Africa Briefs

Report: South African blacks need 500 years to close wage gap with whites

| March 12, 2014

(GIN)—Union officials at a national bargaining conference in Pretoria had troubling news for workers hoping to get better pay and working conditions in the coming year. “We cannot lie forever,” said Andrew Chirwa of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). “In 1994 we said South Africa will be a better place to live and unemployment […]

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BBC News – Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for ‘homosexual offences’

BBC News – Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for ‘homosexual offences’

| March 10, 2014

Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for ‘homosexual offences’ Islamic courts operate in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria Four Nigerian men have received 20 lashes each after an Islamic court in the northern city of Bauchi convicted them of gay sex, officials say. Confessions had been forced from the Muslim men after they were beaten up in custody, […]

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BBC News – Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya

BBC News – Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya

| March 9, 2014

Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya Images on Facebook showed Saadi Gaddafi before and after his head was shaved following his extradition The Libyan government says former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saadi, has been extradited from Niger and is now in custody in Tripoli. via BBC News – Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi […]

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Desperation grows among youth for jobs, land in Zimbabwe

| March 6, 2014

(GIN)—Youth members of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are running out of patience for land and jobs. They’ve reportedly told President Robert Mugabe they’re fed up and intend to seize land they say is due them since the launch of the land reform program in the year 2000. “We, together with the war veterans, played a […]

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Resistance rises to Africa’s anti-gay laws

| March 5, 2014

  (GIN)—Tough new laws criminalizing Africa’s LGBT community are getting some push back from Africans themselves who argue that more important issues are being swept under the rug during this relentless anti-gay crusade. In Uganda, opposition leader Kizza Besigye attacked the new laws signed by President Yoweri Museveni. He disputed the claim that homosexuality was […]

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‘Blade runner’s’ murder trial sparks media frenzy

‘Blade runner’s’ murder trial sparks media frenzy

| March 5, 2014

The trial of former “blade runner” and Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius, opened this week in South Africa before journalists from over 100 countries.

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BBC News – Pistorius trial: Second neighbour heard fight

BBC News – Pistorius trial: Second neighbour heard fight

| March 4, 2014

Pistorius neighbour ‘heard fight’ LEstelle Van Der Merwe, neighbour: “I heard sounds, it seemed like somebody was involved in a fight” Continue reading the main story Pistorius trial Day Two as it happened The battle ahead Key players Explore crime scene A second witness at the murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has […]

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Lupita Nyong’o wins best supporting actress Oscar

Lupita Nyong’o wins best supporting actress Oscar

| March 2, 2014

The Cinderella story is complete: Actress Lupita Nyong’o has won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for her first movie role, in “12 Years a Slave.”

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BBC News – ‘Many dead’ in twin Nigeria blasts

BBC News – ‘Many dead’ in twin Nigeria blasts

| March 2, 2014

‘Many dead’ in twin Nigeria blasts Two explosions targeting a busy market in the town of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria have left several people dead. Eyewitnesses told the Reuters news agency that that 10 people had been killed and that more were feared trapped under rubble. Maiduguri is the headquarters of a military force fighting […]

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BBC News – Uganda miniskirt ban: Police stop protest march

| March 1, 2014

Uganda miniskirt ban: Police stop protest march New laws make it illegal to wear clothes that reveal thighs, breasts and buttocks Police in Uganda have prevented women from marching through the streets of the capital, Kampala, in protest at new laws banning the wearing of miniskirts. Instead about 200 women, some dressed in short skirts, […]

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