Africa Briefs

Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

| January 5, 2017

(GIN)—Aviation officials have ordered the shutdown of the nation’s nearly-new international airport at Abuja, the capital, after severe problems on the facility’s single runway were reported. The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, named after Nigeria’s first president, offered direct flights to capitals of Africa and Europe. However, runway problems developed due to “overuse,” according to the […]

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Diplomacy ends deadlock in Congo—leaves presient in place for now

Diplomacy ends deadlock in Congo—leaves presient in place for now

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Difficult negotiations appear to have finally succeeded in bridging the differences between President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo and opposition parties who wanted the president to abide by the constitution and step down, having served the two terms he is legally allowed. President Kabila had sought to stay until 2018 but will […]

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Nigerian telecom tycoon hits high water mark among African billionaires

Nigerian telecom tycoon hits high water mark among African billionaires

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian billionaire Mike Adenuga may not be the most well-known billionaire in the world but he was Africa’s biggest winner in 2016—increasing his net worth by $2.7 billion to total $5.8 billion over the past year. It was the largest increase among billionaires at a time when declining oil prices and devaluations were nibbling away […]

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Israel lashes out at African allies for anti-settlement vote

Israel lashes out at African allies for anti-settlement vote

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Israel lashed out at its African and other allies this week, suspending aid and other relationships in retaliation for their votes on a U.N. resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. Senegal and Angola were the primary targets of Israeli fury. The two countries are non-permanent members of the U.N. […]

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Tornado-like winds abort Zuma’s Reconciliation Day address

Tornado-like winds abort Zuma’s Reconciliation Day address

| December 20, 2016

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma, at the annual Reconciliation Day event in Gopane, region of the North West, had to be rushed out of the venue as tornado-like winds lifted the stage and tent into the air in one terrifying moment. The president had just begun to deliver a prepared address about the history of National Reconciliation […]

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Multinational sting nabs top Israeli suspect in Guinea mining scandal

Multinational sting nabs top Israeli suspect in Guinea mining scandal

| December 20, 2016

(GIN)—Israeli police this week raided the Israeli home and offices of one of the world’s wealthiest men alleged to have corrupted government officials in Guinea to obtain the country’s lucrative iron ore rights. The minerals, if owned by Guinea, would have made it one of the richest countries in the world. Beny Steinmetz, who made […]

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Facing ‘trial of strength in the streets,’ crisis grows for Congo’s Kabila

Facing ‘trial of strength in the streets,’ crisis grows for Congo’s Kabila

| December 20, 2016

(GIN)—Congolese President Joseph Kabila is facing a “trial of strength in the streets” if he stays in office beyond the constitutionally-mandated deadline of this week, say critics of the two-term leader who appears to be digging in for the long term. Popular opposition leader Moise Katumbi has called on Kabila to step down before he […]

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Comeback by defeated Gambian leader widely opposed

Comeback by defeated Gambian leader widely opposed

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—A new constitutional crisis has erupted in Gambia after a change in heart by Yahya Jammeh, the national president defeated in a recent election whose outcome he now refuses to respect. Jammeh initially promised a peaceful transition to the winner, Adama Barrow, but unexpectedly made a U turn and announced on national TV his “total […]

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Ghana picks new leader who promises jobs, jobs, jobs

Ghana picks new leader who promises jobs, jobs, jobs

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—In a surprise upset for incumbent President John Dramani Mahama, voters turned out strongly for opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, whose campaign for the presidency gave hope to thousands of jobless Ghanaians. Mr. Akufo-Addo earned 54 percent of the vote, while Mr Mahama took 44%. It was the first time in Ghana that an opposition candidate […]

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South Sudanese activists warn of nation’s ‘catastrophic collapse’

South Sudanese activists warn of nation’s ‘catastrophic collapse’

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—South Sudanese human rights activists are turning to open letters and opinion pieces to plead for intervention in the newly-independent east African nation that appears in danger of imminent collapse due to a brutal and endless war, the activists warn. “Ending the conflict will require more political courage than simply adopting a UN resolution,” wrote […]

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