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By Dr. L A Morrison | Articles pertaining to Africa, and people of African descent. Articles, news clips, interviews, and media segments.

Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope

Final clinical trials of a malaria vaccine - the first to reach this stage - suggest it could help protect millions of children against malaria.

But tests on 16,000 children from seven African countries found that booster doses were of limited use and vaccines in young babies were not …

Malaria Vaccine

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch's confirmation vote was delayed for five months.

Loretta Lynch has won confirmation to …

Attorney General

WNBA star Brittney Griner, fiancée arrested on assault allegations

A verbal argument between Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and her fiancée turned physical on Wednesday afternoon resulting in the arrests of both women on assault and disorderly conduct allegations, according to a police report.

Griner, 24, and WNBA player Glory Johnson were in an argument in …

Brittney Griner

Nigeria says troops invade last Boko Haram stronghold

Military says forces backed by fighter jet attack Sambisa forest in effort to finally defeat armed group.

The Nigerian military says its troops backed by fighter jets have invaded Boko Haram's last known stronghold, the Sambisa forest in the northeast of the country, in an effort to finally defeat …

Boko Haram

Baltimore protesters swarm CNN live report

Black heart failure patients endangered further by depression

The researchers found that even moderate depressive symptoms could increase the risk of hospitalization or death for African-American heart failure


Ghana Fights Piracy in the Textile Industry

Ghana has stepped up efforts to halt the smuggling of pirated textiles from China. The quantity of pirated cloth sold cheaply has forced several

News (South Africa)

'Being gay in the south is just being brave': Alabama couple fight back against discrimination – video

Gay Rights

Singer Sledge remembered at funeral for talent, kindness

BAKER, La. (AP) — Percy Sledge was remembered for phenomenal talent and extraordinary kindness during a Tuesday funeral service marked by warm reminiscences from fellow musicians, family members and friends he made during a five-decade career that launched with his first and biggest hit, "When a …

Percy Sledge

ISIL video purports to show killing of Ethiopian Christians

A video purporting to show the killing of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State-affiliated militants in Libya has been released online.

The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, one by an affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barka Province and the other by the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

'Judge Selfie's' rebuke of victims stirs racist backlash

LOUISVILLE — He's been on the bench for nearly six years and plastered so many pictures of himself on Facebook that a colleague dubbed him "Judge Selfie."

But until he criticized the victims of an armed robbery for "fostering" the views of their 5-year-old daughter, whom they said was still scared …


Boston Marathon runners greeted by cold, cloudy day

BOSTON — Runners and spectators were greeted with a cold, gray morning Monday in the hours before the 119th Boston Marathon.

Balmy weather from the week before gave way to cloudy skies and pending showers. Temperatures were in the low 40s as thousands of runners gathered in Boston Common, where they …


City PA conned her employer out of £17,000 to pay for luxury wedding and honeymoon

Gabrielle Yinka Saunders, 32, used her colleagues' company credit cards to splash out on the £10,000 ceremony at the prestigious venue Belair House …


These are the four Sithole suspects - Crime Courts

THE STAR The four suspects accused of murdering Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole appear in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court. Picture: Chris …

News (South Africa)

Somaliland abuzz from Ethiopia's khat convoys

Narcotic plant is a huge tax-revenue earner that bolsters the region's economy, but also disrupts family life.

Hargeisa, Somalia - Every day trucks loaded with the narcotic plant khat, grown in northeastern Ethiopia, hurtle along rough roads through the desert to make fresh deliveries to eager …


Zimbabweans leave South Africa after xenophobic attacks

At least 400 return to Zimbabwe facing uncertain future following attacks on foreign nationals across border.

Beitbridge, Zimbabwe - Hundreds of Zimbabwean nationals who fled attacks in South Africa are now being processed in a border town in Zimbabwe.

At least 400 people affected by xenophobic …

South Africa

Lawyer: No Answer on Why Man Who Died in Custody Was Stopped

The lawyer for the family of Freddie Gray, a black man who died of spinal injuries during an arrest in Baltimore, said he believes the police had no …


Lupita Nyong’o Is Filming A Movie About A Chess Champion From Uganda

Queen of Katwe will chronicle the life of Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy who’s been slaying competitors left and right for the past 10 years. Nyong’o has been cast as her mother and David Oyelowo is playing Mutesi’s coach.

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is currently in Uganda shooting …


(Another) Unarmed Black Man Gunned Down In Oklahoma; Officer Says It Was A Mistake


While people are still mourning the brutal killing of Walter L. Scott, an unarmed black man who was murdered by a white police officer in North …


Memorial tree for Michael Brown chopped down after one day

Michael Brown's memorial tree in Ferguson, Mo., was chopped down less than a day after it was planted.

Michael Brown

Baltimore man dies one week after arrest

More than a week after Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore, and a day since he died, authorities are still scrambling to find out exactly what happened and why.

"I'll tell you what I do know, and right now there's still a lot of questions I don't know. I know that when Mr. Gray was placed inside …

Baltimore Police Department

Nigerian Army - Sustaining the Tide Against Boko Haram

Last week, members of the National Peace Committee on the 2015 elections led by former Head of State, Gen AbdulsalamiAbubakar met with the leadership …


Nigeria mystery deaths: Pesticides suspected, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says pesticide poisoning is the probable cause of 18 mysterious deaths in south-western Nigeria.

Those who died in Ondo state suffered from blurred vision and headaches, and then lost consciousness before dying within 24 hours.

A spokesman for the WHO said tests …


New ISIS Video Purports To Show Shooting, Beheading Of Christians

#ISIS released a video threatening Christians and executing by gunshot and beheading Ethiopian Christians in Libya.— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) April 19, 2015

The self-declared Islamic State has released a new video purporting to show its followers shooting or …

Addis Ababa

Ben Affleck Reportedly Asked PBS To Censor His Slave-Owning Ancestor

The PBS series "Finding Your Roots" is all about uncovering the ancestry of the show's celebrity guests. But according to a hacked Sony email, one guest requested to have his family tree censored.

Ben Affleck was featured in a "Finding Your Roots" episode from last October, "Roots of Freedom," which …

Ben Affleck

Boko Haram kills 16 in Cameroon, military says

Suspected Boko Haram militants this week attacked civilians inside Cameroon for the first time in a month, killing at least 16 villagers, a military spokesman told CNN Saturday.

Six attackers were killed by Cameroonian forces, said Maj. Nlate Eballe, an operations officer with a special military …

Boko Haram

Nas's Documentary On Breakers & Rappers In Uganda Debuts Online

In November 2013 Nas came on board to executive produce Shake The Dust, a forthcoming feature-length documentary on hip-hop culture’s global influence. …


Ugandan Woman Burned With Battery Acid By Partner's Ex-Girlfriend To Undergo Surgery In LA

WEST HILLS ( — Doctors are working to restore the face of a Ugandan woman who was doused with battery acid by her partner’s jealous …


APNewsBreak: Video released of 'Suge' Knight running over 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video of Marion "Suge" Knight plowing into two men with his pickup truck and other key evidence in the former rap music mogul's murder case was released Friday by a Los Angeles court.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen reviewed the items before determining this week that Knight …

Suge Knight