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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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Home of parents of Afrobeat legend Fela to become museum, gov’t says

Home of parents of Afrobeat legend Fela to become museum, gov’t says

| November 1, 2017

(GIN)—A government-led plan to restore the home of the parents of Afro music legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and turn it into a museum has cheered and excited Fela’s many fans and followers. The colonial era one-story building was built by the late Israel Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s father, and his wife, Funmilayo, over a century ago. Mr. and […]

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All eyes fixed on West Africa as U.S. role in combat grows

All eyes fixed on West Africa as U.S. role in combat grows

| November 1, 2017

Two Seal Team Six members investigated for suspected murder of fellow soldier (GIN)—With the deaths of four American servicemen in Niger, a window has opened onto U.S. operations in West Africa—an area barely known even to U.S. legislators who have sent U.S. soldiers there in harm’s way. The latest soldier to die on a tour […]

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Amidst election-related violence, President Kenyatta re-elected

Amidst election-related violence, President Kenyatta re-elected

| November 1, 2017

(GIN)—Incumbent Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta emerged victorious in the repeat of the election held last August that no candidate had managed to win outright. Voting was light last Thursday, attributed in part to the boycott led by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Of the 39 percent of registered voters who cast ballots last Thursday, Mr. Kenyatta […]

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Ex-wife of retiring president in tight race for top job

Ex-wife of retiring president in tight race for top job

| October 25, 2017

(GIN)—With President Jacob Zuma winding up his last term in office, his ex-wife is building up campaign momentum, especially among women. She’s one of two leading candidates for the top job. An early anti-apartheid activist, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was an active underground member of the South African Students’ Organization and was elected its deputy president in […]

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As war widens in Africa, body bags begin to fly home

As war widens in Africa, body bags begin to fly home

| October 25, 2017

(GIN)—A funeral was held over the past weekend for Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in a country few could find on a map and for a war that few lawmakers knew anything about. Sgt. Johnson, a Floridian, was one of a dozen Special Operations and Green Beret forces who, along with 30 Nigerien soldiers, were […]

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Director of world health body cancels job offer to Zimbabwe president

Director of world health body cancels job offer to Zimbabwe president

| October 25, 2017

(GIN)—The Ethiopian director-general of the World Health Organization has rescinded his appointment of President Robert Mugabe as Goodwill Ambassador after four days of heavy international pressure. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, whose own appointment sparked controversy in his home country, had appointed the Zimbabwean leader to the ceremonial position of honor. Tedros, who goes by his first […]

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Burundi social justice activist wins civil courage prize

Burundi social justice activist wins civil courage prize

| October 19, 2017

(GIN)—An international award for civil courage despite extreme personal risk will be given this year to Pierre Claver Mbonimpa of Burundi in a ceremony in New York. Mr. Mbonimpa has documented and taken action on a wide range of abuses, including attacks on members of the opposition, journalists and human rights defenders; political killings, enforced […]

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Somalians face renewed threat from al-Shabab in twin truck bombings

Somalians face renewed threat from al-Shabab in twin truck bombings

| October 18, 2017

(GIN)—A presumed safe zone in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, is now awash in ash and rubble from one of the deadliest attacks by a terrorist group in a decade. More than 300 people died when a twin truck bomb exploded followed by a massive fireball. The trucks had managed to enter the area with their […]

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Voters pick two for run-off in historic Liberian elections

Voters pick two for run-off in historic Liberian elections

| October 18, 2017

(GIN)—Voters in Liberia were lining up at dawn last week to choose new leadership for a nation whipsawed by health and other challenges under the 12 year administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. As of Monday, out of a field of 20, the top vote getters were George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change leading with […]

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On national day for Burundians, thousands live in exile

On national day for Burundians, thousands live in exile

| October 10, 2017

(GIN)—He was called the Lumumba of Burundi. From a royal Tutsi family, he dreamed of a nation free of colonial rule. After a brief sojourn in Belgium, Prince Rwagasore returned home to join the independence struggle. In 1961, he was sworn-in as prime minister. Two weeks after taking office, Prince Rwagasore was assassinated—his killer said […]

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