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The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade - has soared to more than 300, officials say.

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Anja Ringgren Loven

A two-year-old Nigerian boy who was found emaciated and riddled with worms after his family left him for dead has made an incredible recovery.

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O.J. Simpson

A top secret investigation is under way after a knife was found buried on the former estate of OJ Simpson , according to TMZ.

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Zoe Saldana

A forthcoming biopic about singer Nina Simone has faced fresh criticism over its film trailer which shows lead actress Zoe Saldana with darkened skin.

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Tony Burton

Tony Burton, who appeared in six Rocky films opposite Sylvester Stallone, has died at the age of 78.

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Kevin Wilson

A man who killed his ex-girlfriend's unborn child during an attack in south-east London has been jailed for life.

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Quintonio Legrier

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black teenager last December is suing his family for $10m (£6.9m), claiming emotional distress.

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Zika Virus

Officials in four Latin American and Caribbean nations have warned women to avoid pregnancy amid concerns over an illness causing severe birth defects.

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Black girl magic

A hashtag intended to inspire, motivate and celebrate black women has triggered a spate of controversy. But what does 'Black Girl Magic' stand for? And why are people arguing about it online?

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Hurricane Matthew: Hundreds dead in Haiti storm disaster

The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade - has soared to more than 300, officials say.

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Incredible recovery of Nigerian 'witch child' who was left for dead

A two-year-old Nigerian boy who was found emaciated and riddled with worms after his family left him for dead has made an incredible recovery.

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Knife found buried on OJ Simpson estate sparks investigation

A top secret investigation is under way after a knife was found buried on the former estate of OJ Simpson , according to TMZ.

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Nina Simone biopic trailer reignites anger over casting

A forthcoming biopic about singer Nina Simone has faced fresh criticism over its film trailer which shows lead actress Zoe Saldana with darkened skin.

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Rocky actor Tony Burton dies aged 78

Tony Burton, who appeared in six Rocky films opposite Sylvester Stallone, has died at the age of 78.

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Man jailed for killing unborn child

A man who killed his ex-girlfriend's unborn child during an attack in south-east London has been jailed for life.

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Chicago police officer sues victim's family over shooting

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black teenager last December is suing his family for $10m (£6.9m), claiming emotional distress.

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Zika virus triggers pregnancy delay calls

Officials in four Latin American and Caribbean nations have warned women to avoid pregnancy amid concerns over an illness causing severe birth defects.

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Why are people arguing about 'Black Girl Magic'?

A hashtag intended to inspire, motivate and celebrate black women has triggered a spate of controversy. But what does 'Black Girl Magic' stand for? And why are people arguing about it online?

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Sian Blake: Partner held in Ghana over EastEnders actress's murder

The partner of a former EastEnders actress who was murdered alongside her two young sons has been arrested in Ghana.

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Bodies found in former EastEnders actress hunt

Police searching for a missing former EastEnders actress and her two children have found three bodies at their east London home.

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Bill Cosby: Actor charged with sexual assault in 2004 case

Bill Cosby, one of America's best-known actors and comedians, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault relating to an incident that is said to have taken place more than ten years ago.

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Prosecutor says no indictment in Sandra Bland jail death

A grand jury has decided no felony crime was committed in connection with Sandra Bland, a black woman who was found dead in her cell in a Texas jail earlier this year.

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Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack

A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses.

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Noma Dumezweni cast as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni will play Hermione Granger in JK Rowling’s stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

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Supreme Court justifies targeting young black men for stop-and-search

The Supreme Court has been accused of using 'stereotypes' to justify the 'targeting of young black men'...

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Former Oklahoma City police officer guilty of raping 13 black women

Jury finds Holtzclaw guilty of 18 counts of rape and sexual assaults against women after 45 hours of deliberations

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China pledges $60bn to develop Africa

China has announced $60bn (£40bn) of assistance and loans for Africa to help with the development of the continent.

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ITV apologises for Sir Lenny Henry gaffe

ITV has apologised for showing a news item about Sir Lenny Henry receiving a knighthood that briefly featured footage of TV cook Ainsley Harriott.

