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As Europe peers into economic chasm, Africa’s economy is rising

As Europe peers into economic chasm, Africa's economy is rising (via The Christian Science Monitor) It’s a continent with a long history of war, famine, disease, and recently, a penchant for political instability due to economic mismanagement. But enough about Europe. Let’s talk about a continent with some hope: Africa.…

Somali militants mock U.S. bounty, saying they’d give 10 camels for Obama’s location

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-allied Shebab rebels Saturday mocked a US offer of up to $33 million for tip-offs enabling the arrest of its top leaders, saying they would give 10 camels to anyone who helped locate Barack Obama. The highest price put up by the US State Department on Thursday was for…

African HIV activists want a new model for prevention

African HIV activists want a new model for prevention (via The Christian Science Monitor) For years, the world’s largest donors for AIDS research and treatment have funded a simple message for how to prevent the spread of the HIV, the virus that causes AIDS: Abstinence, Be faithful, and Condomize, also…

Moody’s threatens to downgrade Germany if Greece leaves Euro

WASHINGTON — Moody’s warned Friday that a Greek pullout from the eurozone could lead to downgrades of the eurozone’s top-rated governments, including economic powerhouse Germany. Moody’s also said that an EU rescue of Spain’s banking sector could force a cut to Spain’s sovereign rating due to the “increased risk to…

Egyptian women’s march protesting sexual assaults subjected to violent sexual assaults

CAIRO — A group of men attacked a women’s march against sexual harassment in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday and sexually assaulted several of the protesters, witnesses said. The unknown assailants overwhelmed the march by dozens of women and male supporters and violently assaulted some of the women, the witnesses…

Quebec sues major tobacco firms for $60 billion

MONTREAL — The Canadian province of Quebec announced Friday that it is suing tobacco giants for more than $60 billion dollars in a bid to recover health care costs associated with smoking-related illnesses. The lawsuit targets the Canadian tobacco companies and their parent companies abroad and seeks damages related to…

Amazon tribe appeals for eviction of loggers from its land

RIO DE JANEIRO — A tribe that calls the Amazon rainforest home is urging the Brazilian government to stop the illegal logging of its land, a watchdog said Friday. In a statement, Survival International said the Awa tribe has made a “desperate appeal” to Brazil’s justice minister to “evict loggers…

Amnesty International: ‘Alarming’ increase in Iraq executions

Amnesty International on Friday condemned the “alarming” increase in executions in Iraq, which has put at least 70 people to death this year, and urged Baghdad to stop using the death penalty. “The killing of Abd Hmoud is part of an alarming escalation in executions in Iraq and we fear…

Philippine officials launch manhunt for kidnapped Chinese businessmen

Philippine security officials have launched a manhunt for two kidnapped Chinese businessmen in a mountainous town in the strife-torn south, a military spokesman said on Friday. The gang that kidnapped the two is believed to have hidden the businessmen in Naga, a town near the coast in the restive southern…

UN reaches Syrian massacre site

UN monitors on Friday finally reached the site of a massacre of villagers in Syria on their second attempt as Western powers pressed at the United Nations for sanctions against Damascus. The sanctions push came as international envoy Kofi Annan called for “additional pressure” in the wake of the latest…

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