Africa Briefs

High-level UN refugee summit leaves aid agencies disappointed

High-level UN refugee summit leaves aid agencies disappointed

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)—A high-level summit at the United Nations on Monday addressing the large movements of refugees and migrants, failed to produce any concrete measures during the all-day event, leading some observers to dismiss  its accomplishments as “all talk and no action.” The summit’s final report gives the international community another two years to reach a “global […]

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Tribute pour in for ‘King of Kwaito,’ lost to inoperable cancer

Tribute pour in for ‘King of Kwaito,’ lost to inoperable cancer

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)—South African President Jacob Zuma spoke for the nation when he called the passing of singer Mduduzi Tshabalala a great loss to the country. “South Africa has lost one of its pioneers,” commented President Zuma, “whose music appealed to a cross section of our people‚ young and old and was known to have achieved the […]

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Students threaten school shutdowns over rising school fees

Students threaten school shutdowns over rising school fees

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)–South African students at the University of the Witwatersrand are all fired up and can’t take no more! After news that the Education minister will be pushing through “fee adjustments” for 2017—up to eight percent—student president Kefentse Mkhari declared: “Comrades, we aren’t going to entertain that eight percent. What we want is simple. We want […]

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Winnie Mandela—called an ‘everlasting beauty’—turns 80

Winnie Mandela—called an ‘everlasting beauty’—turns 80

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)—Winnie Madikizela-Mandela reached octogenarian status this month and marked it at a celebratory party surrounded by top officials, musicians and family members. She shared her special day with well-wishers at the renowned Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town last Wednesday. Among the guests were first lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma, Winnie’s daughter Zindzi Mandela, Julius Malema […]

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Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck northwest Tanzania over the weekend and was felt throughout the Great Lakes region, local authorities said on Sunday. Tanzanian premier Kassim Majaliwa headed to the worst-hit city, Bukoba, to attend a ceremony at its stadium. “This tragic event is unprecedented. We’ve never known this in our country,” he told mourners. “The […]

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South Sudanese leaders stole millions, says U.S. actors’ rights group

South Sudanese leaders stole millions, says U.S. actors’ rights group

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—South Sudan’s top political leaders have siphoned millions from state coffers, dating back to 2005, according to a blistering report released by a U.S. watchdog. The 65-page report, entitled “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay,” claims South Sudan’s nearly three-year-old conflict has been fueled by battles over control of state assets and the country’s natural resources. While […]

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Liberia announces moves against guns, light weapons

Liberia announces moves against guns, light weapons

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—U.S. cities fighting to get guns off their streets are not alone in the struggle. Liberia is there too. This week, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf declared by proclamation that all persons who surrender small arms and light weapons under a regional weapons collection program would be granted amnesty. President Sirleaf’s concern went beyond guns linked to […]

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Did U.S. ‘bully’ Cameroon to sacrifice pristine rainforests for agribusiness

Did U.S. ‘bully’ Cameroon to sacrifice pristine rainforests for agribusiness

| September 7, 2016

(GIN)—A new report by the Oakland Institute makes the claim that “bullying” by U.S. government officials may have played a critical role in the granting of nearly 20,000 hectares in Cameroon to a U.S. company. According to the non-profit Institute, the Herakles Farms’ palm oil project was full of problems—it violated national laws of Cameroon, […]

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Culinary tastes in China threaten vital donkey population

Culinary tastes in China threaten vital donkey population

| September 7, 2016

(GIN)—A three-fold increase in the export of African donkeys is threatening a way of life in Africa where they’re used for hauling goods and produce for market sale, plowing, tilling, weeding and harvesting. Niger has banned the export of donkeys, warning that the increased trade, mainly to Asian countries, is threatening its donkey population. “If […]

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UK Black Lives Matter tie up London airport over Africa’s climate crisis

UK Black Lives Matter tie up London airport over Africa’s climate crisis

| September 7, 2016

(GIN)—The UK-based Black Lives Matter group, which has shut down major traffic arteries over police brutality, took their cause to the London City airport this week over worsening climate conditions in Africa. Flights were cancelled after nine protesters from Black Lives Matter UK got on to the runway and chained themselves together. “Today’s BLM protest […]

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