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Ghana: Gunman jailed for plotting to assassinate president

President John Dramani Mahama. Photo©ReutersA 36-year old man arrested on gun possession charges has been sentenced to 10-years imprisonment after confessing to a local court he intended to kill the Ghanaian president because of the economic hardships and the chronic power crisis the country faced.

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The Promises and Perils of Democracy in Africa

Eva M. Clayton. Photo©livingstongroupdc.comThe Obama Administration along with other American leadership, especially my former colleagues of the Congressional Black Caucus, have a duty to the birthplace of humanity, writes Eva M. Clayton, former representative of the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of North Carolina.

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FIFA's Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter under the spotlight

Sepp Blatter. Photo©Rex Shutterstock/SIPAAmidst international investigations into corruption at the global football organisation FIFA, the president is set to step down. African federations want to see his successor continue policies promoting the continent.

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Nigeria shares gas revenues to cover state government debts

Nigeria has begun the process of sharing $2.1 billion with federal, state and local governments to reduce a growing backlog of debts and restructure short-term loans, a spokesman for the vice president said on Monday.

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Ghana: Man arrested on gun possession charges at president's church

President John Mahama of Ghana. File photo©ReutersGhanaian security officials on Sunday arrested a 36-year-old man who carried a weapon into a church where President John Dramani Mahama and other top government officials worship, a government spokesperson said in a statement.

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Nigeria gross government revenues rise for second month in June

Photo©ReutersNigeria's gross government revenues rose for the second consecutive month in June to 485.95 billion naira ($2.44 billion), up 33 percent from May, the finance ministry said.

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