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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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Pricey upgrades to South African leader’s villa will be repaid

Pricey upgrades to South African leader’s villa will be repaid

| February 9, 2016

(GIN)—A protracted battle over pricey upgrades to the country estate of President Jacob Zuma—charged to the national treasury—appears close to settlement. In an about-face, President Zuma has agreed to pay back state money for some of the upgrades. The president was scheduled to appear this week before South Africa’s Constitutional Court on the issue. Two […]

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South African union shaken by member flight

South African union shaken by member flight

| February 9, 2016

(GIN)—An ill wind of layoffs, company closings and unpopular labor reforms are taking a toll on South Africa’s once powerful labor movement. Membership in the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has slumped from a peak of 2.19 million four years ago to 1.8 million, following the expulsion of its largest affiliate, the National […]

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Zika sighting—a new tourist industry in Uganda

Zika sighting—a new tourist industry in Uganda

| February 9, 2016

(GIN)—The unspoiled Zika forest, located on the edge of Lake Victoria, home to birds, leopards, rabbits, pythons and other wildlife, is suddenly abuzz with curious western journalists and others eager to visit the birthplace of the mosquito which has been linked to an alarming condition among newborns in Brazil. “People have been calling me and […]

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Red flag raised in Ethiopia as food shortages mount

Red flag raised in Ethiopia as food shortages mount

| February 9, 2016

(GIN)—Surely, Ethiopia would rather be known for something other than the cyclical hunger-producing droughts spurred in part by regular episodes of El Niño. Ethiopia is the world’s fastest growing economy. Ethiopia has been doing very well over the last 15 years or so. Millions of people have been lifted out of poverty as the economy […]

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Africa’s non-stop sun now powers solar bus

Africa’s non-stop sun now powers solar bus

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—The Ugandan manufacturers of a solar-powered bus are showing off their creation at a stadium in Kampala. A 35-seater, it uses two batteries and the direct rays of an equatorial sun. Solar panels attached to the roof power the 35-seater. Hopefully, partners will be found to help manufacture the bus for the mass market. The […]

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Silent AIDS crisis in Kenya still taking lives

Silent AIDS crisis in Kenya still taking lives

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Africa appears to be registering lower AIDS infection rates around the continent but with some exceptions.  This week, a pediatric study found 19,000 children in Homa Bay county, Kenya, are infected with HIV. While HIV is rarely a page one story these days, the virus is particularly rampant in Kenya where one in every four […]

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Trouble ahead for Nigeria as oil profits plummet

Trouble ahead for Nigeria as oil profits plummet

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Tumbling oil prices have been a gift to some but they’ve blown a huge hole in Nigeria’s balance sheet which some fear may set the once promising African economy into a tail spin. What could be worse than finding you have a trillion dollar budget gap and an insurgent group that threatens to hit whatever […]

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Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

Gushing pipelines bombed by militants foul water, farms, fishing grounds

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—Oil is spewing unchecked into delicate ecological systems in southern Bayelsa state,  Nigeria, after multiple bombings by militants in the area. Community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo told AP news that the spill was “massive—the biggest in years.” Fishermen said oil had flowed unchecked for two days. A spokesman for the Nigeria Agip Oil Company estimated a […]

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Ghanaian church leaders spurn Gitmo detainees freed by U.S.

Ghanaian church leaders spurn Gitmo detainees freed by U.S.

| January 26, 2016

(GIN)—Compassion was not in the hearts of Ghana’s religious leaders for two detainees flown to freedom this month after 14 years in Guantanamo prison behind bars. The Rev. Joseph Osei  Bonsu, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference, scolded President John Dramani Mahama, saying the two Yemeni ex-detainees did not deserve any compassion from Ghanaians. “The […]

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To U.S. military base in Djibouti: Guess who’s coming to dinner?

To U.S. military base in Djibouti: Guess who’s coming to dinner?

| January 26, 2016

(GIN)—China has received a green light from the nation of Djibouti to build its first overseas military base in that Horn of Africa nation. The question is: will they get a welcome basket from neighbors France, Japan and the U.S.? All three have military bases there as well. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said […]

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