Africa Briefs

South Africa rebuked for allowing wanted Sudan leader to fly home after confab

South Africa rebuked for allowing wanted Sudan leader to fly home after confab

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)–In a closely-watched meeting of African Union leaders, the presence of alleged war criminal Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan, neither produced an arrest or interference with his departure, outraging international rights activists and the International Criminal Court which is seeking his prosecution for the alleged massacre of civilians in Darfur in 2003. President Al Bashir […]

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Pope Francis plans Africa trip to visit battlefields of religious strife

Pope Francis plans Africa trip to visit battlefields of religious strife

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)–Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, is scheduled to visit Uganda and the Central African Republic this year, where religious wars, before and now, have wrecked destruction and devastation on the local populations. The prelate confirmed his itinerary at a retreat of Third World Priests in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. “God […]

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Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

(GIN)–Conflicts in Burundi and Libya, xenophobia, migration and terrorism will be high on the agenda at the upcoming African Union summit taking place this week in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Center, South Africa. Crisis hotspots in South Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Somalia and Nigeria are also expected to be taken up at the gathering of national leaders […]

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Zimbabwe health activist joins 500 in U.S. for Obama’s flagship Africa program

Zimbabwe health activist joins 500 in U.S. for Obama’s flagship Africa program

(GIN)–Where some business school graduates nurse dreams of wealth and glory, Vimbiso Mashumba has been building health care systems to help women and children in Zimbabwe. The young entrepreneur runs a rural clinic that combats high levels of mother to child transmission of HIV and other HIV related issues. She also co-founded a school-building program–Love […]

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Convicted South African ‘Blade Runner’ to be granted early release

Convicted South African ‘Blade Runner’ to be granted early release

(GIN)–Oscar Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic champion convicted of killing his girlfriend during a sleepover, is scheduled for release 10 months into his five=year prison sentence, local media is reporting. News of the early release was first shared with the family of Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius’ model girlfriend who he claimed to have mistaken for an […]

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South Africa admits $10 million payment to soccer group

South Africa admits $10 million payment to soccer group

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

(GIN)–A bribery and corruption scandal of international proportions broke open last week with the arrest of 14 officials of FIFA—a worldwide football/soccer association that most recently granted World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar. While arrests, under the direction of Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. attorney general, went high up in the organization, the president, […]

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Grave of Obama’s father to get facelift before visit

Grave of Obama’s father to get facelift before visit

(GIN)–Preparing for the July visit of President Barack Obama, officials of Siaya County in Kenya are proposing to spend one million shillings or just over $10,000 on the restoration, maintenance and care of the grave. Governor Cornel Rasanga gave the Department of Tourism the go-ahead to implement the project before Air Force One arrives in […]

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Newly-recovered ship contains rare remnants of slave trade

Newly-recovered ship contains rare remnants of slave trade

(GIN)–A Portuguese slave ship that left Mozambique in 1794 bound for Brazil had hardly rounded the treacherous Cape of Good Hope when it broke apart violently on two reefs only 100 yards from shore. The Portuguese captain, crew and half of the enslaved Africans survived. An estimated 212 Africans did not and perished at sea. […]

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Nigeria’s new president sworn in amidst ‘catastrophic expectations’|

Nigeria’s new president sworn in amidst ‘catastrophic expectations’|

(GIN)–Muhammadu Buhari, his hand on the Holy Book, was sworn in as president at an open-air ceremony May 29 in the capital city of Abuja. His speech acknowledged many of the challenges facing the largest democracy in Africa but offered hope that these challenges could be met. Giving thanks to God “who has preserved us […]

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U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

(GIN)—Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon has been lighting up Africa with solar energy even while the solar industry in the U.S. struggles to catch fire. The Missouri-born artist has become a rising star in the movement to bring electricity from the sun to rural communities. Launched in February 2014, “Akon Lighting Africa” (ALA) describes its aims […]

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