07-17-2018  2:38 pm      •     
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(GIN) -- Some $7 million in U.S. aid to primary schools in Kenya has been suspended, pending an investigation into fraud claims, according to the U.S. ambassador.
The US move comes a month after the UK government pulled out of the project when $1 million in donated funds to the Education Ministry were reported missing.
Kenya is ranked as East Africa's most corrupt country by the group Transparency International...


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'Chuckie' Taylor Jr. set for trial in U.S.

(GIN) - Africa's first democratically elected woman president, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has announced she will run for a second term.
"I know where we are today, I know where we ought to be tomorrow and I know how we will get there," she told a joint assembly of MPs gathered this week for her annual message...


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LONDON (AP) -- The British government wants to quickly deploy full body scanners at UK airports to fight an expanded terrorist threat, but privacy concerns -- and fears that children may be exploited -- seem likely to slow the plan...


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LONDON (AP) -- British intelligence officials knew that the Nigerian man suspected of trying to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner had ties to U.K. extremists but did not consider him enough of a high risk to alert American authorities, a senior British official said Sunday...


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(GIN) – The recent announcement of resignation by a prominent black chief executive at South Africa's national power company, Eskom, has stirred outrage among a group of black professionals over a racially-divided climate at state jobs.


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President Obama is facing increasing pressure to make a clear policy decision about the future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. It has been more than eight years since UN Forces entered the country on a mission to shut down Osama Bin Laden's terrorist base, and to topple the Taliban government that was sheltering al Qaeda. During the runup to last year's election President Obama pledged to make the Afghanistan conflict a priority. The battle to turn the war-torn terrorist haven into a stable democracy had been allowed to slide by the Bush administration, Obama said. His administration would do better ...


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Questions of human rights abuses abound

(GIN) – At a 2-day China-Africa summit held in Sharm El-Shaik, Egypt, China's premier pledged a generous $10 billion in new much-needed low interest loans to African nations over three years.


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How one woman went to Afghanistan with $100 in her pocket

In 2004, Liz Grover bought a one-way ticket to Afghanistan. All she had in her pocket was a friend's address and $100 ... After the 9/11 attacks Grover was disturbed by the wave of anti-Muslim feeling that tended to lump all Muslims together as extremists. So she decided to go to the source and meet Muslim people on their own territory. "It wasn't easy to do this," she admits. "I was just about to turn 23. I'm willing to take chances, but I get scared like everyone else" ...


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Until 1994, South Africa's system of Apartheid forbade people of different "races" to use the same stores, to attend the same schools or to reside under the same roof. Those oppressive segregation laws came to rip an Afrikaner family apart after the wife gave birth to a baby with dark skin and nappy hair in 1955 ...


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