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Culinary tastes in China threaten vital donkey population

Culinary tastes in China threaten vital donkey population

| September 7, 2016

(GIN)—A three-fold increase in the export of African donkeys is threatening a way of life in Africa where they’re used for hauling goods and produce for market sale, plowing, tilling, weeding and harvesting. Niger has banned the export of donkeys, warning that the increased trade, mainly to Asian countries, is threatening its donkey population. “If […]

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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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One-family rule in Gabon to cross half century mark

One-family rule in Gabon to cross half century mark

| March 1, 2016

(GIN)—Ali Bongo Ondimba, son of the Gabonese patriarch Omar Bongo Ondimba, has announced plans to seek another term in office—giving his family more than a half century of rule in this West African nation if he wins. Announcing his candidacy, President Ali Bongo pledged to fight “unwarranted privilege” even as he stands as one of […]

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To U.S. military base in Djibouti: Guess who’s coming to dinner?

To U.S. military base in Djibouti: Guess who’s coming to dinner?

| January 26, 2016

(GIN)—China has received a green light from the nation of Djibouti to build its first overseas military base in that Horn of Africa nation. The question is: will they get a welcome basket from neighbors France, Japan and the U.S.? All three have military bases there as well. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said […]

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In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—This was the year African economies were poised to rise and invest some of their new-found capital in jobs and infrastructure. But, the triple threat of climate change, falling oil prices and ethnic strife has left some heads of state scrambling for alternative ways to fund their ambitious plans. Of the largest economies, South Africa […]

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Zambia asks for prayers to save sinking economy

Zambia asks for prayers to save sinking economy

| October 20, 2015

(GIN)—Bars and nightclubs were shut across Zambia over the weekend as the country prayed and fasted for its currency, the kwacha, to reverse its sharp nosedive and for copper prices to stop tanking, as the economy slides into crisis. Church leaders rallied their members to heed President Edgar Lungu’s call for a national day of […]

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Kenya scores big in Beijing while South Africa faces new claims of rugby racism

Kenya scores big in Beijing while South Africa faces new claims of rugby racism

| September 1, 2015

(GIN)—Kenya claimed its first overall title—topping Jamaica and the U.S.—at the just-ended World Championships in Athletics held in Beijing. Kenya led the medal standing, picking up seven gold, six silver and three bronze. Jamaica was in second place with seven gold, two silver and three bronze followed by the U.S. winning six of each. Russia, […]

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Is democracy overrated?

Is democracy overrated?

| April 4, 2015

By Lekan OguntoyinboNNPA ColumnistLong before China and India became the economic wonders of Asia, there was Singapore, a small, diverse country with no natural resources that took the audacious step of breaking away from the Malaysian federation in 1965 to become an independent nation.Lee Kuan Yew, the new country’s founding father, knew that the odds […]

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U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

| November 26, 2014

GIN)–Aid agencies that use the iconic “moon suits”—the odd-looking full-body outfits used in battling Ebola—are running dangerously low as the protective garb is being snapped up by institutions in the U.S. World Vision, a Christian charity, was reportedly looking to send the hazmat suits to Sierra Leone when they found the items were out of […]

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Anti-corruption group taps Angolan blogger for prize

Anti-corruption group taps Angolan blogger for prize

| November 21, 2013

(GIN)—Bloggers from China and Angola will share the “Integrity Prize” for taking on the corrupt elites in their respective countries despite great personal risk. The award was launched by the Berlin-based Transparency International to honor journalists, government officials and civil society leaders who bravely challenge corruption around the world. Chinese journalist Luo Changping and Angolan […]

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