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Secrets of the deep: Senegal's slave shipwreck detective

Dakar - Staring out to sea on a flawlessly sunny day, underwater archaeologist Ibrahima Thiaw visualises three shipwrecks once packed with slaves that now lie somewhere beneath Senegal's Atlantic waves.He wants more than anything to find them.

Secrets of the deep: Senegal's slave shipwreck detective

Dakar - Staring out to sea on a flawlessly sunny day, underwater archaeologist Ibrahima Thiaw visualises three shipwrecks once packed with slaves that now lie somewhere beneath Senegal's Atlantic waves.He wants more than anything to find them.

Ivorian rural hamlet marks role in slave trade

Katiola - The hamlet of Kanga Gnianze is absent from many maps of Ivory Coast, but the rural community attracted stars and scholars this week to mark its place in the sorry memory of slavery.

Brazilian port where slaves arrived close to UNESCO status

Rio De Janeiro - The worn paving stones discovered under a thick layer of modern concrete in Rio de Janeiro don't look like much at first. But it was here that some million slaves from Africa took their first steps in Brazil.

Huge Rio slave cemetery faces crisis after cuts

Rio De Janeiro - When Merced Guimaraes found piles of human bones under the floor of her Rio de Janeiro house during a refurbishment, she thought she'd stumbled upon evidence of a serial killer.Guimaraes even worried that police would "think I killed them.

Huge Rio slave cemetery faces crisis after cuts

Rio De Janeiro - When Merced Guimaraes found piles of human bones under the floor of her Rio de Janeiro house during a refurbishment, she thought she'd stumbled upon evidence of a serial killer.Guimaraes even worried that police would "think I killed them.

Huge Rio slave cemetery faces crisis after cuts

Rio De Janeiro - When Merced Guimaraes found piles of human bones under the floor of her Rio de Janeiro house during a refurbishment, she thought she'd stumbled upon evidence of a serial killer.Guimaraes even worried that police would "think I killed them.

Gambia's race to save its 'Roots' on Kunta Kinteh island

As the rebel slave who defied his captors, Kunta Kinte, immortalised in print and on screen in "Roots", put The Gambia on the map for historical tourism.

African migrants seeking Europe sold as 'slaves' for $200

Geneva - African migrants trying to reach Europe are being sold into slavery in Libya, including for sex, for as little as $200, international monitors said Tuesday, citing testimony from victims.

Ben Carson: 'immigrant' slaves affirm the 'American Dream'

Newly-confirmed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made his agency debut by calling slaves "immigrants" whose hard work and aspirations for freedom proved that the United States really is "a land of dreams and opportunity."

LePage: John Lewis should 'thank white Republicans' for freedom

Augusta - Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican known for making racist and other inflammatory statements, ripped Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) for criticizing President-elect Donald Trump, saying the civil rights icon should thank white Republicans for ending slavery.

Prosecutors request 20 years for Mauritanian anti-slavery activists

Nouakchott - Prosecutors at a Mauritanian appeal court have requested 13 anti-slavery activists have their sentences increased to 20 years each for protesting against a forced slum clearance, a judicial source said.

On Africa tour, French PM rules out slavery reparations

Accra - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls issued an appeal on Sunday to overcome the legacy of slavery, dismissing claims for financial compensation while acknowledging the "horror" of the slave trade.

US university to give admissions boost to slave descendants

Washington - Georgetown University on Thursday announced measures to atone for having profited from the sale of nearly 300 slaves in the 19th century, giving an edge in admissions to their descendants.

13 anti-slavery activists sentenced in Mauritania

Nouakchott - Thirteen anti-slavery activists in Mauritania were sentenced to between three and 15 years in prison, despite criticism of the case against them by international rights groups.

Benin's Afro-Brazilian heritage risks crumbling away

- With a fine ceramic minaret, multicoloured walls and a great, carved wooden door, the Grand Mosque in Benin's capital is a marvel of Afro-Brazilian architecture, yet like much in Porto-Novo it faces collapse.

38 remanded as Romanian police free 'slaves'

Bucharest - Romanian authorities remanded 38 people in custody on Thursday suspected of holding dozens of vulnerable young men and boys like slaves, chaining them up and forcing them to fight, authorities said.

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery: study

Sydney - More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday.

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery: study

Sydney - More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday.

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery: study

Sydney - More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday.

Thousands demand justice for ex-slaves in Mauritania

Nouakchott - Thousands of people have marched for the rights of former slaves in Mauritania and to denounce injustice against them in the west African nation where slavery persists despite being officially abolished decades ago.

EU maintains threat of seafood import ban against Thailand

Brussels - The European Union is maintaining its threat to ban seafood imports from Thailand because the global exporter is still not doing enough to improve its fisheries and labor practices.

Op-Ed: Taking a lighter look at paying taxes through the ages

In the United States, paying income tax is a right of passage once a person becomes old enough to work and draw a salary. We also earn the right to complain about how much we have to shell out to the government every year. But we have it easy.

UN mission in C. African Republic hit by new sex allegations

Bangui - The scandal-tainted UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic said Friday that fresh allegations of sex abuse by its soldiers had surfaced in the centre of the country.

UN mission in C. African Republic hit by new sex allegations

Bangui - The scandal-tainted UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic said Friday that fresh allegations of sex abuse by its soldiers had surfaced in the centre of the country.

Romania turns its back on dark past of Roma slavery

Bucharest - For generations, they were owned by the rich and powerful, who bought and sold them as chattels.

Guatemala convicts two ex-soldiers for sex slavery, murder

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court has sentenced two former soldiers to 120 and 240 years of prison for subjecting at least 15 indigenous women to sexual slavery and other crimes during the country's civil war.

Op-Ed: How the racist and regressive left has increased racial tension

Washington - One of the biggest lies in American political discourse is the argument progressives have a monopoly on tolerance. History and the present state of political discourse show exactly how tolerant the far left is.

Op-Ed: Modern slavery abuses the rights of millions

Slavery officially ended in all nations in 1981 when Mauritania ended its slave trade, and yet as slavery continues in Mauritania so does it continue throughout the world.

'I want a blue-eyed Yazidi': Teen describes IS slave market

Paris - Kidnapped, beaten, sold and raped: the Islamic State group is running an international market in Iraq where Christian and Yazidi women are sold as sexual slaves, a teenager who escaped told AFP on Tuesday.
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