Africa Briefs

Rehabilitation possible for Somali-Americans who triet to join ISIL

Rehabilitation possible for Somali-Americans who triet to join ISIL

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—After a closely-watched trial, three young Somali-Americans may enter a “deradicalization” program after being found guilty of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State. Two of the young men have already received lighter sentences for cooperating with the government. The harshest sentence of 10 years went to Zacharia Abdurahman who pleaded guilty but did […]

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Clashes in run-up to Ghana elections bring U.S. sanctions threat

Clashes in run-up to Ghana elections bring U.S. sanctions threat

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—The U.S. Embassy in Ghana has urged the leadership of political parties to call their members to order following a recent spate of partisan clashes. Persons found guilty of inciting political violence before the polls would face some form of sanctions as violence has no place in the conduct of elections, said U.S. embassy officials. […]

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On African Information Day—getting the story right!

On African Information Day—getting the story right!

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—Media practitioners from around the continent met this month in Kigali, Rwanda, to celebrate African Information Day. Among the activities was the National Media Dialogue, the launch of the Media Barometer, a tool to self-assess the respect for freedom of expression and information and the state of the media in a specific country, the Development […]

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African states rebuff U.N. appointee for gay rights

African states rebuff U.N. appointee for gay rights

| November 8, 2016

(GIN)—The appointment of international law professor Vitit Muntarborn could be stalled or dead in the water after a majority of African countries voted to reject the U.N.’s pick for a monitor of LGBT rights on the continent. The African countries drafted a resolution calling for the new U.N. investigator to be suspended from his job. […]

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Gambian soccer world grieves loss of team champion, drowned in risky sea crossing

Gambian soccer world grieves loss of team champion, drowned in risky sea crossing

| November 1, 2016

(GIN)—National goalkeeper Fatim Jawara-Jawara has died in a tragic boat accident while trying to reach Europe with other African migrants. Jawara was taking the dangerous route to Europe from Libya last week, with the hopes of reaching Lampedusa, south of Italy when the boat capsized. Her death was confirmed by the Gambia Football Federation after […]

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Kenyan health officials lose millions earmarked for maternity care

Kenyan health officials lose millions earmarked for maternity care

| November 1, 2016

(GIN)—Dizzying amounts of taxpayers’ money have gone missing from Kenya’s Ministry of Health including 800 million shillings (close to $8 million U.S.) designated for free maternity care for poor mothers to be. The scandal has stunned even the most jaded media pundits who have seen the theft of public monies throughout their careers. “This is […]

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Morrocan youth on strike after fishmonger crushed to death in truck

Morrocan youth on strike after fishmonger crushed to death in truck

| November 1, 2016

(GIN)—The gruesome death of a Moroccan fish vendor crushed to death inside the compactor of a late-night garbage truck sparked outrage across Morocco with protests over the past weekend in more than 20 cities. Students on Monday boycotted their classes and filled the streets to denounce the abuse. The vendor, Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was crushed […]

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Shocking reports of rape of Boko Haram by government soldiers

Shocking reports of rape of Boko Haram by government soldiers

| November 1, 2016

(GIN)—Dozens of young girls, rescued from Boko Haram kidnappers, were made victims again by the Nigerian soldiers and policemen assigned to protect them, according to accounts documented by investigators for Human Rights Watch. The New York-based rights group found forty-three cases of “sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation.” Four victims told HRW they were drugged […]

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Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—South Africa has taken the first steps toward withdrawing the country’s membership in the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) but it faces a tough fight from the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country’s major opposition party. Parliamentarian James Selfe, a leading member of the DA’s legal affairs group, slammed the move which he said occurred before […]

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Rising sea levels threatening Ghana’s coastal villages

Rising sea levels threatening Ghana’s coastal villages

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—Fuvemeh, one of Ghana’s coastal villages, is vanishing because of coastal erosion. Waves have taken whole parts of the village with them into the sea. What was once a thriving fishing community was three miles from the coast a few years back. Now the waves are just a few feet away. “This used to be […]

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