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RWANDANS ‘REMEMBER, RENEW AND UNITE’ ON ANNIVERSARY OF GENOCIDE

Rwandans at home and abroad marked the April 1994 Genocide that took the lives of more than a million Rwandans in just 100 days. In Kenya, hundreds of Rwandan citizens held a procession in Nairobi. Ambassador James Kimonyo said the walk offered a time to reflect on what happened in 1994, why it happened and what they should do to ensure that the incident does not happen again. Marking the anniversary in Nig ...

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LGBT ACTIVISTS PLAN FIRST-EVER PRIDE MARCH IN SWAZILAND

LGBT activists in Swaziland are taking hopeful steps towards official recognition in the conservative nation of Swaziland, where male homosexuality is outlawed and members of the government have denounced it as “satanic.” The activists hope to win over some hearts and minds by holding a Pride march and festival in June. If the application by The Rock of Hope for the march and festival is approved, the histo ...

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PRESIDENTIAL RACE TAKES AN UNEXPECTED TWIST IN NIGERIA

Next year’s race for the presidency in Nigeria just got a lot more interesting as a crusading journalist – an upstart known for exposing the millions and billions stolen by a national “loot-ocracy” – announced his candidacy for the nation’s top job. As news spread that the journalist, Omoyele Sowore, was testing the waters for national office, President Muhammadu Buhari, age 75, reminded Nigerians that he t ...

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IN SOUTH AFRICA, PAIN AND SHOCK AT PASSING OF WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

Tributes to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela filled the South African radio air waves this week as news of her untimely passing reached the far corners of the nation and the continent. Heart-rending classics from the American songbook - from The Song for Mama by Boyz to Men to Donny Hathaway’s A Song for You – expressed the somber mood in the nation while social media filled with remembrances b ...

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LIBERIANS IN THE U.S. FACING MASS DEPORTATION

Liberians living in America since a devastating civil war that took 250,000 lives are now in the crosshairs of the current Trump administration which is threatening to lift their protected status and deport them. Some five thousand people nationally are protected from deportation under the Deferred Enforced Departure or DED program which has been in effect since 1991. But the total number of Liberians in th ...

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CUBAN MDs HEAD TO KENYA TO TEACH AND LEARN

Following a health agreement signed last year, 100 Cuban doctors will travel to Kenya to fill gaps in specialty care at Kenyan hospitals. Fifty Kenyan doctors will be sent to Cuba for specialized training. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki said the visiting personnel would include critical care physicians - family physicians, physicists, oncologists and surgeons dealing with plastic reconst ...

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AFRICA FREE TRADE – A NEW DAWN FOR AFRICA?

In what was described as a “new dawn for Africa,” leaders from 44 of the 55 countries of the continent ceremoniously signed a trade pact creating a huge single market from Cape Town to Cairo. The national leaders agreed to eliminate cross-border tariffs and make border posts more efficient. Twenty seven countries signed an additional protocol to allow for the free movement of people across borders, European ...

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2019 Ram

by Frank S. Washington PHOENIX -- Every pickup truck maker is upping its game. For Ram, the 2019 edition is all new from the ground up and that includes a new Ram’s head logo and RAM spelled out in all the grilles and on the tailgates. Gone is the horse collar grille as Ram continues to step away from Dodge and establish itself in the market as an independent brand. This process started in 2009 and though i ...

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WHITE AUSTRALIANS DEBATE FAST-TRACK VISAS FOR WHITE SOUTH AFRICANS SEEKING TO EMIGRATE

Australia’s national security minister has proposed fast-tracking immigrant visas for white South Africans facing “horrific circumstances” under the newly-elected head of the African National Congress. Minister Peter Sutton said Australia should speed up the visas for white farmers who, he claimed, are being “persecuted” since South African President Cyril Ramaphosa endorsed transferring land ownership from ...

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NO VOTING RIGHTS FOR THE DIASPORA, ZIMBABWE COURT RULES

Zimbabweans in the diaspora with money to invest are holding on to their wallets. An invitation to rebuild the country rings hollow without the right to vote, they say. This week, the Constitutional Court reviewed the case of three Zimbabweans living abroad and seeking voting rights. The court declined to rule on the case. “The State must amend its position,” said Thabani Mpofu, representing the Zimbabweans ...

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