Africa Briefs

Angola finds another plum job for president’s wealthy daughter

Angola finds another plum job for president’s wealthy daughter

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—Angola’s aging president has found a new and lucrative job for his daughter, Isabel dos Santos, who already holds the title of Africa’s richest woman. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, 73, this month tapped his daughter to head Sonangol, the national oil company. Using a presidential decree he also sacked the company’s directors, in a […]

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Hadi—the face of an immigrant on World Refugee Day

Hadi—the face of an immigrant on World Refugee Day

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—The UN’s World Refugee Day is observed each year as a global observance of the plight of thousands of women, men and children forced to flee their country under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Severe drought, the loss of harvests, farm animals, clean water has also pushed many from their homes to attempt risky […]

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For pro-gay Facebook post, Gambian leader’s nephew granted U.S. asylum

For pro-gay Facebook post, Gambian leader’s nephew granted U.S. asylum

| June 14, 2016

(GIN)—The nephew of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, threatened with the loss of his government scholarship over a pro-LGBT Facebook post, has been granted asylum in the U.S., local media has reported. Alagie Jammeh confirmed the story to the Washington Blade, an LGBT news source, in a telephone interview. Jammeh, who is due to graduate next […]

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Heavy fighting reported on Ethiopian border with Eritrea

Heavy fighting reported on Ethiopian border with Eritrea

| June 14, 2016

(GIN)—In a region that once saw the one of the bloodiest wars in African history, claiming thousands of lives between 1998 and 2000, the sounds of fighting were heard again this week on Sunday with heavy artillery reported close to a civilian area, according to multiple sources. The Eritrean army is reportedly moving mechanized units […]

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Nigerians fear health crisis has overtaken President Buhari

Nigerians fear health crisis has overtaken President Buhari

(GIN)—Cancellation of the scheduled appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari and the arrangement of a 10-day trip to England for treatment of an ear infection have raised concerns that a serious health issue is afflicting the recently-elected leader. It would not be the first time a Nigerian president claimed to be receiving treatment abroad but was […]

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South Africa unsettled by U.S. warning of imminent terror attacks

South Africa unsettled by U.S. warning of imminent terror attacks

(GIN)—South Africans were shocked this week to learn that a U.S. travel alert, issued Saturday, predicted a likely attack by terrorist groups at upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and had warned Americans to take measures. There had been no such warning from South African authorities. State Security Minister David Mahlobo […]

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Tribute overflow from African leaders, citizens, others worldwide

Tribute overflow from African leaders, citizens, others worldwide

(GIN)—He was adored by hundreds of millions on the continent but Muhammed Ali was much much more.  He championed Africa’s cause, seeking to change the bleak views held by many outside the continent—a place whose accomplishments were cruelly omitted from school textbooks. Ali’s voice was already finding an international audience even before the match that […]

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Timber smuggling could eliminate Senegales forests in two years

Timber smuggling could eliminate Senegales forests in two years

(GIN)—Illegal timber smuggling is devastating the lush Casamance region of Senegal and could strip it completely within two years That’s the predication of Senegalese environmentalist and former minister Haidar El Ali. Casamance in southern Senegal contains the country’s last remaining forests, an area of 74,000 acres that could be depleted by 2018 as smugglers feed […]

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After 20 years on the run, Chad’s ex-ruler gets life sentence for crimes

After 20 years on the run, Chad’s ex-ruler gets life sentence for crimes

(GIN)—Former president of Chad, Hissene Habre, who escaped punishment for high crimes including the murder of thousands, was sentenced this week to life behind bars, ending a long journey for justice by his victims and victims’ relatives who filled the court. The African Union-backed court convicted him of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during […]

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Anti-Mugabe movement takes on new life not seen in decades

Anti-Mugabe movement takes on new life not seen in decades

(GIN)—A “Million Men” march in support of President Robert Mugabe that drew thousands in support of the aging leader failed to diminish the impact of an opposition rally last month that brought out thousands of citizens concerned with the country’s troubled economy. Despite his advanced age, President Mugabe has vowed to run for another term […]

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