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Gods of Egypt director and studio apologise for lack of diversity

The director and studio behind forthcoming fantasy film Gods of Egypt have apologised for casting mainly Caucasian actors.

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Kano blasts: Twin bombs in Nigeria mobile phone market

Two huge blasts have been heard at a mobile phone market in northern Nigeria's main city, Kano, reports say.

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Doctor and nurse guilty of keeping man as slave

A doctor and his nurse wife have been found guilty of keeping a man as a slave for 24 years at their home.

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Shining a spotlight on youth violence

Former gang member Jason Sylvester is a testament to how a life can be turned around away from criminality and the code of the streets.

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Football coach recognised as a community champion

A football coach from Wembley has been awarded a champions award in recognition of all his hard work.

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Scrabble has first African champion

Nigerians have been congratulating countryman Wellington Jighere, who has become the first African to win the English-language World Scrabble Championship.

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Women turned away from Birmingham nightclub for being 'too black'

A group of women claim they were turned away from a nightclub because they were 'too black'.

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Duggan family win right to appeal over lawful killing finding

The family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in 2011, have won the right to appeal over a finding that he was lawfully killed.

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Tottenham primary school teacher is named UK’s best

A Tottenham teacher loved by pupils, known as 'Super Simmons' by parents and likened to 'sunshine on our corridor' by her colleagues has been crowned the best primary school teacher in the entire UK.

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'Black history in schools' mum takes petition to the top

From the streets of Birmingham to the heart of British Government, crusading mum Stephanie Pitter is taking her quest to have black history on every school curriculum in the land right to the top.

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Jamaica's Marlon James wins Man Booker Prize 2015

Jamaican author Marlon James has won the Man Booker Prize for his novel inspired by the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s.

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Trolls write 'vile' comments on photo of black boy

A white man unleashed a series of sickening racist comments after he posted a picture of himself with a young black child.

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Are some clubs running a racist door policy?

Door policies at clubs across the UK are being criticised on social media after four women claim they were turned away from a London venue because of their skin tone and weight.

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David Cameron rules out slavery reparation during Jamaica visit

David Cameron has ruled out making reparations for Britain's role in the historic slave trade and urged Caribbean countries to 'move on'.

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Should Britain pay Jamaica reparations for slavery?

As David Cameron prepared to address the Jamaican parliament, the prime minister was under pressure to atone for the historic crime of slavery - including that of his own ancestors in the 18th century.

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UK to build £25m Jamaican prison

The UK is to spend £25m on building a prison in Jamaica so that foreign criminals in the UK can be sent home to serve sentences in the Caribbean.

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Emmys 2015: Viola Davis becomes first black Outstanding Actress winner

Viola Davis became the first Africa-American woman to win the Emmy's top acting award - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - last night.

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Video shows officer tackling ex-tennis star James Blake

New York police have released video footage of the mistaken arrest of retired professional tennis player James Blake.

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James Blake, ex-tennis pro, gets apology from NY police

The New York Police Commissioner has apologised to James Blake after a group of plain-clothed officers tackled and detained the former top tennis player.

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Is Britain racist? New documentary set to explore racism

New documentary Is Britain Racist? will see a team of reporters going undercover to explore the nation's modern day prejudices.

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History making 'Les Miserables' actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies

Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste has sadly died, at the age of 21.

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Murder charge for Ohio policeman after driver killed

A white US police officer has been charged with murder after shooting dead a black driver during a traffic stop over a missing car licence plate.

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Black and ethnic minority people twice as likely to be hit by Tory cuts

People from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are twice as likely as white people to be negatively hit by the Budget.

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Five-year-old girl killed in Mile End Park tree trunk collapse

A five-year-old girl has been killed in an accident in a park play area in which a tree trunk collapsed.

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Met Police officer Anthony Long cleared of Azelle Rodney murder

A police marksman has been cleared of murder 10 years after he shot dead a suspected armed robber.

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Google apologises for Photos app's racist blunder

Google says it is 'appalled' that its new Photos app mistakenly labelled a black couple as being 'gorillas'.

