Tag: niger

All eyes fixed on West Africa as U.S. role in combat grows

All eyes fixed on West Africa as U.S. role in combat grows

| November 1, 2017

Two Seal Team Six members investigated for suspected murder of fellow soldier (GIN)—With the deaths of four American servicemen in Niger, a window has opened onto U.S. operations in West Africa—an area barely known even to U.S. legislators who have sent U.S. soldiers there in harm’s way. The latest soldier to die on a tour […]

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As war widens in Africa, body bags begin to fly home

As war widens in Africa, body bags begin to fly home

| October 25, 2017

(GIN)—A funeral was held over the past weekend for Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in a country few could find on a map and for a war that few lawmakers knew anything about. Sgt. Johnson, a Floridian, was one of a dozen Special Operations and Green Beret forces who, along with 30 Nigerien soldiers, were […]

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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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Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—A year after Nigeria was removed from the polio-endemic list, two cases have been reported in Borno state, where the insurgent Boko Haram still controls territory. The eradication of polio, reported in 2015 by the World Health Organization, was called an “historic achievement” by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership leading the effort […]

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‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Voters trooped to the polls in six countries  across Africa, electing presidents and in Senegal approving a constitution with shorter presidential terms. Among the surprises, the hand-picked successor to the outgoing president of Benin was defeated by a self-made entrepreneur Patrice Talon—“the king of cotton”—who ran as an “authentic Beninese” candidate. During the campaign he […]

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Mauritania ratifies pact to end modern-day slavery

Mauritania ratifies pact to end modern-day slavery

| March 15, 2016

(GIN)—Mauritania has ratified the 2014 protocol to the Forced Labor Convention (1930), making it the second African country to commit to carrying out the protocol. It joins Niger, Norway and the United Kingdom which were the first countries to ratify the protocol aimed at fighting forced labor in all its forms, including human trafficking. Slavery […]

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World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)—“Africans had the least responsibility for putting carbon in the air and yet they’re feeling the brunt of climate change.” That was the view expressed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at the launch of the 21st climate change conference—known as COP21—opening this week. He added: “We want to make sure Africa is not forgotten […]

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European Union has plan to route African asylum seekers to offshore camp

European Union has plan to route African asylum seekers to offshore camp

| September 22, 2015

(GIN)—Not long after a three-year-old Syrian refugee child was found on a Turkish beach, the president of the European Commission declared belatedly: “We can build walls; we can build fences. But if it were you, your child… there is no price you would not pay, there is no wall you would not climb.” Europe has […]

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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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U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

(GIN)—Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon has been lighting up Africa with solar energy even while the solar industry in the U.S. struggles to catch fire. The Missouri-born artist has become a rising star in the movement to bring electricity from the sun to rural communities. Launched in February 2014, “Akon Lighting Africa” (ALA) describes its aims […]

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