Africa Briefs

Hundreds protest police shooting of Kenyan teen in Salt Lake City

Hundreds protest police shooting of Kenyan teen in Salt Lake City

| March 1, 2016

(GIN)—A near-fatal encounter between a Kenyan-born youth and police in Salt Lake City, Utah, prompted an angry reaction from bystanders who challenged the official version of the incident given by police. Seventeen year old Abdi Mohammed reportedly was in an altercation with other youths on Saturday night, Feb. 27, and had picked up a broomstick […]

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Pineapples at core of land fight in Kenya

Pineapples at core of land fight in Kenya

| March 1, 2016

(GIN)—A foreign company—let’s call it Goliath—is battling two small counties in Kenya—we’ll call them David—over the rights to prime farmland from which the Kenyans are seeking a small slice for public use. The two counties—Murang’a and Kiambu—were looking for a better deal from the Del Monte juice company which was looking to renew its contracts […]

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Zimbabwe—Is a dynasty of Mugabes in the works?

Zimbabwe—Is a dynasty of Mugabes in the works?

| February 24, 2016

(GIN)—Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest president, turned 92 this week without a clear successor. His wife, Grace, however, is grooming herself for the job but will Zimbabweans favor a family dynasty even as the idea seems to have fallen out of favor in the U.S.? Political analysts say Mugabe has no clear intention of handing […]

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Journalist Nima Elbagir cheered for prize, but diversity goal still unfulfilled

Journalist Nima Elbagir cheered for prize, but diversity goal still unfulfilled

| February 24, 2016

(GIN)—The Sudanese-born Nima Elbagir scooped a distinguished media prize from the Royal Television Society (RTS) this month for her work highlighting the human rights plight of children and young people in Africa and beyond. RTS wrote for the award ceremony last week: “The work of the Specialist Journalist of the Year took (Ms Elbagir) to […]

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Congolese children to join U.S. adoptive parents, ending 2-year wait

Congolese children to join U.S. adoptive parents, ending 2-year wait

| February 24, 2016

(GIN)—After spending more than two years in legal limbo, 159 children from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be united with adoptive parents from the U.S., France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. The government agreed to grant long-stalled permits to the children and is working to resolve the remaining cases, said Ambassador Francois Balumuene. […]

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Ugandans dispute outcome election giving president fifth term

Ugandans dispute outcome election giving president fifth term

| February 24, 2016

Retirement? Not for President Yoweri Museveni. The 71-year-old leader, who already held office for three decades, once knocked African leaders who “overstay.” Whereas some leaders gather their memories and go, Museveni went to the mat for a fifth term as commander in chief. But, the fight was messy and he stands to squander his legacy […]

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New Iran trade deal bonus for Kenyan tea planters

New Iran trade deal bonus for Kenyan tea planters

| February 16, 2016

(GIN)—Kenya’s tea planters are in for a much-needed lift with or without caffeine as trade with one the world’s 10 biggest tea-consuming nations comes on line. East African tea exports to Iran are expected to jump more than fivefold by 2019 as trade with the Persian Gulf nation normalizes after western sanctions are lifted, a […]

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Critics fault Nigeria’s ‘record budget’ for familiar waste, excess

Critics fault Nigeria’s ‘record budget’ for familiar waste, excess

| February 16, 2016

(GIN)—Critics who examined Nigeria’s budget for 2016 are shaking their heads in disbelief at the sight of excess and waste so familiar from previous regimes. A 37.8 million naira item appears over 369 times, and money for the presidential clinic exceeds that for all 17 of the country’s teaching hospitals combined, according to Oluseun Onigbinde, […]

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Ugandans jockey for place as election comes down to wire

Ugandans jockey for place as election comes down to wire

| February 16, 2016

(GIN)—A crowded field of candidates squared off with President Yoweri Museveni at a rare debate this week, just days before national polls slated to take place. The debate was held at the glamorous five-star Kampala Serena Hotel Victoria Hall in the capital Kampala. It confirmed various opinion poll projections: that the upcoming contest is a […]

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Worldwide observation this week of ‘Mother Language Day’

Worldwide observation this week of ‘Mother Language Day’

| February 16, 2016

(GIN)—We may all speak English on the internet but there are hundreds of thousands of languages spoken worldwide and a U.N. agency wants to protect them. “Languages are who we are,” said UNESCO director general Irina Bokova in her message on the occasion of International Mother Language Day. “By protecting them, we protect ourselves.” The […]

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