Africa

African Union, ECOWAS to Meet on Ivory Coast Crisis

A leading member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says senior officials of his organization are scheduled to meet with an African Union High-Level Panel on Ivory Coast in Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott, Friday. The meeting is aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in the West African nation

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Libya style revolt against Mugabe fails

Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, remained tense Tuesday as military and police maintained a show of force though protests against President Robert Mugabe called for by a group on the Internet social media site Facebook failed to materialize. A Facebook page called "Zimbabwe Million Citizen March" called for protests in Harare, Bulawayo and other major cities to “demand the end of the 31-year rule of the iron-fisted and corrupt dictator Robert Mugabe."

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AU Declines Action Against Libya

The African Union Peace and Security Council has met to discuss events in Libya, but declined to follow other international bodies in imposing sanctions against the Gaddafi government. The Council also extended the mandate of an Ivory Coast mediation team. The United Nations and the European Union have slapped sanctions on Libya. The Arab League has suspended Libya’s membership. But ...

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Google Expands Reach in West Africa to Tech-Savvy Youth

West Africa's Internet penetration level remains one of the lowest in the world, but a booming market for mobile phones has more tech companies sensing opportunity. U.S. search giant Google has set up offices in several countries in the region and is encouraging a new generation of tech-savvy Africans to lead the way in fostering Africa's burgeoning tech movement

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Museveni Wins Uganda Election, Besigye Claims Fraud

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has been declared the winner of Friday’s presidential poll. Mr. Museveni’s win gives him another five year elective term, setting the incumbent on course to lead Uganda for a cumulative 30 years since 1986. The Electoral Commission said Museveni won with 68.38% of the vote

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African Union Tries to Settle Ivory Coast Crisis

An African Union panel is meeting to try to resolve the Ivory Coast political crisis. The panel including five African heads of state is meeting in Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott. It is expected to review and approve suggestions from mediators who have met with representatives of Ivory Coast's two rival presidents

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Uganda election results expected Sunday

Ugandans went to the polls Friday to cast their ballots in Presidential and parliamentary races. With questions surrounding the vote’s credibility, many observers are anxiously watching for signs of unrest in the east African nation. Voters will select its leaders for the next five years. While there are a number of parties and candidates vying for power, observers largely expect another victory for incumbent President Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement

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Cash shortage hits Ivory Coast

As the political impasse persists in divided Ivory Coast, the West African country, which was once the region’s economic powerhouse, faces further decline. Residents and analysts are very worried about the quickly dissolving economic situation there. At a protest this week in Abidjan, a farmer complained about an ongoing cocoa embargo by major foreign export companies

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Uganda Election: Voters head to the polls Friday

The chairman of Uganda’s electoral commission has promised a credible general election on Friday. “We are absolutely ready and prepared, and I am confident we shall have a free and fair election.” Chairman Badru Kiggundu disputed reports of a grossly inflated national voters’ register to be used for the general elections. But a civil society consortium says the register includes the names of thousands of children and foreigners and some names of adult voters appear more than once

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Ivory Coast Refugees Threatened By Disease Outbreaks

The UN Children's Fund warns thousands of Ivorian refugees, who have fled to Liberia, are threatened by disease outbreaks. UNICEF says cramped living conditions are increasing health and protection risks for children and women. The United Nations reports more than 36,300 Ivorian refugees have fled to Liberia, 85 percent are children and women. The UN Children’s Fund says communities along the border with the Ivory Coast are sheltering most asylum seekers

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ECOWAS Dismisses Ivorian President Gbagbo Election Lawsuit

A senior official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said embattled Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is wasting “everybody’s” time after his administration began a legal challenge of the regional bloc’s decision to recognize former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara as winner of Ivory Coast’s presidential run-off vote. Sonny Ugoh, communications director of ECOWAS, told VOA the sub-regional bloc stands by its decision insisting that Mr. Ouattara won the vote described by poll observers as free and fair

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South Sudan: Final Referendum Results..

An official of South Sudan’s Referendum Commission said senior members of the organization are scheduled to meet President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his cabinet in the capital, Khartoum, before announcing the outcome of the landmark referendum late Monday

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