Africa Briefs

Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—Prayers are being said this week for 34 men, employees of the UK mining company Lonmin, who were fatally shot Aug. 16, 2012 during a strike and protest action over pay and conditions at the Marikana platinum mine. The shootings, by the South African Police Service, unleashed a national crisis. A Commission, appointed by President […]

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Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Athletes from some of the most dangerous countries in the world will be competing with world-class swimmers, runners and equestrians at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, now underway. The team no sooner arrived when a letter sent by Pope Francis was delivered. “I extend my greetings and wish you success at the Olympic […]

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Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—One of the wealthiest men in Sierra Leone who built his fortune in extractive industries died suddenly at White Chapel Hospital in London, according to the Sierra Leone Telegraph. Gibril Santigie Moseray “Super” Fadika was planning to run for the presidency of Sierra Leone in 2018 on the ticket of the All Peoples Congress. His […]

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Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Police are resuming their attacks on Uganda’s mostly underground LGBTI community—raiding night clubs and making arrests. The renewed police activity comes as gays and rights activists mark the day and month in which a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned. During the latest crackdown on Aug. 4, police unlawfully raided a […]

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Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—It was a long night for the African National Congress party faithful as a popular revolt in the cities of Tshwane (Pretoria) and Port Elizabeth upended the ANC’s long-held power base in those two key municipalities. The ANC was beaten in working-class “black township” areas such as Mamelodi in Tshwane, and Motherwell in Port Elizabeth. […]

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La Margarita loses faithful family member Daniel Ochoa at 58

La Margarita loses faithful family member Daniel Ochoa at 58

| August 2, 2016

FORT WAYNE—One of the city’s culinary institutions lost one of its core members recently. Daniel O. Ochoa, known to most in the community as “Dannny,” passed away Monday, July 25, at the age pf 58. Born in Fort Wayne, where he was a lifelong resident, Ochoa was the son of the late Pantaleon Jr. and […]

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Young African leaders complete U.S. tour, prepare to meet Obama

Young African leaders complete U.S. tour, prepare to meet Obama

| August 2, 2016

(GIN)—With media attention glued to the salacious details of the U.S. election, a signature program of President Obama is flying under the radar, preparing young African leaders with advanced leadership skills to bring home to their countries. Participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders are enrolled in an intensive, six-week program on […]

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Party of Mandela hears calls for change

Party of Mandela hears calls for change

| August 2, 2016

(GIN)—This week’s municipal polls will reveal the depth of disenchantment with the historic African National Congress. Massive unemployment, failing basic services and corruption have fueled discontent among the ANC’s stalwart base of support. Some voters will be pulling the lever for a different party this week in what was long inconceivable—to abandon the party of […]

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Arab leaders hunker down in tent for yearly regional summit

Arab leaders hunker down in tent for yearly regional summit

| July 27, 2016

(GIN)—Forgoing the usual four and five-star hotels, Arab leaders gathered this week in a large tent in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott for the 27th Arab League Summit. Regional crises and hot wars were expected to dominate the agenda. “It is good to get Mauritania back into the Arab political map,” British-Lebanese journalist and  media consultant […]

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Protesters reject seven more years of Bongo dynasty

Protesters reject seven more years of Bongo dynasty

| July 27, 2016

(GIN)—For the past 50 years, the citizens of Gabon have lived under a dynasty with one name. Bongo. Omar Bongo Ondimba, the father, served from December 1967 to June 2009 to be replaced by his son, Ali Bongo Ondimba who served from 2009 until today. Next month, Gabonese will have a chance to elect someone […]

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