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News From Around the Web: March 30 Edition

March 30th, 2012

In today’s top news, Veteran rapper E-40 muses on the Trayvon Martin tragedy, a white supremacist hacks Trayvon Martin’s email account and publishes messages online and a witness of Trayvon Martin’s killing comes forward with details.

Veteran rapper E-40 muses on the Trayvon Martin tragedy. [BET]

A white supremacist hacks Trayvon Martin’s email account and publishes messages online. [Gawker]

Witness of Trayvon Martin’s killing comes forward with details. [CNN]

Two FAMU professors allegedly present during hazing are place on leave. [AP]

Nick Cannon to head new comedy series. [BET]

Every senior at the all-male, all-African-American Urban Prep is admitted to college. [Chicago Tribune]

U.N. orders immediate cease-fire in Syria. [MSNBC]

Freeway Rick Ross responds to losing lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross. [BET]

The number of autistic children has risen 78 percent in the last decade. [CNN]

West African regional bloc ECOWAS gives Mali coup leaders 72 hours to step down. [AJE]

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Train Crash in Cameroon Kills at Least Five; Guyanese Sailors Fired Following Murder

August 31st, 2009

Train Crash in Cameroon Kills at Least Five
A train crash in Cameroon killed at least five people and injured more than 275, the BBC reports. The crash happened in the capital city, Yaounde, of the west African nation. The train was carrying 1,000 people when it derailed, and rescuers are still looking for people who survived. This is the country’s second major train accident in just a couple of days. A fuel train derailed on Friday, killing at least one person and starting a huge fire. “These two days have been very unfortunate for our national railway carrier,” Cameroon’s communications minister said. The government is investigating both accidents. 
 

Guyanese Sailors Fired Following Murder
Three coast guardsmen in Guyana have been dismissed with dishonor for their alleged role in the murder of a civilian, reports the BBC. In the incident that occurred last week, the officers told a young man to get out of his boat and into the coast guard vessel. Then, according the officers’ admission, they robbed the man of $70,000, strangled him and then dumped his body into the river. Government spokesman Roget Luncheon wants an investigation into what led to the crime, the BBC reports.

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West African Becoming Hotbed for Drug Trade

June 14th, 2009

Guinea’s former army chief and a few other military leaders are facing drug trafficking charges and will appear in court in a few days, the BBC reports.  Ex General Diarra Camara, and his son, Lt. Amara Camara are among the 20 people charged. In addition, eight Nigerians, a Ghanaian and an Israeli are also facing charges. The arrests come after they were investigated for months by the West African nation’s military officials. Nations in the region have become hot spots for drug trafficking, especially cocaine from Latin America, reports the BBC.  

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