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Rogue trader behind Britain's biggest fraud released early from prison

The City of London’s costliest rogue trader has been freed from prison almost halfway through a seven-year sentence for Britain’s biggest fraud.

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Dylann Roof named Charleston as his target in twisted online 'manifesto'

Charleston killer Dylann Roof apparently left a ranting, racist manifesto on the internet calling for a new civil war in America before staging his massacre in a church.

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Dylann Roof's friend: 'He never said anything racist'

A friend of Dylann Roof, the man charged over this week's shooting in a church in South Carolina, has said that he had 'never said anything racist, never treated me any different'.

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Rachel Dolezal addresses controversy surrounding her ethnicity

Embattled former NAACP leader, Rachel Dolezal, who misrepresented her identity by masquerading as a black woman speaks on the 'Today' show.

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Rachel Dolezal’s parents react to daughter’s resignation

Rachel Dolezal's parents, Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal, say they support her decision to resign from her position as president of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter.

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Rachel Dolezal: 'I consider myself black'

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all morning, you know by now that there is a firestorm raging about Rachel Dolezal...

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'Black' civil rights champion 'outed' as a white woman by her own family

A prominent 'black’ civil rights activist has reportedly been outed as a white woman - by her own family.

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McKinney pool party video: Texas officer Eric Casebolt quits

The US police officer filmed wrestling a black girl to the ground and pointing his gun at teenagers in Texas has stepped down, officials say.

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Brandon Brooks who shot McKinney pool party video speaks out

Brandon Brooks, the 15-year-old boy who shot the McKinney pool party video that’s being broadcast around the world, is telling his side of the story to NewsFix.

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Inmate to be freed after 43 years in US solitary confinement

A judge in the US state of Louisiana has ordered the release of an inmate who has been in solitary confinement for more than 40 years.

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McKinney video: Hundreds march over Texas police gun incident

Hundreds of people have marched through a city near Dallas, Texas after a video showed a police officer pointing his gun at teenagers.

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Doreetha Daniels gets college degree at age 99

Nebraska native fulfills lifelong dream, breaks record for oldest graduate.

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McKinney teen describes how maniac cop pulled her to the ground

The teenager who was tackled by an amped up Texas police officer Friday night following a pool party says she believes the cop thought she and her friends were talking back to him.

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Ex police officer Michael Slager indicted in slaying of Walter Scott

A white former North Charleston police officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who was running away from the officer.

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Incident that sparked Texas pool party chaos

Teenagers have come forward to share their stories about what happened when police in Texas were filmed breaking up a pool party thrown by black teenagers on Friday night.

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Texas police officer pulls gun on unarmed teens during pool party

A video out of McKinney, Texas, shows a white police officer pointing his gun at a group of unarmed black teens, and the officer has been placed on administrative leave.

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Nigerian student solves 30-year-old maths equation

A Nigerian student has broken a 30-year-old maths equation and achieved the highest grades at a university in Japan for 50 years.

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Scores killed in Ghana petrol station inferno

At least 96 people have died in a fire at a petrol station in Ghana's capital, Accra, the fire service says.

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Bill introduced requiring cops to report all police shootings to DOJ

On Tuesday, Democratic senators announced they will introduce a bill that would require all states to report police shootings to the Department of Justice.

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Voice winner Jermain Jackman was refused entry into own party

Jermain Jackman shot to fame as winner of BBC One's singing competition The Voice - yet despite this he was once barred from an after-party for one of his own gigs.

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US police kill more than two people a day, report suggests

Data collected by the Washington Post newspaper suggests that the number of people shot by US police is twice as high as official figures claim.

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Cleveland policeman Michael Brelo cleared over unarmed black deaths

A US policeman who climbed on to a car bonnet and fired repeatedly through the windscreen at unarmed black occupants has been cleared of all charges.

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Final moments of Army Sgt. James Brown's life

New graphic video from El Paso County Jail in Texas shows the confusing and terrifying last minutes of Sgt James Brown's life, an active-duty soldier who had served two tours of duty in Iraq.

