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Villagers in polluted zones call oil company’s compensation offer ‘cruel’

An oil company’s offer to compensate some 13,000 fishermen — who lost their livelihoods when an oil pipeline burst and caused fishing water to be fouled for years — was unanimously rejected as “an insult” and “cruel.” The Bodo community of the Niger Delta of Nigeria declined the offer from the Anglo-Dutch company Royal Dutch Shell of 7.5 billion Nigerian naira, or just under $48 million — about $1,750 for e ...

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Kenyan VP pleads ‘not guilty’ to mass murder of Kikuyu rivals

Kenya’s vice president, William Ruto, at the opening day of his trial for the slaughter of rival Kikuyu people in post-election violence, declared himself “not guilty” to a trio of serious charges issued against him by the International Criminal Court. Ruto, a Kalenjin, allegedly formed an army, which attacked and killed Kikuyus after his party candidate, Raila Odinga, was defeated in a presidential poll. O ...

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U.S. mother guilty of manslaughter in death of Ethiopian adoptee

A Washington state mother who followed a religious handbook on using the stick to discipline the child was found guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her Ethiopian-born adopted daughter. Carri Williams and her husband Larry were both convicted of first-degree manslaughter in Hana Williams’ death and of first-degree assault for abusing a 12-year-old hearing-impaired boy adopted from E ...

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Detroit to Africa: Dr. Tierra Bills builds a road to success

For Dr. Tierra Bills, Ph.D., education was an integral part of growing up; her grandparents and family made certain of it. “I think that in my family education has always been valued and held in very high regard,” says the Florida A&M graduate. Bills’ mother was a teacher at her K-12 school, Aisha Shule/W.E.B. Dubois Preparatory Academy. “My mom basically taught me all of my life — at home and all through s ...

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Romanian snaps up deals for West African resources

Flying just under the radar, a Romanian national has been signing lucrative deals for manganese, oil, gas and other high value minerals, leading flattering news reports to dub him “the Emperor of West Africa.” Frank Timis, CEO of Pan African Minerals, was treated like royalty this month by country leaders after buying up the rights to mine precious manganese from Burkina Faso. In exchange, Timis promised to ...

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Thousands attend one year anniversary of Marikana strikers deaths

At the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Marikana Massacre, named for the platinum mine where police shot and killed 34 striking workers, government officials were conspicuously absent from the event which drew thousands of unionized mine workers. At the memorial, organized by church leaders and labor officials, 20 reserved seats stood empty, representing the rejection by the African National Co ...

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Rita Marley tapped as ‘honorary Ghanaian’

Rita Marley, wife of reggae artist Bob Marley and founder of the Rita Marley Foundation, has received a Ghanaian passport in recognition of her contributions to Ghana. Dr. Erieka Bennett, head of mission for the African Union’s Diaspora Africa Forum, said, “We are thrilled to see the Ghana Government recognizing the tremendous contribution Nana Rita has made to Ghana socially, as well as economically. This ...

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