Africa

Nigeria Election Results: Opposition score major victories

Results from Nigeria's parliamentary elections show the opposition scoring some major victories over the ruling People's Democratic Party. Nigerian newspapers report the speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, was beaten in his home constituency by a candidate from the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria . The daughter of former president Olusegun Obasanjo also lost to an ACN candidate

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Gbagbo Camp: We Did Not Attack Ouattara Hotel

A spokesman for incumbent Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is denying Gbagbo forces attacked the base of the country's internationally-recognized leader, Alassane Ouattara. The U.N. mission in Ivory Coast says pro-Gbagbo forces fired mortar rounds at Abidjan's Golf Hotel, where Mr. Ouattara has been living since the disputed November election

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Nigeria Count Votes From Parlimentary Elections

Election officials in Nigeria are counting votes from Saturday's parliamentary elections in which large numbers of people turned out to cast ballots despite instances of violence. Counting began as soon as polls closed Saturday, to ensure transparency. Election officials across the country held up ballots and shouted the results to crowds of voters who gathered to make sure the process was fair

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Gbagbo Soldiers Attack French Forces in Ivory Coast

French forces say they have aborted a mission to evacuate diplomats from Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, after clashes with forces loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. The military says French helicopters were fired on during the operation, and that French forces fired back, destroying an armored vehicle

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Nigeria Election: Voting Ongoing Under Tight Security

Nigerians are heading to the polls in Saturday's parliamentary elections under tight security following an explosion at an election office. A blast at the Independent National Electoral Commission late Friday near the capital, Abuja, killed at least eight people. Several others were wounded by the explosion in Suleja. The French news agency reports voting in Suleja has been postponed

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Nigeria Election: Poll Related Violence Kills 12

An explosion at a Nigerian election office and an attack on a building storing voting materials has left at least 12 people dead ahead of Saturday's elections. The separate attacks outside the capital, Abuja, and in northeastern Borno state came late Friday, just hours ahead of twice-delayed parliamentary elections

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Nigeria Election: IPSO Predict First Round Win For Goodluck Jonathan

The chief executive officer for sub-Saharan Africa of IPSO, an international market research company, denies accusations his organization’s latest poll that predicts Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan will win a first round presidential vote is a “sham.” David Summers says IPSO’s polling research was, in his words, based on stringent scientific methodology

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African Youth to Meet Leaders at AU Summit in June

Africa’s unlimited potential was on display this week as 300 "movers and shakers" (influential) of tomorrow gathered to prepare to address today’s leaders at a continental summit in June. It takes only a glance at the television news to realize young people are driving the change sweeping Africa. On a continent where nearly two-thirds of the people are under 20, the "old guard" is on the way out

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Nigeria Election: Jonathan Urges Large Turnout for Saturday Poll

Nigeria's president is urging voters to participate in parliamentary polls this Saturday, after elections were twice postponed. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says his government is committed to holding credible polls this month and called for Nigerians to cast their votes in Saturday's election, the first of three this month

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Half of “Ocampo Six” Appear Before ICC

Three leading Kenyans have appeared before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where they face charges of crimes against humanity for the post-election violence following the country’s 2007 disputed presidential vote. They make up one-half of the so-called "Ocampo Six", named after the court’s prosecutor who is bringing the charges

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South Sudan fighting kills Eleven

Eleven people are reported dead in fresh clashes between Lakes state residents from Yirol West county and Western Equatoria residents from Mvolo County on Tuesday. This despite a meeting at the same time between the governors of the two states in question, to seek an end to the fighting

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Laurent Gbagbo To Leave Ivory Coast Today

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Wednesday the United Nations will continue to pressure Mr. Gbagbo, who has refused to recognize rival Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the country's November presidential election. France's army chief, Edouard Guillaud, said he believed Mr. Gbagbo's departure could come in “a matter of hours.”

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Nigeria’s Next President Faces Multiple Challenges

More than 20 candidates are seeking the presidency of Nigeria, each promising a change in the country’s political and economic direction. Nigeria, a top oil producer, makes millions of dollars annually from exports, but much of that money is lost to corruption. The World Bank estimates that 80 percent of energy revenues go to only one percent of the population

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Africa Faces Its Own Nuclear Power Challenges

While the tsunami-caused nuclear plant emergency in Japan is leading to reassessments of nuclear energy policy around the world, in Africa, experts say challenges remain the same as before. They say limits to expanding nuclear power on the continent are of a financial nature, as well as related to fears of political instability

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