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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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Africa’s floods largely unnoticed despite higher death toll

Africa’s floods largely unnoticed despite higher death toll

| September 6, 2017

(GIN)—“Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did.” That was the headline of a recent story in Quartz online by Lagos-based writer Yomi Kazeem. “Like severe floods in southern Asia, the disasters in Africa have been largely under-reported compared to similar events in Houston where Hurricane Harvey, a once […]

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Spotlight on Fresh Fire-Fresh Oil Conference 2017

Spotlight on Fresh Fire-Fresh Oil Conference 2017

| August 29, 2017

By Jeanie Summerville What’s up, babies? As always, I hope all is well with you and yours and that, you’re still taking time out of your busy days to bring yourselves some well deserved joy, beauty, happiness and some form of peace of mind. And, I repeat this because I don’t want you to forget […]

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Mudslide, flooding hits Kabila’s Congo, Uhuru’s Kenya, Magufuli’s Tanzania

Mudslide, flooding hits Kabila’s Congo, Uhuru’s Kenya, Magufuli’s Tanzania

| August 23, 2017

(GIN)—Where wasn’t it raining cats and dogs around Africa this summer? In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, dozens of villagers’ homes in Ituri province were submerged last week in a landslide which struck the village of Toro, causing the deaths of more than 40 people. It followed heavy rains in the fishing community located along […]

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Leaders come under fire as death toll from mudslide tops 600

Leaders come under fire as death toll from mudslide tops 600

| August 23, 2017

(GIN)—Sierra Leone’s catastrophic mudslide that buried over 600 mostly poor people was not just an act of God. Local reporters on the ground have begun to ask why there was no safe housing for thousands of low-income Freetown residents, many of whom cobbled together their own homes with little oversight, few permits, no central planning […]

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Nigerian leader, ending three-month hospital stay, returns with fiery speech

Nigerian leader, ending three-month hospital stay, returns with fiery speech

| August 23, 2017

(GIN)—After a long absence due to ill health, President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria pledging to renew the fight against terror group Boko Haram and end a rash of ethnic violence which he blamed on “political mischief makers.” Buhari, 74, looking thin and frail, referred to a movement of Biafrans seeking an independent region in […]

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Zimbabwe nurse wins HIV research award for groundbreaking work

Zimbabwe nurse wins HIV research award for groundbreaking work

| August 12, 2017

(GIN)—As an epidemiologist, Chenai Mathabire is a hard-working researcher, conducting TB screening tests and observing the effects of long-term ARV use on the emergence of non-communicable diseases in HIV patients. But, sometimes there is a chance to do more, as when a woman came into the clinic who was very, very sick. After testing the […]

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Billionaires worked behind scenes in Kenya’s recent polls

Billionaires worked behind scenes in Kenya’s recent polls

| August 12, 2017

(GIN)—There was more than just voting in the presidential polls in Kenya this week. There were music jingles, dance videos, candidates doing the “dab” and “lipala” dances and a gospel number “Mambo Yabadilika” (Things are getting better). Even former President Obama made an appearance, urging Kenyans to remain non-violent after the highly-combustible exercise called national […]

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Weakened Mugabe asked to name successor

Weakened Mugabe asked to name successor

| August 12, 2017

(GIN)—As the field of presidential hopefuls appears to grow by the day, first lady Grace Mugabe is now urging her husband to name a successor to be the next president of Zimbabwe. In a meeting with members of the ruling party’s women’s league this week, Mrs. Mugabe explained that naming a successor “will enable all […]

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Botswana’s former president, statesman, Sir Ketumile Masire, passes

Botswana’s former president, statesman, Sir Ketumile Masire, passes

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—Botswana has declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91. Sir Ketumile, often known as Quett, who led the country from 1980 to 1998, is credited with being the architect of the country’s famed stability, reports the AFP news agency. He was also involved in peace […]

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International team to investigate reports of deadly violence in Congo

International team to investigate reports of deadly violence in Congo

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—The U.N.’s main human rights body has approved a resolution to send a team of experts “to establish the truth” about reports of thousands of deaths and the destruction of entire villages by government-backed soldiers in Congo’s central Kasai region. U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein had lobbied for the resolution at a meeting of […]

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