In The Diaspora

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

Gambian president-elect defiant against court injunction

Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has taken refuge in neighboring Senegal ahead of his inauguration in three days. Despite President Yahya Jammeh's refusal to step aside, Barrow insists he will take power.<p>After 22 years in power, President Jammeh told Gambians Sunday he had filed an injunction …

Africa

Ivory Coast mutineers say reach deal amid fears of renewed revolt

BOUAKE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast reached an agreement with the government late on Friday resolving a dispute over bonus payments that had threatened to reignite a nationwide army mutiny, negotiators for the mutineers said.<p>There was no confirmation of the deal from …

Africa

Mother in Australia pleads guilty to killing three children by driving her car into a lake

The father of the children described Akon Guode as a 'loving mother' and said he was shocked to learn she had killed them.<p>A mother in Australia, who …

Extremism

Nigerian Mom Racks Up $420k Hospital Bill Giving Birth, Paid By UK Taxpayer

A Nigerian woman racked up a healthcare bill of $420,000 giving birth to twins in a British hospital, with taxpayers footing the bill.<p>The unnamed …

Health

Kenya’s national electrification campaign is taking less than half the time it took America

In the 1930s, the US embarked on a campaign to connect rural parts of the country to electricity. It took more than two decades before 95% of all farms were electrified. Kenya is working on doing that in just seven years.<p>Kenya added 1.3 million households to its electricity grid last year, raising …

Energy

The failure of forced peace: South Sudan's apprehensive future

Women flee into the United Nations civilian protection site in Juba. The capacity of UN peacekeepers to shield civilians is now in doubt. Adriane …

Africa

Teen Allegedly Kidnapped As Infant Reunites With Parents, 18 Years Later

"It couldn’t have gone better," Alexis Manigo’s biological father said.<p>A South Carolina teenager who was allegedly snatched from a Florida hospital just hours after being born has been reunited with her biological parents, 18 years later.<p>“First meeting was beautiful, wonderful. It couldn’t have …

Crime

The Latest: 7 bodies of migrants found near Spain, off coast

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrants crisis (all times local):<p>4:50 p.m.<p>Spain's maritime rescue service says the bodies of seven African migrants have been found dead along the Strait of Gibraltar since Friday.<p>The latest casualty was a woman who was found dead late Saturday aboard …

Trauma

Video shows US police tackling and beating a black PhD student suspected of stealing a car. It was his.

Pinned to the ground by officers who kneed and struck him, Lawrence Crosby screamed whatever he could think of to convince them that he was a …

Last king of Rwanda buried at home after years in exile

NYANZA, Rwanda (Reuters) - The last king of Rwanda, who died aged 80 in October in the United States after decades in exile, was buried in his ancestral home in the south of the African nation on Sunday.<p>His burial sparked a row in the royal family over whether he should have been interred in the …

Rwanda

Congo govt says M23 rebel fighters cross over border from Uganda

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Armed fighters led by the military commander of former Congolese rebel group M23 have crossed the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo from Uganda, Congolese officials said on Sunday.<p>The rebels had been in camps for demobilised fighters in Uganda following their defeat …

Africa

Controversial megachurch pastor Eddie Long dies at 63

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, has died, according to the suburban Atlanta church he presided over. He was 63.<p>Long died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist …

Faith

South Sudan president sacks central bank chief

President Salva Kiir has sacked the central bank governor a week after a Swiss firm offered to bail out the nascent state's empty coffers. If it goes ahead the loan would damage US efforts to isolate the Juba government.<p>According to a decree broadcast on state television on Saturday, the outgoing …

Africa

US eases sanctions against Sudan, citing humanitarian improvements

Washington moves closer to normalized relations with designated terror sponsor in move expert says is geopolitical and ‘not about human rights’<p>The US government has eased sanctions against Sudan, in a step towards normalising relations with a designated terrorism sponsor whose leader has been …

Africa

Niger Delta: Nigeria’s oil-rich powder keg

A lull in violence in the Niger Delta could soon come to an end, leaders and militants in the oil-rich region have warned. They say they no longer trust President Buhari’s administration to address their grievances<p>Leaders of the oil-rich Niger Delta have warned that the government's delay in …

Africa

Barack Obama's African legacy: How he failed to stand up to strongmen

How Obama prioritised security and trade over human rights and democracy on the African continent.<p>The son of an economist born in Kogelo, Kenya, …

Africa

Will Racism End When Old Bigots Die?

