Friday, February 27, 2015: Top 10 Weekly News Must Reads


1. Obama Nominates First U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Since 1991

"President Barack Obama has nominated a career diplomat to be the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in nearly 25 years, filling a post that has been vacant since the Horn of Africa country collapsed into chaos in 1991, forcing the closure of the American embassy."
Source: TIME

2. Spy Cables Reveal Threat on the Life of African Union’s Chief

Secret documents recently leaked have exposed a plot to kill former African Union head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She faced an “an eminent threat” to her life in Addis Ababa in October 2012.
 
Source: The Nation

3. The 2015 Presidential Elections in Nigeria: The Issues and Challenges

The upcoming 2015 presidential election in Nigeria—set to be held in March—will be the first time that the opposition may have a chance of beating the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as well as the fifth democratic election since the first civilian elected president assumed power in the late 90s.
Source: Brookings

4. American Missionary Kidnapped in Nigeria

This week, an American woman working as a Christian missionary in Nigeria was kidnapped, according to Free Methodist Church. Officials in Nigeria do not believe the kidnapping is connected to terror group Boko Haram.
Source: Christian Science Monitor

5. Oscar Pistorius Lawyers Fight to Prevent New Murder Trial

Oscar Pistorius's lawyers launch legal challenge against judge's decision to allow appeal, as prosecutors bid for murder conviction.

Source: The Telegraph

6. The Plight of Ethiopian Migrants in Somalia

Learn more about Ethiopian migrants and their experience in Somalia, specifically the mistreatment of them by Somali locals. The unemployment of Somali youth has pushed for local governments to "send the Ethiopians back."
Source: Al Jazeera

7. Togo President to Seek Third Term in April Poll

"Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has accepted his party's nomination as a candidate for elections in April and will seek a third term in power, defying calls from the opposition to step aside."
Source: Voice of America

8. Eating an Elephant

A deeper look at the Zimbabwean game farm owner who offered two elephants, two buffalo, two sable antelopes and five impalas for President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday party.    
Source: The Atlantic

9. Number of US Citizens at Risk of FGM Rises - Video

A campaigning FGM survivor shares how she is fighting the controversial practice of Female Genital Mutilation until it is no longer an issue.

Source: The Guardian

10. Lupita Nyong'o $150,000 Oscar Dress Stolen

The Kenyan actress was just celebrated for her glamourous look at the Oscars on Sunday, but now. authorities are looking into disappearance of the custom $150,000 Calvin Klein dress. The dress is studded with 6,000 natural white pearls.

Source: BBC