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With New Niger Drone Base, Trump’s CIA Poised for Expanded African Footprint: NYT


The CIA under President Donald Trump has expanded its drone program in Africa with a recently built-up airbase in northeastern Niger the likely launchpad for surveillance and bombings across the region, the New York Times reported Sunday.

The expansion reflects the agency’s reclaimed authority to conduct covert lethal drone strikes—a capacity President Barack Obama curtailed but which Trump returned to the CIA soon after taking office.

The new base, the Times reported, is in the desert town of Dirkou. That makes it much closer to the militant hotbed of southwestern Libya than the Pentagon’s base 800 miles southwest in the capital of Niamey, and also closer than the Pentagon’s new massive and pricey drone base in the Saharan city of Agadez in central Niger.

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Ghana and Nigeria to take part in expanded Africa T20 Cup


In what will be the fourth edition of the Africa T20 Cup, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced that there will be 20 teams in contention.

Of the 20 participating teams are 12 CSA Affiliates, three Associate Members and the five guest African countries. They have been drawn into four pools of five each, with the winners of each group advancing through to the semi-finals. Ghana and Nigeria join Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe as the guest nations, while the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provincial sides complete the line-up for the 2018 tournament.  

Corrie van Zyl, CSA General Manager, hailed the current four-year longevity of the Africa T20 Cup and was full of praise for the expansion.

“This being the fourth edition, this competition has grown tremendously,” he commented.

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Swiss Re Receives OK for Expanded South Africa License


Swiss Re’s reinsurance business unit has a newly-approved license for property/casualty business in South Africa. The move completes Swiss Re’s pan to re-domicile its Southern African P/C business onto the continent.

The South African Prudential Authority has approved Swiss Re’s application to expand the license of its existing subsidiary, Swiss Re Life and Health Africa Limited, to become a composite entity that can service both life and health as well as P/C business. Swiss Re Life and Health Africa Limited will be renamed to Swiss Re Africa Limited and will have the status of a subsidiary of Swiss Reinsurance Company Limited, Zurich.

“Our expansion in South Africa lays the basis for Swiss Re to upscale its market strategy in Africa. By shifting the center of gravity of our…

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An African-American leader brings a provocative take to expanded Civil War museum | Features


RICHMOND, Va. — Christy Coleman spends a lot of time among artifacts of the Civil War, and two that touch her deeply are a pair of tattered Confederate battle flags. This seems odd for an African-American woman, until she explains.

One banner has a single word stitched on it: Home. The white material of the flag, it turns out, was cut from a wedding dress. The other flag is a traditional Stars and Bars, like you’d see on a T-shirt or shot glass. But this one was captured at the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg by United States Colored Troops.

Both relics hint at deeper human stories, and that’s where Coleman finds meaning in her job as chief executive of the American Civil War…

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An African-American leader brings a provocative take to expanded Civil War museum in Richmond | Features


RICHMOND, Va. — Christy Coleman spends a lot of time among artifacts of the Civil War, and two that touch her deeply are a pair of tattered Confederate battle flags. This seems odd for an African-American woman, until she explains.

One banner has a single word stitched on it: Home. The white material of the flag, it turns out, was cut from a wedding dress. The other flag is a traditional Stars and Bars, like you’d see on a T-shirt or shot glass. But this one was captured at the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg by United States Colored Troops.

Both relics hint at deeper human stories, and that’s where Coleman finds meaning in her job as chief executive of the American Civil War…

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An African American director at the helm of an expanded Civil War museum in Richmond


Christy Coleman spends a lot of time among artifacts of the Civil War, and two that touch her deeply are a pair of tattered Confederate battle flags. This seems odd for an African American woman, until she explains.

One banner has a single word stitched on it: Home. The white material of the flag, it turns out, was cut from a wedding dress. The other flag is a traditional Stars and Bars, like you’d see on a T-shirt or shot glass. But this one was captured at the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg by United States Colored Troops.

Both relics hint at deeper human stories, and that’s where Coleman finds meaning in her job as chief executive of the American Civil War Museum, an institution created from the ruins of this city’s Confederate ironworks.

As the nation wrestles with…

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