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FRENCH LEADER PROMISES QUICK RETURN OF STOLEN AFRICAN RELICS

French President Emmanuel Macron has called the return of African relics to their origin “a top priority” of his administration. “I cannot accept that a large part of cultural heritage from several African countries is in France,” he said in a speech to university students in Burkina Faso last year. “African heritage can’t just be in European private collections and museums.” The main force behind this new ...

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BELGIANS NAME PUBLIC SQUARE FOR PATRICE LUMUMBA

A public square in Brussels will carry the name of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo whose death at the hands of Belgium, the United States and others is now widely acknowledged. Toppled by western countries barely three months after his election in 1961, Lumumba died in horrific fashion. After he was kidnapped, arrested and tortured, his body was cut up with a ha ...

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ETHIOPIAN DAM THREATENS DESTRUCTION OF WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Lake Turkana, the reputed birthplace of mankind, has been designated an endangered environmental hotspot by a UNESCO panel. Currently designated a World Heritage Site, Kenya’s Lake Turkana stands among such treasures as the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China. It’s the world’s largest desert lake, a spectacular site whose fossil finds have contributed more to the understanding of human a ...

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COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS PLANNED FOR MANDELA’S CENTENARY

It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. Those were the prophetic words of President Nelson Mandela whose role in the long struggle waged against the racist system of apartheid is recalled on the anniversary of his birth on July 18, 1918. This year, the theme of the birthday Centenary is world peace. Events will take place worldwide to commemorate the former leade ...

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AFRICAN UNION TO HOLD SUMMIT IN ‘SLAVERY HUB’

June 18, 2018 (GIN) – “Corruption” is the theme of this year’s African Union Summit to be held next month in the capital of Mauritania – a country better known for being the last country in the world to ban slavery. According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, Mauritania has one of the highest rates of slavery in the world, with an estimated 43,000 living in modern slavery conditions, out of a population of ...

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AMNESTY INT’L FINDS TROUBLES BREWING IN CAMEROON

June 18, 2018 (GIN) - In a new 37 page report, the rights watchdog Amnesty International has documented “unlawful killings, destruction of private property, arbitrary arrests and torture” in two restive regions in Cameroon tied to a power struggle pitting French- against English speaking Cameroonians. In the Amnesty report titled, "A turn for the worse: Violence and human rights violations in Anglophone Cam ...

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UGANDAN INVENTOR WINS MAJOR PRIZE FOR MALARIA DETECTOR

June 18, 2018 (GIN) – Ugandan inventor Brian Gitta, 24, has scooped a major prize for his device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria – the leading cause of death in his country. In fact, Gitta developed the device, called “Matibabu” after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria. It took four blood tests to diagnose Mr. Gitta with the disease, said Shafik Sekitto, part of the Matibabu team in an i ...

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LAWYERS BUILDING CASE AGAINST GAMBIAN EX-PRESIDENT OVER MASS KILLING OF REFUGEES

(GIN) – Strong evidence has been gathered linking the former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, to the murder of 44 West African migrants mostly from Ghana by operatives of the ex-president. The sole survivor of the mass killing, also from Ghana, promised himself not to rest until Mr Jammeh was brought to justice. ''It is my mission, on behalf of my friends, we want justice,'' Martin Kyere, now age 37, ...

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