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Counterfeit medicine endangering Somali lives

New government measures are taken to mitigate counterfeit trade in expired and toxic medicines.

Mogadishu, Somalia - Unlicensed clinics and pharmacies with unqualified staff have been dispencing counterfeit and expired medicines that are making people sick and endangering the lives of Somalis.

The …

Medicine

Charlie Sanders, Hall of Fame Tight End, Dies at Age 68

Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders died Thursday after being diagnosed with cancer eight months ago. He was 68.

Sanders' daughter, Mary Jo Sanders, confirmed his passing to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. He was initially diagnosed with cancer in November when doctors found a tumor behind …

Hall of Fame

Wimbledon 2015: Why Rafael Nadal's 'shock' exit is no shock

2 July 2015

Wimbledon 2015

Venue: All England Club Dates: 29 June - 12 July

Play: Outside courts 11:30 BST; Centre Court and Court One 13:00 BST

BBC coverage: Across TV, radio and online with up to 15 live streams available. Read More: TV and radio schedules.

The great shock of Rafael Nadal's shock exit …

ATP World Tour

The World on Twitter

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Asia

Boko Haram attack on Nigerian village leaves nearly 100 people dead

Nearly 100 people have been killed in an attack on mosques and houses in a village in north-eastern Nigerian by suspected Boko Haram militants, witnesses said on Thursday.

“The attackers have killed at least 97 people,” a local man from Kukawa village who gave his name as Kolo told AFP, saying he …

Boko Haram

Baltimore Residents Blame Mayor For Surge In Violence

Many residents of Baltimore are blaming Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for the historic wave of crime sweeping through the city since the protests …

Baltimore

Woman Accused Of Shooting Firearms Instructor In The Face

WCAX

A Vermont woman is accused of shooting her firearms instructor in the face during her second lesson, police say.

Veronica Lewis, 31, allegedly fired three shots at Darryl Montague on Monday, striking the 48-year-old man twice in the jaw and once in the abdomen, according to CBS News.

The attack …

Firearms

Malcolm Smith, Ex-New York Senate Majority Leader, Is Sentenced to 7 Years in Bribery Case

WHITE PLAINS — Condemning him for having “corrupted the Democratic process,” a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Malcolm A. Smith, former majority leader of the New York State Senate, to seven years in prison for consenting to the payment of tens of thousands of dollars to Republican Party …

Bribery

Man pleads guilty to hate crime after 'knockout game' with elderly black man

A 29-year-old man from Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in federal court this week to hate crime charges stemming from an incident nearly two years ago in …

Criminal Law

Ugandan Army Probes Hundreds For Fake Academic Documents

This picture taken on February 20, 2014 shows hundreds of Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) battle-hardened and heavily-armed Special Forces …

Military

New York abandons ‘stop-and-frisk’ procedure that mostly targeted black men

NEW YORK—Something strange has been happening to Davelle Taylor as he walks the streets of New York: nothing at all.He will be with friends in …

Boy Found Dead in a Swing Was Alive When He Was Put There 2 Days Earlier, Cops Say

Police have ruled the death of 3-year-old Ji'Aire Donnell Lee a homicide more than a month after he was found dead in a swing at a Maryland park.

Authorities revealed that the toddler was placed in the swing in question two days before his mother Romechia Simms was found pushing his corpse on a …

Policing

Mississippi Ghost Hunters Find Missing Woman's Body At Abandoned Hospital

An abandoned Mississippi hospital, popular among curiosity seekers and paranormal researchers, became a crime scene Sunday after a group of ghost hunters found a body while exploring the property.

According to police, the group of individuals, who have not been identified, made the discovery at the …

Abandoned Buildings

I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.

Up until a few weeks ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and …

UN: South Sudan army raped girls and burned them alive

Report by UN mission in South Sudan says recent military campaign was notable for its "brutality and intensity".

The UN has accused South Sudan's army of raping and then burning girls alive inside their homes during its recent campaign, a report by its mission in the country said.

The statement, …

Military

Death Of Toddler Found In Maryland Park Swing Ruled A Homicide

The death of a 3-year-old boy whose body was in a playground swing being pushed by his mother was ruled a homicide by Baltimore's medical examiner.

Ji'Aire Lee had died from hypothermia and dehydration when police found him just before 7 a.m. on May 22 in a park in La Plata, Maryland, according to …

Maryland

Misty Copeland becomes the first black principal dancer in American Ballet Theater's history

Misty Copeland made history this week when she was promoted to principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, making her the first African American woman to hold the position in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland has spoken candidly about issues of race in the ballet world before, which …

Performing Arts

All Of Uganda’s Free Emergency Contraceptives Are About To Expire

There aren’t many women who actually use the free drugs — but the ones who do are usually survivors of rape.

NAIROBI — Uganda’s entire public stock of emergency contraceptives will expire by Wednesday, leaving women — especially survivors of rape — in the lurch.

Multiple officials in Uganda’s …

Contraceptives

Sudan medical students may have joined Isis, says university

Seven Britons are among a group of students who are feared to have travelled to Turkey in an attempt to join Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

The group of 12, who all studied medicine at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Khartoum, Sudan, left for Turkey on Friday.

Dr Ahmed …

Medical School

Déjà Vu? Convicted Murderer Escaped North Carolina Jail with Help of Worker Who Had Sex with Him, Police Say

A convicted murderer escaped from jail over the weekend with the help of a worker who had sex with him behind bars, police say.

Kristopher Antonio McNeil, 29, was found missing from his cell at Brown Creek Correctional Institute in Polkton, North Carolina, on Saturday morning, according to NBC …

Policing

African Union will not observe elections in Burundi

AU reiterates need for dialogue and consensus for lasting political solution a day ahead of poll in crisis-hit country.

The African Union (AU) will not observe Burundi's legislative elections scheduled for Monday, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the commission of the AU, has said.

In a …

Elections

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Lions to be reintroduced to Rwanda after 15-year absence following genocide

Seven lions in South Africa are to be tranquillised, placed in steel crates and loaded on to a charter flight to Rwanda on Monday, restoring the predator to the east African country after a 15-year absence.

Cattle herders poisoned Rwanda’s last remaining lions after parks were left unmanaged and …

Rwanda

In A Kenyan Village, A 65-Year-Old Recording Comes Home

From Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads to Odysseus outwitting the sirens, the history of music is filled with myth and legend. Music loves a good story, and a certain recording from a Kenyan village definitely has one — one that's 65 years old.

At the center of that story is a …

Africa

4 students arrested over gang rape of mentally disabled student

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Security Guards

Episcopal Church elects first black presiding bishop

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Episcopal Church elected its first African-American presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina during the denomination's national assembly Saturday.

Curry was elected by a landslide in a vote at the Episcopal General Convention, the top legislative …

Christianity

Rapper DMX arrested for failing to pay child support

“Where My Dogs At?” rapper DMX was arrested Friday for failing to care for his children, police sources said.

Child Support

Rapid Ebola blood test as accurate as laboratory, scientists say

A 15-minute, on-the-spot blood test for Ebola is as accurate as the most widely-used laboratory-based test, scientists say after a patient trial.An …

Ebola

The Ugandans living on an island floating in Lake Victoria

A piece of land has broken off Uganda's mainland and has been floating around Lake Victoria for close to four months. The BBC's Patience Atuhaire met the artists who have set up home there.

As we approach the island, the first thing that stands out is the Ugandan flag on an improvised pole high …

Africa