Africa Briefs

Global warming could melt Africa’s famed mountain peaks

Global warming could melt Africa’s famed mountain peaks

| March 20, 2014

(GIN)—Ice is vanishing from Africa’s snow-topped peaks, raising fears of a meltdown from the continent’s “Alps.” “We are the last few who will climb on the ice, it is going so fast,” said John Medenge, who scaled the treacherous ridge up Mount Stanley, part of the Rwenzori mountain range straddling the border between Uganda and […]

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Stampede at state-run job event leads to 20 deaths in Nigeria

Stampede at state-run job event leads to 20 deaths in Nigeria

| March 19, 2014

(GIN)—More than half a million applicants turned up for jobs offered by the Nigerian Immigration Service last week and in the resulting crowding, some 20 panicked jobseekers were killed in a stampede. An inquiry is being sought by the National Labor Congress and the Coalition against Corrupt Leaders. The two groups condemned the immigration service for […]

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Another Kenyan steals limelight over highly-praised new book

Another Kenyan steals limelight over highly-praised new book

| March 14, 2014

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Kenyan by birth like her sister Lupita, has a stunning new novel, “Dust,” that is winning breathless reviews from the book trade.

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South African women taking charge in newsroom

| March 14, 2014

(GIN)—Women of color are making strides in newsrooms across South Africa. This new development was highlighted by the “rock star” of South African journalism—Ferial Haffajee—in a recap of gender accomplishments for International Women’s Day. “Today, I am happy to say, women hold strategic editorial positions across all platforms including broadcasting, print and online,” Haffajee, the […]

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BBC News – Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money

BBC News – Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money

| March 14, 2014

Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money President Jonathan says the allegations are patently false Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a forensic audit of the state oil firm following claims that $20bn (£12bn) had gone missing. Suspended central bank governor Lamido Sanusi caused shockwaves last month when he said that $20bn in […]

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Former president of Nigeria linked to half a billion dollar heist

| March 13, 2014

  (GIN)—Four years ago, at a conference in Lagos, three eminent leaders took a swipe at the increasing rate of corruption in Nigeria. “Nigeria is too rich for any of its citizens to be poor… Nigerians must rise up immediately to fight the scourge of corruption ravaging the country.” That was the Rev. Jesse Jackson. […]

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BBC News – Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’

BBC News – Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’

| March 13, 2014

Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’ By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell shared his memories of Nelson Mandela with the BBC on Friday. “He was always a presence in my life and my early years in public service,” Mr Powell said. “He was something of a contemporary […]

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Report: South African blacks need 500 years to close wage gap with whites

| March 12, 2014

(GIN)—Union officials at a national bargaining conference in Pretoria had troubling news for workers hoping to get better pay and working conditions in the coming year. “We cannot lie forever,” said Andrew Chirwa of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). “In 1994 we said South Africa will be a better place to live and unemployment […]

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BBC News – Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for ‘homosexual offences’

BBC News – Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for ‘homosexual offences’

| March 10, 2014

Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for ‘homosexual offences’ Islamic courts operate in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria Four Nigerian men have received 20 lashes each after an Islamic court in the northern city of Bauchi convicted them of gay sex, officials say. Confessions had been forced from the Muslim men after they were beaten up in custody, […]

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BBC News – Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya

BBC News – Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya

| March 9, 2014

Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya Images on Facebook showed Saadi Gaddafi before and after his head was shaved following his extradition The Libyan government says former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saadi, has been extradited from Niger and is now in custody in Tripoli. via BBC News – Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi […]

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