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Modern Slave trade in Libya causes Outrage across Africa

Media reports about alleged migrant slave markets in Libya have resulted in strong reactions across the continent. African politicians demand an investigation and the prosecution of those responsible Who’s the highest bidder? 800 Dinar! 1,000 Dinar! 1,100 Dinar! In the end, the winning bid is 1,200 Libyan Dinar – the equivalent of $800 (€680). A done deal; however, this isn’t just any auction for a car or a piece of ... Read More »

#LetMaliaLive: Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton defend Malia Obama amid tabloid coverage

Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton are defending former first daughter Malia Obama amid media reports about her personal life. The current and former first daughters’ defense of former President Barack Obama’s elder daughter came after a video showing her apparently blowing smoke rings went viral. Other media reports in recent months have attempted to chronicle the older Obama daughter’s personal life since she left the White House. Malia Obama should ... Read More »

First picture of Mugabe after resignation goes viral on social media

A picture of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace – purported to have been taken just before the nonagenarian signed his resignation letter on Tuesday – has gone viral on social media. This is the first picture that has emerged since Mugabe stepped down. The picture shows Mugabe and his wife with the veteran leader’s “friends”, including the country’s former reserve bank governor Gideon Gono. Grace ... Read More »

Exclusive: Meet the Mediator who persuaded Robert Mugabe to step down

As a young priest, the Rev. Fidelis Mukonori collected evidence of atrocities during Zimbabwe’s brutal civil war. The reports filtered to Robert Mugabe, then a leading figure in the liberation struggles. Decades later, Mukonori helped persuade Mugabe to relinquish power. In his first interview since Zimbabwe’s apparent coup and peaceful transfer of power, Mukonori described hours of debate and discussion at the presidential residence, State House, and Mugabe’s personal residence. ... Read More »

Google Celebrates Chinua Achebe’s Legacy with Doodle

In commemoration of his 87th birthday, U.S. technology firm and the world’s largest Internet search engine, Google, Thursday honoured Nigerian author, the late Chinua Achebe, with a Doodle. A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage that is intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people. The first Google Doodle was in honour of the Burning Man Festival of 1998, and was designed by ... Read More »

Trump: Why I turned down Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

President Trump said Friday that he turned down being named Time’s “Person of the Year” after the magazine only told him he “probably” would be selected. In a tweet posted Friday afternoon, Trump wrote that he was called by the magazine to inform him that he would be named “Person of the Year” in 2017, but that he declined. “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to ... Read More »

Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 235 dead in Sinai Peninsula

At least 235 people were killed when gunmen opened fire and bombed a mosque in Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula on Friday. Government officials said 109 more had been injured in the attack — among the deadliest in Egypt’s history. Images from inside the building showed dozens of bodies wrapped in blood-soaked cloth lined up on the carpeted floor. Police sources told the Associated Press that men in four off-road vehicles ... Read More »

Oxford Circus Station in London Reopens After Panicked Evacuation

A report of gunfire led to the panicked evacuation of one of London’s most crowded subway stations on Friday afternoon, but the scare proved to be short-lived, a testament perhaps to nerves frayed by a year in which London has been targeted by several terrorist attacks. The station was reopened within 90 minutes, as the police reported that they had “not located any trace of suspects, evidence of shots fired ... Read More »

Cordray resigns from U.S. consumer agency, triggers political showdown

Richard Cordray, the director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, formally resigned on Friday and named a deputy director as his replacement, setting the stage for a political and legal battle over the regulator’s leadership. Democrat lawmakers are eager to preserve the regulator for as long as possible while Republicans want to put in place new leadership to chart a drastically different course. The six-year-old bureau has policed consumer ... Read More »

Trump pushes border wall, travel ban after Egyptian mosque attack

President Trump on Friday revived his calls for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and a travel ban targeting certain countries after an attack on a mosque in Egypt left at least 235 people dead. In a tweet announcing an upcoming phone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Trump lamented the terrorist attack on the al-Rawdah mosque in the northern Sinai Peninsula, and said that the U.S. would have ... Read More »

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