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FIFTY YEARS ON, IT’S STILL A MAN’S WORLD AT AFRICA’S ‘OSCARS’

Africa’s major film event – on the scale of the Oscars – celebrated its 50th year this month with more films, more visitors and a disappointing showing of women selected to compete for any major prize. And women are not having it. "Can it be that in 50 years, there hasn't been a single woman capable of telling a great story to win the Fespaco?" said South African filmmaker/actress Xolile Tshabalala, who fea ...

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GRUESOME TORTURE OF AFRICAN VILLAGERS FOR ‘BLOOD RUBIES’ WORN BY STARS

A British mining company will pay over $7 million to settle allegations of torture and murder at ruby mines in the northeast of Mozambique. The red stones, worth millions, have been worn by international actresses Mila Kunas, Bel Powley, and Sophie Cookson, among others. The settlement covers the murder of at least 18 people allegedly by mine security forces and Mozambican police by shooting, fatal beatings ...

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EGYPT PRESIDENT EL-SISI TAKES UP AFRICAN UNION CHAIRMANSHIP

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has turned over the leadership of the 55-member African Union to Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, President of Egypt, at its 32nd ordinary session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During his tenure, el-Sissi is expected to concentrate on security and financial reform, but with no great plans to strengthen the AU’s multilateral powers. Instead, the focus is expected to be on combating illegal im ...

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AFRICAN LEADERS PUT RICH NATIONS ON NOTICE THAT DAYS OF CHEAP RESOURCES ARE ENDING

African leaders had a new message for foreign companies seeking the diamonds, gold, rubies and emeralds so plentiful in desperate dirt-poor countries and so pricey when polished and sold in New York, Paris and Switzerland. We’re no longer a cheap date. That message – in so many words – was heard again and again at this year’s posh African Mining Indaba – a glittering conference in Cape Town, South Africa, t ...

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NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS FAULT WORLD COMMUNITY FOR INDIFFERENCE TO RAPE

Dec. 10, 2018 (GIN) – Winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Denis Mukwege of the Congo and Nadia Murad of Iraq’s Yazidi minority group, were unsparing in their criticism of the international community which, they say, has failed to take the necessary steps to protect women and girls against rape and sexual violence. “It is not just perpetrators of violence who are responsible for their crimes,” Dr. M ...

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AFRICAN ACTIVISTS DEMAND ACTION NOW AT WORLD CLIMATE CONFAB IN POLAND

Dec. 10, 2018 (GIN) - Dorothy Nalubega was far from home but close enough to the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, to give the 200 world delegates in attendance an earful of her views on climate change. Nalubega was among thousands of protestors at the climate conference - the third such meeting since nations adopted the Paris climate agreement in 2015 when it seemed that developed and developing cou ...

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MAASAI FIGHT EFFORTS TO CONVERT THEIR LANDS TO GAME PARKS

Dec. 10, 2018 (GIN) - “The water that quenches our thirst, the air that we breathe, the trees that provide shade and the animals that give us company, all make life real and creation complete.” So begins a prayer by an elder of the Maasai people of Tanzania whose traditional knowledge encompasses herbal medicine, grazing practices, landscape ecology, the behavior of animals, livestock management, and the ga ...

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HUGE HEIST BY GHANAIAN BANK OFFICERS WORSE THAN FEARED

Nov. 12, 2018 (GIN) – Depositors may want to steer clear of banking in Ghana while over a dozen bank officers and shareholders face claims they lent themselves millions of dollars but failed to repay. Business Ghana, a local news outlet, reported that 13 shareholders and directors of the defunct Capital Bank Ghana Limited and UT Bank engaged in acts that led to the collapse of the two banks. By their allege ...

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OPPOSITION PLAN TO PICK A SINGLE CANDIDATE TO DEFEAT KABILA IMPLODES

Nov. 12, 2018 (GIN) – As election day nears in the troubled Democratic Republic of the Congo, the seven leaders of the opposition seemed settled on one person to challenge the handpicked candidate of President Joseph Kabila – but differences unexpectedly arose. The agreement to back Congolese lawmaker Martin Fayulu Madidi, facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation after three days of negotiations in Geneva, ...

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TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST HIRED FOR NIGERIAN PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Cash money makes things happen. That’s an expression taken from the Urban Dictionary but it may also be the hope of Atiku Abubakar, candidate for President of Nigeria with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party which just hired Donald Trump’s lobbying firm at an astronomical price. The Florida-based firm is led by Brian Ballard of Ballard Partners - a veteran Florida lobbyist who raised money for Trump’s c ...

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