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June 09, 2020

Youth fighting a pandemic more lethal than covid-19

Because the police murder of Black American George Floyd was filmed by an unlikely teenaged citizen journalist it became the tipping point that sparked worldwide revulsion about state-sponsored...

Singer launches Africa school fund

Angelique Kidjo, the internationally-acclaimed Afro-pop singer and UN goodwill ambassador, has launched a foundation to pay for girls' education to give them a chance to escape poverty.  Kidjo, who is from the impoverished nation of Benin, said th ...

Celebrated journalist could be executed soon

Dave Lindorff and Linn Washington JrDeath row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal's case is an international cause célèbre. Now, a quarter of a century after the former Black Panther was first imprisoned, his 'miscarriage of justice' case is heading for ...

Death of a queen

Yolanda Denise King, daughter and eldest child of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died.Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Centre in Atlanta, America, said King died late on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, aged 51. Klein add ...

'Lights, camera, action' in Nollywood

Colin Freeman - Lagos It is day five of filming in the Nigerian crime movie The Controllers, and two members of a fraud syndicate are having a stand-off at their boss's luxury pad. The stony silence between the pair, however, is nothing to do with the ...

Al Jazeera  — friend or a foe?

Frequently condemned in the West and occasionally bombed by the United States,  the famous Arab news service  Al Jazeera gives a fresh perspective on world news. Now it has recruited acclaimed former BBC Tv reporter Rageh Omaar, who gives The-Lat ...

'Dirty, inappropriate, unhealthy and polluted'

Hip hop is renowned for being one of the most profitable genres in the music industry. It is also one of the most controversial. Rupa Sudra steps into the murky world of hip hop to find out why it's okay to hate women and tote guns - all in the cause o ...

Bush's big Iraq lie

US Iraq 'heroes' take aim at Pentagon lies

American politicians have launched an urgent investigation into whether the Pentagon deliberately lied to turn soldiers Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman into heroes for cynical propaganda purposes. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House of Representatives' G ...

If Bill and Ben can be moved, why not Lulu?

Helsinki's Sea Life attraction has lost its largest marine exhibits, as two tropical nurse sharks were transferred to Germany - in stark contrast to the fate of the Brighton captive turtle, Lulu (see 'Campaign to free Lulu the turtle', The-Late ...

J-Z's 'diamond' loses its sparkle

Rupa Sudra  Legendary hip-hop rapper Jay-Z is facing claims that the diamond sign he makes actually belongs to a former artist on his label.Rebel, an ex Roc-A-Fella artist, alleges that Jay-Z stole the diamond sign from him.  "When I first s ...

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