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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.

ISIS 'dead set' on using chemical weapons, US military official says

A Pentagon spokesman said Monday that Islamic State militants are “dead set” on using chemical weapons and will likely try to use them against Iraqi forces as they prepare its siege on Mosul.<p>ISIS fighters are believed to have attacked U.S. and Iraqi forces with a “crude” chemical weapon, a U.S. …

Military

Man Admits To Murder That Kept Twin Jailed 13 Years

Karl Smith says he committed a crime that earned his brother a 54-year prison sentence.<p>More than a decade after Kevin Dugar was convicted of firing a gun into a small group of people, killing one man and wounding another, his twin brother has made a shocking courtroom confession.<p>“I’m here to …

Crime

Tanzanian Children Are The World’s Fittest While American Kids Are Among The Least

Tanzanian, Icelandic, Estonian, Norwegian and Japanese children are the world’s fittest while Mexican, Peruvian, Latvian, and American kids are the least fit. That’s according to a new study by Justin Lang, a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, published in the British Journal of Sports …

Kids

Derrick Rose is subject of criminal rape investigation by LAPD

There may be more than money at stake for Derrick Rose.<p>In a letter addressed to the lawyer of Rose’s "Jane Doe" accuser, the LAPD confirmed they have …

Derrick Rose

Nigeria: Military Assures U.S. of Respect for Human Rights

(file photo).<p>Nigeria's Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has assured the international community that the country's armed forces is taking …

Human Rights

Eradicating HIV stigma & humiliation: How Lydiah is changing lives in Kenya

<i>By Abby Higgins</i><p>Lydiah Litunya raced through the dusty, narrow alleyways of Kayole, a low-income neighbourhood on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya’s …

HIV

Uganda is trying to tame the 'world's most dangerous road'

Mp igi (Uganda) (AFP) - Wearing pristine white with her woollen socks pulled high, Ugandan traffic police officer Edith Nanteza exudes natural authority at the roadblock, barely lifting a hand as she waves motorists over.<p>This is no routine exercise. Nanteza is on the frontline of operation "Fika …

Uganda

Boko Haram leader mocks Nigerian army, parents of missing girls

<b>(CNN) —</b> Boko Haram's embattled leader, Abubakar Shekau, appears in a new video to deny reports of his death and to taunt the parents of the nearly 300 school girls the group kidnapped from their boarding school in 2014.<p>"To the despot Nigerian government: Die with envy. I'm not dead," Shekau says in …

Boko Haram

‘Jimi went inside with his music. When he got on stage, that was his time’

The eyes have it: immediately, and strikingly, the same as those staring out from the portrait of Jimi Hendrix on the wall. But of course, this is Leon Hendrix, the younger brother of the greatest guitarist of all time, and in London this weekend, 50 years to the day since Jimi arrived in Britain …

Entertainment (UK)

Unearthing of Rio Slave Port Sparks Debate About How Black Heritage Sites Are Handled in Brazil

The first few times American landscape architect Sara Zewde visited Rio de Janeiro’s Valongo Wharf, she struggled to comprehend the recently …

'Emotional' Judges Dish Out Harsher Sentences to Black Youth When LSU Team Loses, Study Says

Football season is upon us, so it’s not uncommon to see the average crazed fan sporting the home team’s signature colors while screaming “TOUCHDOWN!” …

Is the DR Congo on the brink of collapse?

UN calls for calm after dozens killed in protests demanding the president steps down when his mandate ends in December.<p>The United Nations is directing blame towards government leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for political tensions, which led to riots and deaths in the capital …

Congo

Africa's elephant population drops to 415,000 due to poaching

The illegal ivory trade is showing an 'upward trend' causing the elephant population in Africa to decline dramatically. China has said it plans to close its ivory market.<p>The news came during the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild …

Africa

J’Ouvert rally turns into big protest against cops killing blacks

A Brooklyn rally intended to bring awareness to black-on-black violence following two murders at the J’Ouvert celebration nearly three weeks ago …

Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.<p>His longtime manager Ted Fox told The Associated Press that Dural died …

New Orleans

Black Lives Matter flag at University of Vermont generates controversy

A Black Lives Matter flag on the University of Vermont campus is sparking controversy.<p>The Student Government Association put the flag on display Thursday but not everyone is happy, Fox44/ABC22 reported Friday.<p>The Black Lives Matter flag is flying next to the American flag and the Vermont state flag …

Black Lives Matter

South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance to government

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A top South Sudanese opposition leader called Saturday for armed resistance to the government in Juba — a stance that suggests the troubled Central African nation could face a renewed civil war in the near future.<p>Leader Riek Machar and top officials of the opposition SPLM-IO …

Government

Thirteen dead in stampede in Democratic Republic of Congo

Thirteen people died when a panic-stricken crowd stampeded in a troubled town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, local officials said.<p>“The incident happened when a drunken soldier in civilian clothes fired four shots from his gun, causing panic,” the mayor of Beni, Jean Edmond …

Congo

Obama dedicates Smithsonian African-American history museum

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture tells “an essential part of our American story,” President Obama said …

Colin Kaepernick joins HS football team's national anthem protest

Colin Kaepernick joined a high school football team in its protest Friday night, kneeling while the players took it a step further by laying on their …

Charlotte police to release Keith Lamont Scott videos

Charlotte police officials have announced the plan to release video of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott after four days of mounting pressure …

Policing

Charlotte police face growing pressure to release video of Keith Scott shooting

Police in Charlotte were on Saturday under increasing pressure to make public video footage of the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old African American man, that sparked severe unrest in the North Carolina city this week.<p>The Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, …

Policing

The grey parrot and the race against Africa’s wildlife extinction

Perry, a five-year-old African grey parrot, is for sale on a well-known pet trade website for £750. She looks in good condition with her large black bill, red tail and white mask and her owner says she can whistle the tune of Flower of Scotland, does a passable imitation of R2D2 and is “very clever …

Africa

Zimbabwe castigates Botswana leader over Mugabe comment

Botswana president called for Robert Mugabe to step down in comments that earned the wrath of the Zimbabwean government.<p>Zimbabwe's government has hit back at Botswana's President Ian Khama following his comments asking President Robert Mugabe to step down.<p>Khama, in an interview with Reuters news …

Robert Mugabe

The Daughter Of A Man Born A Slave Just Opened The First National Black History Museum

The past isn't even past.<p>WASHINGTON ― There were plenty of powerful moments during Saturday’s dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.<p>But one stood out: The first black president and the first black first lady helping Ruth Bonner, the 99-year-old daughter of a man …

American History

Police chief to clown: Stop it!

JACKSON, Miss. — There have been multiple creepy clown sightings reported across the nation.<p>Roaming clowns have been spotted in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Wisconsin. One report in Starkville, Miss., recently was deemed a hoax.<p>However a clown call in Tchula, Miss., turned …

Policing

Congo patient dies; AIDS claims life of transgender in in Peshawar hospital | Khyber News -Official Website

PESHAWAR: Another patient of Congo virus Saturday died in a Peshawar local hospital, while AIDS also claimed life of a transgender in provincial …

Hospitals

Horror as two-year-old girl allegedly genitally mutilated at home as man arrested

The Somalian national was arrested in Dublin on Thursday night in the first case of its kind in Ireland<p>A man in his 30s is being questioned over the …

Ireland

VP says South Sudan isn't a 'dumping place' for peacekeepers

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Sudan's vice president dismissed the need for peacekeepers in his country, insisting Thursday that peace has been achieved after a civil war that broke out in 2013 and produced more than 1 million refugees.<p>Taban Deng said South Sudan does not need the 13,000 U.N. …

Africa