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News from Around the Web: April 11 Edition

April 11th, 2012

In today’s top news, lawyers for George Zimmerman, the shooter of Trayvon Martin, have withdrawn from the case, eight Black New York college students reported being “stopped and frisked” by the NYPD a total of 92 times and a white man is attacked and robbed by a group of Black men in Baltimore.

Lawyers for the shooter of Trayvon Martin have withdrawn from the case. [BET]

Eight Black New York college students reported being “stopped and frisked” by the NYPD a total of 92 times. [NYT]

White man attacked and robbed by group of Black men in Baltimore. [CNN]

Final jurors chosen for the trial of William Balfour, alleged killer of Jennifer Hudson’s family. [ChicagoTribune]

Five-year-old boy brings heroin to school for show-and-tell. [MSNBC]

Rick Ross forced to cancel two shows after suffering a seizure. [BET]

Nicki Minaj’s new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, debuts at No. 1. [BET]

Hospitals hosting McDonald’s chains under pressure to cut ties. [USATODAY]

Syria gives Kofi Annan another promise that it will comply with ceasefire despite continued violence. [BBC]

Sudan vows to retake lucrative oil fields from South Sudan. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: March 27 Edition

March 27th, 2012

In today’s top news, Bobby Brown is arrested for driving under the influence, Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer and a New Orleans police officer is suspended after an insensitive post about Trayvon Martin.

Bobby Brown is arrested for driving under the influence. [BET]

Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer. [BET]

New Orleans police officer suspended after insensitive post about Trayvon Martin. [CNN]

Some Hunger Games fans were disappointed to see characters played by Blacks in the film adaptation. [MSNBC]

Parents of Trayvon Martin to appear on Capitol Hill in a forum on racial profiling. [CNN]

The distinctive pink hue of Starbucks’s Strawberrry Frappuccino come from insects. [ABC]

Syria accepts former U.N. chief Kofi Annan’s six-point plan for peace. [AJE]

Gunmen in Nigeria attack the U.S. Embassy. [Vanguard]

Credit report websites are being used by hackers to sell private information. [MSNBC]

Study shows too much sitting can be hazardous to health. [HealthDay]

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Bomb Blast Kills Somali Official; South Africa Sees its First Swine Flu Case

June 19th, 2009

Bomb Blast Kills Somali Official

A large suicide car bombing left Somalia’s security minister, Omar Hashi Adan, Thursday. “The explosion caused by the suicide bomber was so huge and could be heard in all corners in the city,” a local journalist told CNN.  In addition, at least 11 other people, including the nation’s former ambassador to Ethiopia, were killed and eight people were seriously wounded. The blast occurred near a hotel in the city of Beledweyn, where Adan had been staying. In a news conference following the bombing, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said “international terrorists” who have come into Somalia, were responsible for the attack. With Somalia’s vast struggles against militants, the loss of Adan, could prove to be costly. On Wednesday, fighting between militants and government security forces in capital city Mogadishu killed at least 40 and wounded 130 people.


South Africa Sees its First Swine Flu Case

South Africa has seen its very first swine flu case, reports the BBC. On Thursday, tests found that a 12-year-old boy, who had recently flew in from the United States, had the illness. “The patient was kept in isolation and discharged after a few days in hospital,” Fidel Hadebe, the nation’s health ministry spokesman, said in a statement. “He is well and recovering in isolation at home.” Swine flu has put the world on high alert and there have been about 30 cases of the flu in Egypt and several in Morocco, the BBC reports. This, however, is the first known case in sub-Saharan Africa. Officials believe that could change, though, because nations in the southern hemisphere are now going into winter. Since the virus surfaced in April, it has infected about 40,000 globally and has killed 167, according to the World Health Organization.

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Charities Allowed Back in Sudan; Kofi Annan Tells African Presidents to Do Better

June 12th, 2009

Charities Allowed Back in Sudan
After kicking them out of the nation earlier this year, the Sudanese government will allow four charities to return to the nation’s Darfur region, according to a U.N. official. Care International, Save the Children, Mercy Corps and Padco are the only four groups permitted to return out of the 13 that were booted in March, reports the BBC. John Holmes, the U.N.’s humanitarian head, said that Sudan would allow the international charities to return on the condition that they register under different names and logos, reports the BBC. “That possibility is there for all the organizations which were expelled and some of them already have taken advantage of it,” he told the BBC. “They now got very recently new registrations and will be restarting their operations.”  Since 2003, fighting in the Darfur region has left 300,000 dead and two million people displaced. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, announced he was expelling the charities after an international court indicted him on war crimes. But recently, according to Holmes, there has been “good progress” in the relationship between the government and the U.N.


Kofi Annan Tells African Presidents to Do Better

Former United Nations leader Kofi Annan told African leaders to get it together at the launch of a report on the African economy, reports the BBC. While those who promise aid to the continent need to follow through, African leaders determine the fate of their respective countries, the former U.N. secretary-general said.  “We need a new development model that provides security, stability, and addresses people’s needs. Everyone needs to contribute,” Annan said at the launch. “Business has a key role, as do Africa’s trading and donor partners. But the primary responsibility to make it happen rests with Africa’s political leaders. According to the Africa Progress report, corruption costs African $150 billion each year. The report was put together by 11 current or former world leaders including the UK’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel.

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