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New fighting threatens mediation efforts in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN – Intense fighting in Ivory Coast on Wednesday threatened diplomatic efforts to end a months-old tug-of-war between rival claimants to the presidency of the world’s top cocoa producer. Heavy weapons fire echoed for a second day Wednesday in an Abidjan district controlled by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the…

Mandela leaves hospital after treatment

Former South African President Nelson Mandela left hospital on Friday after treatment for an acute respiratory infection, officials said. Mandela, 92, was admitted on Wednesday, prompting fears for the anti-apartheid icon who led South Africa as its first black president and is revered at home and abroad as a symbol…

Caught: Fake voting flyers distributed to African American voters in Texas

An unknown group handed out misleading fliers to voters in a primarily African American polling place in Houston, Texas, reports KTRK. The fliers, which were handed out near an early voting location Tuesday night, claimed that “Republicans are trying to trick us” and said that voting Democrat was actually voting…

Residents cheer as Kentucky town rejects mosque

Town was site of historic 1896 ‘race war’ For Mayfield’s zoning board, it was about parking spaces. For the 250 residents of this western Kentucky town who reportedly cheered when the zoning board rejected a building permit for a new mosque, it was clearly about something else. On Tuesday night,…

South Africa media fear new rules on reporting

JOHANNESBURG — Proposed media regulations in South Africa have raised fears that the government is trying to control news coverage, drawing comparisons to apartheid-era censorship. The ruling African National Congress is mulling a Media Appeals Tribunal, while parliament is considering the Protection of Information Bill, which media organizations say would…

In Baton Rouge, more allegations of police misconduct after Hurricane Katrina

Yesterday, the Baton Rouge Advocate published a damning exposé detailing allegations of misconduct by Baton Rouge police officers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After a four-year legal battle, the paper finally got a cache of police department documents describing a pattern of racist and abusive behavior by Baton Rouge…

Nearly half of Kansas City’s public schools set to close

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Nearly half the public schools in Kansas City, Missouri are slated for closure as the cash-strapped district struggles to address years of declining enrollment and poor performance. The predominantly African American school district has seen numbers cut in half over the past 10 years as parents…

Conservatives punk ‘African Americans for Harry Reid’ Facebook page

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who drew fire over the weekend for race-tinged comments he made about President Barack Obama, is holding an “African Americans for Harry Reid” fundraiser in Las Vegas on Thursday. The event, scheduled before the publication of Reid’s remarks, is eerily well timed, though Reid…

Reid backpedals over ‘Negro dialect’ remark about Obama

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann have started a game of media hot potato with a comment set to be published in their new book “Game Change”. Already, the U.S. Senate majority leader has gotten burned. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) on Saturday found himself on the defensive after the two reporters…

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