Africa Briefs

Nigeria tries to stem protest over abducted girls

Nigeria tries to stem protest over abducted girls

(GIN)—Police in Nigeria have issued a ban against further protests by Nigerian citizens, mostly women, who are demanding that government rescue the nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls whose whereabouts government claims to know. National anger and frustration has turned on the government for its failure to rescue the teenage students and many others being targeted around […]

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Malawi’s first woman president faces ouster in disputed vote

Malawi’s first woman president faces ouster in disputed vote

(GIN)—President Joyce Banda’s legacy may be cut short if a court fails to uphold her annulment of last week’s poll and schedule a new election in 90 days. Banda, the second woman leader on the continent after Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, said the election was so deeply flawed she would not inflict its results on […]

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Africans share grief over passing of Maya Angelou

Africans share grief over passing of Maya Angelou

(GIN)—Legendary poetess Maya Angelou was renowned in Africa much as she was beloved in the country of her birth. Comments on the website of the Mail&Guardian newspaper were already posting May 28 morning as the news of her passing went worldwide. “Rest in peace daughter of the soil,” wrote “Hlambamanzi” on the M&G website. “ […]

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Nigeria claims to know whereabouts of kidnapped girls

Nigeria claims to know whereabouts of kidnapped girls

(GIN)—Almost a month after more than 200 boarding school girls were kidnapped by a militia group dressed as soldiers, a top Nigerian officer claimed to know exactly where the girls were being held. But, he downplayed prospects for a rescue. “We want our girls back,” insisted Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. “But where they are […]

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Disturbances mar Niger deal with French mining company

Disturbances mar Niger deal with French mining company

(GIN)—Students and police clashed in the capital city of the West African nation of Niger this week over essential stipends held up by a school official. Police threw tear gas bombs at the students who set up barricades and burned tires, according to news accounts. Younous Abdouramane, student union leader at Niamey University, estimated the […]

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Nigeria says it has found missing girls – The Washington Post

Nigeria says it has found missing girls – The Washington Post

| May 26, 2014

Not to doubt the veracity of the Nigerian government’s claims to know the whereabouts of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, but we choose to reserve judgment on this report until the girls are returned. One reason is the conflicting reports that have come from Nigeria’s government in recent weeks regarding this tragedy. The nation’s […]

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South African short stories writer to be reburied after long exile

South African short stories writer to be reburied after long exile

(GIN)—A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may decide the final resting place for Ndazana Nathaniel Nakasa, a South African short story writer, now buried in Ferndale Cemetery, Queens, NY. Born May 2, 1937 in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, he moved to Johannesburg to work as a journalist for Drum magazine. He was the first black […]

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10-year-old rape victim delivers two infants prematurely

10-year-old rape victim delivers two infants prematurely

(GIN)—Abiding by Senegalese law, a 10-year-old girl was compelled to complete her pregnancy despite having little knowledge of the “facts of life.” The girl, who just turned 11, told the Guardian newspaper that she did not even realize she was pregnant. “My mother saw my body changing and because I was vomiting she took me […]

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As trouble in Mali mounts, new president goes shopping

As trouble in Mali mounts, new president goes shopping

(GIN)—With a new outbreak of fierce fighting reported in northern Mali’s contested Tuareg lands, reports that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has purchased a $40 million presidential jet have not gone down well with aid donors. Purchase of the Boeing 737 stunned the foreign donors who were attending a meeting in Bamako two weeks ago—a year […]

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African leaders pledge ‘total war’ against Islamist group

African leaders pledge ‘total war’ against Islamist group

(GIN)—Unable to account for the over 276 teenage girls kidnapped in Nigeria almost a month ago, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed to step up the fight against the Boko Haram militants with regional and international support. At a summit recently in Paris, the Nigerian president met with African leaders and where they […]

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