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Rape charges hang over U.N. peacekeepers in Africa

Rape charges hang over U.N. peacekeepers in Africa

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Sitting under a mango tree on the outskirts of this capital city, Abdou Mbone, 58, says U.N. peacekeeping troops raped his wife, Halima, before leaving her dead body in the street a year ago. Mbone’s wife had gone to purchase food for dinner before realizing that Christian militias were in the neighborhood fighting Islamic […]

When Love Isn’t Enough

When Love Isn’t Enough

It is that time of the year again in the month of February, when there is so much talk and excitement about romance and love, all in preparation for that special day dedicated to love, romance and dalliance, this very day, Valentine’s Day.  The romantic propaganda can be really oppressive. In the past few days […]

8 Crazy Things Love Does To Your Brain, According To Science

8 Crazy Things Love Does To Your Brain, According To Science

Love can make you feel euphoric, foolish, happy, obsessed, distracted, passionate, exhausted and pretty much everything in between — so it should come as little surprise that falling in love does quite a number on your brain. When you fall in love with someone, a whole host of changes are taking place in your brain […]

Indian woman slices off her brother-in-law’s genitals ‘as he raped her’

Indian woman slices off her brother-in-law’s genitals ‘as he raped her’

A mother-of-three chopped off her brother-in-law’s genitals before handing them in as evidence at a police station in India. The 32-year-old woman stunned officers when she entered the station in the Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh, clutching the severed organ. The woman, who was accompanied by her three children, told officers that it was the […]

Rival movie awards to highlight diversity gap days before Oscars

Rival movie awards to highlight diversity gap days before Oscars

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is to stage a rival awards show just days before the Oscars with the aim of showcasing the diverse Hollywood talent ignored by the world’s most famous film ceremony. The All Def Movie awards are clearly designed as a reaction to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy which has overshadowed this year’s awards season […]

The Cocoa Slave Plantations of Africa in the 21st Century

The Cocoa Slave Plantations of Africa in the 21st Century

NTOABOMA — Chocolate means little to my grandmother. In fact, growing up in the average village that was Ntoaboma in the middle of the country now called Ghana, I knew little of the sugar induced accoutrement of uppity ritual myself. I always received gifts throughout the year – especially when one of my grandparents would […]

How your body reacts when you fall in love

How your body reacts when you fall in love

Butterflies in your stomach, a racing heartbeat—you probably remember those symptoms well from your first middle school crush. As an adult, they’re actually your body’s subtle clues that you’re falling in love (or lust, at least). At the start of a relationship, a series of truly fascinating chemical reactions occur throughout your nervous system and […]

9 Women Explain Why They Like Donald Trump

9 Women Explain Why They Like Donald Trump

Donald Trump held his last rally before the New Hampshire primary at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Temperatures dipped below 20 degrees, the snow was fierce, and a wall of protesters lined up in front of the arena with signs saying “Trump hate.” But it didn’t stop fans from coming out to support the controversial […]

OBITUARY: Rebecca Masika Katsuva

OBITUARY: Rebecca Masika Katsuva

The Congolese human rights campaigner Rebecca Masika Katsuva, who has died suddenly aged 49, of malaria and high blood pressure, was known affectionately to many as “Mama Masika”. Attacked and raped during the wars that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo, she went on to campaign against rape as a weapon of war, and set […]

Nigeria faces new rift over alleged Shi’ite massacre

Nigeria faces new rift over alleged Shi’ite massacre

Piles of rubble are all that remain of the residence of Nigeria’s most prominent Shi’ite Muslim leader after it was demolished by bulldozers in the northern city of Zaria. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky’s compound was leveled after three days of clashes between the army and Shi’ite residents of the city in December in which rights groups […]