Africa Briefs

U.N. secretary-general: Cuban leader was ‘a strong voice for social justice’

U.N. secretary-general: Cuban leader was ‘a strong voice for social justice’

| December 1, 2016

(GIN)—U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon extended sympathies to the Cuban people on the passing on Friday, Nov. 25, of their longtime president, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, whom he called “a strong voice for social justice.” Admired by leftists and people of the developing world as a revolutionary champion of the poor, the former president died […]

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Catholic bishops in Rwanda apologize for role in genocide

Catholic bishops in Rwanda apologize for role in genocide

| November 22, 2016

(GIN)—Twenty-two years after the genocide in Rwanda which took the lives of over 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, the Catholic Church in Rwanda apologized this week for the church’s role in the slaughter. According to a report by the Associated Press, the prelates said they regretted the actions of those who participated in the […]

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Obama urged to squash sale of attack aircraft to Nigeria

Obama urged to squash sale of attack aircraft to Nigeria

| November 22, 2016

(GIN)—A former State Department official is warning against a drive by President Barack Obama to sell “as many as 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria” – a move which would pull the U.S. into more dangerous excursions on the continent. U.S. officials call the sale “a vote of confidence in Nigerian President […]

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FIFA weighs expulsion of Israeli clubs in occupied Palestinian land

FIFA weighs expulsion of Israeli clubs in occupied Palestinian land

| November 22, 2016

(GIN)—Rights organizations are pushing the international soccer association—FIFA—to crack down on Israeli soccer clubs who have settled in occupied Palestinian lands in violation of specific FIFA rules. Rights groups say that according to FIFA policy, teams can only play on the territory of another FIFA member with that member’s permission. The Israel Soccer Association  organizes […]

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Malian air force buys pricey French chopper to fight local jihadists

Malian air force buys pricey French chopper to fight local jihadists

| November 22, 2016

(GIN)—A fully-loaded “Super Puma” military helicopter is the latest addition to Mali’s beleaguered air force which has been struggling to defeat rebels in the country’s central and northern region. The Super Puma, a twin-engine, heavy lift helicopter, had been returned to the French Airbus company in October by a Texas-based operator that went bankrupt. The […]

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Rehabilitation possible for Somali-Americans who triet to join ISIL

Rehabilitation possible for Somali-Americans who triet to join ISIL

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—After a closely-watched trial, three young Somali-Americans may enter a “deradicalization” program after being found guilty of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State. Two of the young men have already received lighter sentences for cooperating with the government. The harshest sentence of 10 years went to Zacharia Abdurahman who pleaded guilty but did […]

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Clashes in run-up to Ghana elections bring U.S. sanctions threat

Clashes in run-up to Ghana elections bring U.S. sanctions threat

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—The U.S. Embassy in Ghana has urged the leadership of political parties to call their members to order following a recent spate of partisan clashes. Persons found guilty of inciting political violence before the polls would face some form of sanctions as violence has no place in the conduct of elections, said U.S. embassy officials. […]

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On African Information Day—getting the story right!

On African Information Day—getting the story right!

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—Media practitioners from around the continent met this month in Kigali, Rwanda, to celebrate African Information Day. Among the activities was the National Media Dialogue, the launch of the Media Barometer, a tool to self-assess the respect for freedom of expression and information and the state of the media in a specific country, the Development […]

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African states rebuff U.N. appointee for gay rights

African states rebuff U.N. appointee for gay rights

| November 8, 2016

(GIN)—The appointment of international law professor Vitit Muntarborn could be stalled or dead in the water after a majority of African countries voted to reject the U.N.’s pick for a monitor of LGBT rights on the continent. The African countries drafted a resolution calling for the new U.N. investigator to be suspended from his job. […]

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Gambian soccer world grieves loss of team champion, drowned in risky sea crossing

Gambian soccer world grieves loss of team champion, drowned in risky sea crossing

| November 1, 2016

(GIN)—National goalkeeper Fatim Jawara-Jawara has died in a tragic boat accident while trying to reach Europe with other African migrants. Jawara was taking the dangerous route to Europe from Libya last week, with the hopes of reaching Lampedusa, south of Italy when the boat capsized. Her death was confirmed by the Gambia Football Federation after […]

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