Africa Briefs

Doping shadow falls on popular Kenyan running star

Doping shadow falls on popular Kenyan running star

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–A defiant Rita Jeptoo is rejecting claims by her estranged husband that she enhanced her spectacular winning running times in Boston and Chicago marathons with a blood booster. “I feel very bad for what has happened to Rita but I saw it coming,” said ex-husband Noah Busienei, who stated that he believes Jeptoo began doping […]

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Kenyan Catholics clerics attack UNICEF’s tetanus shot program

Kenyan Catholics clerics attack UNICEF’s tetanus shot program

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)—Leaders of Kenya’s Catholic Church are attempting to derail a vaccination campaign that would protect 2.5 million women from a life-threatening nerve disease. Calling it a stealth birth control campaign, clerics have been telling parishioners to refuse the shot that would immunize women against tetanus—popularly known as lockjaw. It would also reduce the number of […]

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Maasai homeland to be sold to Dubai royal family for hunting reserve

Maasai homeland to be sold to Dubai royal family for hunting reserve

| November 25, 2014

  (GIN)–Some 40,000 Maasai shepherds will lose their ancestral lands in a deal brokered by the government of Tanzania with the royal family of Dubai. The Maasai have been told to leave their historic homeland which borders the Serengeti national park by the end of the year. The eviction notice came as a shock to […]

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Burkina Faso’s army pick to fill ousted president’s seat

Burkina Faso’s army pick to fill ousted president’s seat

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–Political and military leaders in the West African nation of Burkina Faso have settled on a former foreign minister, Michel Kafando, to oversee a year-long transition to elections. The country has been without a leader since the former president was ousted by the citizens. Blaise Compaore was overthrown on Oct 31. He escaped to neighboring […]

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Experimental ‘ZMapp’ drugs fails to save Ebola doctor from Sierra Leone

Experimental ‘ZMapp’ drugs fails to save Ebola doctor from Sierra Leone

| November 20, 2014

(GIN)–One of the promising new drugs being tested against the deadly Ebola virus failed this week to save a surgeon from Sierra Leone, flown in for treatment at a Nebraska hospital. Dr. Martin Salia, a permanent US resident, died on Monday, according to the hospital. He arrived in Omaha on Saturday, having left Freetown on […]

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Zambian President Michael Sata to be buried

Zambian President Michael Sata to be buried

| November 12, 2014

(GIN)–Former president of Zambia, Michael Chilufya Sata, who passed away in a London hospital, lied in state for just over a week before being laid to rest on Nov. 11, the government announced. No information was given as to his illness. Born in 1937 and brought up in Mpika, Northern Province, the president-to- be worked […]

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With brooms, spatulas, ‘President for Life’ removed

With brooms, spatulas, ‘President for Life’ removed

| November 11, 2014

(GIN)–In a burst of pent-up anger, a youth-led movement overpowered the unpopular regime of Blaise Compaore of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, dashing hopes by the “President for Life” to extend his 27-year rule by another term and forcing his resignation. Hundreds of thousands of protesters, many from Le Balai Citoyen (the Citizen’s […]

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South Africa veep orders eviction freeze, angering white landowners

South Africa veep orders eviction freeze, angering white landowners

| November 11, 2014

(GIN)–Announcing an immediate ban on legal and illegal farm evictions, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa set off a firestorm among the mostly white commercial farmers from the fertile Western Cape who threatened retaliation. Ramaphosa announced the freeze after an hours-long meeting with agricultural and farm labor representatives from the area. The talks are part of a […]

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Liberian women say ‘no’ to Ebola madness with Twitter videos

Liberian women say ‘no’ to Ebola madness with Twitter videos

| November 11, 2014

(GIN)—“I am a Liberian, not a virus.” That’s the loud and clear message of a campaign launched online by a group of Liberian women who refuse to be shamed by thoughtless outbreaks of rejection and cruelty that link African people with the epidemic that has taken thousands of lives. “If I am Liberian, that doesn’t […]

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In land of diamonds, Botswana’s ruling party’s sparkle dims

In land of diamonds, Botswana’s ruling party’s sparkle dims

| October 31, 2014

(GIN)–The ruling Botswana Democratic Party won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections this past week, ensuring a second five year term for President Ian Khama whose party has ruled Botswana since independence from Britain 48 years ago. But, the victory was hard-won. The recently-united opposition coalition has eaten away at the number of seats […]

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