Africa

German businessman Gemballa found dead in South Africa

A German businessman who went missing shortly after arriving in South Africa some eight month ago has been found dead. Uwe Gemballa remains was found on tuesday in Pretoria. He is said to have been shot execution style and his hands tied to his back. Gemballa went missing on February 8 after landing at OR Tambo International Airport, it is reported that the businessman on the day he went missing contacted his Wife in Germany requesting a huge amount of money

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Nigeria at 50 bombing suspect arrested

A man alleged to be one of the masterminds of the Nigeria at 50 bombings has been detained. Nigerian secret police spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar, told reporters that police in Johannesburg, South Africa, have taken Henry Okah into custody. She said they are working closely with authorities in South Africa to extradite Okan to Nigeria

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Nigeria at 50 bombings kills 12

Nigerian police say the death toll from Friday's car bombings in Abuja has risen to 12. Militants from the Niger Delta carried out the attacks on the day Nigeria was celebrating 50 years of independence. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says it set off the bombs because Nigeria has nothing worth celebrating after 50 years of failure

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Nigeria celebrates 50th Anniversary

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country celebrates it's 50 birthday today. Over 25 African heads of state are in the Nigerian capital for the golden jubilee celebrations. The government of Nigeria has planned a week long celebration to mark the anniversary Many critics say after 50 years of independence Nigeria's infrastructure is in poor shape, and corruption in the Govt. has derailed the nations progress. There is also a debate

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Sierra Leone Sanctions Lifted by The UN

The U.N. Security Council has lifted it's 13 year old sanctions against Sierra Leone. The fifteen member strong council voted 15 to 0 to end the arms and travel embargo it imposed on the West African Nation over a decade ago. Diplomats said ending the sanctions against Sierra Leone was intended to help development and reconstruction efforts in the country

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Nigeria Police Vow to Free Kidnapped School Children

Nigerian police said they are doing everything in their power to rescue 15 kidnapped school children. Their school bus was hijacked on Monday by gunmen in the country's southeastern State of Abia. The kidnappers issued a statement late tuesday demanding more than $100,000 in ransom. Assistant commissioner and first public relations officer for the Nigeria national police Emmanuel Ojukwu, Speaking in an interview said he does not believe the children were the target

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Nigeria Lawmakers to Postpone Election

A joint committee from Nigeria's Senate and House of Representatives said it accepts the need to delay the vote after the electoral commission asked for more time. Commission chairman Attahiru Jega told lawmakers that Nigerians aspire not to go through the process of an election, but to have the outcome of that vote be legitimate. He said that aspiration could be compromised if Nigeria keeps to its current electoral timetable - a risk that Jega says should not be taken

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South Africa Gets $165 million in Education Funding

The European Union has pledged some $165 million to improve primary education in South Africa in their largest-ever bilateral development program. South African President Jacob Zuma Tuesday said he was pleased to see education, which he called South Africa’s “apex priority,” being given such attention

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Nigeria Election: Soyinka’s DFPF to focus on Youth

Nobel laureate Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka said his Democratic Front for a People’s Federation (DFPF) party will give young people a platform to actively participate in Nigeria’s democratic process. “Wole” Soyinka said the DFPF is also considering negotiating with other opposition political parties aimed at forming a coalition ahead of Nigeria’s general elections next year

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Zimbabwe sanctions to remain

A senior U.S. State Department official has ruled out lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and more than 200 members of his inner circle, saying supporters of Mr. Mugabe's former ruling ZANU-PF party have continued to violate human rights, most recently in the nation's constitutional revision process

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Nigeria Election: Jonathan or Babangida

With presidential campaigning under way in Nigeria voters are debating the merits of the two frontrunners. A president with four-months experience in office or a former coup leader who ran the country for eight years atop a military dictatorship? Those are the two leading choices for Nigerian voters: President Goodluck Jonathan or retired General Ibrahim Babangida

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Jacob Zuma calls for ANC Unity

South African President Jacob Zuma has called for unity and discipline in the ruling African National Congress on Monday while attending his party's mid-term review conference. Jacob Zuma came to the ANC National General Council in Durban, aware the powerful and often turbulent ANC Youth League wanted the conference to adopt a plan to nationalize private South African mines

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NIGERIA ELECTION

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has formally launched his campaign to run in January’s presidential elections. Mr. Jonathan made the formal announcement Saturday before a crowd of cheering supporters in Nigeria’s main city, Abuja. On Wednesday, the president used the social networking site Facebook to initially announce his candidacy

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