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TAX HAVENS FOR THE RICH AND POWERFUL EXPOSED IN LATEST ‘DATA DUMP’

Nov. 6, 2017 (GIN) – The latest investigative bombshell by an international team of journalists reveals the kings and queens, presidents and CEOs who have hidden their wealth in foreign ports, far from the prying eye of the taxman. The new report is called the “Paradise Papers.” Extracts from the report have already appeared in the Wall St. Journal, the New York Times and other national and international pa ...

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FROM THE FANTASTIC TO THE GRIMLY REALISTIC, NEW BOOK WINS LITERARY PRIZE

Nov. 6, 2017 (GIN) – “What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky” is the new work of short stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah that has captured “one of the richest literary awards in the world.” The Kirkus Prize bestows $50,000 annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. Arimah’s focus is on the lives of girls and women, and while her perspective is often bleak, the collection is ...

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Home Of Parents Of Afrobeat Legend ‘Fela’ To Become A Museum, Gov’t Says

Oct. 30, 2017 (GIN) - A government-led plan to restore the home of the parents of Afro music legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and turn it into a museum has cheered and excited Fela’s many fans and followers. The colonial era one-story building was built by the late Israel Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s father, and his wife, Funmilayo, over a century ago. Mr. and Mrs. Ransome-Kuti made their names as educationists and union ...

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All Eyes Fixed On West Africa As U.S. Role In Combat Grows

Oct. 30, 2017 (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 in the French-speaking region is Texas-born Staff Sergeant, Logan J. Melgar, a Latino. His death in Mali is attributed to strangulation and two e ...

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Amidst Election-related Violence, President Kenyatta Is Re-elected

Oct. 30, 2017 (GIN) – Incumbent Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta emerged victorious in the repeat of the election held last August that no candidate had managed to win outright. Voting was light last Thursday, attributed in part to the boycott led by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Of the 39% of registered voters who cast ballots last Thursday, Mr. Kenyatta carried 98.3% of those voting, winning him a second ...

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U.S.-Based Kenyan Scholars Spar Over Election Outcome

The fierce contest between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition candidate Raila Odinga since their discarded election in August found echo here in Atlanta between Nairobi’s ambassador to Washington and a prominent U.S.-based legal scholar. “I can categorically say here looking you straight in the eye that the Supreme Court robbed Uhuru Kenyatta of his win and stole the election from the Kenyan people,” A ...

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Thousands March For Change In Togo and AN End To Dynasty Rule

In another strike against presidents who refuse to hand over power, the people of Togo filled the streets this month to protest 50 years of repressive rule by one family. In an estimated crowd of 100,000 protesters, banners reading “Free Togo” and “Faure resign” could be seen. Police dispersed the protestors with tear gas and violence. In earlier protests in August, two people were killed and 13 injured whe ...

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CORRUPTION RETURNS WITH A VENGENCE IN GHANA

Waving a gold sword – a symbol of Ghana’s presidency – the new president came out swinging against years of debilitating corruption. “We must restore integrity in public life,” President Nana Akufo-Addo thundered at his swearing in ceremony last January. “State coffers are not spoils for the party that wins an election, but resources for the country’s social and economic development.” Nine months later, the ...

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Africa’S Floods Largely Unnoticed Despite Higher Death Toll

“Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did.” That was the headline of a recent story in Quartz online by Lagos-based writer Yomi Kazeem. “Like severe floods in southern Asia, the disasters in Africa have been largely under-reported compared to similar events in Houston where Hurricane Harvey, a once in a “500-year storm” has wreaked havoc,” wrote Kazeem. Across Texas, ...

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Tanzania Greenlights Hydroelectric Plant In World Heritage Game Reserve

To the dismay of environmentalists, President John Magufuli has called for bids on a 2,100-megawatt hydroelectric plant to be built in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal populations. The project in the UNESCO-designated Selous Game Reserve would more than double the country’s power generation capacity, ending chronic electricity shortages. The Energy and Minerals Ministry said it expected constru ...

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