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Baltimore grand jury charges six officers in Freddie Gray case

A Baltimore grand jury has charged all six police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray.

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University student 'refused club entry for being black’

A university student's birthday celebrations took a sour turn after he and his group of friends were allegedly denied entry into a club for being black.

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Suicide among elementary-aged black children is on the rise

Since the 1990s, suicide rates among elementary-age black children have nearly doubled, while suicide rates among white children have fallen, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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Why do US police keep killing unarmed black men?

Recent high-profile cases of unarmed black men dying at the hands of the US police have sparked protests and civil unrest in several American cities.

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Africans' remittances outweigh Western aid

Africans are helping themselves more than aid workers are, according to new research.

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Baltimore shuts off water to residents

Just when you thought Baltimore couldn’t get more negative publicity, the embattled city has shut off water services to more than 1,600 customers in the past six weeks.

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The tragic past haunting Chuka Umunna

Until the age of 13, Chuka Umunna had enjoyed a typically middle-class, privileged upbringing. His father was a successful businessman, his mother a solicitor from a long line of distinguished lawyers.

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Black MPs make history

Last week’s general election signalled a huge step forward for diversity in British politics but experts warn there is more to be done in addressing the concerns of black voters

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Baltimore protester Allen Bullock released from jail

Allen Bullock, the 18-year-old who became a symbol of the Baltimore protests after smashing the windshield of a police cruiser with a traffic cone, has finally been released from jail.

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No charges for Wisconsin Officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager

The district attorney in Madison, Wisconsin, said Tuesday that no charges would be filed against a police officer in the March shooting death of an unarmed biracial teen.

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Chuka Umunna: ‘I can lead Labour to victory in 2020’

Chuka Umunna has announced he will be running for Labour leadership in a video posted on Facebook.

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Mothers gather for Washington’s 'Million Moms March'

Large crowds joined mothers from all walks of life Saturday afternoon to participate in Washington DC’s 'Million Moms March'

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Michelle Obama describes pressures of being black First Lady

Michelle Obama says she had to fight misperceptions due to her African-American race during the 2008 White House campaign that saw her husband become the first black president of the United States.

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South Africa opposition elects Maimane first black leader

South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has elected its first black leader, a move the party hopes will widen its appeal.

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‘Twerk-a-thon’ event accused of sexualising black girls

A fundraising initiative by the organisers of the Preston Caribbean Carnival to set a world record for twerking has been slammed by local campaigners.

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Liberia declared Ebola-free after weeks of no cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia free of the Ebola virus, confirming that the country has had no new cases in 42 days.

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David Lammy considers Labour leadership bid

David Lammy has said he will consider standing for Labour leader if colleagues want him to do it.

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Chuka Umunna tipped for Labour leadership battle

Labour leader Ed Miliband is now almost certain to stand down after a disappointing night for his Party and shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna is in the running to replace him.

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Bajan women ranked second sexiest in the world

Women from Barbados have been hailed the second sexiest in the world.

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'Knights Templar' California trio accused of running rogue police force

Three people have been charged in California with impersonating law enforcement officers after claiming to operate a police department with jurisdiction in 33 states.

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Loretta Lynch: The woman 'to restore faith in US justice'

On 23 April, after one of the longest confirmation processes in the history of the US, the Senate finally approved Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general, the nation's highest law officer.

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Over 200 Nigerian women rescued from Boko Haram are pregnant

About 214 women rescued from Islamist Boko Haram militants in north-east Nigeria are pregnant, according to local media.

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Florida sheriff fired for 'calling black man a monkey'

A deputy sheriff in Florida has been fired after he allegedly referred to a black man as a 'monkey'

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‘Sexual predator’ who raped 80-year-old woman gets life

A sexual predator who raped an 80-year-old woman in her home has been sentenced to life in prison.

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Django Unchained actress to apologise to police

An actress investigated by police after a report she had sex in a car in public must apologise to officers, after admitting disturbing the peace.

