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Intolerance hardens toward gays across Africa

Governments across Africa are decreeing new punitive laws against gay nationals just as displays of tolerance and acceptance are being seen around the world. Nigeria, Cameroon and Uganda in the last few months all tightened existing laws that target the homosexual community, their organizations, meeting places and anyone working within or for gay rights in Africa. ...

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US troops boost forces in Nigeria, Somalia

U.S. forces, winding down in Afghanistan, are finding new battle fronts in Africa. According to published reports, a small team of U.S. advisors was sent “secretly” to Somalia to assist with operations against militants. Somalia has been at war with religious fundamentalists, called al-Shabab, but has made little headway against the group which still controls a large swath of the country. ...

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New cardinals from Africa and Haiti help Pope serve the poor

In a further step away from old traditions at the Vatican, Pope Francis named his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa, the Philippines and Latin America including the developing nations of Haiti and Burkina Faso. The selection affirms his belief the church must pay more attention to the poor. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had chosen cardinals mostly from Western countries. ...

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South Sudan, a US creation, in chaos again

South Sudan may be barely on the radar screen for most Americans but a bitter split in the ruling coalition threatens to make it one of the worst humanitarian disasters in Africa. Over 1,000 people have been killed and 200,000 displaced in fighting by rival militia with reports of ethnically motivated atrocities by both sides. It is feared South Sudan could become another black mark for American policy on t ...

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Senegal cracks down on foreign ships

Senegal’s minister of fisheries has ordered the detention of a Russian trawler observed illegally catching fish in Senegalese waters. The move immediately won high praise from bloggers on the Internet. “Keep the fish, Charge a BIG FINE. If the Russians don’t pay, KEEP THE BOAT and sell it,” wrote “Bob” on the Yahoo comments page. Michael B wrote: “Good for the Senegal government for taking this action again ...

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‘Democracy has disappeared’ say officials in mass resignation

Some 75 officials in the West African nation of Burkina Faso resigned this week in mass to protest efforts by President Blaise Compaore to give himself an additional five-year term. According to critics, Compaore is planning to extend his time in office by changing the rule that limits presidents to two five-year terms. Compaore has been in power since 1987 and under the current rule would not be able to ru ...

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