(GIN)—The United Nations, the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, the European Union, among others are adding their voices to a call by local citizens seeking the release of results from polls held more than two weeks ago. According to early results from 37 of the country’s 38 electoral districts, President Alpha Conde’s ruling RPG party […]
(GIN)—A new report released by Amnesty International lays blame on Nigerian security forces for the detention and deaths of hundreds of civilians in the military’s ongoing war against Boko Haram, an Islamist group in the country’s north-east. Hundreds of prisoners suffocated in overcrowded cells, others died from starvation and extra-judicial killings, according to the report. […]
(GIN)—Madame President Joyce Banda of Malawi took a figurative broom to her ministers and sacked them all for their alleged roles in a corruption scandal dubbed “Cash-gate” by media. Banda, like her counterpart in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has been battling entrenched misuse of office by government officials. At a cabinet meeting last week, […]
The African Union has given notice to the International Criminal Court that it should end trials of sitting heads of state and postpone the active trials of the president and deputy president of Kenya, both tied down by the recent Westgate shopping mall terror attack.
(GIN)—Africa has 55 billionaires at a time when the number of Africans living in extreme poverty has risen over the past three decades, according to the World Bank, from 205 million to 414 million. Three of the billionaires are women—the mother of Kenya’s president, a daughter of Angola’s president and a Nigerian oil tycoon and […]
(GIN)—After two surprise U.S. raids, one into Somalia and one into Libya to capture suspected terrorists, the Libyan government is demanding an explanation of the unannounced maneuver. In the Libyan operation, U.S. special forces seized Nazih al-Ragye, a.k.a Abu Anas al-Liby—a Libyan who is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya […]
(GIN)—Former diplomat Mulatu Teshome was sworn in this week for a six-year term as president—a largely symbolic and ceremonial post. Real power rests in the hands of the Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn. Mulatu, a 57-year-old economist, was Ethiopia’s ambassador to Turkey until his appointment. He replaces 88-year-old Girma Wolde-Giorgis, who served from 2001 until now. It […]
(GIN)—Outspoken peace advocate, former Archbishop Desmond Tutu, marked his 82 birthday Monday amidst well-wishers including former U.N. chief Kofi Annan who delivered the third annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture at the University of the Western Cape. Annan called on Africans to embrace all people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation or economic status. He […]
Counterfeit drugs are a chronic problem in Africa’s largely unsupervised market place. So-called anti-malaria drugs imported from India have been found with little or no ability to protect adults or children.
(GIN)—A coalition of reading groups represented by the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO have picked Port Harcourt of Nigeria as the World Book Capital City for its efforts to “bring back the book” to the forefront of national discourse. Credit for the award was shared by the Rainbow Book Club (RBC) and other clubs promoting the […]