Murder, rape and claims of contamination at a Tanzanian goldmine

When safari tourists drive to the Serengeti national park in Tanzania, few realise they are passing one of the world’s most contentious goldmines. From the escarpment above the plain, the North Mara facility is so large that it at first resembles a bare hillside. But look closer and the artificial mound is made up of tiers of reddish brown earth, from which a thin grey plume of smoke drifts up to the sky. Nearer still, you find a vast tailings reservoir filled with contaminated wastewater. Locals live in huts under…

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European Development Days EDD 2019 forum opens [The Morning Call]

The European Development Days EDD 2019 forum has opened. Organizers of the 2-day forum say the forum serves as an opportunity to bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Our journalist Linette Bahati is there for us in Brussels and she joins us live this morning. source: http://www.africanews.com/2019/06/18/women-in-business-the-africa-ceo-forum-opens-the-morning-call/

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DRC Is Ready To Join East African Community

We are committed to Africa.  Will you support us? Unlike many global publications, for nearly a decade we have been committed to showing a complete picture of Africa – not just a single story.  Offended by one sided coverage of wars, disasters and disease, the founders of Africa.com created a news site that provides a balanced view of Africa – current events, business, arts & culture, travel, fashion, sports, development, etc. If you are able to, please support Africa.com with as little as $1. It means a lot to us.…

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Moldova power struggle ends as Democratic Party cedes power

An unlikely coalition of pro-Europe and pro-Russia parties has prevailed in their struggle to take the helm of crisis-hit Moldova after the country’s caretaker government agreed to resign.  The eastern European nation has been in political turmoil since February when a general election failed to give a clear majority to any party.   Moscow-friendly President Igor Dodon’s Party of Socialists came out on top in the vote. The Democratic Party of Moldova, which is headed by the powerful oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc and led the country’s government before the election, came second, followed by the broadly pro-Europe…

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Hospitals close in Mpumalanga as doctors and nurses fear for their safety

Health workers in Mpumalanga fear for their lives because of crime and unsafe buildings Three Mpumalanga hospitals are running on skeleton staff and have shut down all outpatient services as workers embark on a stay away to protest a recent spate of attacks on doctors and nurses and unsafe working conditions. “We are not happy with the way the safety of health worker is being treated in this province. It is not getting the attention it deserves,” says nursing trade union, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa‘s provincial secretary Mzwandile Shongwe. Early…

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Meet the wealthy ruler of the Mali empire whose wife plotted to depose him in the 1300s

The Mali Empire, one of the biggest and powerful kingdoms in pre-colonial West Africa, was part of the three West African empires that reigned and controlled the trans-Saharan trade. The other two included the Ghana Empire and the dominant Songhai Empire. At the peak of its glory, the Mali Empire covered an area about twice the size of modern-day France. It boasted superiority in mathematics, literature, art, among others, thus attracting the interest of explorers, as well as, fortune seekers. The power, wealth, sophistication and organisation shown by the empire…

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Social Media Users Think There Is A Serial Killer In The Dominican Republic

As investigators worked to determine how so many American tourists have turned up dead in recent months in the Dominican Republic, social media sleuths have been pretty consistent and adamant about what they say has caused the string of deaths and illnesses. The FBI has even joined in the investigation of the deaths that share so many similarities. Is there a serial killer in the Dominican Republic? — More Lesley (@MoreLesley) June 13, 2019 Those similarities are exactly what seems to have fueled the social media theory that the deaths in…

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Egypt Hopes to Stop Sale of ‘Stolen’ Bust of King Tut While the Auction House Claims ‘Ancient Objects Cannot Be Traced’ 

The Egyptian Embassy is calling on British auction house Christie’s to halt the sale of an ancient bust of King Tutankhamun, a piece valued at nearly $5 million (£4 million), according to officials. The Daily Mail reported that officials with the Egyptian Embassy in London have asked Britain to step in and prevent the July sale of the 3,000-year-old artifact, which they say was looted from the Karnak Temple in Luxor. The ancient King Tut stone bust is scheduled to go to auction July 4, where officials expect it to…

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Africa: Next Week’s U.S.-Africa Summit a ‘Unique’ Initiative Promoting Closer Economic Ties – CCA CEO Liser

Photo: AllAfrica Florizelle (Florie) Liser, CEO and President of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). interview Washington, DC — The largest gathering of American and African government and business leaders is set to begin on June 18 in the Mozambican capital, Maputo. Organized every two years since 1997 by the Washington, DC-based Corporate Council on Africa, this year’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit is the third to be held in Africa. In an interview, CCA CEO and President Florizelle (Florie) Liser outlines plans for what she describes as a ‘unique’ high-level event.…

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Rapper Scarface Running for Houston City Council Seat

Rapper Scarface, best known as a member of Geto Boys, is running for a Houston City Council seat. Scarface, 48, whose real name is Brad Jordan, announced his candidacy over the weekend on Instagram Saturday, saying, “I’m offering myself for service as the next Houston City Council member for District D.” Jordan grew up in […] source: https://www.ebony.com/news/rapper-scarface-running-for-houston-city-council-seat/

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