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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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Israel lashes out at African allies for anti-settlement vote

Israel lashes out at African allies for anti-settlement vote

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Israel lashed out at its African and other allies this week, suspending aid and other relationships in retaliation for their votes on a U.N. resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. Senegal and Angola were the primary targets of Israeli fury. The two countries are non-permanent members of the U.N. […]

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Tornado-like winds abort Zuma’s Reconciliation Day address

Tornado-like winds abort Zuma’s Reconciliation Day address

| December 20, 2016

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma, at the annual Reconciliation Day event in Gopane, region of the North West, had to be rushed out of the venue as tornado-like winds lifted the stage and tent into the air in one terrifying moment. The president had just begun to deliver a prepared address about the history of National Reconciliation […]

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Multinational sting nabs top Israeli suspect in Guinea mining scandal

Multinational sting nabs top Israeli suspect in Guinea mining scandal

| December 20, 2016

(GIN)—Israeli police this week raided the Israeli home and offices of one of the world’s wealthiest men alleged to have corrupted government officials in Guinea to obtain the country’s lucrative iron ore rights. The minerals, if owned by Guinea, would have made it one of the richest countries in the world. Beny Steinmetz, who made […]

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Facing ‘trial of strength in the streets,’ crisis grows for Congo’s Kabila

Facing ‘trial of strength in the streets,’ crisis grows for Congo’s Kabila

| December 20, 2016

(GIN)—Congolese President Joseph Kabila is facing a “trial of strength in the streets” if he stays in office beyond the constitutionally-mandated deadline of this week, say critics of the two-term leader who appears to be digging in for the long term. Popular opposition leader Moise Katumbi has called on Kabila to step down before he […]

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Unfinished Nigerian chapel collapses with heavy fatalities

Unfinished Nigerian chapel collapses with heavy fatalities

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—Newly-installed steel girders supporting a megachurch filled with Nigerian parishioners snapped abruptly during a Saturday church service, trapping hundreds and leaving a trail of tragedy for close to 200 congregants who lost their lives, according to local sources. Mortuaries in the southern Nigerian city of Uyo were overflowing after the incident, Etete Peters, medical director […]

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Comeback by defeated Gambian leader widely opposed

Comeback by defeated Gambian leader widely opposed

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—A new constitutional crisis has erupted in Gambia after a change in heart by Yahya Jammeh, the national president defeated in a recent election whose outcome he now refuses to respect. Jammeh initially promised a peaceful transition to the winner, Adama Barrow, but unexpectedly made a U turn and announced on national TV his “total […]

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Ghana picks new leader who promises jobs, jobs, jobs

Ghana picks new leader who promises jobs, jobs, jobs

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—In a surprise upset for incumbent President John Dramani Mahama, voters turned out strongly for opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, whose campaign for the presidency gave hope to thousands of jobless Ghanaians. Mr. Akufo-Addo earned 54 percent of the vote, while Mr Mahama took 44%. It was the first time in Ghana that an opposition candidate […]

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South Sudanese activists warn of nation’s ‘catastrophic collapse’

South Sudanese activists warn of nation’s ‘catastrophic collapse’

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—South Sudanese human rights activists are turning to open letters and opinion pieces to plead for intervention in the newly-independent east African nation that appears in danger of imminent collapse due to a brutal and endless war, the activists warn. “Ending the conflict will require more political courage than simply adopting a UN resolution,” wrote […]

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Nigeria’s president denies reports of hunger in northeast, blames U.N.

Nigeria’s president denies reports of hunger in northeast, blames U.N.

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is challenging U.N. and humanitarian aid organizations on their recent reports of near-starvation among states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. According to the president, the reports are “hype”—exaggerating the humanitarian crisis in order to encourage more donations. The Nigerian leader’s dispute with the U.N. recalls former president Goodluck Jonathan who […]

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Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—While Ghana busied itself with national elections taking place this week, the U.S. State Department and other agencies were cracking down on one of the most eye-popping corruption scandals in this West African nation. Operating in the center of Accra, a pink building festooned with an American flag was doing a brisk business selling U.S. […]

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