Unions, opposition parties and citizens have come together to prevent President Mamadou Tandja's effort to rewrite Niger's constitutionally mandated term limits. Tandja's dismissal of high-court officials who ruled against him, his dismissal of Parliament and the arrest of opposition leaders has done little to quell public backlash against his plans.
Beijing is fending off complaints that China is using protectionist measures in its pursuit to become the global center of renewable energy technology production. China used massive exports to fund building of the solar and wind power industries but has ordered the vast majority of equipment for production be made in China.
China is demanding Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologize for "irresponsible" remarks accusing Beijing of pursuing genocide against the country's Uighur population. Erdogan said any interpretation of recent violence as anything other than genocide would be folly and called on Beijing to prevent further deaths.
Local civil society groups have proven themselves reliable partners to Myanmar residents, bringing aid and reconstruction to villages affected by Cyclone Nargis last year. Observers hope the groups, which represent a more benign functioning entity than the ruling military junta, also will help foment greater personal freedom and democracy.
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor took the stand to dismiss the charges explained by the prosecution as "lies," including accusations he provided military assistance to Revolutionary United Front rebels and plotted to invade Sierra Leone. He also denied receiving coffee tins full of diamonds from the RUF.