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South African mineowners agree to talks to end weeks-long strike for pay

South African platinum mineowners, feeling the pinch of a three-week-long strike by workers, met the week of Feb. 10 with a mediator to discuss worker demands for a wage increase. More than 70,000 miners have been on strike since Jan. 23 after the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) first made it demands for a higher living wage. ...

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Muslims in Central African Republic fear extermination

A Muslim-led coup that brought chaos in the Central African Republic now threatens to ignite one of the worst religious wars on the continent. Observers fear Muslims will be violently exterminated by Christians who suffered heavy losses during the short period the country was headed by Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, who seized power in a coup with a rebel army, also Muslim. ...

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Malawi joins hundreds ‘rising up’ against gender violence

The Girls Empowerment Network Malawi recently joined a global day of action for women worldwide whose message is “We’re proud to be girls. We’re proud to be women. We are not alone in the world.” The day of action against gender violence, Feb. 14, was marked by women’s groups across Africa and worldwide. The organizer, Eve Ensler, is a feminist activist and author of the play “The Vagina Monologues.” She ca ...

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Black Press attacked for efforts to strengthen ties with Africa

Black media critic Richard Prince has launched a series of attacks on a National Newspaper Publishers Association-led delegation for a trip to Morocco in early January paid for by the government, writing under one headline, “Black-Press Visitors to Morocco Called Pawns.” Prince said, “Members of the (B)lack (P)ress who took an expenses-paid trip to Morocco last week were pawns in a politically motivated mov ...

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Mozambican president commemorates “Heroes’ Day’ in ceremony

At a ceremony Feb. 3, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza decorated over 100 people, many posthumously, for their contributions to the country. The awards were part of Mozambican Heroes’ Day — an annual celebration that commemorates the death of the independence fighter and founder of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), Eduardo Mondlane. Mondlane was killed by a parcel bomb in 1969 by Portuguese pol ...

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Family feuds could stall settlement of Mandela’s estate

A last will and testament by former Pres. Nelson Mandela published Feb. 3 offered some unpleasant surprises for children of the national leader and especially for his second wife, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, who was not listed among the beneficiaries. Madikizela Mandela, was married to Mandela for38 years during the struggle against racial apartheid. They divorced in 1996 but became close again toward the en ...

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Young Kenyan journalist, organizer of Earthfest felled by cancer

Crusading BBC journalist Anne Waithera of Kenya, stricken by cancer, passed away this week at the age of 39. Waithera was the first BBC bilingual — English and Swahili — reporter in Addis Ababa. Prior to working for the BBC, she worked at Royal Media Services’ Citizen TV and Nation Media Group’s Easy FM radio station in Kenya. BBC Africa editor Solomon Mugera described her as “a brave, well-organized and ta ...

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UN urges countries to shelter Somalis fleeing deepening war

The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to countries not to deport Somali asylum-seekers to their country of origin as the situation in southern and central Somalia is still unsafe and Somalis fleeing those areas are in need of international protection. Asylum-seekers who are forcibly returned risk persecution or serious harm, warned U.N. spokeswoman Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba. “Monthly fatalities fluctuated betwe ...

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Rights activist enters race for South African presidency

The largest opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance, has announced anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele will be their Presidential candidate for this year’s elections which take place in April. Helen Zille, the president of the DA, stated there was “no better person” for the presidential nomination. Ramphele, who heads her own independent party, has taken on the ruling ANC with scathi ...

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