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LEADERS CLAMP DOWN AS ELECTIONS IN 10 COUNTRIES NEAR

It’s election time in nearly a dozen African countries, and the wish of some leaders to fiddle with the constitution and have a forbidden third term in office is sending tremors through the fragile states involved.

AGOA, Mugabe and the push for a Pan-African union

As African leaders in the AU and the Diaspora continue pressing to renew the AGOA, they must know, respect and act in accordance to the importance of Zimbabwe and Pan- Africanism in helping to forge ahead for a “fair” trade ...

Sharpton promotes the Black vote in England

Along with invitations to the White House and other prestigious addresses, the Rev. Al Sharpton can now include the Oxford Union, where such luminaries as President Ronald Reagan and Mother Theresa have spoken.

TIRES BURN IN STREETS OF KINSHASA OVER ELECTION DELAY

Plans by current President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold a national census that critics say could delay elections for years prompted a rock-throwing melee in the capital city, Kinshasa.

RISING ANGER IN MUSLIM AFRICA OVER OFFENDING CARTOONS

While the president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, marched in a Paris rally to support the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, anger was rising at home among the country’s majority Muslim population over cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed.

KENYAN CHILDREN TEAR GASSED BY POLICE

Kenyan government officials are rushing to condemn the apparent brutality of police who attempted to disperse a protest of primary school children using tear gas, snarling dogs and clubs.

NEW REPORT FINDS ‘STAGGERING INEQUALITY’ OF INCOMES ONCE DECRIED BY MLK

Income inequality, one of the issues that so troubled the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is again front and center in today’s news.

Britain and Commonwealth may suspend Guyana for breaching rules

The 53-nation Commonwealth grouping of former British colonies this week threatened to sanction Guyana’s government for its suspension of the country’s parliament and for its refusal to hold local government elections.

Haiti anniversary remembered

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, marked five years since a 7.0 earthquake devastated the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding areas.

Calls for a stronger Pan-African movement to deal with Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been quoted as saying that the rebel organization Boko Haram killed 13,000 people in 2014. On Jan. 13, the United Nations called on his administration to bring the five-year rebellion to an end.

March for Paris Victims Called Display of Contradiction

Close to 4 million people joined a historic march in Paris, France, Sunday to show sympathy for the 12 fallen staffers of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, and support for the right of free expression in the media.

Christie’s Cuban crisis

Chris Christie sent the president a letter urging him “to demand the immediate return of Joanne Chesimard/Assata Shakur before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government.”

CUTS PUSHED BY FUNDER SPURRED EBOLA CRISIS IN WEST AFRICA—STUDY

Spending cuts, pushed by an international lender, “weakened health-care systems in the West African region,” leaving the countries “underfunded, insufficiently staffed and poorly prepared.”

Obama’s Cuban Revolution: What it means for Afro-Cubans

President Obama’s surprise announcement that the United States will normalize relations with the government of Cuba leaves many questions open about how race relations will fare on the island.

'Black Live Matter' heard 'round the world

Across the world, people are taking different lessons from the nationwide uprising sparked by #BlackLivesMatter.

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