Africa Briefs

Emotional reunion for 21 rescued ‘Chibok girls,’ home at last

Emotional reunion for 21 rescued ‘Chibok girls,’ home at last

| October 18, 2016

(GIN)—In a sight that could make a witness choke up with tears, a roomful of rescued Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok ran into the arms of their overjoyed parents and smothered them with hugs. The gathering, organized by Nigerian authorities, signaled an end to their two-year captivity by Boko Haram rebels and the start of a […]

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European lawmakers face backlash in Rwanda after ‘scathing report’

European lawmakers face backlash in Rwanda after ‘scathing report’

| October 11, 2016

(GIN)—Rwandan MPs are demanding apologies from eight European Union lawmakers over their report claiming that Rwanda is closing off its political space and denying freedom of expression. The MPs accused the Europeans of hiding under a veil of “gender empowerment” during a recent visit to Rwanda. Diplomatic dust started to fly after a visit last […]

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Socialist leader to take U.N. reins

Socialist leader to take U.N. reins

| October 11, 2016

(GIN)—A longtime socialist has been tapped to take over the position of U.N. Secretary General after the departure of the current head, Ban Ki-moon, who held the post for the past 10 years. Antonio Guterres, 67,the former Portuguese prime minister and United Nations high commissioner for refugees, became the presumptive next secretary-general of the U.N., […]

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U.S. freezes visa for Gambians over unwanted ‘deportables’

U.S. freezes visa for Gambians over unwanted ‘deportables’

| October 11, 2016

(GIN)—The Gambia may not be the first country to refuse to take back its citizens on a list of “deportables” but it might be the first one to be punished for it. This month, the State Department “pulled the trigger” against the Gambian government for their refusal to accept some 2,000 Gambians the U.S. would […]

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Longet lives for Kenyans, medical journal finds

Longet lives for Kenyans, medical journal finds

| October 11, 2016

(GIN)—Life expectancy showed a slight uptick for Kenyans, according to a study prepared for the U.N. and its benchmark sustainable development goals (SDGs). Better health raised the life expectancy of a child born last year in Kenya to 65—slightly more than their parents born in 1990 whose expectancy was 62 years, the study by medical […]

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South African teen wins Google prize using orange peel against drought

South African teen wins Google prize using orange peel against drought

| October 4, 2016

(GIN)—The grand prize winner at this year’s Google science fair was a 16 year old South African schoolgirl who earned a full scholarship for her project “No More Thirsty Crops” aimed at ending the country’s punishing drought. Kiara Nirghin bested students from around the world with her project that transformed simple orange peels into a […]

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Ethiopia pounds Oromo region during religious festival

Ethiopia pounds Oromo region during religious festival

| October 4, 2016

(GIN)—Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has accused members of the Oromo community of “pre-planning” the mayhem that broke out at a religious festival this past weekend in the country’s largest region. A stampede occurred after police deployed tear gas, rubber bullets and baton charges, witnesses told the BBC. Several died as hundreds tried to escape the […]

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Feds pull plug on bribery play for African assets led by U.S. firm

Feds pull plug on bribery play for African assets led by U.S. firm

| October 4, 2016

(GIN)—A major play for African assets led by a company of hedge fund speculators in the U.S. has been smashed with a penalty settlement of $412 billion, ending a multi-year investigation. The settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies ends the freewheeling efforts of the Och-Ziff Capital Management Fund to pick up […]

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Public anger mounts over indefinite terms for African leaders

Public anger mounts over indefinite terms for African leaders

| September 30, 2016

(GIN)—Africans want free and fair elections. That seems to be the message across the continent as a toxic cocktail of frustration and anger  is brewing against leaders endlessly extending their reigns despite definite term limits outlined in their constitutions. Kinshasa , the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been rocked by deadly violence […]

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African American, African museum draws crowds in DC

African American, African museum draws crowds in DC

| September 28, 2016

(GIN)—As thousands streamed into the striking new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., last week, another Africa-centered museum was also welcoming visitors to the nation’s capital. At the nearby National Museum of African Art, a special screening of the film “Am I: Too African to be American or Too American […]

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