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Their troubled brother wandered into Gaza. Now his Ethiopian-Israeli family wants US help to...

By Ron Kampeas, JTA, 11/20/2017 WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ilan Mengistu knows his pitch to rescue his brother, Avera, should be a no-brainer to Jews — “pidyon shvuyim,” the redemption of the hostage, is among the greatest of commandments. But Mengistu also knows that...

Prominent South African actresses reveal their sexual harassment ordeal

By LIAM KARABO JOYCE, IOL, 11/20/2017 Two prominent South African actresses have revealed that they have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. This follows the revelations of former Rhythm City actress Nokuthula Ledwaba who revealed she was harassed after Hollywood...

Uganda Becomes the 100th Country With Chabad

Announcement made at International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries By Dovid Margolin, Chabad, 11/20/2017 The landlocked East African country of Uganda is making Jewish history this year: It is the 100th country to welcome a permanent Chabad-Lubavitch presence in its midst. In October, Rabbi Moishe and Yocheved Raskin, along...
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Meet Masiphumelele’s budding violinists

“We like the African beats and we also play classics” By Ashraf Hendricks, Ground Up, 11/18/2017 In a small classroom learners from Masiphumelele are learning a new skill: playing the violin. The outreach program, that takes place on the campus of non-profit organisation Masiphumelele...

Mugabe resists pressure to resign as detention pictures emerge

By Jason Burke, Alex Maher, The Guardian, 11/16/2017 Zimbabwe’s state-run media have published photos of Robert Mugabe meeting the general who led an army takeover two days ago, as the veteran autocrat resisted pressure to step down on Thursday and the army faced growing...

Nigeria’s Nasty Boy: ‘People in my law class thought I worked for a porn...

Rigid gender norms in Nigeria’s religiously conservative society are being challenged by a website dedicated to documenting unconventional lives By Emmanuel Akinwotu, The Guardian, 11/16/2017 Richard Akuson, a lawyer whose online magazine is questioning rigid gender norms in Nigeria’s religiously conservative society, understands...

Muslim Posing as Christian Teacher at School in Uganda Attacks Director

By MORNING STAR NEWS, Gospel Herald, 11/16/2017 Students at a Christian elementary school in eastern Uganda fear for their lives after a Muslim posing as a Christian teacher attacked the school director, sources said. Some of the children at Hope of Glory International...

Zimbabwe coup latest updates: Robert Mugabe ‘fate uncertain’

ZIMBABWE’s army has seized power in Harare and placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. Here is the latest news and live updates. By JOE TAMBINI, Express, 11/16/2017 Military forces have taken control of Zimbabwe. Brits have been told to stay off...

Zimbabwe: Army tanks seen heading towards capital Harare amid rising tensions

Zimbabwe: Army tanks seen heading towards capital Harare amid rising tensions between Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF and military By Henry Austin, Independent, 11/14/2017 Tanks have been spotted heading towards Zimbabwe's capital Harare. Eyewitnesses said military vehicles were also blocking major roads outside the city. Local...

Where Concorde once flew: the story of President Mobutu’s ‘African Versailles’

For posturing dictators, only putting a new city on the map will do. Fifty years on from Mobutu Sese Seko’s ascent to the presidency of Congo, David Smith explores what’s left of his personal Xanadu, Gbadolite By David Smith, The Guardian, 11/14/2017 “One...

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‘Whose plane is it?’ New look ‘Zimbabwe Airways’ Boeing gets people...

News24 Correspondent, News24, 2017-06-27 Harare - It has a handsome black tail fin, with a gold Zimbabwe bird at its centre, and red, yellow and...

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