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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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Semi-naked portrait of South African leader sparks firestorm of indignation

Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network SOUTH AFRICA — Smoldering anger over a full-length painting of South African President Jacob Zuma, with his genitals exposed, has forced a confrontation between those who support free expression and those who see racism “alive and well and living on the tips of the tongues of most white South Africans.” “The Spear,” by satirical artist Brett Murray, ha ...

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Foreign firms get big break under Nigeria’s new oil law

Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network NIGERIA — Nigeria’s long-awaited oil reform bill is a Christmas stocking stuffed with goodies for the multinational oil companies who have been feasting for years on the nation’s rich supply of crude oil. Provisions that would have forced the government to publish how much oil it pumps and all the payments it receives from oil firms — in an industry wh ...

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South Africa to demand labels on Israeli-made goods

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN Products made in Israel would be distinguished from those made in the occupied Palestinian territories under a proposal that is drawing charges of anti-Semitism against the trade minister, Rob Davies. Davis strongly rejected the charges leveled by the Israeli foreign ministry and raised at a press conference this week when he was asked by an Israel TV reporter w ...

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Fake drugs flood Africa as nations squabble over laws

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN Counterfeit medicines pose a serious threat to public health. Perhaps 15 percent of the global drug supply is counterfeit, rising in parts of Africa and Asia to over 50 percent. But efforts at making counterfeiting a crime and pursuing perpetrators across national borders have been stymied by foot-dragging among western nations and drug companies, among others. ...

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Protestors storm National Palace of Mali, viciously beat president

By Fungai Maboreke Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network Just hours after a West African peace committee flew out of the country feeling success at their venture, hundreds of Malian supporters of the recent military coup invaded the national palace and beat the interim President Dioncounda Traore within an inch of his life. Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra expressed deep dismay at the a ...

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African Liberation Day meets resistance in Caribbean

Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network A day marking the First Conference of Independent States — held in Accra, Ghana, in 1958, and heralding liberation movements and the Organization of African Unity — was celebrated on the continent, in the Caribbean, in Europe and the U.S., May 25-26. “African Freedom Day,” symbolizes the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from for ...

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