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Nigeria Presidential Election: Economy Remains Top Issue

After voting in parliamentary elections last weekend, Nigerians will once again head to the polls this Saturday. This time around, the people of Africa's most populous country are getting ready to choose their next president. A campaign rally in Lagos, the capital - this one in support of Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of one of the main opposition parties, the Congress for Progressive Change

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Ethiopia Sells Cooking Oil, Sugar to Correct ‘Market Failure’

Ethiopia’s government has begun selling some basic food items directly to consumers after imposing price controls that created shortages in the marketplace. Long lines are becoming a regular sight in Addis Ababa as people queue at government shops for sugar and edible oil. Tesfanesh Zewde stood in line for more than an hour in the hot sun this week to buy a liter of cooking oil and two kilograms of sugar for her family

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Nigeria Presidential Election: Major Boost For Goodluck Jonathan

In Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan got a major boost Tuesday in his bid to win next Saturday’s elections. Some 45 smaller opposition parties now say they will support him. But the opposition has not given up completely. The main Action Congress Party is meeting in Abuja. It’s expected to continue its challenge to Jonathan, despite the lack of support of the smaller opposition parties

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Africa’s Hungriest Need Better Agricultural Research

A new study of sub-Saharan Africa finds serious shortcomings in the scientific research capabilities needed to improve the region's agricultural production. Rates of hunger in sub-Saharan Africa today are the highest in the world. Addressing that hunger problem is complicated by a host of emerging issues, including food price volatility, growing population

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Uganda: Kizza Besigye will lead more protests

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye says he and other supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will stage another “walk-to-work” Thursday. Ugandan police arrested Besigye and several others Monday charging them with inciting violence after they participated in the first “walk-to-work” as part of a campaign to highlight what they say are rising fuel prices and the cost of living in Uganda

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Libya: Rebels Reject Zuma Led AU Proposal

Leaders of the African Union arrive in Benghazi Monday to present Libyan rebels with a peace plan. Colonel Moammar Gadhafi has already accepted the proposals in principle. Anti-Gadhafi protesters rallied outside the hotel where the African Union envoys were laying out their proposals. The plan calls for an immediate end to all hostilities

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Laurent Gbagbo Taken Into Custody

Defiant Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo has been captured at his residence, ending a four-month power struggle in the West African country. Fighters backing the country's internationally-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, took Mr. Gbagbo into custody Monday after a joint assault with French special forces on the Gbagbo residence in Abidjan

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Gbagbo captured by French forces in Ivory Coast

French forces on Monday, captured incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and handed him over to Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara. A Gbagbo adviser in France, Toussaint Alain, said Mr. Gbagbo was arrested at his Abidjan residence

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Nigeria Election Results: Opposition Make Big Gains, PDP Majority Shrinks

Nigeria's ruling party has lost ground in parliament, according to partial results from Saturday's elections. The latest results show the ruling People's Democratic Party still on track to control a majority of both the Senate and House of Representatives, but with smaller margins. With at least half the results reported Monday, the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria had made significant gains in the southwest. Another opposition party, the Congress for Progressive Change made strong gains in the north

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Nigeria Election: Security to be stepped up ahead of Presidential vote

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the electoral body will continue working with all security agencies in effort to prevent future violence in the run up to the presidential vote scheduled for Saturday. Nick Dazan, INEC assistant director of public affairs, says the electoral body regrets the bomb attacks and other violence ahead of the parliamentary elections that were held over the weekend

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Uganda: Police Arrest Kizza Besigye Over Planned Protest

Police in Uganda have detained opposition leader Kizza Besigye, after they said he was trying to lead a protest in the capital. The arrest Monday in Kampala comes as opposition groups planned to hold “walk to work” demonstrations to protest rising fuel prices. Authorities have warned the protests are illegal and would not be allowed to take place

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Without human rights, sustainable urban development is not achievable

Amnesty International today called on governments in Africa to realize the internationally recognized right to adequate housing, prior to the Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), which will be held from 11 to 15 April under the theme of Sustainable Urban Development through Expanding Equitable Access to Land, Housing, Basic Services and Infrastructure

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Zuma led AU delegation to meet Gadhafi

Leaders from the African Union are headed to Libya in an effort to resolve the political crisis between longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels attempting to overthrow him. South African President Jacob Zuma flies to the capital, Tripoli, Sunday, where he will be joined by the presidents of Mauritania, Mali and Congo. The group will meet with Mr. Gadhafi for talks before heading to Benghazi for a meeting with rebel leaders

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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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