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Justice near for Angolan dad ‘unlawfully killed’ by UK guards

In a surprise ruling, a UK jury said three British security guards “unlawfully killed” an Angolan father held in a stress position prior to his deportation to Angola on British Airways. An earlier hearing had dismissed all charges against the guards. In the incident with overtones of the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Fla., the victim, Jimmy Mubenga, a father of five, was overheard crying out: “Let me up. ...

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Defying Obama, Senegal and Ivory Coast declare they are anti-gay

Despite a small but visible increase in public tolerance toward the gay community, African leaders continue to press for the criminalization and, in a few cases, the death penalty for those who are openly gay. Their latest condemnations come in the wake of President Obama’s Africa trip and his praise for the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage. ...

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African leaders renege on pledge to support small farmers

Ten years after 53 African Union countries pledged to invest in their farmers and break the cycle of food insecurity, only seven countries have fulfilled their pledge. At a meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, 53 African heads of state agreed in 2003 to allocate at least 10 percent of their national budgets to agriculture and livestock by July 2008. Now only seven countries — Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, ...

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Senate bill quietly curtails African immigration

Each year, 50,000 people are selected at random to immigrate to the United States. They don’t need specialized job skills or even a relative in the country. What they need most is a little luck, some basic educational or work training qualifications, and to be from a country with few recent immigrants living in the United States. ...

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Will ANC leaders keep Mandela’s promise or drift? 

Amid the torrent of nostalgic news features about South Africa’s first Black president, now ailing in the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, it has become impossible not to hear the anxieties of ordinary South Africans who fear the country’s new leaders will abandon the Mandela promise for economic prosperity derived from a racially equal society. ...

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