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Another Kenyan steals the limelight over high-praised new book

She was the “Woman of the Year,” winner of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, screenwriter and organizer of the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Now, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Kenyan by birth like her sister Lupita Nyong’o, has a stunning new novel under her belt that is winning breathless reviews from the book trade. ...

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‘Blade Runner’s’ murder trial sparks media frenzy

The trial of former “blade runner” and Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius, opened this week in South Africa before hundreds of cameras and journalists from over 100 countries. Pistorius, a speed runner with two prosthetic legs, was a popular South African personality until he shot his model girlfriend last year on Valentine’s Day in his apartment. Charged with the premeditated murder of his live-in companion, ...

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Resistance rises to Africa’s anti-gay laws

Tough new laws criminalizing Africa’s LGBT community are getting some push back from Africans themselves who argue more important issues are being swept under the rug during this relentless anti-gay crusade. In Uganda, opposition leader Kizza Besigye attacked the new laws signed by President Yoweri Museveni. He disputed the claim that homosexuality was “foreign” and said the issue was being used to divert a ...

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African hearts swell at Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar prize

The chatter on social media sites was off the charts as the Oscar choice for best supporting actress was named — the luminescent Lupita Nyong’o — for her role in the Hollywood feature film “12 Years a Slave.” Nigerian journalist Bim Adewunmi, writing in The Guardian, was one of many Africans covering the long night of prizes and accolades and who witnessed Nyong’o at the moment of her victory and feel the c ...

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Proposed budget cuts won’t slow the militarization of Africa

In a departure from the longstanding tradition of squeezing every possible dime from the Treasury to buy weapons, the White House is asking for significantly less money for the Pentagon budget. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel proposes a 450,000 troop reduction, the elimination of the A-10 “tank killer” aircraft, and the shelving of the U-2 spy plane. ...

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