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New York policeman tried five years after black man's death

New York - Five years after an African American father of six died after being apparently held in an illegal police chokehold, a video of which triggered the Black Lives Matter Movement, a disciplinary trial of the policeman accused of killing him got underway Mo...

Iraqi Kurds commemorate Halabja massacre

Halabja - Hundreds of Kurds gathered in the Iraqi town of Halabja on Saturday in a tearful ceremony commemorating Saddam Hussein's poison gas attack there which killed some 5,000 people, mostly women and children.

US firm to stop selling China equipment for minority DNA database

New York - US biotechnology manufacturer Thermo Fisher on Thursday announced it would stop selling to China equipment used to create a DNA database of the country's Uighur minority.

Nobel laureate Murad urges Iraq to probe fate of abducted Yazidis

Baghdad - Nobel laureate and former jihadist captive Nadia Murad called on Iraq Wednesday to create a special team to investigate the fate of other members of her Yazidi minority kidnapped by the Islamic State group.

Restrictive rules keep millions of Americans from voting

Washington - Millions of Americans will be barred from casting ballots in Tuesday's crucial midterm elections due to electoral rules at the state level, which effectively exclude many minority voters to the detriment of Democrats.

Gay Brazilians won't hide from Bolsonaro: slain activist's sister

Paris - The election of a far-right president in Brazil will not drive gay campaigners underground, the sister of murdered activist campaigner Marielle Franco has vowed -- while warning that minorities face grave danger under Jair Bolsonaro.

Sweden temporarily halts Uighur deportations to China

Stockholm - Swedish authorities said Monday they had temporarily halted the deportation of Muslim minority Uighurs to China due to concerns over the situation there.

In Nigeria, thousands celebrate Osun, goddess of fertility and water

Osogbo - "I'm dressed like a river," says priestess Osundele Okugbesan as she shows off her flowing white strapless dress and long beaded necklaces cascading down her chest.

Canada presses pope over apology to indigenous communities

Ottawa - Canada is pressing Pope Francis to apologize to children who were plucked from indigenous communities and put in Catholic boarding schools where sexual abuse took place.

Cameroon official kidnapped in restive northwest: report

Yaound - An administrative official was snatched over the weekend from one of Cameroon's restive English-speaking regions in the second such kidnapping in a fortnight, state media reported on Monday.

Ruler since 1982, Biya turns 85 as strife grips parts of Cameroon

Douala - President Paul Biya of Cameroon celebrates his 85th birthday on Tuesday after 35 years at the helm of a country that today faces daunting problems, including a separatist revolt.

Three Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

Douala - Cameroon's national youth holiday was marred by violence on Sunday, with three soldiers killed and a local official feared kidnapped by suspected separatists in the country's restive English-speaking regions.

Native Americans slam Trump 'Pocahontas' jibe

Washington - Native American leaders Tuesday accused President Donald Trump of insulting their heritage, after he dubbed a political rival "Pocahontas" during a White House event intended to honor Navajo veterans.

Nigeria president denounces Biafran separatists

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday railed against separatists seeking Nigeria's "dismemberment" and called for "proper" dialogue after clashes between pro-Biafra activists and security forces in the restive southeast.

Cameroon city deserted ahead of 'independence' declaration

Buea - The main city in a restive English-speaking region of Cameroon was a virtual ghost town Saturday, with armed police patrolled the streets on the eve of an expected -- but symbolic -- declaration of independence from the French-speaking country by anglo...
 

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