Tag: international

Nigeria’s Port Harcourt is World Book Capital City 2014

Nigeria’s Port Harcourt is World Book Capital City 2014

| October 4, 2013

(GIN)—A coalition of reading groups represented by the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO have picked Port Harcourt of Nigeria as the World Book Capital City for its efforts to “bring back the book” to the forefront of national discourse. Credit for the award was shared by the Rainbow Book Club (RBC) and other clubs promoting the […]

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Joberg art fair censors lose bid to ban miner’s strike portrait

Joberg art fair censors lose bid to ban miner’s strike portrait

| October 4, 2013

(GIN)—Solidarity among artists rescued the larger than life painting of a tragic miners’ strike in 2012 where some 44 people were killed and 78 wounded in a murderous onslaught by security guards against workers that horrified the nation. Removed from the walls by the Johannesburg art fair’s organizers, the painting by Ayanda Mabulu was quickly restored […]

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After mall bombing, Kenya mulls expulsion of Somali refugees

After mall bombing, Kenya mulls expulsion of Somali refugees

| October 3, 2013

(GIN)—Kenyan parliamentarians are threatening to close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, which is home to about half a million Somalis forced to flee to Kenya because of a war at home with insurgents under the Islamist Al-Shabab. The closure threats follow the siege and massacre at a Nairobi shopping mall by the Somali Islamists who […]

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Africa News in Brief: Oct. 2 edition

Africa News in Brief: Oct. 2 edition

| October 2, 2013

A pro-democracy activist is promising to bring change to Swaziland after winning a seat in Parliament • 21 year old Obabiya Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria was the tearful winner of a Muslim-only pageant crown

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Nairobi attack exposes flawed U.S. terror policies

Nairobi attack exposes flawed U.S. terror policies

| September 25, 2013

In the aftermath of the worst terror attack in East Africa in three years, foreign policy scholars here are urging the U.S. government to rethink its counter-terror policy in the region. Many are suggesting that the Somali Al Shabab militant organization may be stronger and better organized than previously thought.

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Renowned Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor dies in Kenya debacle

Renowned Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor dies in Kenya debacle

| September 25, 2013

Africans on the continent and in the diaspora were in shock and grieving last week over the untimely passing of Kofi Awoonor, 78, from Ghana. He was one of the 68 who perished in the Al-Shabab-initiated assault at the five-story Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

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Gruesome photos of Kenyan mall shootings spark debate

Gruesome photos of Kenyan mall shootings spark debate

| September 25, 2013

The shocking terror assault at a popular shopping center in Nairobi sent shivers around the world as global news media supplied minute to minute coverage of the deadly event. Some 68 people were killed and 170 injured in the attack by alleged Somali Al-Shabab insurgents.

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South Africans win ruling against steel polluter

| September 24, 2013

A major steel producer has been ordered to turn over documents about the environmental impact of its two South African facilities which activists say poisoned the air and water as well as left a trail of hazardous waste.

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American-born jihadi militant killed in Somalia

| September 24, 2013

An American-born man who became a jihadi militant in Somalia and on the FBI’s most wanted list was shot to death this week in an ambush reportedly ordered by the same Somali al-Qaeda militants he had joined.

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Villagers affected by Bodo creek oil spill call company’s compensation offer cruel

| September 20, 2013

(GIN)—An oil company’s offer to compensate some 13,000 fishermen who lost their livelihoods when an oil pipeline burst and caused fishing water to be fouled for years was unanimously rejected as “an insult” and “cruel.” The Bodo community of the Niger Delta of Nigeria gave thumbs down to the offer from the Anglo-Dutch company Royal […]

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