USAFRICOM-related news stories for May 6, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent publications on Zimbabwe, Nigeria, DR Congo, Togo, Mauritius, Tanzania, Senegal, Guinea, Ethiopia, Darfur

US Senators Push for Greater Flexibility on Zimbabwe Sanctions (Voice of America)

Africa Action Executive Director Gerald LeMelle says the Zimbabwe Transition to Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (DEERA), sponsored by Senators Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin), Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), and John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), is needed to counter the excesses of what he calls Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s lifelong, hardened critics.

Nigeria President Yar’Adua dies after long illness (Associated Press)

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua, long plagued by poor health, has died at age 58, almost three months after his vice president assumed control of Africa’s most populous nation, Yar’Adua’s spokesman said.

Congo Rebel Leader Captured (Associated Press)

KINSHASA, Congo—Civilians who were being recruited to a new rebel movement in Congo’s northwest captured the group’s leader Wednesday and he now will stand trial for war crimes, the government information minister said.

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