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Discrimination against Israel's Ethiopian community an 'open wound'

Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the country to unite and denounce racism, after security forces fought pitched battles with protesters against discrimination.

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Obama warns of American legacy of racism

America has to escape from the residual racism which has scarred its history, President Barack Obama said last night.

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Atlanta cops fatally shoot handcuffed woman inside police car

Atlanta police shot and killed a 25-year-old woman, who may have been handcuffed in the back of a police car.

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Home secretary committed to solving deaths in custody crisis

Home secretary Theresa May has expressed solidarity with those who have lost family members as a result of deaths in custody.

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Boko Haram freed women tell of captivity horror

Former hostages held by Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria say some fellow captives were stoned to death as the army approached to rescue them.

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David Cameron: 'I'm The Best Man For Black Britain'

In an exclusive interview with The Voice, the Prime Minister says the black community's concerns will be best tackled under a Tory government.

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Freddie Gray: Baltimore police to face criminal charges

Baltimore's top prosecutor has announced criminal charges against six officers in the case of Freddie Gray who died in police custody.

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Baltimore calls National Guard, cancels school and sets curfew

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan activated the National Guard late Monday in an effort to quell surging violence that erupted earlier in the day.

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Mom beats son for rioting in Baltimore

Getting disciplined in front of your friends is embarrassing enough, but getting disciplined in front of the whole world? Well, that's another story completely.

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Baltimore protest after death in custody turns violent

More than 1,000 protesters have marched in Baltimore over the death of a black man in police custody a week ago.

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Three new alleged Bill Cosby victims come forward

Three new women stepped forward Thursday accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them, bringing the total number of alleged victims to 38.

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Stephen Lawrence remembered on 22nd anniversary of death

Today marks 22 years since the death of Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in an unprovoked racist attack in Eltham, southeast London.

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80 percent of police force resign upon election of African-American Mayor

Most of the police force and several officials resigned after the small town of Parma, Missouri elected its first African American woman as mayor.

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Walter Scott shooting: South Carolina police release dash cam video

South Carolina officials have released a new video showing the moments before a US police officer killed an unarmed black man by shooting him in the back.

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5 images about being black in America

Here are five images that Americans online shared in big numbers, in reaction to the video of a shooting of a black man, Walter Scott, by a white police officer in South Carolina.

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South Carolina officer charged with murder in black man's death

A police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder after a video surfaced showing him shooting and killing an apparently unarmed black man.

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Kenya bombs Somalia al-Shabab bases after Garissa attack

Kenyan fighter jets have bombed positions of militant Islamist group al-Shabab in neighbouring Somalia, a military spokesman has told the BBC.

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Kenya attacks: Student hid in cupboard for two days

A young Kenyan student has described how she drank body lotion because she was so thirsty while she hid from al-Shabab attackers for two days.

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Alabama death row inmate freed after 30 years

An Alabama man has been freed after spending nearly 30 years on death row.

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Kenya attack: Garissa University assault 'leaves 70 dead'

At least 70 hostages have been killed in an attack by al-Shabab Islamist militants on a university in north-eastern Kenya, officials say.

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Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari wins

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win presidential elections in Nigeria.

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Lovelorn US teen found almost frozen on bank of Chinese river

A lovesick American teenager almost died after getting drunk and nearly drowning in a river when he was dumped by a young Chinese woman he flew 7000 miles to visit.

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Review: Pattern of racial bias found among Ferguson police

The Justice Department will issue findings Wednesday that accuse the police department in Ferguson, Mo., of racial bias and routinely violating the constitutional rights of black citizens...

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LAPD caught on video shooting homeless man to death

Los Angeles police fatally shot a homeless man on Sunday in a disturbing encounter that was caught on video.

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Birmingham gangs 'have had their day'

At the end of last year there were rumours that rival gangs in Birmingham were joining forces to become part of a national 'super gang.'

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Jamaica decriminalizes small amounts of 'ganja'

Marijuana has been pervasive but illegal in Jamaica for decades, consumed as a medicinal herb, puffed as a sacrament by Rastafarians and sung about in the island's famed reggae music.

