LGBTQ Africans celebrate identity and community in this powerful photo series

May 21, 2017

… extremely important, but they are always framed as antithesis to each other,” Em says. “I get to be a living example with many others that they go together perfectly.” Image: Mikael Owunna African countries and communities often have a reputation of fostering rampant homophobia. Many regions in Africa, for example, have laws that punish the “crime” of homosexuality with death. But seeing African people as inherently homophobic, Owunna explains, …

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Source: DHS secretary hints at possibly expanding laptop ban to US

May 20, 2017

(CNN)A congressional aide who was in the room when Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly briefed lawmakers tells CNN the ban on electronics on certain US-bound flights from the Middle East and North Africa could expand not just to Europe, as is being discussed, but also to flights departing from the US to overseas. Kelly did not indicate any new threats or intelligence to warrant the expansion, but “gently planted a seed in the minds of everyone in the room that we should start …

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Hot Barber Styles Clients’ Hair With A Giant Flame

May 19, 2017

Young people in Cairo are visiting hairstylist Mohamed Hanafy so he can set their hair on fire, according to news station CGTN Africa, the international branch of China state broadcaster CCTV. Its a technique that Hanafy says he learned after watching a YouTube video showing a Pakistani barber using a similar technique. destroysremoves dandruff. How can I tell them that I will set their hair on fire and convince them that it wont harm them at all that on the contrary it would improve it? …

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In ancient city of Xi’an, China hopes to restart the Silk Road

May 15, 2017

Xi'an, China (CNN)Michael Chang’s love of noodles should make his adopted home a perfect fit. Growing up poor in eastern China, Chang crowded around one of the only two televisions in his village to watch Hong Kong soap operas and TV dramas. “They were all in these fancy offices eating instant noodles,” he said. ” I wanted that to be me.” China’s party ruined by N. Korea missile What is China’s grand plan for the world? In …

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Nelson Mandela Fast Facts

May 15, 2017

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa. Death date: December 5, 2013 Birth place: Mvezo, Transkei, South Africa. Birth name: Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela …

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Murder suspect changed after moving to Boston, adoptive mom says

May 12, 2017

(CNN)Bampumim Teixeira moved from Cape Verde, an island nation off the coast of Africa, to Boston in 2010 to live with his adoptive mother. But after a year in the United States, at age 24, he abruptly and permanently severed that relationship, Maria Luisa Teixeira said. “I came back from Brazil and one week later he said he was going to move out,” she said in an interview with CNN. “And I asked why? He said, ‘You and I are not getting along anymore’ and I asked …

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What does it mean to be an Arab man?

May 11, 2017

(CNN)Do Arab men support gender equality? What challenges do they face in their daily lives? What does it mean to be a man in the Middle East and North Africa in 2017? These are some of the questions that 10,000 men and women across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories were asked in the International Men and Gender Equality Study in the Middle East and North Africa (IMAGES MENA). “The findings are, in essence, a powerful riposte to the …

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Anti-vaccine groups blamed in Minnesota measles outbreak

May 9, 2017

(CNN)A measles outbreak continues to strike Minnesota as health officials stress the importance of getting vaccinated. There are now 48 confirmed measles cases in Hennepin, Ramsey and Crow Wing counties, mostly affecting unvaccinated Somali-American children, according to data released by the state’s Department of Health on Monday. Of those impacted, 46 are children 10 and younger; 41 are Somali-American; and 45 have not been vaccinated against the disease, according to the data. …

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Tainted love: Bob Thissen finds beauty in derelict Japanese love hotels

May 4, 2017

(CNN)In one photo, a dusty chandelier hangs from the ceiling above a large circular mattress framed by a mirrored headboard. In another, an abandoned suit of armor stands guard over a chariot bed adorned with stained pillows. Signs of decay, from the scattered debris of a collapsing roof to water stained walls, are everywhere. Yet the images — all taken in the rooms of an abandoned Japanese sex hotel by Dutch photographer Bob Thissen — seem oddly serene, like staged monuments …

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This 6-year-old created a brilliant book to celebrate black Indigenous cultures. Casual.

May 2, 2017

… cultures around the globe. The book officially launched March 31, and has increasingly gained popularity over the past month. SEE ALSO: Barbershop Books is using barbershops to inspire young black boys to read The coloring book features an illustrated version of Vanae as a princess, who travels the world to learn more about Indigenous cultures in Africa and the Americas. The cover of “The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae.” Image: PrincessVanae.com Vanae, who is …

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South Africas Zuma Signs Anti-Money Laundering Bill Into Law

April 30, 2017

… Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg “The president is now satisfied that the Act addresses the constitutional concerns he had raised about warrantless searches,” Zuma’s office said in an emailed statement Saturday. The amended law “sends a strong message about South Africa’s commitment to combating financial crime, protecting the integrity of our financial system and our tax base, and remaining part of the global financial system.” The changes will make it more …

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Where the Mexico City Policy matters the most

April 29, 2017

(CNN) She has five children and works as a farmer in Budadiri, Uganda, east Africa. “I want to look after my children,” Mudua says. “But I am a woman alone, and any time a man could force me into sex and I could get pregnant.” Women like Mudua, thousands of miles away from Washington and the White House, are the ones starting to feel the reverberations of US President Donald Trump’s Mexico City Policy, reintroduced in …

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How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

April 27, 2017

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald …

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Former child soldier wins prize for risking his life to protect Congo’s wildlife

