Africa Briefs

Minister behind bars over massive giveaway of Liberian forests

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Two years after learning of the massive giveaway of Liberia’s treasured forests to foreign logging companies, the Liberian government locked up the former head of the Forestry Development Authority. Moses Wogbeh, former head of the forestry authority, was arrested and charged with allegedly defrauding the country of millions of dollars by issuing bogus permits between […]

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Sierra Leone attacks report exposing mining-friendly ‘prosperity agenda’

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Sierra Leone’s pro-government media went on the attack recently to condemn a report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch titled: “Whose Development? Human Rights Abuses in Sierra Leone’s Mining Boom,” which documents widespread violations in the mining sector. A piece by Newstime Africa tore into the rights group, saying their report contained “wild, wicked, criminal […]

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Mugabe turning 90 sets sights on another decade at helm

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Before a crowd of thousands that filled the Marondera stadium east of Harare, ninety balloons were released into the air to mark the 90th birthday of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. “I feel as young and energetic as a boy of nine,” said the president as he cut a 200 pound  cake decorated in the country’s traditional […]

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Senegalese superstar in solar power initiative to ‘Light Africa’

| February 26, 2014

(GIN)—Senegalese-American hip hop artist Akon and a group of solar business partners have announced a plan to address Africa’s grave shortfall in electric power. Speaking at a press conference in Sierra Leone, Akon said: ‘Music is an inspiration and as an African I am combining that inspiration with energy to reach out and touch the […]

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Africa News In Brief: Feb. 26 Edition

| February 20, 2014

  U.S. holds confab in Nigerian capital while attacks escalate in north (GIN)—As Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Bureau of African Affairs, makes her third trip to Nigeria since assuming her post in August, a bloodbath is occurring in northern Nigeria where a state of emergency was imposed almost nine months ago. Ms. Thomas-Greenfield […]

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Muslims in Central African Republic fear extermination

Muslims in Central African Republic fear extermination

| February 19, 2014

A Muslim-led coup that brought chaos in the Central African Republic now threatens to ignite one of the worst religious wars on the continent.

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Black Press attacked for efforts to strengthen ties with Africa

Black Press attacked for efforts to strengthen ties with Africa

| February 19, 2014

A black media critic has launched a series of attacks on a trip to Morocco paid for by the government, implying the black press visitors were pawns.

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Malawi joins One Billion Rising movement against gender violence

Malawi joins One Billion Rising movement against gender violence

| February 14, 2014

The Girls Empowerment Network Malawi will be joining the One Billion Rising for Justice global day of action for women worldwide.

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Mozambican president Armando Guebuza commemorates ‘Heroes’ Day’

Mozambican president Armando Guebuza commemorates ‘Heroes’ Day’

| February 14, 2014

Last week, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza decorated more than 100 people for their contributions to the country, as part of Mozambican Heroes’ Day

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Odds weigh against survival for Ugandan woman with cancer

Odds weigh against survival for Ugandan woman with cancer

| February 13, 2014

A decade ago, Dr. Jackson Orem was the sole oncologist serving 39 million Ugandans at the Uganda Cancer Institute. Today, he works with a small team of specialists.

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