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LGBTQI

Mass circumcision drive in Rwanda to curb HIV

Rwanda has launched a national drive to "non-surgically" circumcise 700,000 men in a bid to cut rates of HIV infection, claiming to be the first country in the world to do so.<p>The health ministry said it "aims to circumcise 700,000 adult men between ages 15-49" by the end of 2016.<p>"Studies have shown …

Protesters against anti-demonstration law arrested in Egypt

Egyptian security forces, using tear gas and water cannons, broke up protests across the country Friday, arresting 200 people. The demonstrators objected to a heavy-handed new law intended to eliminate protests such as theirs.<p>The law was signed and issued Sunday by Egypt's army-appointed interim …

Human Rights

UNICEF says up to 6,000 child soldiers fighting in Central African Republic

The number of child soldiers in war-ravaged Central African Republic has swelled to around 6,000, says UNICEF.<p>The revelation comes as France and the United Nations warn the crisis – which escalated when rebels ousted the president in March – could lead to genocide.<p>Some 400,000 people have fled …

Unspeakable horrors in a country on the verge of genocide

Militias in the Central African Republic are slitting children's throats, razing villages and throwing young men to the crocodiles. What needs to happen before the world intervenes?<p>A massacre of the innocents is taking place in the heart of Africa as the world looks the other way.<p>One man describes …

South Africa

Nelson Mandela's illness has brought 'unity' to South Africa, says Graca Machel

Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel has given a rare comment on the condition of the ailing former President, Nelson Mandela, who remains critically ill in hospital.<p>Graca Machel said her husband and former South African president Nelson Mandela was sometimes uncomfortable, but rarely in pain, adding …

South Africa's President Zuma calls for an end to road carnage

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Eyewitnesses at the scene of a horrific bus and truck collision in South Africa that killed 29 people described the screams of trapped bus passengers as they waited for help, local news media reported.<p>Thirty others were injured in the crash, including eight who were in …

Associated Press News

Adoption from Africa: children's rights group demands urgent crackdown

African Child Policy Forum urges continent to tighten regulations on intercountry adoption amid fears over 'cracks in system'<p>African countries must ratify international conventions and tighten regulations on cross-border adoptions, according to a report from a children's rights group, which is …

'Corrective' Rape in South Africa: Targeted Violence Against Homosexual Womyn

The South African Constitution is arguable one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, for innumerable reasons, but for the purposes of this blog post, I want to focus on the fact that Section 9, Subsection 3 specifically prohibits discrimination against people on the basis of their …

4 Reasons Why South Africa's Huge Economic Problems Are Far From Over

"The rand is one of the worst performing EM currencies," BBH notes, "down nearly 17% year to date against the dollar."<p>In April, the country will hold general elections, but BBH notes that the current ruling party is widely expected to remain in power despite "ongoing poverty, corruption, and labor …

South Africa

American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

Minnesota TV host of <i>Winchester Deadly Passion</i>, Melissa Bachman incurred the wrath of the global conservation community when she posted a tweet on …

South Africa

Lessons from a Berber in Morocco

“Want to go on a walk?” It was too dark to see Mousin’s face, but the stars and the Milky Way did a good enough job of casting him: shoulders …

Human Rights

Engaging the Next Generations of Leaders in Morocco: The Youth Bulge and its Potential Demographic Dividends

By Samantha Stein<p>WASHINGTON – <b></b><b>Yesterday, civically engaged youth, and young members of parliament from across Morocco, gathered at the Aspen Institute</b> …

Spiritual Healers Keep Watch For Plague In Uganda

When medical anthropologist Mary Hayden visits her colleague Yofet, he tells her, "Mary, you don't need to call before you arrive because I already know you're coming."<p>Yoset, you see, is a traditional healer in northern Uganda. "The spirit comes over him and tells him how to treat people," Hayden …

South Africa mall roof collapse traps dozens

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1029000/1029605_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522357521_f984e89518ccdf68830dc01caa4057d9<p><b>One person has died and about 50 are feared trapped after a roof collapsed at the construction site of a South African shopping mall, officials …

South Africa