Shelly Fields is a 46-year-old white woman living in Richton Park, a racially diverse Chicago suburb. She says she's raised her four daughters, who are biracial, to see people of all races as equal, just as her parents raised her. Fields doesn't think that racism will ever disappear completely, but …

Racism

Cops involved in Tamir Rice's death face administrative charges

The two Cleveland police officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice face administrative charges that could lead to them being suspended or losing their jobs, city officials said.<p>The officer who shot Rice, Timothy Loehmann, does not face administrative charges in …

Policing

Ivory Coast: Gunfire erupts at army talks

<b>Heavy gunfire broke out in Ivory Coast's second-largest city, Bouake, late on Friday, as tensions flared following last week's army mutiny.</b><p>Shots were also heard at the main army barracks in the commercial capital, Abidjan.<p>The government is currently holding talks with military leaders after a pay …

Africa

Cold case cracked: Newborn kidnapped in 1998 found alive and well in SC

A girl snatched from a hospital in Florida in 1998 just hours after she was born has been found alive and healthy in South Carolina, authorities announced Friday, cracking a case that went unsolved for nearly two decades.<p><b>THE WEEK IN PICTURES</b><p>“She appears to be a normal, 18-year-old woman,” …

Crime

Barack Obama's original sin: America's post-racial illusion

Barack Obama’s refusal to use his position as president to intervene on behalf of African Americans is a stain on his record many activists will never forget<p>In the first hours of the new year in 2009, just weeks before Barack Obama was to be inaugurated as the next president, shots rang out in …

Racism

Obama administration to lift some sanctions against Sudan

The United States will ease some financial sanctions against Sudan in recognition of what the Obama administration says are small areas of improvement in fighting terrorism and other U.S. goals, the White House announced Friday.<p>The move, which lifts elements of a U.S. trade embargo in place since …

Foreign Policy

Gambian president's party seeks to block rival's inauguration

BANJUL (Reuters) - The political party of Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, who lost an election last month but has refused to accept his defeat, filed a request on Thursday with the Supreme Court for an injunction aimed at blocking the swearing in of his rival.<p>The question of whether Gambia can …

Africa

The gay sex assault sketch that divided Nigerians

<b>In a country in which same-sex sexual activity is illegal and LGBT rights do not exist, a sketch by a Nigerian comedian depicting a gay man who is about to be sexually assaulted has sparked a heated debate.</b><p>In the video, a gay man, played by well-known actor and comic Ogusbaba, is seen lying in bed …

LGBTQ

African Cup of Nations 2017 schedule: Fixtures, where to watch live, date, time and live streaming information

16 teams will take part in the 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon.<p>The 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) is the 31st edition of the …

Africa

Number of Nigerian women trafficked to Italy for sex almost doubled in 2016

Life of forced prostitution awaits majority of the 11,009 Nigerian women who arrived on Italy’s shores last year, says International Organisation for Migration<p>The number of Nigerian women travelling by boat from Libya to Italy almost doubled last year, with the vast majority of new arrivals victims …

World News

Nigerian lower house moves to offer Gambia's Jammeh asylum, lawmakers say

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's lower house voted on Thursday to offer Gambian President Yahya Jammeh asylum if he steps down, lawmakers said.<p>The House of Representatives approved a motion to authorize President Muhammadu Buhari to offer Jammeh asylum if he handed over power to Adama Barrow, who won …

Yahya Jammeh

'My neighbour murdered nearly all of my family, but now we are friends'

Thanks to a pioneering reconciliation project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side<p>In a leafy, quiet district less than an hour’s drive from Rwanda’s capital, the calmness of the community of Mbyo belies the dark and traumatic past of its inhabitants.<p>Here, …

Africa