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Political Tensions Continue to Rise in South Africa

 The past week in South Africa has been fraught with political tensions and social melodrama that has, at times, resembled farce. President Jacob Zuma recalled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and others from a key...

12-Year-Old Jamaican Sprinter Hailed As Next Usain Bolt After Record Setting 200M Race

Jamaica may finally have found a successor to sprint legend Usain Bolt, after 12-year-old Brianna Lyston produced an astonishing display of sprinting at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships. In a style reminiscent of Olympic...

Boko Haram Kidnaps 22 Women, Girls; Group Also Killing Anti-Jihadist Civilians

Boko Haram Islamists have abducted 22 girls and women in two separate raids in northeast Nigeria, residents and vigilantes told AFP Friday, March 31. In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists raided the village...

U.S. Classifies Shane Crawford as Global Terrorist, Trinidad Freezes All of His Assets

Port of Spain, Trinidad — The assets of Trinidadian-born ISIS fighter Shane Crawford have been frozen in his homeland on the heels of the United States classifying him as a global terrorist. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi...

Ghana to Receive $1.2B In Development Aid from World Bank

Ghana is set to receive about $1.2 billion in credit facilities from the World Bank Group within the next three years. The facility forms part of the World Bank's $75-billion development assistance facility to countries...

Ambassador: Trump Policies Not Likely to Impact Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation

Basseterre, St. Kitts — The region can expect continued cooperation with the United States under the Trump administration in the area of security, Bridgetown-based U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela says. She was responding to questions about the...

Nigerian Makes History as First African to Fly Solo Around the Globe

Cape Town, S. Africa – A Nigerian-born pilot for Air Djibouti, Ademilola "Lola" Odujinrin, has made history by becoming the first African pilot to fly solo around the world. In a statement, the Djibouti Ports...

Expert: Racist Attacks Against African Nationals In India May Impact ‘Bilateral Ties’ Between Countries

If India is in competition with China for a toehold in Africa, as geopolitical experts say, the past week’s racist attacks on the streets near New Delhi must have set it back far behind...

Mandela Freedom Park Opens on Campus of Barbados’ University of the West Indies

Bridgetown, Barbados — A park honoring late South African and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has opened at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados. The Mandela Freedom Park was unveiled...

Trinidad and Tobago: It Is In Best Interest of CARICOM If We, Not U.S., Refine...

Georgetown, Guyana — Trinidad and Tobago has been making an all-out pitch to refine Guyana’s oil, insisting that such a move would be in best interest of CARICOM. Top officials in the twin-island republic made a...

South Africa Considering Constitutional Amendment to Restore Land to Rightful Owners

Parliament – Land restitution without compensation was crucial for reconciliation in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday. "How do we have peace and stability if land is not resolved?" Zuma asked, while responding...

Tony Blair Hopes to Use Governing Experience to Help Ghana Reach Its Economic Potential

In a working visit to Ghana, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is touting the West African country's achievements. Blair, who was in the country at the invitation of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA),...

Barbados, China Waive Entry-Visa Requirement to Encourage Cross-Tourism Between Them

Bridgetown, Barbados — Citizens of Barbados and China can now enter each other’s territory with an ordinary passport and no entry visa following the signing last week of a visa waiver agreement. The agreement, which follows...

UN Considers Withholding Funds from Countries to End Sex Abuse by Peacekeeping Troops

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday proposed cutting payments to countries that fail to investigate sex abuse accusations against their troops deployed in peacekeeping missions, among a series of new steps aimed at stamping...

Denmark’s Moravian Church Apologizes to Virgin Islands for ‘Inexcusable’ Injustice of Slavery

The Moravian Church in Denmark and several Danish citizens have released a statement apologizing for the atrocities of slavery in the Virgin Islands, as its former territory reflects on the Transfer Centennial and 100 years...

Cuba Factory Assembles 7,000 Laptops and Tablets for Domestic Distribution

Havana, Cuba — The Industrial Company for Informatics, Communications and Electronics (GEDEME by its Spanish acronym) in Havana has assembled the first 3,500 laptops and 3,583 tablets for Cuban government agencies and organizations. The initiative is...

UN: $250M In Aid Needed as South Sudan Refugees Pour Into Uganda

 The United Nations has warned that Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 refugees pour into the country each day from South Sudan, fleeing violence and famine in the world's youngest country. Filippo...

5 Migrants’ Bodies Recovered, Hundreds More Feared Dead as Boats Sink Off Libyan Coast

Five migrants were found dead in the sea off Libya on Thursday after the boats they were traveling in sank, likely carrying hundreds more to their deaths, a Spanish aid organization said on Thursday,...

Nigeria Hopes New Visa Process Will Help Attract Foreign Investors to the Nation

The Nigeria Immigration Service has announced the introduction of a liberalized online Visa on Arrival (VOA) facility to the public, especially foreign investors willing to invest in Nigeria. The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede,...

Ghanaian Is First Black Female Neurosurgeon Resident at Johns Hopkins

After leaving Ghana at age 15, 26-year-old Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is now the first Black female neurosurgeon resident at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital. Abu-Bonsrah trained at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore,...

CARICOM Delegates to Discuss Strategies for Economic Growth at World Bank Conference

Miami, Florida — Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are expected to participate in a World Bank conference examining the socio-economic situation in the Caribbean on March 30. The conference, titled “The Caribbean Dilemma,” is part...

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