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Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

A Pakistani teen who survived certain death from a terrorist’s gunshot to her face has met with the mothers of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by elements of the group Boko Haram. On the first leg of a three day visit last week, Malala Yousafzai, now 17, and her father, Ziauddin, spoke with some of the mothers, telling them she saw the more than 200 kidnapped girls as her sisters and would stand up for them. ...

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Zambian president goes AWOL, leaves nation leaderless

Three weeks ago, Zambian President Michael Sata was airlifted on a plane to Israel. Some reports had him in a coma, and said he was receiving treatment for kidney disease at the Sheba Medical Center there. The flurry of rumors began to build, neither confirmed nor denied by Sata’s ruling party. “One minute we are hearing he has arrived home to Lusaka but is very unwell, the next minute we are ‘reliably info ...

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Award-winning author brings perspective on Haitian crisis to Detroit

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. Katz chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nat ...

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Strike at General Motors South Africa gains international support

General Motors South Africa has shut down its plant in Port Elizabeth where some 200,000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa are demanding a 12 percent pay raise. Support for the union walkout has poured in from the U.K., the Czech Republic, Brazil, Namibia, Swaziland, and the machinist workers union in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in the U.S. In a letter to the NUMSA General Secretary I ...

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Jill Biden meets with Congo’s sexual violence survivors

In a three-nation tour of the continent, Jill Biden, the wife of the U.S. vice president, met this week with survivors of sexual violence in the eastern Congo. It was her third tour to Africa since her husband Joe Biden became vice president in 2009. A teacher of English at a Virginia community college, the “Second Lady” also works to support military families, to highlight the work of community colleges, a ...

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African Union Summit hears call to review relationship with the west

At a summit June 20-27 of African heads of state, the president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea strongly rebuked western countries for “interfering” in Africa, and urged leaders to end economic dependence on the West. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, hosting a two-day summit of the 54-nation African Union, said a post-colonial relationship of unequals was holding back the continent from sustainable development. The 72- ...

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Child marriage: Nigeria’s other scourge

Nearly 300 school-age girls are still in the hands of Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group. But they’re not the only group of young women yanked from school against their will and made to work at the beck and call of husbands they did not choose. A new exposé rips Nigeria for its record number of child brides — some as young as 9 years old. According to the U.N. Population Fund, Nigeria has one of the hig ...

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Black South Africans get new chance to seek redress for stolen land

South Africa will restart the claims process that provides compensation to black families who were illegally removed from their land during white rule. The window for those claims had been shut 16 years ago. In a published statement, President Jacob Zuma assented to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, which among other things reopens the period to make a claim for those who missed the previous dea ...

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Smith & Wesson off the hook for arms-to-Africa bribe deal

After a whirlwind round of dinners in fancy hotels, Smith & Wesson’s vice president of sales was one of a group of arms dealers in a congratulatory mood after winding up what they thought was a major weapons sale to an African leader. To get the deal, worth $15 million, all the dealers — top-level execs — agreed to pay a 20 percent “commission,” even after being told that half would go into the pocket of th ...

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Kenyan round-up of refugees nets 300 children

As part of a controversial anti-terrorism operation, Kenya is rounding up and detaining Somali refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers, separating parents from young children. Some of the children are said to be confined to a Nairobi stadium without a parent or guardian. Emanuel Nyabera, spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency, expressed concern for some 300 Somali children, including babies as young as a few mon ...

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