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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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Nigerian journalist shows mettle in unexpected face to face with Mugabe

Nigerian journalist shows mettle in unexpected face to face with Mugabe

(GIN)–A popular TV journalist caught visiting President Robert Mugabe of guard with a line of tough questioning at the recent inauguration of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. President Mugabe, looking frail and under the weather, had been surrounded by bodyguards in a convoy caught in traffic while approaching the inauguration ceremonies. In one unguarded moment, the […]

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Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

(GIN)–Conflicts in Burundi and Libya, xenophobia, migration and terrorism will be high on the agenda at the upcoming African Union summit taking place this week in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Center, South Africa. Crisis hotspots in South Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Somalia and Nigeria are also expected to be taken up at the gathering of national leaders […]

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Zimbabwe health activist joins 500 in U.S. for Obama’s flagship Africa program

Zimbabwe health activist joins 500 in U.S. for Obama’s flagship Africa program

(GIN)–Where some business school graduates nurse dreams of wealth and glory, Vimbiso Mashumba has been building health care systems to help women and children in Zimbabwe. The young entrepreneur runs a rural clinic that combats high levels of mother to child transmission of HIV and other HIV related issues. She also co-founded a school-building program–Love […]

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Convicted South African ‘Blade Runner’ to be granted early release

Convicted South African ‘Blade Runner’ to be granted early release

(GIN)–Oscar Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic champion convicted of killing his girlfriend during a sleepover, is scheduled for release 10 months into his five=year prison sentence, local media is reporting. News of the early release was first shared with the family of Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius’ model girlfriend who he claimed to have mistaken for an […]

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Grave of Obama’s father to get facelift before visit

Grave of Obama’s father to get facelift before visit

(GIN)–Preparing for the July visit of President Barack Obama, officials of Siaya County in Kenya are proposing to spend one million shillings or just over $10,000 on the restoration, maintenance and care of the grave. Governor Cornel Rasanga gave the Department of Tourism the go-ahead to implement the project before Air Force One arrives in […]

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Newly-recovered ship contains rare remnants of slave trade

Newly-recovered ship contains rare remnants of slave trade

(GIN)–A Portuguese slave ship that left Mozambique in 1794 bound for Brazil had hardly rounded the treacherous Cape of Good Hope when it broke apart violently on two reefs only 100 yards from shore. The Portuguese captain, crew and half of the enslaved Africans survived. An estimated 212 Africans did not and perished at sea. […]

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Nigeria’s new president sworn in amidst ‘catastrophic expectations’|

Nigeria’s new president sworn in amidst ‘catastrophic expectations’|

(GIN)–Muhammadu Buhari, his hand on the Holy Book, was sworn in as president at an open-air ceremony May 29 in the capital city of Abuja. His speech acknowledged many of the challenges facing the largest democracy in Africa but offered hope that these challenges could be met. Giving thanks to God “who has preserved us […]

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U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

(GIN)—Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon has been lighting up Africa with solar energy even while the solar industry in the U.S. struggles to catch fire. The Missouri-born artist has become a rising star in the movement to bring electricity from the sun to rural communities. Launched in February 2014, “Akon Lighting Africa” (ALA) describes its aims […]

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As Ethiopia counts ballots, landside for ruling party expected

As Ethiopia counts ballots, landside for ruling party expected

(GIN)–Ethiopians went to the polls over the weekend in an election described as calm, peaceful, and credible by observers from the African Union. The AU observers, however, did not use the familiar phrase “free and fair” or “transparent” to describe the voting. AU observer Chika Charles Aniekwe cautiously explained to the Voice of America: “We […]

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Burundi leader, stifling attempted coup, cracks down on media

Burundi leader, stifling attempted coup, cracks down on media

(GIN)–Burundi’s President Pierre Nkuruziza, who narrowly avoided his removal from office by a citizen-backed military coup, has turned against the media that closely reported the day to day protests. Nkuruziza was out of the country in Tanzania at a meeting of East African leaders when he learned that hundreds of Burundians were cheering his overthrow […]

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