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Date Archives for 2014

  • Journalist Sentenced To Death In Mauritania For Article Said To Have ‘Insulted Islam’

    By Ann Brown, 7:00 pm

    From Daily Mail A Mauritania court has condemned a man to be shot to death for insulting the Islamic prophet of Mohammad, a human rights group claims.  Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 28, was arrested a year ago for writing an article about the Prophet Mohammad and the caste system, an extremely sensitive subject in a […]

  • Mauritius Central Bank Chief Claims He Was Removed From Office

    By Ann Brown, 6:00 pm

    From Bloomberg Mauritius central bank Governor Rundheersing Bheenick said he was removed from office with immediate effect following this month’s general election. “I had the privilege to serve my country,” he said by phone. “I wish good luck to my successor.” No successor has been named. Bheenick, who was appointed in 2007, was known for […]

  • Morocco’s Economy Expected To Grow

    By Ann Brown, 5:00 pm

    From Financial Times Morocco may be entering a growth phase, after a seven years during which its economy struggled but avoided the turmoil that has affected some of its Arab neighbours. Having previously notched up double-digit growth rates, the North African country was hit by, in close succession, the global financial crisis, the 2011 Arab […]

  • I Do! Nigeria’s Elite Spend More Than $2 Million On Weddings

    By Ann Brown, 4:00 pm

    From Forbes Illusionists flown in from Spain, flowers imported from France, or an R&B superstar flown in from the United States. No request seems to be out of line to Nigeria’s rich when it comes to the most beautiful day of their life. And don’t even mention the b-word – budget, that is – ’cause […]

  • For The First Time, Libya Airstrikes Hit Misrata Militants

    By Ann Brown, 3:00 pm

    From BBC A Misrata source confirmed the strikes to the BBC, adding that there were no casualties or material damage. The airstrikes come after a 72-hour ultimatum issued by the air force to militants based in Misrata. Militants had been attacking the oil ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf in East Libya. Militants were “still […]

  • Liberia Is Having ‘The Worst Christmas Ever’

    By Ann Brown, 2:00 pm

    From Business Insider The Ebola epidemic has cast a dark shadow over Christmas this year in Liberia, where small businesses are especially feeling the pinch. “This is the worst Christmas we have ever seen,” said Isaac G. Chea, a trader. “Because of the Ebola crisis… people don’t want to come in the market, there where […]

  • Maine soldiers helping Ebola treatment efforts in Liberia

    By Ann Brown, 1:00 pm

    From Bangor  Daily News A Mainer from Hartland, a platoon leader with the 902nd Engineer Company, helped build a 50-patient Ebola treatment unit in Liberia, and another from Bingham is the noncommissioned officer in charge of protection, lodging and logistics for the facility. 1st Lt. Abraham Richardson and the 902nd built the first Ebola treatment […]

  • Liberia Senate Race: Landslide Win For Former Football Star George Weah

    By Ann Brown, 12:00 pm

    From BBC The former football star George Weah has won a landslide victory in Liberia’s senate elections, in polls disrupted by the Ebola outbreak. Weah got 78 percent of the vote for the Montserrado county seat, which includes the capital Monrovia. He beat Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took nearly […]

  • Thieves Destroy Kenya’s Power Grid Trying To Cook Fast Food

    By Ann Brown, 11:00 am

    From Yahoo The morning scene is increasingly routine for Kenyans. When it’s time to start the day, the power is already out. Somewhere nearby, the shell of a wrecked electrical transformer lies on its side underneath the pole where it had been fixed 20 feet off the ground. The culprit is an unusual one: A […]

  • Former Ivory Coast First Lady Simone Gbagbo Goes On Trial

    By Ann Brown, 10:00 am

    From Aljazeera The former first lady of the Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo, has gone on trial for her alleged role in post-election violence in 2010. The trial of the 65-year-old and 82 civilian and military supporters of her husband, former president Laurent Gbagbo, began under heavy security on Friday and was broadcast on radio. “If […]

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