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GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK distributes news and feature articles on Africa and the developing world to mainstream, alternative, ethnic and minority-owned outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Our goal is to increase the perspectives available to readers in North America and to bring into their view information about global issues that are overlooked or under-reported by mainstream media.

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Orders to release white farmers accused in murder of black boy sparks riot

Orders to release white farmers accused in murder of black boy sparks riot

(GIN)—Two South African white farmers accused of causing the death of a 16 year old black teen accused of stealing sunflowers were granted bail and released, sparking a wave of protests that were met with police violence. Anger erupted in the maize producing town of Coligny, North West, after residents learned of the decision on […]

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In Nigeria, dozens of kidnapped girls freed in Boko Haram swap

In Nigeria, dozens of kidnapped girls freed in Boko Haram swap

p(GIN)—Boko Haram militants who used kidnappings, bombings and the torching of whole villages during an eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, this week released 82 of nearly 300 schoolgirls taken in a brazen late-night raid at a government secondary school in April 2014. The girls were released in exchange for six Boko Haram fighters held by […]

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Feud erupts over Ethiopian in race for top post at world health body

Feud erupts over Ethiopian in race for top post at world health body

(GIN)—As member states are preparing to vote for one of three final candidates seeking the top position at the World Health Organization, Ethiopians on social media are battling it out with government over the nomination of a well-funded candidate for the top spot. In the official bio of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, he is a visionary […]

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Gambian to head new peace, justice goup

Gambian to head new peace, justice goup

(GIN)—The former head of Greenpeace Africa took the opportunity of the climate march in Washington last weekend to announce that “Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity”—a new Africa-wide social movement focused on climate change—will be officially launched on African Liberation Day—May 25. “It’s a terrible injustice that even though we the people of Africa […]

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Troubles at Guinea bauxite mining hub leave one dead, several injured

Troubles at Guinea bauxite mining hub leave one dead, several injured

(GIN)—Protests have erupted in the Boke region in western Guinea over high pollution levels linked to the mining of bauxite, which is used to make aluminum and used for the construction of everything from airplanes to saucepans and cooking foil. Almost a third of all bauxite deposits worldwide reside in Guinea. Police responded to the […]

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‘War’ declared on media while Press Freedom Day marked worldwide

‘War’ declared on media while Press Freedom Day marked worldwide

(GIN)—Some of the most celebrated American news writers and editors were lambasted this week by the nation’s president, who derided them as “enemies of the people” and an “opposition party” with whom he’s at war. “Media outlets like CNN and MSNBC are fake news,” the president lectured his cheering supporters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “They would […]

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May Day speech cut short amid anti-Zuma boos, chants

May Day speech cut short amid anti-Zuma boos, chants

(GIN)—Calls for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma cut short a carefully planned May Day speech and exposed the deepening rift within the historic AFC party. President Zuma, according to eyewitnesses from the scene, was shouted off the stage as he was about to address his long-time allies in the country’s biggest trade-union federation. According […]

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Lawmakers to fight U.S. foreign aid cuts to Somalia

Lawmakers to fight U.S. foreign aid cuts to Somalia

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—Plans to slash foreign aid to Somalia now at the brink of famine would hurt humanitarian relief efforts and programs to curb terrorism, say local lawmakers from Minnesota. Speaking in Minneapolis at a forum on the drought situation in the Horn of Africa, U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota) decried the administration’s proposed 31-percent cut in […]

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More than 100 multi-millionaires in Namibia amidst ‘gross inequality’ report

More than 100 multi-millionaires in Namibia amidst ‘gross inequality’ report

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—Namibia, the 34th largest country in the world with a population of just over two million is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa per capita, according to a new study by the market research firm New World Wealth. According to their report released this month, there are 3,300 millionaires and 120 multi-millionaires with wealth of […]

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Doubts raised about highly-praised mararia vaccine headed for Africa

Doubts raised about highly-praised mararia vaccine headed for Africa

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—With much fanfare, the world’s first injectable vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries—Ghana, Kenya and Malawi—starting in 2018. The vaccine—known as RTS,S or Mosquirix, trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. It was developed by the British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. The World Health Organization […]

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