Africa Briefs

Renowned Heritage Award Winner from Ghana joins the elders

Renowned Heritage Award Winner from Ghana joins the elders

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)–Yacub Addy, drummer, composer and choreographer from the Addy family of drummers, singers and dancers in Avenor, Accra, Ghana, has joined the elders, it was just announced. He was 83. Addy lived in Latham, upstate New York, and received numerous awards including the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, America’s highest […]

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Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)–It’s election time in nearly a dozen African countries and the wish of some leaders to fiddle with the constitution and have a forbidden third term in office is sending tremors through the fragile states involved. Ten elections are coming up this year–among them Nigeria, Burundi, Togo, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of […]

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Africa to get counterterrorism assist from U.S. Green Berets

Africa to get counterterrorism assist from U.S. Green Berets

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)—U.S. Army Special Forces, America’s highly-trained operatives in unconventional warfare, direct action, reconnaissance and counterterrorism, are preparing for one of their biggest exercises of the year in Africa. Under the name “Flintlock 2015,” the exercise is a multinational training of troops in several West African countries including Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Tunisia.  It kicks off […]

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Less than year in office, Malawi prez faces calls for ouster

Less than year in office, Malawi prez faces calls for ouster

| January 27, 2015

(GIN)–Barely eight months into his term in office, Malawian President Peter Mutharika and his government are facing furious calls for their resignation in what some fear could be a reprise of the riots against former President Bingu wa Mutharika, the brother of the current head of state. A coalition of 20 leading NGOs has announced […]

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Tires burn in streets of Kinshasa over election delay

Tires burn in streets of Kinshasa over election delay

| January 27, 2015

(GIN)–Plans by current  Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to hold a national census that critics say could delay elections for years prompted a rock-throwing melee in the capital city. National elections are due in 2016. Witnesses said security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at the protesters in Democratic Republic of Congo’s […]

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Rising anger in Muslim Africa over offending cartoons

Rising anger in Muslim Africa over offending cartoons

| January 21, 2015

(GIN)–While the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, marched in a Paris rally to support the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, anger was rising at home among the country’s majority Muslim population over cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed. Over the weekend, anger exploded on the streets when about 1,000 young men turned on the institutions of […]

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New report finds ‘staggering inequality’ of incomes once decried by MLK

New report finds ‘staggering inequality’ of incomes once decried by MLK

| January 21, 2015

(GIN)—Income inequality, one of the issues that so troubled the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is again front and center in today’s news. A new report on the topic has come up with figures that even caught the financial community by surprise. For example: members of the “world’s richest” club earn half-a-million dollars per minute, the […]

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Boko Haram commits ‘deadliest massacre yet’ in Baga

Boko Haram commits ‘deadliest massacre yet’ in Baga

| January 15, 2015

(GIN)—The northern Nigerian town of Baga was devastated over the weekend by a surprise raid conducted by Boko Haram insurgents apparently aimed at a major military base constructed there. Amnesty International estimates the death toll could be as high as 2,000, though some witnesses cite lower tolls in the hundreds. Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, a […]

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China-HBCU exchange program launched

China-HBCU exchange program launched

| December 31, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In an effort to develop the next generation of global leaders, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, joined Perfect World, the China Education  Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and domestic groups focused on building ties between the United States and China to embark on a new student exchange […]

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Uganda, fueling brain drain, sends MDs to Trinidad

Uganda, fueling brain drain, sends MDs to Trinidad

| December 31, 2014

(GIN)—For a country with less than 3,000 practicing doctors to treat 34.9 million people, Uganda’s decision to send some 300 doctors to Trinidad and Tobago has raised the temperatures of the some of the local parliamentarians to the boiling point. According to Henry Oryem, state minister for foreign affairs, Uganda’s offer of medical professionals will […]

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