Africa Briefs

South Africa unsettled by U.S. warning of imminent terror attacks

South Africa unsettled by U.S. warning of imminent terror attacks

(GIN)—South Africans were shocked this week to learn that a U.S. travel alert, issued Saturday, predicted a likely attack by terrorist groups at upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and had warned Americans to take measures. There had been no such warning from South African authorities. State Security Minister David Mahlobo […]

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Tribute overflow from African leaders, citizens, others worldwide

Tribute overflow from African leaders, citizens, others worldwide

(GIN)—He was adored by hundreds of millions on the continent but Muhammed Ali was much much more.  He championed Africa’s cause, seeking to change the bleak views held by many outside the continent—a place whose accomplishments were cruelly omitted from school textbooks. Ali’s voice was already finding an international audience even before the match that […]

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Timber smuggling could eliminate Senegales forests in two years

Timber smuggling could eliminate Senegales forests in two years

(GIN)—Illegal timber smuggling is devastating the lush Casamance region of Senegal and could strip it completely within two years That’s the predication of Senegalese environmentalist and former minister Haidar El Ali. Casamance in southern Senegal contains the country’s last remaining forests, an area of 74,000 acres that could be depleted by 2018 as smugglers feed […]

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After 20 years on the run, Chad’s ex-ruler gets life sentence for crimes

After 20 years on the run, Chad’s ex-ruler gets life sentence for crimes

(GIN)—Former president of Chad, Hissene Habre, who escaped punishment for high crimes including the murder of thousands, was sentenced this week to life behind bars, ending a long journey for justice by his victims and victims’ relatives who filled the court. The African Union-backed court convicted him of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during […]

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Anti-Mugabe movement takes on new life not seen in decades

Anti-Mugabe movement takes on new life not seen in decades

(GIN)—A “Million Men” march in support of President Robert Mugabe that drew thousands in support of the aging leader failed to diminish the impact of an opposition rally last month that brought out thousands of citizens concerned with the country’s troubled economy. Despite his advanced age, President Mugabe has vowed to run for another term […]

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As western nations drag feet, African children drown

As western nations drag feet, African children drown

(GIN)—There’s no telling when the tidal wave of migrants embarking from Libya to hoped-for safe shores in Europe will end or even decrease. In miserable camps on the Libya coastline, tens of thousands of migrants, most of them from sub-Saharan Africa and the Horn of Africa, are said to be massed, waiting for the chance […]

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Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

(GIN)—Demonstrators in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisumu in western Kenya seeking a new slate of election commissioners were met with an excessive use of violent force by uniformed officers that stunned many Kenyans over its brutality. Smaller groups of protesters were tear-gassed earlier on Monday, according to a report in the Voice of America. Authorities […]

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Mandela statue casts long shadow over unfree Palestine

Mandela statue casts long shadow over unfree Palestine

(GIN)—Now that the media circus has moved on, a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is a curious icon standing impressively tall in the well to do city of Ramallah, the economic capital of Palestine. Weighing two metric tons and rising 19 feet towards the sky, the bronze likeness of Mandela stands straight, with his right […]

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Ghana still target of lethal e-waste dumping

Ghana still target of lethal e-waste dumping

(GIN)—Digital dumping ground. World’s largest e-waste dump. Whatever you call it, Agbogbloshie, Ghana, is among the top ten “worst polluted” places on earth where tons of discarded electronics, refrigerators, microwaves and televisions—also known as e-waste—end up decomposing in a massive scrap heap there. “Mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic—these are the four most toxic substances [in the […]

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South African entrepreneur snaps up global prize at world forum

South African entrepreneur snaps up global prize at world forum

(GIN)—Leaders from all over Africa and the world were gathered in Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, at a conference organized around the theme “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation.” This year’s conference that ended May 13 drew more than 1,500 delegates from African countries and 85 countries around the world, 13 sitting heads of state and […]

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