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For Africans, getting to the Winter Olympics is 99 percent of the battle

For Africans, getting to the Winter Olympics is 99 percent of the battle

In the entire history of the Winter Olympics, the continent of Africa has never won a single medal, and that almost certainly won’t change over the next few weeks in Sochi. But despite that absence of hardware, the story of the small group of athletes ... Read More »

Report: 250 Million School Age Kids Can’t Read

Report: 250 Million School Age Kids Can’t Read

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At least 250 million of the world’s 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a report Wednesday commissioned by the U.N. education agency. The report found that 130 million are in ... Read More »

Palestinians celebrate death of Ariel Sharon

Palestinians celebrate death of Ariel Sharon

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have been celebrating the death of Ariel Sharon. Crowds gathered to burn pictures of the former Israeli prime minister. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, people reacted with satisfaction to the news. “The world lost a butcher ... Read More »

Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek executed

Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek executed

North Korea has executed Kim Jong-un’s uncle as a “traitor for all ages” who sought to grab power, state media announced early on Friday morning. Jang Song-thaek, previously one of the country’s most powerful men, was ousted last week in a spectacular purge. He was ... Read More »

French troops quell CAR violence

French troops quell CAR violence

Most armed groups have left the streets of the Central African Republic’s capital, the French army said after an operation to quell sectarian violence, as US President Barack Obama called for the arrests of those responsible. Obama, in a recorded message to all the communities ... Read More »

Time to reflect on role of media in gender mainstreaming

Time to reflect on role of media in gender mainstreaming

By Lesley Moyo in Bangkok, Thailand Stakeholders in the campaign to eliminate gender inequality in and through the media must collectively and critically reflect on and harness the power of the media in addressing gender inequalities and the resultant gender based violence in Southern Africa. This ... Read More »

Typhoon Haiyan leaves 1774 dead, aid efforts mobilize

Typhoon Haiyan leaves 1774 dead, aid efforts mobilize

Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) — Typhoon Haiyan has killed too many people to count so far and pushed to the brink of survival thousands more, who have lost everything, have no food or medical care and are drinking filthy water to survive. By Tuesday, officials had ... Read More »

British actor says playing Mandela was a gift

British actor says playing Mandela was a gift

JOHANNESBURG — British actor Idris Elba says he wanted to capture the spirit of Nelson Mandela, not impersonate him, while playing the role of the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader in a film. Elba said Monday that acting as Mandela in “Mandela: Long ... Read More »

Coca-Cola ousted as the world’s leading global brand

Coca-Cola ousted as the world’s leading global brand

Apple has ousted Coca-Cola as the world’s leading global brand – with Google claiming second spot. After 13 years as the undisputed number one, the fizzy drinks firm has been relegated to third place in this year’s Interbrand list. Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s global chief executive ... Read More »

Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

President Obama’s trip this month to Africa, with the first family tagging along, is projected to cost taxpayers as much as $100 million, sparking criticism as the federal government scrimps along during sequester-related budget cuts. Among the related costs will be fighter jets; hundreds of ... Read More »