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Mombasa steels itself for attacks

IRIN MOMBASA — Following three grenade attacks in recent months and a U.S. “terror” alert, residents of the coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa are bracing themselves for the possibility of yet more violence; local leaders are working toward better disaster preparedness and improvements in the emergency services. Three people lost their lives after a grenade attack on a bar in the Mshomoroni area of Mombasa June ...

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Newfound interest in Africa

By James Clingman NNPA Have you noticed all the current efforts to promote business opportunities in Africa? I sure have. Have you wondered how now, all of a sudden, so much emphasis is being placed on Africa by politicians? I sure have. Have you seen and heard about conferences and initiatives taking place across this nation that stress the importance of business connections with the Motherland? I have, to ...

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Food security in Losotho goes from bad to worse

IRIN MOHALE’S HOEK — Initial estimates of the damage to Lesotho’s already ailing agricultural sector — caused by a year of too much rain followed by a year of too little — suggest that an unprecedented number of small-scale farmers harvested nothing this year. Heavy rains and flooding cut Lesotho’s maize production by nearly half during the 2010-11 farming season, causing the price of maize meal to increase ...

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Brazil announces major Africa investment plan

By Ann Brown The Network Journal Brazil pledged major investments and a transfer of technology to Africa last month in order to repay a “solidarity debt” they have with Africa.According to former Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil, which is the world’s sixth-largest economy, “owes its current strength to the more than 300 years of slavery during which we exploited the sweat and blood of millions of Africans. ...

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Novella Coursaris: A Model for the Congo

By Benjamin  F. Chavis Jr. NNPA  Africa is known for its beauty, majesty and vast mineral and lucrative natural resources of gold, diamonds, oil, copper, cobalt, uranium, platinum and titanium.  But Africa is also known as the continent that has been the target of centuries of inhuman oppression, brutal colonization and exploitation.  Yet today, the greatest natural resources in Africa are the people of the ...

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Ethiopia outlaws popular Internet phone-calling servic

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN In a step backward for free speech, the Ethiopian government has passed new legislation that criminalizes the use of Internet-based voice communications such as Skype and other forms of Internet phone calling. The crackdown extends to the print press. According to the watchdog Reporters Without Borders, the state printer, Berhanena Selam, which has a near monopo ...

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Diaspora: The links that bind Caribbean immigrants

By Tony Best Special to the NNPA from The Carib News It has become something of a rite of passage for Caribbean political leaders who direct the fortunes of the nations and territories that form the archipelago. Recently, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, Guyana’s new President, Donald Ramotar, Grenada’s head of government Tillman Thomas, Mia Mottley, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbado ...

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Nation grieves for victims in Nigeria’s largest plane disaster in 20 years

By Fungai Maboreke Trice Edney News Wire President Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning for the victims of a horrific plane crash June 3 in which the aircraft, flying into Lagos, lost altitude and plummeted into a residential area, exploding in flames. All the passengers, over 150 people, died at the scene. The federal government suspended the operational license of Dana Air, citing “s ...

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African migrants arrested by the hundreds and deported from Israel

By Douglas Hamilton Reuters TEL AVIV — Hundreds of African migrants were arrested and scheduled for deportation June 12, as immigration officials rounded them up for departure flights in following days, according to a Reuters report. Jacob Berri, a spokesman for the South Sudanese community of migrants, the first to be repatriated under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s emergency plan, said the people wer ...

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Nairobi shopping center is target of bomb linked to Al-Shabab

Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network NAIROBI, Kenya — A homemade bomb left in a bag at a busy Nairobi mall went off May 28, leaving 30 people injured and a lot of destruction and chaos. This comes after Kenya’s invasion of Somalia in an effort to combat Somalia’s rebel militia Al Shabab. In retaliation, the insurgents have conducted random grenade attacks in crowded areas and have threate ...

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