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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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Burkina Faso’s ‘Arab Spring’ sours as military scoops up major posts

Burkina Faso’s ‘Arab Spring’ sours as military scoops up major posts

| November 26, 2014

(GIN)–Three weeks after a people’s revolt in Burkina Faso, which sent President Blaise Campaore fleeing into exile, dreams of a civilian-led transition to free elections were dimmed this week as the military held on to powerful posts in a new Cabinet. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida will be both prime minister and defense minister.  Four other […]

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With three months to go, Nigeria in grip of election fever madness

With three months to go, Nigeria in grip of election fever madness

| November 26, 2014

(GIN)–With only three months to presidential elections, Nigeria is in the grip of election fever with public feuding plumbing new depths between the incumbent party of President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the opposition. In a contentious confrontation last week, police fired tear gas to prevent the House of Representatives from meeting. A lockout was […]

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BBC faces new attacks over Rwandan genocide film

BBC faces new attacks over Rwandan genocide film

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–Pressure continues to build over a BBC documentary that challenges the generally accepted story of the Rwandan genocide, and questions whether Rwandan President Paul Kagame was a peacemaker or contributor to a horrific mass murder. This weekend, hundreds of protesters in Rwanda’s Eastern Province marched in their respective districts to denounce “Rwanda’s Untold Story,” a […]

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Expulsion of ANC union partner creates uproar

Expulsion of ANC union partner creates uproar

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–The union of metalworkers, a major partner of the African National Congress with more 350,000 members, was expelled in a late night session of members of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu)—the labor federation of the ANC. The unprecedented expulsion was approved by a select federation committee. Numsa, a militant activist union, was […]

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Doping shadow falls on popular Kenyan running star

Doping shadow falls on popular Kenyan running star

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–A defiant Rita Jeptoo is rejecting claims by her estranged husband that she enhanced her spectacular winning running times in Boston and Chicago marathons with a blood booster. “I feel very bad for what has happened to Rita but I saw it coming,” said ex-husband Noah Busienei, who stated that he believes Jeptoo began doping […]

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Kenyan Catholics clerics attack UNICEF’s tetanus shot program

Kenyan Catholics clerics attack UNICEF’s tetanus shot program

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)—Leaders of Kenya’s Catholic Church are attempting to deraila vaccination campaign that would protect 2.5 million women from a life-threateningnerve disease. Calling it a stealth birth control campaign, clerics have been tellingparishioners to refuse the shot that would immunize women against tetanus—popularly known as lockjaw. It would also reduce the number of babies who die […]

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Maasai homeland to be sold to Dubai royal family for hunting reserve

Maasai homeland to be sold to Dubai royal family for hunting reserve

| November 25, 2014

  (GIN)–Some 40,000 Maasai shepherds will lose their ancestral lands in a deal brokered by the government of Tanzania with the royal family of Dubai. The Maasai have been told to leave their historic homeland which borders the Serengeti national park by the end of the year. The eviction notice came as a shock to […]

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Burkina Faso’s army pick to fill ousted president’s seat

Burkina Faso’s army pick to fill ousted president’s seat

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–Political and military leaders in the West African nation of Burkina Faso have settled on a former foreign minister, Michel Kafando, to oversee a year-long transition to elections. The country has been without a leader since the former president was ousted by the citizens. Blaise Compaore was overthrown on Oct 31. He escaped to neighboring […]

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Experimental ‘ZMapp’ drugs fails to save Ebola doctor from Sierra Leone

Experimental ‘ZMapp’ drugs fails to save Ebola doctor from Sierra Leone

| November 20, 2014

(GIN)–One of the promising new drugs being tested against the deadly Ebola virus failed this week to save a surgeon from Sierra Leone, flown in for treatment at a Nebraska hospital. Dr. Martin Salia, a permanent US resident, died on Monday, according to the hospital. He arrived in Omaha on Saturday, having left Freetown on […]

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