SA President Irons out the Land Issue

The land reforms in South Africa will not violate the country’s constitution says President Cyril Ramaphosa. South Africa’s ruling African National Congress aims to change the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation to address racial disparities in ownership that persist more than two decades after apartheid’s demise in 1994. SOURCES: CGTN Africa

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Bleisure in Ghana

Traveling on business can be a big chore, especially if you are scrambling to get work done on a deadline. And it is at these times you need far more than just a good location and free coffee. Hotels in the capital, Accra give far beyond that and focus on meeting the needs of the […]

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The Video that Melted Twitter Hearts

When Toronto resident Rebecca Davies posted an adorable video of two Eritrean refugees experiencing snow for the first time, she didn’t expect that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would retweet. The 43-second clip has had more than 2.4 million views on Twitter, and 23,000 shares. SOURCES: CNN

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Nigeria’s Former Oil Minister to Face the Music

Three years after she was first arrested in London on money laundering charges, Nigeria is finally looking to bring home its former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to face corruption charges. Alison-Madueke has been London since 2015 after being released on bail and having her passport seized following the arrest. She served as minister of petroleum—a […]

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Another Grand Discovery in Egypt

A lost collection of short stories by the celebrated Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz has been discovered in a box of the late Nobel laureate’s papers. The 50 handwritten stories were found by the Egyptian journalist Mohamed Shoair at the home of Mahfouz’s daughter Umm Kulthum. While some of the stories were published in magazines while […]

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Somaliland Wants to Make it Official

The self-declared state of Somaliland is stepping up its push for international recognition, warning that the world’s continued refusal to formally accept its independence threatens to plunge the breakaway region back into armed conflict with Somalia. SOURCES: Ozy

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Getting Mauritania Out of its Slave Mentality

The Global Slavery Index estimates that two percent of the population, or 90,000 Mauritanians, are enslaved. The government rejects international figures, saying cases of slavery exist, but the practice is not widespread. SOS Esclaves runs literacy courses and job training programs, and helps former slaves get identity papers and healthcare. SOURCES: VOA

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Social Media Fuels Africa’s War on Child Marriages

A picture of the 17-year-old, who is from South Sudan, was posted on Facebook on Oct. 25. The post said five men were participating in the auction for her dowry. The highest bidder, a wealthy businessman, reportedly gave the girl’s father over 500 cows, three luxury cars and $10,000 as dowry – and the teenager’s […]

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Ivorians Still Waiting for Justice

Seven years after the deadly civil war of 2011, memories still remain fresh for many in Ivory Coast. Fighting between the supporters of rival leaders Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo had claimed 3,000 lives. SOURCES: Al Jazeera

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