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Guinean Couple Charged with Forced labor of a young Guinean girl

FORT WORTH, TX – A Guinean couple, Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, of Ft. Worth, Texas, appeared in federal court in the Northern District of Texas on a criminal complaint charging them with arranging for a 5-year old West African girl to work in their home for over 16 years without pay and without any education. While these types of indentured servant arrangements are prevalent in Africa, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution specifically prohibits both slavery and involuntary servitude. It is, perhaps, the only Constitutional amendment that dictates the behavior of private citizens as...

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Burkina Faso prefect killed ‘by jihadists: sources

Oursi prefect, Patrick Kabore Media source: Agence France-Presse A top official in Oursi, a town in Burkina Faso bordering Mali, has been killed by suspected jihadists, sources said Tuesday. “Armed individuals shot the Oursi prefect, Patrick Kabore, at his home, which was also set on fire,” a security source told AFP. The body of the prefect — the government’s highest representative in the area — was found not far from his official residence after the attack which took place at around 11:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday, the source added. “A thorough search is underway to apprehend the individuals” whose...

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Guinea opposition to resume protests over contested vote

Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo Media Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP) Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo on Thursday said protests would resume next week over disputed local elections in February as he called off negotiations with the government. Demonstrations over the results of that vote have claimed at least 15 lives. The opposition was in talks with the government but Diallo, who met President Alpha Conde in on April 2, accused the authorities of dragging their feet. He announced a new strike on Monday in the capital Conakry, adding: “We are suspending dialogue… because we have noticed a...

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Ghana, Qatar cement relations after decades of “progressive” ties

 Embassy opening will boost Qatar-Ghana ties. ACCRA, Ghana––The West African nation of Ghana and the Arab Republic of Qatar have cemented their diplomatic relation with the opening of Ghanaian embassy in Qatar’s capital Doha after more than 30 years of “progressive” relations between the two countries, according to a local daily. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said “The bilateral relations between Qatar and Ghana will be further expanded, strengthened and consolidated” after the opening of the embassy. Botchwey expressed appreciation for Qatar’s efforts to facilitate the speedy opening of Ghana’s embassy in Doha....

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Equatorial Guinea court upholds opposition ban, jail terms

Equatorial Guinea Dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema  in photo prepares for one party rule PARIS––The superior court in Equatorial Guinea on Monday confirmed the disbanding of the country’s foremost opposition and upheld 30-year jail terms handed to 21 of its members. A former Spanish colony with a population of 1.2 million people, crammed with oil but stalled in poverty and a standing for greed and widespread corruption, Equatorial Guinea has over the decades been ruled with an iron fist by Teodoro Obiang Nguema since 1979. The president of the Supreme Court, Juan Carlos Ondo Angue, announced, “In the name of...

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Liberia remains a fragile state as Unemployment stinks nationwide

Poverty and unemployment in Liberia NEW YORK —There is a change in administration in Liberia. Former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf turned power over to newly elected President George M. Weah. With the election of Weah many Liberians expected improvement in the country, especially in the standard of living. More importantly, the need for employment was one of the central and key highpoints that Liberians and some in the international community expected the new government to address. Having a job for citizens and residents of a nation is vital. As Catherine Capozzi puts it: “The stability of the economy rests...

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Court seizes properties linked to Nigeria’s former first lady

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan waves to supporters despite corruption allegation LAGOS––The wife of Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan, has been accused of corruption when a judge on Monday ordered the seizure of two properties linked to her assets.  This is the most high-profile and embarrassing case against her since her husband left office. Judge Nnamdi Dimgba, the sitting judge at the Federal High Court in Abuja, upheld a request from the country’s anti-corruption watchdog to have the properties of the former First lady forfeited for 45 days. According to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the properties...

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Islamic State ally stakes out territory around Lake Chad

Islamic State ally stakes out territory around Lake Chad Media Sources and Credit: Reuters Byline: Paul Carsten and Ahmed Kingimi ABUJA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – From the shores of Lake Chad, Islamic State’s West African ally is on a mission: winning over the local people. Digging wells, giving out seeds and fertilizer and providing safe pasture for herders are among the inducements offered by Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), which split from Nigeria’s Boko Haram in 2016. “If you are a herder, driver or trader, they won’t touch you – just follow their rules and regulations governing the territory,” said...

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George Weah First 100 Days

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Globe Afrique’s Conference Call – All About Liberia

Date: May 5, 2018

Dial-in: (712) 451-0658

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Topic: George Weah’s First 100 Days

 

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