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CONTROVERSIAL KENYAN ADVOCATE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS PASSES IN BOSTON

The Kenyan director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at Harvard University, Professor Calestous Juma, passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, this week, after a brief illness. He was 64. At the time of his passing, Juma served as Professor of the Practice of International Development, and was affiliated with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Center for Internatio ...

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AN ALARMING RISE IN DEPORTATIONS FOR SOMALI-AMERICANS IN MINNESOTA

Dec. 18, 2017 (GIN) – As bombs rain down on Mogadishu, officers of the U.S. immigration service have been stalking the Somali expat community in Minnesota, snatching suspected immigrants without documents to the distress of families there. Among those recently placed on a plane bound for Somalia was Mohamed Hussein, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio. Hussein arrived in Minnesota as an infant m ...

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BILLIONAIRE CYRIL RAMAPHOSA PICKED AS NEW AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS LEADER

Dec. 18, 2017 (GIN) – After a bruising battle for votes within the governing African National Congress, billionaire tycoon Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa edged out his rival in the final minutes of the ANC’s 54th national elective conference in Johannesburg, opening the prospect of his winning the presidency in 2019. Ramaphosa, 64, won in a squeaker against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, one-time minister, doctor, and f ...

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WRITERS’ GROUPS PROTEST THE ARREST OF NEW YORK PROFESSOR IN CAMEROON

Dec. 11, 2017 (GIN) – The African Literature Association and other professional associations of writers and scholars are demanding the release of a Cameroonian-American writer and university professor, detained last week without explanation at the airport in Douala, Cameroon. Patrice Nganang, who teaches at Stony Brook University's cultural studies and comparative literature department in New York, was repo ...

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AFRICAN FACT CHECKERS EXPOSE ‘FAKE NEWS’ AND WIN PRIZES

Dec. 11, 2017 (GIN) – Striking a blow against fake news, reporters from Kenya, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Cameroon scooped the top prizes this year in a competition organized by Africa Check, the leading fact-check organization on the continent. Founded by the French news service AFP in partnership with the journalism department of the University of the Witwatersrand, Africa Check holds public figur ...

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AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS TO CHOOSE SUCCESSOR TO INCUMBANT JACOB ZUMA

The 54th National Conference of the African National Congress will be held this week from the 16th to the 20th to choose a successor to incumbent ANC President and President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. The conference is a precursor to the South African general election in 2019 which is considered to be one of the most important general elections in post-apartheid South Africa. Of the seven hopefuls, the ma ...

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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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