cut ties with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and work with the Libyan opposition. Clinton made the remarks Monday in a speech at African Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa

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North, South Sudan Presidents Close to Agreement

The leaders of north and south Sudan are in a second day of talks aimed at resolving tensions along their border before the south declares independence next month. Northern President Omar al-Bashir and southern President Salva Kiir are meeting with African Union mediators in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa

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India Offers Africa $5 Billion Credit Line

India is offering $5 billion in credit to African countries in a effort to strengthen economic ties on the continent. During a speech in Ethiopia’s capital Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the credit will be offered over three years to help Africa achieve its development goals

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ICC to Investigate Ivory Coast Violence

International prosecutors are going to take a closer look at possible crimes against humanity committed during post-election violence in Ivory Coast. The International Criminal Court Friday appointed a panel of judges to investigate reports of atrocities during the bloody standoff that followed November's presidential election

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Netanyahu Meets With Obama After Rejecting US’s Border Proposal

U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, just one day after Mr. Obama's comments on Israel's possible future borders stoked tensions. The Israeli leader arrived at the White House on Friday, one day after Mr. Obama said Israel's borders should be based on lines that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War — with certain conditions

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Museveni: Police too soft on protesters, I will end “this Criminality”

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says he will not allow protests in the country to continue, after weeks of anti-government demonstrations. Mr. Museveni said in a written statement Tuesday that he will use all facets of the law to end what he called “this criminality.” He accused the police and judiciary of being too soft, and said there are weaknesses in the law that allow for “indiscipline” to persist

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Mugabe’s Health Worries South Africa

South Africa's ruling party says the health of Zimbabwe's aging President Robert Mugabe could affect talks on a new Zimbabwean constitution. The African National Congress says in its weekly newsletter that negotiators are “concerned” about Zimbabwe's succession law should Mr. Mugabe “die or retire” before a new constitution is adopted

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ICC Prosecutor Calls for Arrest of Libyan Leader

The International Criminal Court prosecutor has asked judges to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, one of his sons and his intelligence chief, for crimes against humanity. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said at The Hague Monday he had gathered evidence that Mr. Gadhafi, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanousi committed crimes with the goal of preserving the Libyan leader's authority

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