Africa Briefs

Troubles at Guinea bauxite mining hub leave one dead, several injured

Troubles at Guinea bauxite mining hub leave one dead, several injured

(GIN)—Protests have erupted in the Boke region in western Guinea over high pollution levels linked to the mining of bauxite, which is used to make aluminum and used for the construction of everything from airplanes to saucepans and cooking foil. Almost a third of all bauxite deposits worldwide reside in Guinea. Police responded to the […]

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‘War’ declared on media while Press Freedom Day marked worldwide

‘War’ declared on media while Press Freedom Day marked worldwide

(GIN)—Some of the most celebrated American news writers and editors were lambasted this week by the nation’s president, who derided them as “enemies of the people” and an “opposition party” with whom he’s at war. “Media outlets like CNN and MSNBC are fake news,” the president lectured his cheering supporters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “They would […]

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May Day speech cut short amid anti-Zuma boos, chants

May Day speech cut short amid anti-Zuma boos, chants

(GIN)—Calls for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma cut short a carefully planned May Day speech and exposed the deepening rift within the historic AFC party. President Zuma, according to eyewitnesses from the scene, was shouted off the stage as he was about to address his long-time allies in the country’s biggest trade-union federation. According […]

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Lawmakers to fight U.S. foreign aid cuts to Somalia

Lawmakers to fight U.S. foreign aid cuts to Somalia

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—Plans to slash foreign aid to Somalia now at the brink of famine would hurt humanitarian relief efforts and programs to curb terrorism, say local lawmakers from Minnesota. Speaking in Minneapolis at a forum on the drought situation in the Horn of Africa, U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota) decried the administration’s proposed 31-percent cut in […]

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More than 100 multi-millionaires in Namibia amidst ‘gross inequality’ report

More than 100 multi-millionaires in Namibia amidst ‘gross inequality’ report

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—Namibia, the 34th largest country in the world with a population of just over two million is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa per capita, according to a new study by the market research firm New World Wealth. According to their report released this month, there are 3,300 millionaires and 120 multi-millionaires with wealth of […]

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Doubts raised about highly-praised mararia vaccine headed for Africa

Doubts raised about highly-praised mararia vaccine headed for Africa

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—With much fanfare, the world’s first injectable vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries—Ghana, Kenya and Malawi—starting in 2018. The vaccine—known as RTS,S or Mosquirix, trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. It was developed by the British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. The World Health Organization […]

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Virunga Park warden tapped for grassroots activist prize

Virunga Park warden tapped for grassroots activist prize

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—As a child soldier at the age of 14, Rodrigue Katembo learned his survival skills in dangerous times. Belgium had granted independence to the Congo but it was little more than a piece of paper after years of colonial rule. After a U.S.-led coup in 1961 that removed legally-elected Patrice Lumumba, the nation’s prime minister, […]

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France pays ‘debt of blood’ to surviving African WWII vets

France pays ‘debt of blood’ to surviving African WWII vets

| April 20, 2017

(GIN)—Fifty years after more than a million Africans fought and thousands died for France during the ferocious battles against Nazis in World War II, French President Francois Hollande has given citizenship and full pensions to African survivors of that war and other conflicts. In a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 18, […]

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Tipoff leads anti-graft SWAT team to upscale Lagos pad, bundles of U.S. cash

Tipoff leads anti-graft SWAT team to upscale Lagos pad, bundles of U.S. cash

| April 20, 2017

(GIN)—Neatly-bound bundles of fresh U.S. dollars, Nigerian naira and British pounds totaling more than $50 million were recovered by an anti-graft “SWAT team” in a raid at the Osborne Towers, a luxury building in an upscale section of Lagos. The raid was orchestrated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) acting on a new […]

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Nigerian, Namibian papers scoop highest prize in explanatory journalism

Nigerian, Namibian papers scoop highest prize in explanatory journalism

| April 20, 2017

(GIN)—Way to go African media! The prestigious Pulitzer Prize which honors excellence in journalism has named two media outlets in Africa—working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)—as distinguished 2017 winners for their groundbreaking reporting on the Panama Papers. This historic, global investigation uncovered offshore hideaways tied to mega-banks, corporate bribery scandals, drug kingpins, […]

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