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OVER 100 KIDNAPPED GIRLS IN NIGERIA REACH FIVE YEARS IN CAPTIVITY

The 112 girls kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria and still being held by Boko Haram will have spent five years in captivity if they are not released by next Sunday. That was the sad message released by members of the Bring Back Our Girls movement who have been urging more action by the Nigerian government to locate and free the girls. Over 200 students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chib ...

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AFRICAN LEADERS BUILD WEAPONS STOCKPILES AIDED BY RUSSIAN DEALERS

There’s a new “rumble in the jungle” in the words of Muhammad Ali but George Foreman isn’t a part of it. What’s changing on the African landscape is the configuration of allies and business partners. Russia, most notably, is making a comeback in weapons sales to Africa, topping western and Chinese arms sellers by a wide margin. In a new report: ‘Trends in International Arms Transfers,’ Russia accounted for ...

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EX-PRESIDENT’S THEFT FROM GAMBIA TOPS $300 MILLION

Experts who follow the money are still scratching their heads as to how a quarter of a billion dollars vanished from the national coffers along with former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh at roughly the same time. Before his flight into exile in 2017, Jammeh ruled the small palm-fringed country in West Africa with an iron fist. Through the army and his private mercenaries, known as “the Jungulars,” he ruled ...

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GHANA’S CROWN JEWEL OF BIODIVERSITY THREATENED BY BAUXITE MINING

Environmental groups in Ghana are waging an eleventh hour battle to stop the government of Ghana from opening the Atewa Forest Reserve – a crown jewel of biodiversity and a source of three rivers - to commercial large-scale bauxite mining. “We don’t want it,” said Chief Nana Larbikrum, 79, from a tiny settlement on the fringes of Atewa, in an interview with Equal Times, a website of social justice activists ...

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LAST MINUTE STAY OF DEPORTATION FOR LIBERIANS IN THE U.S.

Liberians living in the U.S. received a bit of good news from Washington this week. Scheduled Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) would be extended for one year, postponing the trauma and chaos of deportation scheduled for the end of March. The threat of losing protected status brought opposition and protests from several leading U.S. lawmakers including Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, civil righ ...

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KENYAN SCIENCE TEACHER SCOOPS MILLION DOLLAR EDUCATION PRIZE

Wearing the plain, floor-length brown robe of a Franciscan brother, Kenyan science teacher Peter Mokaya Tabichi could barely contain his joy upon being named winner of the annual Global Teacher Prize of one million dollars for his work in a rural school with disadvantaged children. He received the award at a lavish ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “I feel great. I can’t believe it,” the village teac ...

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SENIOR MALIAN OFFICERS REMOVED FROM POSTS AFTER MASSACRE OF FULANI HERDSMEN

Mar. 25, 2019 (GIN) – Jihadist groups dislodged from Middle East battlegrounds are reportedly regrouping in West Africa, exploiting longstanding grievances between the Dogon farmers and the Puelh-Fulani nomadic herdsmen of Mali over access to limited supplies of land and water. This week, a militia in Dogon attire entered Ogossagou, a Fulani village and suspected jihadi hideout at about 4 a.m. and murdered ...

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AID SLOW TO COME TO THE RESCUE OF MOZAMBICANS ADRIFT SINCE IDAI

Since Cyclone Idai roared into the Mozambican port city of Beira on Mar. 14, devastating losses are mounting exponentially yet international aid has been slow to reach all survivors. Severe flooding produced by Idai’s strong winds and heavy rains caused the rivers Pungwe and Buzi to break their banks. In the district of Buzi, thousands clung for their lives on trees and rooftops, as their villages turned in ...

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THOUSANDS UPROOTED FROM SAFE HAVEN NOW DESPERATE FOR FOOD, WATER AND SHELTER

An estimated 30,000 refugees have been uprooted by officials in Cameroon and Nigeria this month and sent to known hotbeds of insurgents including Boko Haram on the Nigerian side of the border. Humanitarian groups including Action against Hunger are questioning the wisdom of forcing refugees to move to the city of Rann in Borno state, the epicentre of the decade-long insurgency that has killed more than 27,0 ...

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ETHIOPIA TO RECEIVE REPATRIATED STRANDS OF HAIR BELONGING TO FORMER EMPEROR

Items stolen from Ethiopia by British troops over the years are being repatriated after renewed pressure from Addis Ababa. Most recently, locks of hair belonging to the widely revered Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros are slated for repatriation from the National Army Museum which claims the hair was donated by relatives of an artist who painted the emperor on his deathbed in 1969. The museum now says it hopes the ...

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