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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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NAMIBIAN PRESIDENT GEINGOB CLAIMS VICTORY OVER ‘AFROPESSIMISM’

Nov. 27, 2017 (GIN) – At a suspenseful party convention with more than the usual drama – from questionable voting strategies, dirty campaign tactics, propaganda to the booing of candidates - members of the South West African Peoples Organization (SWAPO) chose President Hage Geingob as the new party leader. It was a battle for the soul of the former liberation movement, party leaders told The Namibian newspa ...

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INTERNATIONAL COURT TO SEEK REPARATIONS FOR THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN WAR CRIMES VICTIMS

Nov. 20, 2017 (GIN) – The International Criminal Court is preparing the ground for a determination of reparations owed to over 5,000 victims of atrocities that were committed in the Central African Republic. The atrocities were carried out by troops under former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and took place between October 2002 and March 2003. Sentenced to 18 years in jail on war crimes offenses ...

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BOTSWANA COURT AFFIRMS LEGAL RECOGNITION OF TRANSGENDERS

Nov. 20, 2017 (GIN) – In its second groundbreaking decision on gender identity, the Botswana courts have issued a ruling that acknowledges lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their right to equal protection before the law. The ruling echoes the so-called “bathroom bill” in the U.S. that would bar transgender students from bathrooms and locker rooms that did not match their biological sex. In ...

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ZIMBABWE LEADER, FACING DEADLINE, REFUSES OUSTER BY HIS GENERALS

Nov. 20, 2017 (GIN) - President Robert Mugabe, rejecting demands from former friendly generals and war veterans to step down, now faces impeachment from members of his party. In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old president crushed expectations he would resign after a military takeover, pitching the country into a second week of political crisis. Lawmakers from his ruling ZANU-PF party said tha ...

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IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE, CLEAR NAMES OF OGONI MARTYRS, RIGHTS ACTIVISTS URGE

Nov. 13, 2017 (GIN) – Some 22 years have passed since nine environmental activists were executed by the Nigerian government for what their lawyer called “asking inconvenient questions.” The nine were leaders of the Ogoni peoples of Nigeria who led protests against the devastation of their ancestral lands by multinational oil corporations. On Nov. 10, 1994, after a secret military trial, all nine were senten ...

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FROM PARADISE PAPERS, HOW ‘SLAVERY IN MINIATURE’ CAME TO BURKINA FASO

Nov. 13, 2017 (GIN) –As hundreds of investigative journalists scoured a “data dump” of leaked financial records, a number of African countries left nearly broke by multinational corporations came into focus. The story of Burkina Faso is a case in point. Details of the apparent misappropriation of monies were revealed in what is now called the Paradise Papers. Burkina Faso was a country short on development ...

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