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PRESIDENTIAL RACE TAKES AN UNEXPECTED TWIST IN NIGERIA

Next year’s race for the presidency in Nigeria just got a lot more interesting as a crusading journalist – an upstart known for exposing the millions and billions stolen by a national “loot-ocracy” – announced his candidacy for the nation’s top job. As news spread that the journalist, Omoyele Sowore, was testing the waters for national office, President Muhammadu Buhari, age 75, reminded Nigerians that he t ...

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IN SOUTH AFRICA, PAIN AND SHOCK AT PASSING OF WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

Tributes to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela filled the South African radio air waves this week as news of her untimely passing reached the far corners of the nation and the continent. Heart-rending classics from the American songbook - from The Song for Mama by Boyz to Men to Donny Hathaway’s A Song for You – expressed the somber mood in the nation while social media filled with remembrances b ...

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LIBERIANS IN THE U.S. FACING MASS DEPORTATION

Liberians living in America since a devastating civil war that took 250,000 lives are now in the crosshairs of the current Trump administration which is threatening to lift their protected status and deport them. Some five thousand people nationally are protected from deportation under the Deferred Enforced Departure or DED program which has been in effect since 1991. But the total number of Liberians in th ...

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CUBAN MDs HEAD TO KENYA TO TEACH AND LEARN

Following a health agreement signed last year, 100 Cuban doctors will travel to Kenya to fill gaps in specialty care at Kenyan hospitals. Fifty Kenyan doctors will be sent to Cuba for specialized training. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki said the visiting personnel would include critical care physicians - family physicians, physicists, oncologists and surgeons dealing with plastic reconst ...

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AFRICA FREE TRADE – A NEW DAWN FOR AFRICA?

In what was described as a “new dawn for Africa,” leaders from 44 of the 55 countries of the continent ceremoniously signed a trade pact creating a huge single market from Cape Town to Cairo. The national leaders agreed to eliminate cross-border tariffs and make border posts more efficient. Twenty seven countries signed an additional protocol to allow for the free movement of people across borders, European ...

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WHITE AUSTRALIANS DEBATE FAST-TRACK VISAS FOR WHITE SOUTH AFRICANS SEEKING TO EMIGRATE

Australia’s national security minister has proposed fast-tracking immigrant visas for white South Africans facing “horrific circumstances” under the newly-elected head of the African National Congress. Minister Peter Sutton said Australia should speed up the visas for white farmers who, he claimed, are being “persecuted” since South African President Cyril Ramaphosa endorsed transferring land ownership from ...

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NO VOTING RIGHTS FOR THE DIASPORA, ZIMBABWE COURT RULES

Zimbabweans in the diaspora with money to invest are holding on to their wallets. An invitation to rebuild the country rings hollow without the right to vote, they say. This week, the Constitutional Court reviewed the case of three Zimbabweans living abroad and seeking voting rights. The court declined to rule on the case. “The State must amend its position,” said Thabani Mpofu, representing the Zimbabweans ...

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ASYLUM-SEEKING MOTHER AND DAUGHTER REUNITED AFTER IMMIGRATION NIGHTMARE

After an episode described as both cruel and horrific, an asylum-seeking mother and her daughter were reunited this month in Chicago. The daughter, who just turned 7, had been held thousands of miles apart from her mother since November. According to an American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing the family, the mother and child fell into each other’s arms crying in a moment of tremendous emotion u ...

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GHANA GOLD MINERS THREATEN NATIONAL WALKOUT OVER PROFIT-DRIVEN MINING LAYOFFS

A South African mining company with a long-term contract to extract Ghana’s precious gold reserves is facing nationwide strikes after it announced plans to outsource some 2,000 jobs from their operations in Ghana. Gold Fields Ghana, which holds leases for 51,500 acres, produces about 550,000 ounces of gold per year at its Tarkwa mine and employs directly and indirectly about 8,000 Ghanaians, said that outso ...

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IN A SURPRISE TWIST, SIERRA LEONE OPPOSITION TAKES THE LEAD IN ELECTION COUNTDOWN

An opposition candidate has taken the lead out of a field of 16 hopefuls in a tight presidential race. If neither candidate receives 51% of votes cast, a runoff is required. Earlier in the day, presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party scored 848,438 (43.3%) votes cast while the candidate of the ruling APC (All People’s Congress), Samura Kamara, was behind with 83 ...

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