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2018 Mazda CX-5

By Frank S. Washington DETROIT – The Mazda CX-5 is the automaker’s bestselling model and after a week test driving the 2018 version, it is easy to see why. The CX-5 is basic in what it does but it performed excellently. Acceleration was great. Under the hood was a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation. It made 186 horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque. It was mated to a six-speed automati ...

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WORLD LEADERS FLOCK TO U.N. ‘PEACE SUMMIT’ – A REBUKE OF ‘AMERICA FIRST’?

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa couldn’t be prouder as he unveiled a life-size statue of Nelson Mandela on the eve of the U.N. General Assembly and the opening of a day-long ‘peace summit’ with nearly 160 scheduled speakers . The statue is a gift to the United Nations from South Africa. “The people of our country, united in their diversity, revere Nelson Mandela as the founding father of our democra ...

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LOST AND FEARED STOLEN: $104 MILLION IN FRESH CURRENCY BOUND FOR LIBERIA

The alleged theft of shipping containers loaded with new Liberian currency would be comical if it were a movie but is heartbreaking to Liberian citizens struggling to get by in a poor country. It was also a reminder that the promises of new president George Weah to stamp out corruption are far from being fulfilled. The shipping containers held $104 million (U.S.) and had departed from Sweden where the curre ...

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WHO’S TO BLAME IN LATEST FERRY DISASTER?

Tanzanian President John Magufuli took action this week against a ferry captain and all of the crew as the number of bodies pulled from Lake Victoria in the latest maritime disaster topped 200. In an address last Friday, Magufuli told the nation that the captain left the ferry's steering in the hands of a person not trained for the job. The death toll has reached 223, but could go higher as more bodies are ...

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DECADES-OLD CASE REVIVES AFRICAN DEMAND FOR STOLEN LANDS

When colonial powers redrew borders in Africa and picked choice lands for themselves and less desirable land for everyone else, some of those deals remained through this century. Few were undone. This week, a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will decide if colonial deals that redrew African borders can be declared illegal and, if so, if islands taken by the United Kingdom from the nation ...

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GUERRILLA WAR RAGES BETWEEN BIG OIL AND INSTITUTIONS OF THE ART WORLD

A growing number of museums in Europe are turning thumbs down on oil company dollars when the companies not only contribute to global warming but fund the “science” that supposedly disproves it. Oil company funding also misleads public perception of environmental devastation as in Nigeria where billions of dollars were made extracting oil while highly toxic water and soil remain. A recent study published in ...

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UGANDAN LEADER TARNISHED BY TORTURE OF REGGAE POP-STAR

Images of a popular reggae music star in a wheel chair holding crutches have raised questions of whether Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni ordered the arrest and torture of the star-turned-parliamentarian, Bobi Wine, who attended a recent rally of the opposition in the town of Arua. Museveni was forced to release the star for treatment in the U.S. after an outcry by Wine’s supporters. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssen ...

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2018 Toyota C-HR

The C-HR came equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense P™ (TSS-P). It is anticipated to be the only vehicle in its segment with a standard Pre-Collision System with Active Braking. ...

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FIRST AFRICAN TO LEAD THE U.N. FOUGHT FOR DEVELOPING WORLD CAUSES

Aug. 20, 2018 (GIN) –Kofi Atta Annan, former Secretary General of the U.N., is being remembered today for his leadership over ten tumultuous years when the world faced a crisis of poverty, injustice and disease. Mr. Annan passed away this month at age 80. Secretary General Annan, a polished diplomat from Ghana and later the leader of the U.N., was considered a champion of developing world causes but encount ...

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MOZAMBIQUE TAKES THE “FREE” OUT OF PRESS FREEDOM, IMPOSING HEFTY FEES ON MEDIA

Aug. 20, 2018 (GIN) – Press freedom in Mozambique just got a lot less free. Under a new government decree, local and foreign journalists must now pony up thousands of dollars for the right to report in this Southern African country. The little dribble of news about Mozambique in the foreign press could disappear altogether, ending press freedom at a crucial time. Human rights groups call it an attempt to di ...

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