Africa Briefs

Burundi tinderbox after president’s ally shot

Burundi tinderbox after president’s ally shot

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—The drive-by shooting that left a close aide of President Pierre Nkurunziza dead early this weekend, has raised fears of retaliation and cross-border violence. Mr. Nkurunziza, re-elected last month despite wide opposition, came on television on Monday to announce that police were searching for the individual who shot Lt. General Adolphe Nshimirimana. He urged restraint […]

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Mandela prizewinner from Namibia still practices bringing sight to blind

Mandela prizewinner from Namibia still practices bringing sight to blind

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—There was pure emotion in the face of Dr. Helena Ndume, more used to bringing sight to the blind than wiping away tears of her own. According to friends, she was caught off guard by the rousing welcome awaiting her this past week at the Hosea Kutako International Airport after picking up the first U.N. […]

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U.S. multinationals scooped up deals during Obama’s visit to Kenya

U.S. multinationals scooped up deals during Obama’s visit to Kenya

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—A presidential stopover in Nairobi to meet “global entrepreneurs” turned out to be a windfall for mega development projects, bank lenders and U.S. corporations. Fresh details are emerging in local media about the deals struck between the U.S. and Kenyan governments during the visit of President Obama. A so-called “American package,” they said, reaffirms a […]

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Suez Canal reopens to fanfare but not shared by all

Suez Canal reopens to fanfare but not shared by all

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—Ships at sea around the world will blast their horns on Aug. 6 to mark the reopening of the world-famous centenarian waterway in Egypt, local officials there say. “Food will arrive faster. Medicine will arrive faster. Petroleum products will arrive faster,” proclaimed Suez Canal Authority head Admiral Mohab Mohamed Hussein Mameesh. “Egypt is serving the […]

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Two billion dollar solar deal signed at Entrepreneur’s Summit

Two billion dollar solar deal signed at Entrepreneur’s Summit

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—U.S. agencies, banks, and corporations were among the many guests at the sixth Global Entrepreneurs’ Summit, visited by President Obama, and it seems they liked what they saw. Deals valued at multi-millions of dollars were signed including one for $2.2 billion for the development of solar power in the east African country. SkyPower, an official […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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Obama weighs in on gay rights, ignoring local Kenyan taboo

Obama weighs in on gay rights, ignoring local Kenyan taboo

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Despite dire warnings that he faced expulsion from Kenya’s Parliament if he raised the subject of gay rights, President Barack Obama replied to a reporter’s question on the subject with a very personal response. “As an African American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under […]

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Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—President Barack Obama, in a meeting with regional African leaders, threatened new sanctions for the warring factions in South Sudan if a peace deal is not be reached by Aug. 17. “The possibilities of renewed conflict… is something that requires urgent attention from all of us,” Obama said. “We don’t have a lot of time […]

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Historic tombs have been restored in Timbuktu

Historic tombs have been restored in Timbuktu

| July 26, 2015

(GIN)—Fourteen Sufi mausoleums smashed by al-Qaeda-backed extremists have been reconstructed in Mali’s “city of 333 saints.” The director general of Unesco, Irina Bokova, called the reconstruction “an answer to all extremists whose echo can be heard well beyond the borders of Mali.” The tombs, treasures of Timbuktu, date back to the 13th century in some […]

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Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

| July 21, 2015

(GIN)—With a dangerous insurgency spreading within his borders, the visit to Washington this week by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was certainly going to touch on increased military support against Boko Haram. But, it also encompassed a discussion of stolen assets—namely billions of dollars siphoned away by bankers, ministers and, in some cases, newly-minted millionaires. According […]

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