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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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Nigeria’s abducted girls reunited with parents at last

Nigeria’s abducted girls reunited with parents at last

(GIN)—Weeping, sobbing, embracing, singing – the abducted girls from Chibok, Nigeria, were finally reunited with their mothers, fathers, and other relatives after three years in Boko Haram captivity. The girls were freed from captivity on May 7 after negotiations between the Nigerian government and the extremist group and a swap of 82 girls for five […]

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Nigeria’s five wealthiest men could end poverty in that country—OXFAM

Nigeria’s five wealthiest men could end poverty in that country—OXFAM

(GIN)—A new report by the anti-poverty group Oxfam International paints a devastating picture of economic inequality, finding that the combined wealth of five of the richest Nigerians—put at $29.9 billion—could end extreme poverty in their country yet millions face starvation in the country’s north east with no relief in sight. The report, “Inequality in Nigeria” […]

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Malian ‘cardinal of peace’ is elevated by pope

Malian ‘cardinal of peace’ is elevated by pope

(GIN)—Bishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, is one of five men from four continents elevated by Pope Francis to the College of Cardinals. The move continues the pope’s practice of adding men from the peripheries of the Catholic word to the body that will elect his successor. In choosing the five clerics, the Argentine pope […]

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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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