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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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As trouble in Mali mounts, new president goes shopping

As trouble in Mali mounts, new president goes shopping

(GIN)—With a new outbreak of fierce fighting reported in northern Mali’s contested Tuareg lands, reports that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has purchased a $40 million presidential jet have not gone down well with aid donors. Purchase of the Boeing 737 stunned the foreign donors who were attending a meeting in Bamako two weeks ago—a year […]

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African leaders pledge ‘total war’ against Islamist group

African leaders pledge ‘total war’ against Islamist group

(GIN)—Unable to account for the over 276 teenage girls kidnapped in Nigeria almost a month ago, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed to step up the fight against the Boko Haram militants with regional and international support. At a summit recently in Paris, the Nigerian president met with African leaders and where they […]

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Afghanistan to Africa, Reaper drones hottest weapon of choice

Afghanistan to Africa, Reaper drones hottest weapon of choice

(GIN)—As the war in Afghanistan winds down, western countries are finding new uses for their high-tech surveillance equipment and unmanned drones—namely a new war against terror in Africa. U.S. intelligence gathering aircraft are said to be flying over remote areas of north-east Nigeria as part of an international hunt for the more than 200 schoolgirls […]

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Liberians successfully resist UK company’s ‘land grab’

Liberians successfully resist UK company’s ‘land grab’

(GIN)—After years of fruitless court battles by small farmers against major multinational corporations,  the Jogbahn Clan across 11 villages in Liberia is celebrating victory over a British company which tried to clear them off their lands. The celebration comes after months of advocacy by community members, the Sustainable Development Institute and Friends of the Earth […]

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South Africans return Madiba’s party to lead nation

South Africans return Madiba’s party to lead nation

(GIN)—In a closely watched election, South Africans turned out a decisive “vote for the party,” giving the African National Congress – the party of Mandela – another five years at the nation’s helm. Despite a recent scandal over costly improvements charged to the taxpayer for the private residence of President Jacob Zuma, the former liberation […]

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No deal for kidnapped girls, seen in new video

No deal for kidnapped girls, seen in new video

(GIN)—Attempts to broker the return of the missing school girls held in a rebel camp somewhere in northern Nigeria were apparently quashed recently when a government minister forcefully rejected any deal. The offered deal, from Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram rebel group of kidnappers, would have released the girls in exchange for prisoners […]

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Kenya’s polygamy law gets thumbs up from U.S.

Kenya’s polygamy law gets thumbs up from U.S.

(GIN)—A U.S. State Dept. official has found something to like in Kenya’s new legislation legalizing multiple marriages. “The legislation is quite complex and appears to include elements that represent steps forward toward greater equality for women,” a State Department official said in an interview with Kenya’s Daily Nation. “But the job is clearly a work […]

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Erykah Badu in hot water over birthday serenade for Swazi king

Erykah Badu in hot water over birthday serenade for Swazi king

(GIN)—Pop icon Erykah Badu was the surprise guest of honor at a swanky party for Swaziland’s King Mswati who turned 46 this month. The lavish event was held at one of Mswati’s many palaces. The performance by Badu, who claims to be a “civil rights advocate,” shocked human rights organizations who condemned her for performing […]

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South African Freedom Day marked by celebration as election nears

South African Freedom Day marked by celebration as election nears

(GIN)—Nationwide celebration on April 27 marked Freedom Day in South Africa. The day marks the 20th anniversary of elections in which all citizens were able to take part. Voters that day sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency with a resounding win that helped end the reign of white supremacists in a system known as apartheid. […]

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Somali mother of stowaway teen weeps to learn of risky flight

Somali mother of stowaway teen weeps to learn of risky flight

(GIN)—The mother of the 14-year-old boy who risked death to stow away in the wheel well of a plane bound for Hawaii wept upon learning of his life-threatening adventure. Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi, who lives in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, said it was the first news she had heard about her lost son for six […]

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