Africa Briefs

Togolese candidates hope for change in upcoming polls

Togolese candidates hope for change in upcoming polls

| April 14, 2015

(GIN)–Togolese opposition leaders are issuing calls for change—the mantra of President Barack Obama—as they seek the end of the 50 year dynasty of the Gnassingbe family in Togolese politics. Originally scheduled for April 15, a presidential election now is set for April 25 after voter lists are checked as ordered by the Economic Community of […]

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Sudanese leader presumed winner in largely uncontested poll

Sudanese leader presumed winner in largely uncontested poll

| April 14, 2015

(GIN)–Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is predicted to roll up an easy victory in national polls this week, adding another five year term to his already 26 years in office. Voting began Monday and will continue for three days. More than 13 million people are registered to vote at some 11,000 polling stations around the country. […]

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Profit-seeking cacao farmers threaten wildlife in Ivory Coast

Profit-seeking cacao farmers threaten wildlife in Ivory Coast

| April 7, 2015

(GIN)–Profits from cacao farming have been so generous that farmers invaded national parks in order to carve out plantations, cutting down forests and turning animal habitats into inhospitable treeless zones. Today a trail of destruction can be seen in the Ivory Coast as 13 out of 23 national parks and forest reserves have lost all […]

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Amateur pilots fill skies in Ghanaian paragliding fest

Amateur pilots fill skies in Ghanaian paragliding fest

| April 7, 2015

(GIN)—From Good Friday to Easter Monday, an annual ritual takes place in Ghana quite unlike the egg rolling contests found in the U.S. People from around the world come to launch themselves into the air from Ghana’s second highest mountain. The annual paragliding festival is organized by Ghana’s Tourism Board and this year celebrates its […]

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Kenyan troops delayed rescue nearly 15 hours, Garissa U survivors say

Kenyan troops delayed rescue nearly 15 hours, Garissa U survivors say

| April 7, 2015

(GIN)—Frightened students at Garissa University in northeast Kenya, hid for what seemed like a lifetime as a small band of al Shabaab terrorists lined young people up on the floor and put a bullet in the back of their heads, one by one by one. Some were told to recite a prayer from the Koran […]

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Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

| April 1, 2015

Opposition party wins election in West African economic giant, Goodluck Jonathan ousted (GIN)–Showing a “commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders,” Nigerians by the hundreds of thousands lined up at polling stations across the country to select the next president and National Assembly of their country, U.S. and British witnesses to the […]

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Lawyers, rights groups rally around author of ‘Blood Diamonds’ facing jail

Lawyers, rights groups rally around author of ‘Blood Diamonds’ facing jail

| April 1, 2015

(GIN)—The Southern Africa Litigation Center, Amnesty International and more than a dozen other human rights organizations including the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights have signed on to an open letter demanding justice for crusading journalist Rafael Marques, whose exposés have offended several military officials and other higher-ups. In their letter, published this week […]

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Conflicting accounts over Mrs. Mugabe’s trips abroad

Conflicting accounts over Mrs. Mugabe’s trips abroad

| April 1, 2015

(GIN)–First Lady Grace Mugabe is being treated in Asia for appendicitis, according to government officials. Local media reports say she was flown to Dubai and then Singapore for surgery in January but that she has a cancerous condition, not appendicitis as government claims. Her husband, President Robert Mugabe, also spent weeks in Singapore in 2013 […]

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Maryland students launch fund appeal for jailed Swazi writer

Maryland students launch fund appeal for jailed Swazi writer

| April 1, 2015

(GIN)–A journalist jailed in Swaziland is getting some unexpected help from a class of journalism students at the University of Maryland who are taking up the cause of writers around the world currently in jail. The students, led by their teacher, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest, plan to launch a line of bracelets with […]

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Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

| March 24, 2015

(GIN)–Since a coup d’etat and an extremely bloody aftermath, not much has improved in the Central African Republic and that suits the black market diamond merchants just fine. With news cameras turned away, their trade in “conflict diamonds” is proceeding at a gallop, despite a global ban. The diamond-trading ban was imposed by the Kimberley […]

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