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China’s media struggles to overcome stereotypes of Africa

Spring Festival Gala with some Chinese actors in blackface. Reuters Dani Madrid-Morales, City University of Hong Kong For most Chinese people, the Spring Festival is a time to honour family ties, friendships and acquaintances. This is what producers of this year’s Annual Spring Festival Gala on China’s national broadcaster, CCTV, probably had in mind when they agreed to include a ...

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BREAKING: White House To ‘Temporarily’ Reinstate CNN Reporter’s Pass

The White House says it will “temporarily” reinstate a press pass for CNN reporter Jim Acosta after a court ruled he had been improperly barred following a contentious exchange with President Donald Trump. Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Friday that “in response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass.” She said new rules would be ...

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What’s behind Mali livestock herders joining jihadist groups

In Mali, pastoralists have become increasingly disgruntled with a predatory and corrupt state. Flickr/Mary Newcombe Tor A Benjaminsen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences In Mali, jihadist groups have taken control of more than half the country since 2012. How has such a fundamental change been possible in a country previously praised by international observers as a bulwark against radical Islam ...

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12 Killed After Gunman Opens Fire In Californian Restaurant

Twelve people have been killed after a gunman opened fire in a bar and restaurant in California that was packed with teenagers. Terrified people inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks hid under tables or dived out windows during the shooting which happened on a college night at roughly 11.20pm on Wednesday. Sergeant Ron Helus was shot by the ...

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Just Being Born In America No Longer Qualifies You For Citizenship –Trump

Donald Trump has announced he is going to terminate the right to citizenship for babies born on US soil to non-citizens. The US president, who is taking an increasingly hard-line stance on immigration, said the “process” to end birthright citizenship by executive order is underway, and denied such a fundamental change would need the input of Congress, reports UK’s Independent. “It was always told ...

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Bolsonaro wins Brazil election, promises to purge leftists from country

Bolsonaro supporters celebrate outside his home in Rio de Janeiro after exit polls on Oct. 28 declared him the preliminary winner of Brazil’s 2018 presidential election. AP Photo/Leo Correa Helder Ferreira do Vale, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies After the most polarized and divisive campaign in its modern history, Brazil has elected as its next president a right-wing politician who ...

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Girls in West Africa offered into sexual slavery as ‘wives of gods’

In certain communities in Benin, Togo and Ghana, young virgin girls are sent to atone for their family’s wrongdoing. Linda De Volder/Flickr Wisdom Mensah, University of West Florida There are global efforts fighting modern slavery, but one traditional system is still holding strong in West Africa: Trokosi. The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner spoke to Wisdom Mensah about the system and ...

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BREAKING: Plane Carrying 188 People Crashes Into Sea

An Indonesian passenger jet, Lion Air, is feared to have crashed on Monday. Agency reports indicate that plane was carrying 188 passengers and crew when it went missing shortly after take-off. Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry, said, “The aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five ...

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Knife-wielding Woman Slashes 14 Kindergarten Pupils

At least 14 children have been injured after a woman armed with a kitchen knife stormed a kindergarten in China and began slashing and stabbing the youngsters. The suspect attacked children as young as three as they returned from morning exercises with their teacher about 9.30am local time on Friday morning. The knife horror unfolded at the gate of Xinshiji ...

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Russian, Chinese Spies Hack Trump’s Phone

President Donald Trump’s cellphone conversations are being intercepted by Russia and China to gather information on his associates and policy positions, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. According to New York Time, discovery was made by White House officials  who were alerted by individuals working within these foreign governments. The names of the White House officials and individuals working within ...

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