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Ex-officers line up behind Guyana elections coalition

When the Caribbean trade bloc headquarter nation of Guyana votes for a new government May 11, the elections will most likely be a straight race between a multiracial opposition coalition group and the Indo-dominated governing People’s Progressive Party...

HOPES TEMPERED WITH REALISM RISE FOR A BOKO HARAM DEFEAT

The Boko Haram insurgency is facing a new combatant in their war on the Nigerian people. He is a seasoned former general and now president—Muhammadu Buhari.

KENYAN TROOPS DELAYED RESCUE FOR CLOSE TO 15 HOURS, SURVIVORS SAY

Frightened students at Garissa University in northeast Kenya hid for what seemed like a lifetime as a small band of al Shabaab terrorists lined young people up on the floor and fired bullets into the backs of their heads.

Controversial ‘dollars for passport’ scheme under review

The six-week-old government in the Eastern Caribbean twin island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis says it is planning a complete overhaul of its economic citizenship program through which foreigners can buy a local passport and citizenship through cash and ...

Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

March 30 (GIN)—Showing a “commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders,” Nigerians by the hundreds of thousands lined up at polling stations across the country to select the next president and National Assembly of their country.

Conflicting accounts over Mrs. Mugabe’s trips abroad

March 30 (GIN)—First lady Grace Mugabe is being treated in Asia for appendicitis, according to government officials.

Barbados to dump the queen

Tiny Barbados is preparing to dump Britain’s Queen Elizabeth after centuries of imperial colonial rule. The nation has decided to replace her with a local head of state and, like Guyana, Trinidad and a few other Caribbean trade bloc states, ...

South Sudan frees hundreds of child fighters, including a 9-year-old girl

South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact with the government signed last May.

Amnesty International celebrates 50 years

Celebrating 50 years of global impact, last weekend Amnesty International held its annual General Meeting and Human Rights Conference, entitled “From Moment to Movement,” at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott.

US coming down on Caricom for copyright

The U.S. is beginning to crackdown on Caribbean trade bloc countries that have used American television and other programs without respecting copyright issues for decades.

FRENCH POLICE ON TRIAL FOR DEATH OF TEENS AFTER 10-YEAR WAIT

Two teenagers of North African descent, running from police, were electrocuted in a power substation 10 years ago. The officers will finally stand trial this week.

PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS AT US EVENT JAILED IN DRC

Journalists, activists, hip-hop artists and a U.S. diplomat were rounded up by police at a pro-democracy event Sunday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sponsored in part by the U.S. government.

SPARKS FLY AS SIERRA LEONE’S VP EXPELLED FROM PARTY

An internal war is roiling the administration of President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, with Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana at dead center.

Guyanese political activist murdered months before election

With just two months to go before Guyana’s next general election, opposition activist Courtney Crum-Ewing was shot in the street last week while urging local residents to vote against the ruling party.

No backing down on reparations demands

Caribbean governments restated their intention to pursue Britain and other European nations that participated in the brutal transatlantic slave trade for reparations. Likewise, they want those nations to know that they should negotiate with the region in good faith.