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AFRICA PUTS DRONES TO WORK FOR TOURISM, HEALTH SERVICES AND E-COMMERCE

While drones may be sold as toys for kids in the U.S., Africa is testing new applications for the that could make it a leader in this hi-tech industry. Personal and commercial drones are becoming a billion-dollar industry and millions more of the unmanned aircraft are sold every year. Some local leaders in the U.S., however, see them as nuisances that must be curbed. But in Rwanda, a commercial drone delive ...

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NAIROBI WELCOMES DELEGATES TO MAJOR U.N. FORUM ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Some 7,000 delegates from more than one hundred countries are registered for a major conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi this week. Organized by the United Nations Environment Assembly, it is the highest-level decision-making forum on environmental issues. Workshops chaired by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) center on health consequences from pollution. On the eve of the conference, hundr ...

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U.S. PLANS DEADLY STRATEGY AGAINST TERROR IN WEST AFRICA

Officials of the West African nation of Niger have announced they would allow the Pentagon to operate armed drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), out of the country’s capital, Niamey. The drones will conduct strikes on terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and its affiliates that operate along the country’s border with Mali. The move would allow the US military to significantly expand its reach in West Afric ...

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MAMMOTH DIAMOND BRINGS KONO MINERS A SHARE IN $6.5 MILLION AUCTION SALE

When a Sierra Leonean pastor looked at the shiny stony that came from the ground, it didn’t look like much of a rock. It was orange with red speckles and the diggers at the Kono mining district almost tossed it aside. But the lumpy stone was unusual enough to bring to a local diamond dealer who recognized a thing of great value. “The look on his face when he saw the rock made me believe we had discovered so ...

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NAMIBIAN PRESIDENT GEINGOB CLAIMS VICTORY OVER ‘AFROPESSIMISM’

Nov. 27, 2017 (GIN) – At a suspenseful party convention with more than the usual drama – from questionable voting strategies, dirty campaign tactics, propaganda to the booing of candidates - members of the South West African Peoples Organization (SWAPO) chose President Hage Geingob as the new party leader. It was a battle for the soul of the former liberation movement, party leaders told The Namibian newspa ...

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NEW ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUSTED LEADER

Nov. 27, 2017 (GIN) –Unlike the violent upsets in Gambia, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, the military-led “soft coup” that heralded the exit of President Robert Mugabe was remarkably quiet, dignified and respectful. “He is actually looking forward to his new life — farming and staying at the rural home. He has taken it well,” the son of Mugabe’s late sister, Sabina, said. The positive momentum was seen and felt ...

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INTERNATIONAL COURT TO SEEK REPARATIONS FOR THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN WAR CRIMES VICTIMS

Nov. 20, 2017 (GIN) – The International Criminal Court is preparing the ground for a determination of reparations owed to over 5,000 victims of atrocities that were committed in the Central African Republic. The atrocities were carried out by troops under former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and took place between October 2002 and March 2003. Sentenced to 18 years in jail on war crimes offenses ...

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BOTSWANA COURT AFFIRMS LEGAL RECOGNITION OF TRANSGENDERS

Nov. 20, 2017 (GIN) – In its second groundbreaking decision on gender identity, the Botswana courts have issued a ruling that acknowledges lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their right to equal protection before the law. The ruling echoes the so-called “bathroom bill” in the U.S. that would bar transgender students from bathrooms and locker rooms that did not match their biological sex. In ...

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