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Ethiopia elects 1st female president; ‘sets the standard’

October 25, 2018

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously elected the country’s first female president, days after approving one of the world’s few “gender-balanced” Cabinets. As seasoned diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde takes the largely ceremonial post, many celebrated Africa’s only current female head of state. Africa’s first female president, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, left office…

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

August 18, 2018

Photo: Kofi Annan/Shutterstock GENEVA –Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet , saying that he died…

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Haiti’s prime minister resigns amid fuel price hike fallout

July 14, 2018

By EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ and EVENS SANON PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday amid widespread unrest following his failed attempt to increase fuel prices. Lafontant told Haiti’s Chamber of Deputies that he had sent President Jovenel Moise his resignation letter. The deputies had called on the prime minister to…

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Oprah-backed ‘Rape of Recy Taylor’ recounts woman’s ordeal

July 4, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Recy Taylor (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) By Lynn Elber ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — When Oprah Winfrey saluted unheralded #MeToo crusaders at the Golden Globes last January, she chose a rape victim from 1940s Alabama to drive home her point. “Recy Taylor, a name I know, and I think you should know,…

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Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

June 1, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  US President Donald Trump holds a signing Executive Grant of Clemency for boxer “Jack Johnson ” in the Oval Office of the White House on May 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/ Abaca Press(Sipa via AP Images) By Jill Colvin associated press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has granted a…

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Barbados Elects Its First Female Prime Minister In Landslide Victory

May 29, 2018

????Youtube screenshot BLP News In historic fashion, the Caribbean island of Barbados recently elected the nation’s first female prime minister. Mia Amor Mottley, 52, won in a landslide Thursday against the leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and current Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Since 2008, the Democratic Labour Party has held power and went virtually unchallenged in…

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In historic votes, Lutherans elect two African-American women bishops

May 11, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport speaks after being elected bishop of the ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod during its assembly at Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford, Penn., on May 5, 2018.  (Photo via SEPAsynod video)   By Mark A. Kellner religion news service A synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America made history Saturday…

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Damning audit of U.S. poverty fuels new Poor People’s Campaign

May 4, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  At a press conference earlier this year, North Carolina activists with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival announced plans to engage in direct action to challenge public policies that hurt the poor.  (Photo courtesy of Kevin Smith.) By Rebekah Barber WWW.FACINGSOUTH.ORG Five years ago this month, about 100 people…

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