Africa Briefs

Rising anger in Muslim Africa over offending cartoons

Rising anger in Muslim Africa over offending cartoons

| January 21, 2015

(GIN)–While the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, marched in a Paris rally to support the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, anger was rising at home among the country’s majority Muslim population over cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed. Over the weekend, anger exploded on the streets when about 1,000 young men turned on the institutions of […]

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New report finds ‘staggering inequality’ of incomes once decried by MLK

New report finds ‘staggering inequality’ of incomes once decried by MLK

| January 21, 2015

(GIN)—Income inequality, one of the issues that so troubled the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is again front and center in today’s news. A new report on the topic has come up with figures that even caught the financial community by surprise. For example: members of the “world’s richest” club earn half-a-million dollars per minute, the […]

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Kenyan children defending playground teargassed by police

Kenyan children defending playground teargassed by police

| January 21, 2015

(GIN)–Kenyan government officials are rushing to condemn the apparent brutality of police who attempted to disburse a protest of primary school children using tear gas, snarling dogs and clubs. The children of Langa-ta Road Primary School were protesting the “playground grabbing” of a developer who claimed he owned the school property. That claim is now […]

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Boko Haram commits ‘deadliest massacre yet’ in Baga

Boko Haram commits ‘deadliest massacre yet’ in Baga

| January 15, 2015

(GIN)—The northern Nigerian town of Baga was devastated over the weekend by a surprise raid conducted by Boko Haram insurgents apparently aimed at a major military base constructed there. Amnesty International estimates the death toll could be as high as 2,000, though some witnesses cite lower tolls in the hundreds. Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, a […]

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On eve of highly-watched Africa Cup, mass confusion

On eve of highly-watched Africa Cup, mass confusion

| January 5, 2015

(GIN)–With days to spare before the opening of the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament, it might be reasonable to ask “who’s on first?” The host of the games, Equatorial Guinea, just dismissed its coach two weeks before it faces Congo Brazzaville in the tournament opener. The Equatorial Guinea Football Federation fired Spanish coach Andoni Goikoetxea […]

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South Africa cracks down on Zimbabweans without papers

South Africa cracks down on Zimbabweans without papers

| January 5, 2015

(GIN)–Solidarity between South Africa and Zimbabwe seems frayed if not torn as deportations are threatened for thousands of Zimbabwean nationals eking out a living in the more prosperous country to the south. Officials say more than 200,000 Zimbabweans have applied for documents to allow them to remain in South Africa. The deadline expired on Dec. […]

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Gambian coupsters fall into U.S. hands as plot ‘to restore democracy’ foiled

Gambian coupsters fall into U.S. hands as plot ‘to restore democracy’ foiled

| January 5, 2015

(GIN)–A bid to oust Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh was quickly routed with the arrests of a handful of insurgents in The Gambia and the U.S. The attack took place just before New Year’s Day when the president was on a private visit to Dubai. Two U.S. resident men were detained on U.S. soil. They face […]

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Nigeria joins Israel, U.S., to defeat pro-Palestinian vote

Nigeria joins Israel, U.S., to defeat pro-Palestinian vote

| January 5, 2015

(GIN)–In a surprise turn of events, Nigeria lined up with the U.S. and Israel to defeat an effort by Palestinians to move the needle on the nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. A U.N. Security Council vote on Dec. 30 came just short of approving the Palestinian resolution. […]

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China-HBCU exchange program launched

China-HBCU exchange program launched

| December 31, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In an effort to develop the next generation of global leaders, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, joined Perfect World, the China Education  Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and domestic groups focused on building ties between the United States and China to embark on a new student exchange […]

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Uganda, fueling brain drain, sends MDs to Trinidad

Uganda, fueling brain drain, sends MDs to Trinidad

| December 31, 2014

(GIN)—For a country with less than 3,000 practicing doctors to treat 34.9 million people, Uganda’s decision to send some 300 doctors to Trinidad and Tobago has raised the temperatures of the some of the local parliamentarians to the boiling point. According to Henry Oryem, state minister for foreign affairs, Uganda’s offer of medical professionals will […]

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