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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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‘Caught in an evil wave,’ Malian admits he destroyed Muslim shrines

‘Caught in an evil wave,’ Malian admits he destroyed Muslim shrines

| August 23, 2016

(GIN)—In its first such case, the International Criminal Court heard an Islamist rebel confess to the destruction of ancient Muslim shrines and mausoleums in an outbreak of devastation that horrified both the religious and secular worlds. Ahmad al-Fahdi al-Mahdi said he was caught in an “evil wave” during Mali’s 2012 civil war when he led […]

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Gabonese set to vote as groundbreaking begins for U.S. school

Gabonese set to vote as groundbreaking begins for U.S. school

| August 23, 2016

(GIN)—Citizens of Gabon will go to the polls this week to choose between the long-running dynasty of Bongo Ondimba or a member of the opposition comprised of 14 candidates, each jostling to take part in this Saturdays’ polls. But, what looked like an easy win for the incumbent president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, grew speed bumps […]

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Track star who snared silver medal fears death at home

Track star who snared silver medal fears death at home

| August 23, 2016

(GIN)—Using every fiber of his being, track star Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia made a dash across the finish line at the just-ended Olympic Games in Rio but it wasn’t to be the end of his run. Lilesa used his high profile silver medal victory to make a sign of solidarity with the Oromo people who […]

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Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—A year after Nigeria was removed from the polio-endemic list, two cases have been reported in Borno state, where the insurgent Boko Haram still controls territory. The eradication of polio, reported in 2015 by the World Health Organization, was called an “historic achievement” by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership leading the effort […]

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‘A force to reckon with,’ Africans in Rio go for gold, silver, bronze

‘A force to reckon with,’ Africans in Rio go for gold, silver, bronze

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—Luvo Manyonga was overjoyed with the silver long jump medal awarded him at the Rio Olympic Games this week. But, the track and field star from Mbekweni township in South Africa has soared over obstacles more than once. Manyongo grew up in a single parent household in a township still struggling to provide regular services […]

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‘Shamed and Blamed’ Sierra Leone bars pregnant girls from school

‘Shamed and Blamed’ Sierra Leone bars pregnant girls from school

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—At their meeting next month in Geneva, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child will review reports detailing the obstacles, risks and challenges imposed by governments that limit the prospects for children to succeed. Among the countries to be reviewed is Sierra Leone whose ban on admitting pregnant girls to mainstream schools was […]

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Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—Prayers are being said this week for 34 men, employees of the UK mining company Lonmin, who were fatally shot Aug. 16, 2012 during a strike and protest action over pay and conditions at the Marikana platinum mine. The shootings, by the South African Police Service, unleashed a national crisis. A Commission, appointed by President […]

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Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Athletes from some of the most dangerous countries in the world will be competing with world-class swimmers, runners and equestrians at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, now underway. The team no sooner arrived when a letter sent by Pope Francis was delivered. “I extend my greetings and wish you success at the Olympic […]

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Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—One of the wealthiest men in Sierra Leone who built his fortune in extractive industries died suddenly at White Chapel Hospital in London, according to the Sierra Leone Telegraph. Gibril Santigie Moseray “Super” Fadika was planning to run for the presidency of Sierra Leone in 2018 on the ticket of the All Peoples Congress. His […]

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Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Police are resuming their attacks on Uganda’s mostly underground LGBTI community—raiding night clubs and making arrests. The renewed police activity comes as gays and rights activists mark the day and month in which a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned. During the latest crackdown on Aug. 4, police unlawfully raided a […]

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