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10-year old rape victim delivers two infants prematurely

Abiding by Senegalese law, a 10-year-old girl who had been raped was compelled to complete her pregnancy. The girl, who just turned 11, told The Guardian newspaper she did not even realize she was pregnant. “My mother saw my body changing, and because I was vomiting, she took me to the hospital. In the last few months, my head ached and I could hardly stand up.” Fatou Kiné Camara, president of the Senegales ...

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African leaders pledge ‘total war’ against Islamist group

Unable to account for the over 276 teenage girls kidnapped in Nigeria almost a month ago, the government of Pres. Goodluck Jonathan has agreed to step up the fight against the Boko Haram militants with regional and international support. At a summit last week in Paris, the Nigerian president met with African leaders and where they agreed to wage a “total war” against the rebel group now said to be overrunni ...

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As troubles in Mali mount, new president goes shopping

With a new outbreak of fierce fighting reported in northern Mali’s contested Tuareg lands, reports that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has purchased a $40 million presidential jet have not gone down well with aid donors. Purchase of the Boeing 737 stunned the foreign donors who were attending a meeting in Bamako last week — a year to the day after Mali received a massive $4.1 billion grant from 55 countri ...

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Liberians successfully resist UK company land grab

After years of fruitless court battles by small farmers against major multinational corporations, the Jogbahn Clan, across 11 villages in Liberia, is celebrating victory over a British company which tried to clear them off their lands. The celebration comes after months of advocacy by community members, the Sustainable Development Institute and Friends of the Earth Liberia. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf h ...

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South Africans return Madiba’s party to lead the nation

In a closely watched election, South Africans turned out a decisive “vote for the party,” giving the African National Congress — the party of Mandela — another five years at the nation’s helm. Despite a recent scandal over costly improvements charged to taxpayers for the private residence of President Jacob Zuma, the former liberation movement managed to attract 62 percent of the 18 million votes cast May 7 ...

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From Afghanistan to Africa, reaper drones are the hottest weapon of choice

As the war in Afghanistan winds down, western countries are finding new uses for their high-tech surveillance equipment and unmanned drones — namely a new war against terror in Africa. U.S. intelligence gathering aircraft are said to be flying over remote areas of north-east Nigeria as part of an international hunt for the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped a month ago by Boko Haram militants. ...

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No deal for the kidnapped girls, seen in video

Attempts to broker the return of the missing school girls held in a rebel camp somewhere in northern Nigeria were apparently quashed when a government minister forcefully rejected any deal, May 12. The offered deal, from a man claiming to be Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram rebel group of kidnappers, would have released the girls in exchange for prisoners being held by the Nigerian government. Mini ...

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Nigerian government fails our missing girls, our country

Results of a search on the activities of Boko Haram leaves a sickening feeling in my stomach. A deeper void settles in the pit of my stomach when searching for responses from the Nigerian government regarding this latest tragedy. And the response? Dead silence. The silence makes it a little easier to understand the seeming apathy from Nigerians home and abroad. I called my sister, Temitope George, because I ...

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U.S. losing clout among entrenched African leaders

During his just concluded Africa tour, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was hitting a brick wall with African leaders who seemed unresponsive to his calls for free and fair elections, for new schools, hospitals, new roads and bridges, and for curbing rampant corruption in the region. In fact, Kerry had barely finished his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo when the local information minister issued ...

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