Africa Briefs

South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–The reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act will open the floodgates for U.S. chicken parts and undercut South Africa’s domestic industry with cheaper cuts of meat, local chicken producers fear. AGOA, as the trade pact is known, was just reauthorized after South Africa agreed to remove “anti-dumping” protectionist tariffs in place since 2000. […]

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Witnesses say Chibok girls have begun taking orders from terror group

Witnesses say Chibok girls have begun taking orders from terror group

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–With more than 400 days of captivity, some of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, may now be taking orders from their captors in the terror group Boko Haram, witnesses are telling Amnesty International. Witnesses say some are being used to terrorize other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves. The testimony cannot be […]

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President of Burundi faces isolation in drive to win third term

President of Burundi faces isolation in drive to win third term

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–Polling places have been set up in Burundi for controversial parliamentary elections that have put President Pierre Nkurunziza at odds with religious groups, the political opposition, students, the African Union, and the U.S. Nkurunziza is seeking a third term despite a constitutional limit of two terms. The president argues that his first term was the […]

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Summit of women of African descent opens in Nicaragua

Summit of women of African descent opens in Nicaragua

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–Some 270 women from 220 countries gathered in Managua, Nicaragua over the past weekend to launch a political platform that addresses discrimination against people of color. At the end of the three day meeting, the women participants and representatives of more than 400 black women’s organizations adopted a political strategy, timed to coincide with the […]

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Charleston church shooting sparks debate on race in South Africa

Charleston church shooting sparks debate on race in South Africa

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)–South Africa’s old guard of separatist whites who supported the racist policy of apartheid have been reading with interest about Dylann Roof, accused assassin in the deaths of nine churchgoers at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The right-wing Front National party was quoted to say that the photo of shooting suspect Roof, […]

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Angola cracks down on youth protest, arresting activist rapper

Angola cracks down on youth protest, arresting activist rapper

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)—Angolan police arrested over a dozen young opposition activists, including rapper Luaty Beirao, who have campaigned against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the interior ministry said June 21. Activist groups, among them the Angolan Revolutionary Movement, claimed on social media platforms that as many as 20 people had been arrested when police raided a youth […]

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Senegalese music star hoarding fake euros, nabbed in counterfeit scam

Senegalese music star hoarding fake euros, nabbed in counterfeit scam

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)–Senegalese fans of praise singer Thione Ballago Seck were stunned and confounded over the recent arrest of their musical icon associated with Senegal’s religious heroes. Police who raided Seck’s luxury home said he was hiding 50 million in counterfeit euro notes at the time of his arrest. According to the police account, Seck sat down […]

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Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)—Five former Cuban intelligence officers, known here as the Cuban Five, arrived in Johannesburg this week, for a visit expressing gratitude for support during their imprisonment in the U.S. “South Africa welcomes to its shores the five Cuban national heroes, namely, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez,” said Department of […]

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Day of the African child to spotlight child marriages

Day of the African child to spotlight child marriages

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)—On the Day of the African Child—June 16—the African Union estimated that 58 million young women in developing countries will  have been married off before their 18th birthday. At the present trend, by 2020, 143 million girls would be married before age 18, an average of 14.2 million girls every single year. In South Africa, […]

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Summit leaders honor ‘accomplished African women’ at awards banquet

Summit leaders honor ‘accomplished African women’ at awards banquet

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)–This year’s focus on accomplished women was not totally overlooked at the African Union Summit despite its preoccupation with the President of Sudan, migration, xenophobia and other pressing issues. An awards banquet was hosted by the African Union/Diaspora African Forum at the five-star Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton City, Johannesburg on Friday. The presentation categories were […]

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