April 24, 2017

… Katembo has been awarded a top environmental prize in recognition of the heroism he showed in preventing oil exploration inside Virunga — Africa’s oldest national park. His dangerous undercover investigations exposed bribery and corruption among officials. ‘You deserve to die’, threats and shootings Protecting Virunga hasn’t been easy. In 2013, Katembo was arrested and held for 17 days. He believes it was because …

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This Is What The New National Teacher Of The Year Wants To Tell Trump

April 21, 2017

… president, she led her students in discussion about what role they can play in shaping the future. When she teaches topics like apartheid in South Africa, she encourages students to make connections with present-day movements, like Black Lives Matter. Chaffee is the first National Teacher of the Year to work at a charter school, a feat celebrated by charter school advocates. The past year has been contentious for Massachusetts charter schools after voters rejected a proposalthat would have …

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This Uber-like taxi service is saving pregnant women’s lives in Tanzania

April 16, 2017

Felista Richard holds her newborn baby in Sengerema, Tanzania.Image: SALA LEWIS / VODAFONE FOUNDATION When 28-year-old Consolata went into labor in rural Sengerema, Tanzania, it was by no means picture-perfect. She was extremely fatigued, and soon started experiencing intense pain. “I was in bad shape,” she said. “I couldn’t do anything because I was tired.” Without knowing exactly what was wrong, she knew she needed to get to a clinic immediately for her …

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Adventurer ignores ex-boyfriend’s warning and takes awesome solo global motorcycle journey

April 15, 2017

… enough, you can make it happen. Puerto Vallarta Mexico! #motorcycle #alaskamotogirl #nikkimisurellj #inspire #adventure #travel #explore #dream #lovelife #happy #lifeisgood #smile #beach #sunshine A post shared by Nikki Misurelli (@alaskamotogirl) on Jan 21, 2016 at 4:52pm PST Next on the agenda for Misurelli is period of work somewhere in America or Australia, but hopes to be back on the road within six months, ideally in the Middle East or North Africa. You can keep up with Moto …

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Leopard tries to attack 2 porcupines and fails miserably

April 14, 2017

Sometimes, you need to learn things the hard way. A curious leopard found itself on the wrong end of two porcupines recently at Kruger National Park in South Africa. Donovan Piketh was following the leopard when he spotted the porcupines. He quickly switched his camera to video mode, knowing something was about to go down. “We were following the leopard as it was just walking along when my friend spotted the two porcupines walking towards the leopard,” Piketh told Latest …

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US sending ‘dozens’ more troops to Somalia

April 14, 2017

(CNN)The US is sending “dozens” of additional troops to Somalia to train and equip the Somali National Army and the forces participating in the African Union Mission in Somalia there, a US military official confirmed Thursday. President Donald Trump last month granted additional authority to US Africa Command to conduct counterterrorism airstrikes against the terror group. The deployment was first reported by Voice of America. …

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CNN 10 – April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017 Leading off the week’s news on CNN 10: terrorist attacks in northern Africa and northern Europe. We’re explaining the reasons for and responses to a U.S. airstrike on a Syrian airbase. And we’re showing you how a CNN Hero is helping students with hearing loss and bringing joy to their lives and loved ones. TRANSCRIPT CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: A lot of news to catch you up on this Monday. Thanks for watching CNN 10. We start with reports of terrorist attacks in …

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Nuclear War? Nah. Massive Fires Haunt the Dystopian Future

April 9, 2017

… Hand on James Tiptree, Jr. by Julie Phillips: “Its one of the few biographies Ive ever read—if not the only one—that made me cry. She just had such a sad life. I mean, not sad in the sense that she just sat alone in a room. She had a really fascinating life. She worked for the CIA and as a child she traveled to Africa on safaris, but she was just obviously somebody who—she did not identify as a straight woman, and whether or not she would have today been transgender, …

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Kofi Annan Fast Facts

April 4, 2017

… languages. Studied at Macalester College on a Ford Foundation scholarship. Spent almost his entire career working for the United Nations. Was the first secretary-general to be elected from the ranks of the United Nations staffers. Timeline: 1962 – Joins the UN as a budget officer with the World Health Organization in Geneva. 1960s-1980s – Serves with various UN agencies, including the Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Emergency Force and the High Commissioner for …

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Qatar Airways figures out a way to get past the laptop ban

April 1, 2017

Qatar Airways can get you on a computer.Image: qatar airways Electronics ban be damned, Qatar Airways is going to get its hard-working business travelers typing away on laptops no matter what. Less than a week after U.S. officials banned electronics larger than a smartphone on certain U.S.-bound flights from certain Middle East and Africa airports, the Doha-based airliner figured out how to get out of the snarly mess that is the ban. SEE ALSO: U.S. bans laptops and iPads on airlines from …

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Oxford University is shaking up the portraits of white men on its walls

April 1, 2017

… portraits will be shown at an exhibition in Oxford later this year. Professor Patricia Daley, professor of the Human Geography of Africa, who was chosen to be one of the sitters, said the project is a bold attempt by the university to make a statement about inclusivity. “Having my portrait painted by Binny Mathews was a wonderful experience and gave me plenty to think about what its like to be an educator at Oxford, the importance of my contribution as a woman racialized as black, and the …

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Indians on social media express solidarity with Nigerian students facing racial attacks

March 29, 2017

… bigotry that Indians suffer elsewhere. Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) March 28, 2017 I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida. /1 Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 28, 2017 Indian police arrest five for attacking Nigerian students https://t.co/hPDRIX1Yha Reuters Africa (@ReutersAfrica) March 28, 2017 Hindustan Times quoted a Nigerian national as saying: We come to India to live in peace but we will …

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