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Togo’s Opposition Calls for Mass Protest Friday — A Togolese opposition official has said he does not wish for a Burkina Faso-style popular uprising in Togo. But Codjo Delava, Secretary General of the main opposition National Alliance for Change (ANC) party, said if President Faure Gnassingbe continues to refuse to implement political reforms that will lead to a presidential term limit and free and fair elections, then a Burkina Faso-style popular uprising might happen.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @AfricaHerald: VOA: Togo’s Opposition Calls for Mass Protest Friday: A Togolese opposition official has said he does ... #Africa

Satellite Tracker Throws Light on Gas Flaring in Nigeria — Gas flares are a common sight in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region. But for years, there has been no way of telling who has been flaring, where it has happening, and how much natural gas has been going up in flames. Now, there is.
Nov 27, 2014

#Nigeria, an oil producer since 1958, never knew for sure how much gas was being flared. Now it does. @VOA_News

Thailand Junta Delays Elections Until 2016 — A senior official in Thailand's military junta says elections likely will not be held until 2016, further delaying the military's promised democratic transition. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters Thursday elections will likely be held "around the start of 2016, once the constitution is drafted."

Prisoners Take Over Ngaragba Jail in CAR Capital — Hundreds of prisoners have taken over the main jail in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui. Security forces and international peacekeepers quickly surrounded the prison, and the United Nations mission in the country said the prisoners cannot escape. There were, and may still be, more than 700 prisoners inside Ngaragba detention center, a jail built for only 300.

Hostages Freed by Rebels in CAR Receiving Treatment in Cameroon — Cameroon's Information Minister Issa Tchiroma says President Paul Biya has ordered the Health Ministry to care for the 16 hostages freed from the neighboring Central African Republic.

Food Aid in Short Supply for Refugees in Kenya — The World Food Program has been struggling to find funds to feed half a million Somali and Sudanese refugees who are crammed into two large refugee camps in northern Kenya. The potential for unrest and humanitarian crises loom large in East Africa as the world donor community faces multiple high-cost emergencies around the globe.

South Sudan Opposition Alleges New SPLA Attacks — Forces loyal to South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar said Wednesday that government troops launched attacks on several rebel positions in Upper Nile and northern areas of Jonglei states. Military spokesman for the SPLA in Opposition Lul Ruai Koang said the attacks came a day after the expiration of a two-week deadline for the warring sides to complete details of a power-sharing deal for South Sudan.

The World According to Turkish PM in 'Quotes' — Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan drew worldwide ire this week when he said men are women cannot be made "equal" during an appearance at a conference on women and justice in Istanbul. "You cannot make women do everything men do like the communist regimes did...this is against her delicate nature," Erdogan said to the crowd, which also reportedly included his own daughter.

Poll: Americans Split on Obama’s Immigration Order — Americans are split on whether President Barack Obama was right to take executive action to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, according to a new poll. Quinnipiac University found 48 percent opposed to the president's action while 45 percent supported it.

For Native Americans, Thankgiving Can Be a Mixed Blessing — Growing up, attorney Anita Shifflett celebrated Thanksgiving in the same way as most other Americans, by getting together with relatives to enjoy a hearty meal. "Thanksgiving meant family," said Shifflett, a card-carrying member of the Native American Lumby tribe. "You had to go home for Thanksgiving. You had to go back to the tribe.
Nov 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! Here's an interesting article. " For Native Americans, Thankgiving Can Be a Mixed Blessing"

Legendary Lebanese Actress, Singer Sabah Dies at 87 — Iconic Lebanese actress and singer Sabah died in Beirut around dawn Wednesday, members of her family said. She was 87. Many actors and singers mourned her on Twitter, including acclaimed pop singer Nancy Ajram who said: "Today, Lebanon lost a legend. Sabah is gone but she remains in our hearts."

Kurds Control Iraq Internet Due to Baghdad Bureaucracy — Iraq's reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern autonomous region in control of three-quarters of Iraqi networks. This runs contrary to what Baghdad had sought from state control of fixed infrastructure within its jurisdiction, and the situation has spooked private investors and neutered Internet development outside Kurdistan, which sets its own rules.

Saudis Signal no Push for Oil Cut — OPEC leader Saudi Arabia signalled on Wednesday it was unlikely to push for a major change in oil output at the producer group's meeting this week, a day after Russia refused to cooperate in any production cut.

Nigeria's Naira Touches Record Low After Official Devaluation — Nigeria's naira touched a record low against the dollar on Wednesday, a day after the central bank devalued the currency, complicating efforts to contain inflation before presidential elections early next year.

Syrian Airstrikes on Raqqa Kill 95 — Activists say the death toll from Syrian airstrikes on the Islamic State group's main city of Raqqa has risen to at least 95 people. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that Tuesday's attacks on an industrial area and popular market near the city's museum also injured at least 120 people.

Zambian Opposition Party Infighting Deepens Ahead of Election — The former president of Zambia's opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) party has won a court injunction reversing his suspension. Nevers Mumba had asked the court to declare his ouster illegal, but MMD National Secretary Muhabi Lungu said the party is not threatened by Mumba's court injunction.

Polio Vaccination Team Attacked in SW Pakistan — Gunmen opened fire at a polio vaccination team in southwestern Pakistan Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding several others. Police say that three female health workers are among the dead. The incident occurred in Quetta, the capital of violence-hit Baluchistan province.

China Considers Suing ‘Economic Fugitives’ in US — China is considering suing people suspected of committing economic crimes who have fled to the United States and elsewhere with billions of dollars, an unusual step in a widening anti-graft campaign, a senior official said on Wednesday. The move, part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive, underscores the challenges China faces in seeking the return of so-called economic fugitives.
Nov 26, 2014

China Considers Suing ‘Economic Fugitives’ in US - China's anti-corruption campaign is coming state-side -…

Column: A Truce, Not a Breakthrough Avoids Hard Choices by U.S. and Iran — After failing to reach their own deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, the world's major powers and Iran settled for an extended truce that avoids the hard political choices that neither Washington nor Tehran could make.
Nov 26, 2014

Column: Truce, Not Breakthrough, Avoids Hard Choices by US and Iran #Iran #Nuclear

Nov 25, 2014

RT @barbaraslavin1: Column: A Truce, Not a Breakthrough Avoids Hard Choices by U.S. and Iran…