Africa

Kenya: President Kibaki Pledges Quick Electoral Reforms

Kenya's president says the government will work quickly to implement reforms outlined in the country's new constitution and set up free and fair elections next year. In his Tuesday address at parliament, Mwai Kibaki said he is “fully aware of the challenges and opportunities” in dealing with the aftermath of the post-election crisis that killed some 1,300 people, displaced some 300,000 people, and caused millions of dollars of damage

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Ouattara Calls on UN to use “legitimate force” in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, has called on the United Nations to authorize “legitimate force” to protect civilians caught in post-election violence. Mr. Ouattara's comments Monday came as fighters loyal to his side said they captured a fifth western town, as violent clashes increase with supporters of incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo

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Ivory Coast: Gbagbo Supporters Join Army

Ivory Coast is teetering closer and closer to a return to civil war, as Laurent Gbagbo continues to cling to power nearly four months after a presidential election that the United Nations and much of the international community say he lost to rival, Alassane Ouattara. Thousands of pro-Gbagbo youth waited outside army headquarters in Abidjan Monday morning to join the nation's military, which has been involved in heavy fighting with forces loyal to Mr. Ouattara

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Gadhafi Must be Captured, Put on Trial, Says OppositionLeader

A Libyan opposition leader says coalition forces enforcing the U.N-authorized no-fly zone over Libya should capture leader Moammar Gadhafi so that he can be put on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity. Hadi Shalluf, president of the Justice and Democracy Party of Libya, says the opposition is not ready to negotiate with Gadhafi because, in his words, the Libyan leader is a criminal

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China Loans Zimbabwe $585 Million

China will loan Zimbabwe $585 million under an agreement to boost the African country's health and farming sectors. After a signing ceremony in Harare on Monday, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said Beijing “understands” Zimbabwe's indigenization policy. But he expressed hope that the mineral-rich country would protect China's business investments

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Better Labs, Better Health Care in Africa

A new organization aims to sharply improve the quality of African laboratories, allowing health professionals to better track, treat and test for diseases. It’s called the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, or ASLM. “It’s basically an independent, not-for-profit entity that is organized on the continent of Africa to focus on the growing demand for really high quality medical and research laboratories throughout Africa

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Plane Shot Down in Libya

Witnesses in Libya say a fighter plane was shot down over the rebel stronghold of Benghazi Saturday. Frequent explosions have also been heard in the area. The renewed violence erupted after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's declared a cease-fire Friday and said he was ready to open channels of dialogue with the rebel opposition

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President Obama Lays Down Conditions for Gadhafi

President Barack Obama warned Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi Friday that he must stop attacking civilians or face a no-fly zone enforced with U.S. help. The president said the United States, however, will not send ground troops to Libya. Obama said the United States is ready to help European and Arab nations impose a no-fly zone on Libyan government forces if they continue military attacks on civilians

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UN Security Council Authorizes No-Fly Zone Over Libya

The United Nations Security Council has approved language authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya, setting the stage for a possible military confrontation with the West. Ten Council members voted in favor of the resolution Thursday with no votes against it. Five members — Brazil, China, Germany, India, and Russia — abstained

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Gbagbo Open to Ivory Coast Crisis Talks

A spokesman for Ivory Coast's incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, says the embattled leader is open to dialogue to resolve the country's deepening political crisis. Spokesman Ahoua Don Mello told VOA on Friday there is a “clear opportunity” for such talks, after the African Union recommended that conditions for dialogue be set

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Ouattara calls on Gbagbo supporters to stop attack on immigrants

The man recognized internationally as the winner of Ivory Coast's presidential vote has called for an end to violence against immigrants. Alassane Ouattara said Wednesday that immigrants are welcome to stay in Ivory Coast. He urged everyone to help build a hospitable country that goes beyond blood ties. Mr. Outtara spoke from a hotel in Abidjan where he is guarded by United Nations peacekeepers

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British Woman Convicted of Enslaving Worker From Africa

A British judge has convicted a former hospital director of trafficking a woman from Tanzania and enslaving her. The judge ordered Saeeda Khan to pay Mwanahamisi Mruke $40,000, but her nine-month jail sentence was suspended. Khan brought Mruke from Tanzania four years ago, where she worked in a hospital she owned

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