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Historic tombs have been restored in Timbuktu

Historic tombs have been restored in Timbuktu

| July 26, 2015

(GIN)—Fourteen Sufi mausoleums smashed by al-Qaeda-backed extremists have been reconstructed in Mali’s “city of 333 saints.” The director general of Unesco, Irina Bokova, called the reconstruction “an answer to all extremists whose echo can be heard well beyond the borders of Mali.” The tombs, treasures of Timbuktu, date back to the 13th century in some […]

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Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

| July 21, 2015

(GIN)—With a dangerous insurgency spreading within his borders, the visit to Washington this week by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was certainly going to touch on increased military support against Boko Haram. But, it also encompassed a discussion of stolen assets—namely billions of dollars siphoned away by bankers, ministers and, in some cases, newly-minted millionaires. According […]

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South African artists, writers demand UK leader leave rights bill untouched

South African artists, writers demand UK leader leave rights bill untouched

| July 21, 2015

(GIN)—Plans by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to dismantle a critical piece of human rights legislation has sparked a firestorm among activists including many South African anti-apartheid icons who expressed outrage that the plans were announced just prior to July 18, Mandela Day. Cameron’s Conservative party wants to scrap the Human Rights Act in favor […]

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Ex-leader of Chad faces African-led court after years on the run

Ex-leader of Chad faces African-led court after years on the run

| July 21, 2015

(GIN)–After years awaiting justice by a court of law, Chadian citizens packed the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, to catch a glimpse of Hissene Habre, president of the central African nation from 1982 to 1990 during which time his iron fist rule took  between 1,200 and 40,000 lives, according to evidence compiled by Chadian […]

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Noted writer of Zimbabwe, Chenjerai Hove, joins the elders

Noted writer of Zimbabwe, Chenjerai Hove, joins the elders

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)—A leading figure of post-colonial African literature, Chenjerai Hove of Zimbabwe, passed away in Norway, a country that gave him permanent residency and travel documents after Zimbabwean officials took away his passport and left him stateless. He was 59. The Zimbabwe Writers Association said it had received the sad news that Hove died on Sunday. […]

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Mining company fingered in new report for massive tax diversion

Mining company fingered in new report for massive tax diversion

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)—Taxes diverted by a uranium mining company in Malawi could have paid the salaries of 39,000 teachers or 8,500 doctors for a year. That was one of the findings of a new report called “An Extractive Affair” released by the social action group ActionAid which looked at the southeast African nation of Malawi. “People here […]

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Tax-dodging multinationals feel heat at Addis Ababa confab

Tax-dodging multinationals feel heat at Addis Ababa confab

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)–Closing the income gap between rich and poor countries of the world will be on the table at a U.N.-sponsored policy conference this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Despite months of planning and debate, few expect the needle to move on this important issue. A relatively obscure gathering, the Finance for Development (FfD) confab is […]

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Anglican cathedral in Zanzibar to house anti-slavery museum

Anglican cathedral in Zanzibar to house anti-slavery museum

| July 7, 2015

(GIN)—The Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar is moving forward with plans to complete the repair and preservation of  the century-old Christ Church Cathedral and create a heritage center to display the history of slavery in Zanzibar and current human trafficking realities in East Africa and worldwide. The church embarked on the project in October 2013 in […]

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Zambian writer tapped for prestigious prize for short story ‘Sack’

Zambian writer tapped for prestigious prize for short story ‘Sack’

| July 7, 2015

(GIN)–Of five top African short-story writers, Namwali Serpell of Zambia was chosen to receive the Caine Prize–an internationally recognized award for outstanding African writers. Since appearing on an earlier Caine Prize shortlist for her first published story “Muzungu,” Namwali has become an associate professor in the English Department at Berkeley, California, authored a book of […]

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As Boko Haram advances in Nigeria, neighbor states drawn into fight

As Boko Haram advances in Nigeria, neighbor states drawn into fight

| July 7, 2015

(GIN)–Despite threats to eliminate Boko Haram by Nigeria’s sitting president, Muhammadu Buhari, the insurgent group refuses to melt away but on the contrary has launched new deadly attacks in that country. Two bombs blamed on Boko Haram exploded at a crowded mosque and at Shagalinku, an upscale Muslim restaurant in Nigeria’s central city of Jos. […]

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