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Kenyan VP pleads ‘not guilty’ to mass murder of Kikuyu rivals

Kenya’s vice president, William Ruto, at the opening day of his trial for the slaughter of rival Kikuyu people in post-election violence, declared himself “not guilty” to a trio of serious charges issued against him by the International Criminal Court. Ruto, a Kalenjin, allegedly formed an army, which attacked and killed Kikuyus after his party candidate, Raila Odinga, was defeated in a presidential poll. O ...

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U.S. mother guilty of manslaughter in death of Ethiopian adoptee

A Washington state mother who followed a religious handbook on using the stick to discipline the child was found guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her Ethiopian-born adopted daughter. Carri Williams and her husband Larry were both convicted of first-degree manslaughter in Hana Williams’ death and of first-degree assault for abusing a 12-year-old hearing-impaired boy adopted from E ...

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Detroit to Africa: Dr. Tierra Bills builds a road to success

For Dr. Tierra Bills, Ph.D., education was an integral part of growing up; her grandparents and family made certain of it. “I think that in my family education has always been valued and held in very high regard,” says the Florida A&M graduate. Bills’ mother was a teacher at her K-12 school, Aisha Shule/W.E.B. Dubois Preparatory Academy. “My mom basically taught me all of my life — at home and all through s ...

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Romanian snaps up deals for West African resources

Flying just under the radar, a Romanian national has been signing lucrative deals for manganese, oil, gas and other high value minerals, leading flattering news reports to dub him “the Emperor of West Africa.” Frank Timis, CEO of Pan African Minerals, was treated like royalty this month by country leaders after buying up the rights to mine precious manganese from Burkina Faso. In exchange, Timis promised to ...

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Thousands attend one year anniversary of Marikana strikers deaths

At the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Marikana Massacre, named for the platinum mine where police shot and killed 34 striking workers, government officials were conspicuously absent from the event which drew thousands of unionized mine workers. At the memorial, organized by church leaders and labor officials, 20 reserved seats stood empty, representing the rejection by the African National Co ...

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Rita Marley tapped as ‘honorary Ghanaian’

Rita Marley, wife of reggae artist Bob Marley and founder of the Rita Marley Foundation, has received a Ghanaian passport in recognition of her contributions to Ghana. Dr. Erieka Bennett, head of mission for the African Union’s Diaspora Africa Forum, said, “We are thrilled to see the Ghana Government recognizing the tremendous contribution Nana Rita has made to Ghana socially, as well as economically. This ...

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Jesse Jackson calls Morocco reforms ‘wave of the future’

Although Tunisia, Egypt and other troubled hotspots in the region have been shaken by popular uprisings, Morocco has been able to avoid turmoil by expanding the rights of its citizens and giving them more say in their future, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said in a speech Aug. 15 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. “Morocco has responded with wisdom and achiev ...

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President Mugabe, savoring victory, plans takeover of foreign mines

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s wide lead in the just-ended presidential poll over his long-time rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, may have ended a years-long struggle between the two men for the nation’s top spot. President Mugabe trounced Tsvangirai, capturing 2 million votes — 61 percent of the July 31 vote total. With that, the victorious 89-year-old president extends his 33-year rule of the s ...

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Cycle disobedience

Detroit is most beautiful seen from the saddle of a bicycle. Our streets are wide. The land is flat. Traffic is light. On most mornings, the city is so quiet you can hear the crackling staccato of a pheasant over the persistent whispering cadence of your chain. All those features make bike travel the ideal way to truly see what is so often overlooked in this wide, magical land. ...

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All people of African origin live the ‘Trayvon Martin experience’

While visiting Ghana, a traveler observed residents of that West African country carefully monitoring George Zimmerman’s trial on their smart phones. More remarkable than how technology has shrunk the world is the way at least some people in Africa apparently identified with Trayvon Martin and were concerned about the fate of the man who killed him. Concern abroad about the plight of Trayvon Martin occurred ...

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