Africa Briefs

Pope Francis plans agenda for first African visit

Pope Francis plans agenda for first African visit

| November 24, 2015

(GIN)—The globe-hopping Pope Francis is planning public masses, meetings with religious and political leaders and the opportunity to promote reconciliation and unity during his upcoming five day trip to three African countries. Countries on his itinerary include Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. After his scheduled arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport on Dec. 25, […]

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Kenyan VIPs stir athletes’ wrath over ‘pocketed’ Nike funds

Kenyan VIPs stir athletes’ wrath over ‘pocketed’ Nike funds

| November 24, 2015

(GIN)—Kenya’s highly-regarded reputation for top runners and Olympic medalists suffered another blow this week as corruption was added to a list of grievances by frustrated athletes. Close to 70 athletes stormed the headquarters of Kenya’s athletics governing body this week to demand the resignation of its chairman, VP and former treasurer, over claims they pocketed […]

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U.S. forces survive attack at luxury hotel in Mali

U.S. forces survive attack at luxury hotel in Mali

| November 24, 2015

(GIN)—An attack on the luxury Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital of Mali was carried out by some 10 Islamic militants said to be seeking revenge for French military operations in the country since 2012. Before they were overwhelmed by Malian, French and U.S. coordinated actions, the militants took 170 hostages and killed 19, including […]

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‘The Terminator’ joins campaign to save African wildlife

‘The Terminator’ joins campaign to save African wildlife

| November 17, 2015

(GIN)—Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, aka The Terminator, has a new film. Flying fists and bulging biceps have no part in it. The film star wants to help save African elephants from decimation. The ever-growing demand for their ivory tusks, particularly in China and Vietnam, but also in the U.S., Europe and worldwide, […]

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Campaign seeks protection for endangered body of water

Campaign seeks protection for endangered body of water

| November 17, 2015

(GIN)—Once the largest water reservoir in Africa’s Sahel region that provided freshwater and supported livestock and fisheries for nearly 30 million people for thousands of years, Lake Chad is slowly disappearing, and is now about 10 percent of its former size. Poor human management through overgrazing and unsustainable irrigation has resulted in the replacement of […]

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Sudanese refugees shot by Egyptians as anti-migrant fever takes hold

Sudanese refugees shot by Egyptians as anti-migrant fever takes hold

| November 17, 2015

(GIN)—Egyptian border police shot and killed 15 Sudanese asylum seekers and wounded eight in an uptick in the use of force against migrants fleeing political violence in their home countries. The refugees were attempting to enter Israel on Sunday when they were gunned down by the Egyptian guards. Published reports said the victims were traveling […]

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African who shielded girl from terrorist gunfire ‘a hero,’ say witnesses

African who shielded girl from terrorist gunfire ‘a hero,’ say witnesses

| November 17, 2015

(GIN)—A Good Samaritan who died shielding a girl from a terrorist’s bullet was called a hero by witnesses and friends for his selfless bravery. Ludovic Boumbas was dining with friends at the Paris cafe “Le Belle Equipe” on Friday night after work. Tunisian-born Hodda Saadi, the restaurant manager, was celebrating her birthday with her sister […]

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Documentary on Congolese hero doctor opens film fest

Documentary on Congolese hero doctor opens film fest

| November 10, 2015

(GIN)—Dr. Denis Mukwege is the star of a new documentary that uplifts women who have been raped and abused in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thousands of women were saved from lives of pain, humiliation and rejection by this dedicated gynecologist. While he sewed up their insides that had been torn to shreds by […]

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Jubilation in Freetown as Sierra Leone declared Ebola-free

Jubilation in Freetown as Sierra Leone declared Ebola-free

| November 10, 2015

(GIN) —It came in with a bat, wreaked havoc throughout the West African nation of Sierra Leone, but finally, two years since the outbreak, Ebola is on its way to becoming a distant memory. At a public event this past weekend, Anders Nordstrom, country director of the World Health Organization, confirmed that 42 days had […]

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World Scrabble title scooped by Nigerian in first for Africa

World Scrabble title scooped by Nigerian in first for Africa

| November 10, 2015

(GIN)—No one disputes the enormous gifts that Africans bring to the global table. But scrabble? In fact, a Nigerian college graduate is just the latest African winner of the brainiac’s board game apparently loved around the world. Wellington Jigher joins Elisee Poka from Ivory Coast who won the French-language Scrabble World Championship in 2008 and […]

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