Author Archives: ANDREW MELDRUM

{FD} New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

The new leader of Amnesty International says many world leaders, especially President Donald Trump, are rolling back gains made in respecting human rights, with the Trump administration’s separation of families at U.S. borders “one of the worst atrocit… Continue reading

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{FD} Zimbabwe’s ‘Crocodile’ faces tough challenges as president

He’s known as “the Crocodile,” named after a small band of guerrillas battling white minority rule in the land once known as Rhodesia. Continue reading

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{FD} Obama to deliver Mandela address in likely rebuke to Trump

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is set to make his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat in an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader… Continue reading

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{FD} Obama to make rare high-profile speech on Mandela’s legacy

In a speech marking the 100th birthday of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Barack Obama will urge youth around the world to work for human rights and fair societies, highlighting the late South African leader’s example of per… Continue reading

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{FD} Africa’s scientists encouraged to become the next Einstein

South African geneticist Vinet Coetzee held up a malaria-diagnosing scanner that she said can be developed for use in Africa’s rural areas without the need for blood samples or lab tests. Continue reading

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{FD} Ramaphosa aims to lead South Africa out of corruption swamp

Up from Soweto township to become a leading anti-apartheid activist and then wealthy businessman, Cyril Ramaphosa has been a central figure in South Africa’s tumultuous history before becoming the country’s acting president. Continue reading

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{FD} AP Explains: South Africa’s leader is told to go. What now?

The leadership of South Africa’s ruling party says it wants President Jacob Zuma to resign promptly and bring an end to political uncertainty and months of anger over multiple scandals. Continue reading

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{FD} Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change

Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves. Continue reading

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{FD} Mugabe leaves legacy of economic ruin, upheaval in Zimbabwe

From widely acclaimed liberator of his nation to despotic dictator, Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule of Zimbabwe has been one of Africa’s most controversial and influential. Continue reading

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{FD} Figure known as ‘Crocodile’ set to replace Zimbabwe’s Mugabe

Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected as the new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling political party and now poised to take over as the country’s president within hours, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, the … Continue reading

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{FD} Figure known as ‘Crocodile’ could replace Zimbabwe president

Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling political party and positioned to take over as the country’s president, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, President … Continue reading

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{FD} New Zimbabwe leader could be enforcer known as the Crocodile

Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling political party and positioned to take over as the country’s leader, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, President Rob… Continue reading

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{FD} AP video journalist describes Somalia’s deadliest attack

Mohamed Sheikh Nor was relaxing and playing with his 10-month-old daughter when his home shook with the worst bombing Somalia’s capital had ever seen. Continue reading

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{FD} Burundi committing crimes against humanity, says report

Crimes against humanity are being committed in Burundi, according to a United Nations commission of inquiry. Continue reading

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{FD} US investigating allegations of torture by Cameroon troops

A spokesman for the U.S. military says it has opened an inquiry into allegations that Cameroonian troops carried out torture at a base where American troops were present. Continue reading

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