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New cardinals from Africa and Haiti help Pope serve the poor

In a further step away from old traditions at the Vatican, Pope Francis named his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa, the Philippines and Latin America including the developing nations of Haiti and Burkina Faso. The selection affirms his belief the church must pay more attention to the poor. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had chosen cardinals mostly from Western countries. ...

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South Sudan, a US creation, in chaos again

South Sudan may be barely on the radar screen for most Americans but a bitter split in the ruling coalition threatens to make it one of the worst humanitarian disasters in Africa. Over 1,000 people have been killed and 200,000 displaced in fighting by rival militia with reports of ethnically motivated atrocities by both sides. It is feared South Sudan could become another black mark for American policy on t ...

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Senegal cracks down on foreign ships

Senegal’s minister of fisheries has ordered the detention of a Russian trawler observed illegally catching fish in Senegalese waters. The move immediately won high praise from bloggers on the Internet. “Keep the fish, Charge a BIG FINE. If the Russians don’t pay, KEEP THE BOAT and sell it,” wrote “Bob” on the Yahoo comments page. Michael B wrote: “Good for the Senegal government for taking this action again ...

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‘Democracy has disappeared’ say officials in mass resignation

Some 75 officials in the West African nation of Burkina Faso resigned this week in mass to protest efforts by President Blaise Compaore to give himself an additional five-year term. According to critics, Compaore is planning to extend his time in office by changing the rule that limits presidents to two five-year terms. Compaore has been in power since 1987 and under the current rule would not be able to ru ...

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Reparations committee meets lawyers

Indicating they are serious about being paid by European countries for the horrors of the slave trade, a committee appointed by Caribbean governments to take legal action against former slave trading nations met with its international legal team in Jamaica, as this story went to press the week of Dec. 16, to advance the plan to make Europe pay for the enslavement of Black people. ...

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Nelson Mandela: More than a leader, he’s a legend

The world has lost one of the most recognizable and transformational global leaders in history. Nelson Mandela, a world leader and icon, died on Dec. 5, 2013, at his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela died after a long battle with a lung infection that kept him in and out of the hospital for some time. ...

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African migrants protest Israeli detentions in long march

In a dramatic protest against their detention, some 200 African migrants crossed 60 miles by foot over two days in winter weather to rally at the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem. The marchers, many of them asylum seekers from Darfur, Sudan, carried signs that read, “I didn’t choose to be a refugee,” “We are in danger, not dangerous” and “You were strangers in the land of Egypt.” ...

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