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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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Ghana considers shutdown of social media in election day run-up

Ghana considers shutdown of social media in election day run-up

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—Ghanaians who use social media could find themselves staring at a blank screen instead of Facebook or Twitter under a plan now being considered by Ghana’s Police Service (GPS). Superintendent Cephas Arthur, Public Affairs director of the GPS, said that blocking Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets during the upcoming elections would be in […]

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Orlando massacre prompts vigils among African LGBTIQ

Orlando massacre prompts vigils among African LGBTIQ

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—“Erasing 76 Crimes”—a website that tracks Africa’s anti-gay laws and acts of violence, carried news this week of a vigil in Uganda’s Kampala city for the 49 lives lost in Orlando, Florida, at the gay community’s gathering spot called Pulse. The “Uganda Is Orlando” vigil began with a reading by Bishop Christopher Senyonjo and a […]

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Angola finds another plum job for president’s wealthy daughter

Angola finds another plum job for president’s wealthy daughter

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—Angola’s aging president has found a new and lucrative job for his daughter, Isabel dos Santos, who already holds the title of Africa’s richest woman. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, 73, this month tapped his daughter to head Sonangol, the national oil company. Using a presidential decree he also sacked the company’s directors, in a […]

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Hadi—the face of an immigrant on World Refugee Day

Hadi—the face of an immigrant on World Refugee Day

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—The UN’s World Refugee Day is observed each year as a global observance of the plight of thousands of women, men and children forced to flee their country under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Severe drought, the loss of harvests, farm animals, clean water has also pushed many from their homes to attempt risky […]

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For pro-gay Facebook post, Gambian leader’s nephew granted U.S. asylum

For pro-gay Facebook post, Gambian leader’s nephew granted U.S. asylum

| June 14, 2016

(GIN)—The nephew of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, threatened with the loss of his government scholarship over a pro-LGBT Facebook post, has been granted asylum in the U.S., local media has reported. Alagie Jammeh confirmed the story to the Washington Blade, an LGBT news source, in a telephone interview. Jammeh, who is due to graduate next […]

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Heavy fighting reported on Ethiopian border with Eritrea

Heavy fighting reported on Ethiopian border with Eritrea

| June 14, 2016

(GIN)—In a region that once saw the one of the bloodiest wars in African history, claiming thousands of lives between 1998 and 2000, the sounds of fighting were heard again this week on Sunday with heavy artillery reported close to a civilian area, according to multiple sources. The Eritrean army is reportedly moving mechanized units […]

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Assets depleted, Libyan fund sues Goldman Sachs for ‘abuse’

Assets depleted, Libyan fund sues Goldman Sachs for ‘abuse’

| June 14, 2016

(GIN)—Over a four month period, complex and unsuitable trades made by Goldman Sachs bankers ate up nearly the entire investment of a Libyan sovereign wealth fund—an amount Libya is suing to recoup, according to a case now before a UK high court. The fund, set up under the regime of Moammar Gaddafi, was intended to […]

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Nigerians fear health crisis has overtaken President Buhari

Nigerians fear health crisis has overtaken President Buhari

(GIN)—Cancellation of the scheduled appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari and the arrangement of a 10-day trip to England for treatment of an ear infection have raised concerns that a serious health issue is afflicting the recently-elected leader. It would not be the first time a Nigerian president claimed to be receiving treatment abroad but was […]

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Rwanda genocide survivors, their gift to all women, seen in new film

Rwanda genocide survivors, their gift to all women, seen in new film

(GIN)—The outlines of the Rwandan genocide are known by many. The time it took place (April to July 1994), the troubling silence of the international community, the number of those brutally murdered (as many as 800,000 mostly of the Tutsi minority and some Hutus) and the ever-debated questions—what could turn a people against their neighbor […]

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South Africa unsettled by U.S. warning of imminent terror attacks

South Africa unsettled by U.S. warning of imminent terror attacks

(GIN)—South Africans were shocked this week to learn that a U.S. travel alert, issued Saturday, predicted a likely attack by terrorist groups at upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and had warned Americans to take measures. There had been no such warning from South African authorities. State Security Minister David Mahlobo […]

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