Young Leaders Honored for Human Rights Work

Young Leaders Honored for Human Rights Work

THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION Amnesty International has given its top 2016 human rights award to Grammy Award-winning musician Angélique Kidjo and to three African youth activist…

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DRC Honors Rumba King

DRC Honors Rumba King

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s rumba king, Papa Wemba, was posthumously awarded one of his country’s highest honors in May 2016, after…

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Rival Tribes Choose Wrestling Over War

Rival Tribes Choose Wrestling Over War

VOICE OF AMERICA South Sudan sponsored a “wrestling for peace” tournament, bringing together athletes from around the country. The last big tournament was canceled when…

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Photographer Brought Malian Images to the World

Photographer Brought Malian Images to the World

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Pioneering Malian photographer Malick Sidibe, whose powerful black-and-white images of local life won him international acclaim and top awards, died at the age…

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Ancient Mausoleums Reconsecrated in Timbuktu

Ancient Mausoleums Reconsecrated in Timbuktu

UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE A consecration ceremony of the Timbuktu mausoleums, last conducted in the 11th century, was celebrated in February 2016 at the initiative…

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‘Bloemfontein Blitz’ Takes Global Title

‘Bloemfontein Blitz’ Takes Global Title

SOUTH AFRICAN SPORTS CONFEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE South African Wayde van Niekerk, the International Association of Athletics Federations 400-meter champion, has blasted the record books….

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Malawian Prisoners Put Pain to Melody

Malawian Prisoners Put Pain to Melody

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Malawi’s Zomba Prison Project band has the distinction of being nominated for a prestigious Grammy Award. Its 20-track record I Have No Everything…

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Nigerian is Scrabble World Champion

Nigerian is Scrabble World Champion

BBC NEWS AT BBC.CO.UK/NEWS Nigerians are congratulating countryman Wellington Jighere, who became the first African to win the English-language World Scrabble Championship. The 32-year-old beat…

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Ethiopian is Female Athlete of the Year

Ethiopian is Female Athlete of the Year

BBC NEWS AT BBC.CO.UK/NEWS Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia won the International Association of Athletics Federations female athlete of the year award for 2015. Dibaba, 24,…

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Sudanese Wrestlers Train for the Olympics

Sudanese Wrestlers Train for the Olympics

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE In a crumbling Khartoum sports hall, a dozen Nuba men in sweat-faded singlets practiced wrestling moves under the critical gaze of their Japanese…

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