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AFRICANGLOBE - West African troops have crossed the border into the Gambia as part of regional efforts to support the new democratically-elected president in a showdown with his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh. “We have entered Gambia,” Col Abdou Ndiaye, a spokesman for the Senegalese army. The Nigerian military told reporters that it was also deploying troops to Gambia as part of a “standby” west African coalition force to enforce the result of the December election, which Adama Barrow won.
AFRICANGLOBE - Egypt will "restore" hundreds of coffins dating back thousands of years to the time of the pharaohs as part of an American-Egyptian project to preserve and document one of the world’s oldest civilisations, a director of the project said. The conservation effort, funded by a US grant, will restore more than 600 wooden coffins that date to various eras of ancient Egypt and which are currently stored at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
AFRICANGLOBE - The African National Congress (ANC) needs a bold leader to launch a "second revolution" redistributing wealth to the Black majority, said the head of the party's youth wing, which helped propel President Jacob Zuma to power.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Melanesian people probably never thought they’d be so crucial to our understanding of humanity’s origins. But when a group of scientists decided to look closer into the DNA of the remote Pacific islanders, they made a startling discovery. And it’s one that could turn our comprehension of ancestry on its head.
AFRICANGLOBE - He was the leader of a European country. A head of state with an immense amount of power. And he oversaw one of the most vile genocides that the world has ever seen. Yet we’re not talking about Adolf Hitler here. In fact, there’s a very real chance that you’ve never even heard this tyrant’s name before. During his reign he was responsible for the slaughter of more than 10 million people. He turned a chunk of Africa into his own personal slave plantation and killing ground, where he ruled with an iron fist. Indeed, the crimes that were carried out in his name are enough to turn anyone’s stomach.
AFRICANGLOBE - What's behind Obama's 11th-hour decision to lift sanctions on one of the world's most isolated regimes? In one of his final acts in office, US President Barack Obama announced last Friday the partial lifting of sanctions against Sudan, paving the way for normalisation of ties with one of the most isolated countries in the world.
AFRICANGLOBE - The refusal of out going President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia to agree to step down honourably on January 19, 2017 following his loss of the December 1, 2016 presidential election to the coalition of opposition parties' candidate, Mr. Adama Barrow, has left the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) leaders with no other option than to eject him from office by military force.
AFRICANGLOBE - As a parting gift to white supremacy, outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama put beyond any doubt his abhorrence for President Robert Mugabe's government last Friday when his outgoing administration extended its sanctions against Zimbabwe by another year. Zimbabwe's foreign-funded opposition welcomed the development but a Zanu PF minister scorned the move, describing it as inconsequential from an Obama government nearing its end.
AFRICANGLOBE - Asians in Kenya have asked the government to recognize them as the country’s 44th ethnic community. The group said President Uhuru Kenyatta should do what he did to the Makonde in Kwale after they were recognized as the country’s 43rd community when they complained of decades of marginalization.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia says it will launch a civilian satellite into orbit in three to five years to better predict weather conditions and for remote sensing activities inside the country. Ethiopia is among a number of African countries with growing space ambitions.
AFRICANGLOBE - Taiwan protested on Thursday after Nigeria asked it to shut down its trade office in the capital, in what it said was an attempt by Beijing to push it out of Africa’s largest economy. The island’s foreign ministry said Nigeria had asked Taiwan to move its trade office out of the capital Abuja in a show of support for Beijing.
AFRICANGLOBE - Could Julius Malema be South Africa's next president? That's the question Harvard Professor of History Niall Ferguson believes South Africa should be asking about the young charismatic leader.
AFRICANGLOBE - West African leaders are to head to Gambia to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power after his election defeat last month, according to Nigeria's foreign minister. Geoffrey Onyeama said on Monday Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will visit Banjul, capital of Gambia, on Wednesday along with his Liberian counterpart Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ghana's former president John Dramani Mahama.
AFRICANGLOBE - Despite Ghana having gone through a turbulent political history and serious economic woes. The people have demonstrated remarkable resilience over time, and they have maintained a singular culture of generosity and hospitality. You notice it right from the airport. To begin with, Ghana has had a policy dating back from the days of Kwame Nkrumah of being open to all Africans who come visiting.