Archive | June, 2012

Nigeria: Outrage over President Jonathan’s trip to Brazil for UN Earth Summit

June 20, 2012

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Outrage over President Jonathan’s trip to Brazil for UN Earth Summit By Niyi Odebode, Olusola Fabiyi, John Alechenu and Ihuoma Chiedozie The Punch   The news that President Goodluck Jonathan jetted out of the country amidst violence in Kaduna and Yobe states provoked public outrage on Tuesday. Jonathan on Monday traveled to Brazil to take […]

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Juneteenth- Emancipation Day

June 19, 2012

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_____________________________________ Video: The Confederacy politics behind the slave trade ____________________________________ Juneteenth Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had […]

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3,000 U.S. soldiers to serve in Africa next year- A new Cold War with China over Africa?

June 18, 2012

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3,000 U.S. soldiers to serve in Africa next year As the war in Afghanistan draws down, the Army will be increasing the number of troops deployed to Africa.   By John Ryan – Staff writer Army Times   A brigade will deploy to Africa next year in a pilot program that assigns brigades on a rotational […]

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Light rail opens in Uijeongbu, South Korea amid financial fears

June 18, 2012

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Light rail opens in Uijeongbu, South Korea amid financial fears   A railcar runs along a new track built as part of the light rail transit (LRT) system, which is to open in South Korea’s northern city of Uijeongbu on July 1, 2012.   By Park Chan-Kyong | AFP With sleek railcars sliding along elevated tracks, South […]

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Nigeria: A new city and the state of Rivers to begin construction of a new science and technology university campus

June 17, 2012

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Nigeria: The state of Rivers is set to begin construction of a new science and technology university campus By Chukwudi Akasike The Punch   PORT HARCOURT -The Rivers State Government has said the construction of the new State University of Science and Technology campus will commence in July 2012. The senior special adviser to the governor on […]

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Visa rules set to be eased in Central Asia’s former Soviet republics

June 16, 2012

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Visa rules set to be eased in Central Asia   By Nikolaus von Twickel The Moscow Times     The Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are planning to liberalize their visa rules this summer, marking what looks like a trend among former Soviet states.   The Kyrgyz parliament approved a bill Thursday […]

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Zimbabwe: African, Carribean and Pacific Group backs call for lifting of European Union sanctions

June 15, 2012

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Zimbabwe: African, Carribean and Pacific Group backs call for lifting of European Union sanctions By Victoria Ruzvidzo The Herald  PORT VILA, VANUATU— The African, Carribean and Pacific Group (ACP) says it stands in solidarity with Zimbabwe as it seeks the removal of illegal sanctions imposed by the European Union. Describing the sanctions as a “source of irritation” […]

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Tom Benson’s purchase of New Orleans Hornets officially approved by NBA

June 14, 2012

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NBA Board of Governors approves New Orleans Hornets sale to Tom Benson By Jimmy Smith The Times-Picayune The NBA Board of Governors on Wednesday approved the sale of the New Orleans Hornets to Tom Benson, the league announced. The sale will be officially closed later this week. The Hornets are expected to make an official […]

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European Union (EU) donated €7million ($8.8 million) grant to Ghana towards this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections

June 14, 2012

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Ghana gets €7 million from European Union for 2012 elections   Cephas Larbi Peace FM Online The European Union (EU) has donated a €7million ($8.8 million US) grant to Ghana towards this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on December 7. The amount is to support independent government institutions involved in the electoral process […]

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New York Jewish population is growing

June 12, 2012

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New York Jewish population is growing, according to new study commissioned by UJA-Federation of New York Largest Jewish community study ever conducted outside of Israel finds increasing ethnic and religious diversity and rising rates of poverty PRNewswire NEW YORK — The population of the New York Jewish community has grown nearly 10 percent since the […]

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