Africa Briefs

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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Nigeria sues ‘big oil’ for stolen shipments worth billions

Nigeria sues ‘big oil’ for stolen shipments worth billions

| September 28, 2016

(GIN)—Subsidiaries of some of the world’s leading oil companies shipped millions of barrels of Nigerian crude oil to the U.S. but failed to report these, causing a drop in Nigeria’s oil export earnings. They have now been named in a landmark suit by the Nigerian government seeking billions in reimbursement. The Federal High Court in […]

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High-level UN refugee summit leaves aid agencies disappointed

High-level UN refugee summit leaves aid agencies disappointed

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)—A high-level summit at the United Nations on Monday addressing the large movements of refugees and migrants, failed to produce any concrete measures during the all-day event, leading some observers to dismiss  its accomplishments as “all talk and no action.” The summit’s final report gives the international community another two years to reach a “global […]

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Tribute pour in for ‘King of Kwaito,’ lost to inoperable cancer

Tribute pour in for ‘King of Kwaito,’ lost to inoperable cancer

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)—South African President Jacob Zuma spoke for the nation when he called the passing of singer Mduduzi Tshabalala a great loss to the country. “South Africa has lost one of its pioneers,” commented President Zuma, “whose music appealed to a cross section of our people‚ young and old and was known to have achieved the […]

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Students threaten school shutdowns over rising school fees

Students threaten school shutdowns over rising school fees

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)–South African students at the University of the Witwatersrand are all fired up and can’t take no more! After news that the Education minister will be pushing through “fee adjustments” for 2017—up to eight percent—student president Kefentse Mkhari declared: “Comrades, we aren’t going to entertain that eight percent. What we want is simple. We want […]

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Winnie Mandela—called an ‘everlasting beauty’—turns 80

Winnie Mandela—called an ‘everlasting beauty’—turns 80

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)—Winnie Madikizela-Mandela reached octogenarian status this month and marked it at a celebratory party surrounded by top officials, musicians and family members. She shared her special day with well-wishers at the renowned Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town last Wednesday. Among the guests were first lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma, Winnie’s daughter Zindzi Mandela, Julius Malema […]

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Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck northwest Tanzania over the weekend and was felt throughout the Great Lakes region, local authorities said on Sunday. Tanzanian premier Kassim Majaliwa headed to the worst-hit city, Bukoba, to attend a ceremony at its stadium. “This tragic event is unprecedented. We’ve never known this in our country,” he told mourners. “The […]

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South Sudanese leaders stole millions, says U.S. actors’ rights group

South Sudanese leaders stole millions, says U.S. actors’ rights group

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—South Sudan’s top political leaders have siphoned millions from state coffers, dating back to 2005, according to a blistering report released by a U.S. watchdog. The 65-page report, entitled “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay,” claims South Sudan’s nearly three-year-old conflict has been fueled by battles over control of state assets and the country’s natural resources. While […]

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