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Maya Angelou stamp to be released by U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service will release a 'forever' stamp honoring writer Maya Angelou, best known for her memoir 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,' died last year at age 86.

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Is this Britain's cleverest girl?

She spends her spare time in a similar way to many other ten-year-old girls - playing with Barbie dolls and making loom bands.

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Activist Malcolm X's assassination marked in New York

A ceremony has been held in New York to honour black civil rights leader Malcolm X at the site where he was assassinated 50 years ago.

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'I have a problem with negroids' councillor has no regrets

A councillor expelled by the UK Independence Party over what Nigel Farage described as 'deeply racist comments' says she has no regrets.

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Sisters back campaign for more black bone marrow donors

Two sisters from west London have joined a campaign to encourage more people from the African-Caribbean community to donate bone marrow after one of them battled cancer.

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Haiti carnival accident kills at least 18 in capital

At least 18 people have died after a power line fell on to a carnival float in the Haitian capital, Port au Prince.

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'You guys used to be slaves' racist Tube rant investigated

A video of a woman who appears to tell a passenger that his ancestors 'used to be slaves' during an argument on the London Underground is being investigated by police.

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Met Police agree final settlement with PC Carol Howard

The Metropolitan Police said today they have agreed a final settlement with PC Carol Howard, after an employment tribunal ruled that it had 'singled out and targeted' her for discrimination for almost a year.

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Making it last forever: Couple enjoy 75 years of togetherness

This might be the cutest thing you'll see this weekend. 98-year-old William Fullwood and 101-year-old Willie Mae Fullwood are celebrating 75 amazing years together.

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Vitiligo model, Winnie Harlow, becomes New York catwalk star

Twenty-year-old Winnie Harlow is taking the fashion world by storm. The Canadian model has just been on the runway for Barcelona-based fashion brand Desigual at New York Fashion Week.

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Black History in Schools petition fails to hit 100k target

There were emotional scenes as the final seconds ticked down to the deadline for an online petition urging people everywhere to sign up for black history to be taught in UK primary schools.

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NYPD cop indicted in stairway killing of Akai Gurley

A Brooklyn grand jury has indicted NYPD cop Peter Liang, who ​says he ​​accidentally ​fired his gun​, killing an innocent man, ​Akai Gurley​,​ in the darkened stairwell of an East New York housing project la

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African pupils excel but their Caribbean counterparts struggle

A growing gulf in attainment between pupils of Caribbean heritage and their African counterparts has highlighted a lack of 'insufficient interventions' to help all black pupils achieve their potential.

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$300k raised in 3 days for man who walks 21 miles to work

The goodness of the public is coming through loud in clear as the James Robertson fund at GoFundMe.org closes in on $300,000.

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Woman delivers 14.1 pound baby

At 14.1 pounds, Avery Ford has set the record for the heaviest baby ever born at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and is one of the largest ever born in the state.

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The barber who disciplines kids with an 'old man' haircut

Russell Fredrick shaves naughty children's hair into a 'Benjamin Button Special' to teach them a lesson. His phone hasn't stopped ringing since he shared the punishment online, he says

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Andrea Gada's family granted visas for funeral

Visas have been granted to the relatives of a five-year-old girl who had been barred from entering the UK for her funeral.

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QVC host apologizes for shaming black model's hairstyle

A TV host has apologized for shaming a black model's hairstyle live on air.

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Anthony Mackie in 'Black dudes with dreadlocks' row

Anthony Mackie is under fire for an interview, in which the actor discusses racial issues including the recent spate of high-profile police altercations with unarmed blacks.

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South Africa apartheid assassin de Kock given parole

South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock has been granted parole after 20 years in jail.

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Cop who killed 7-yr-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones walks free

After two hung juries, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has decided not to retry the police officer who killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones in a raid gone horribly wrong four years ago.

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Marissa Alexander released from jail

Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother whose case became a rallying cry for anti-racism activists and survivors of domestic violence, was released today after three years of incarceration.

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Disgraced barrister Constance Briscoe left penniless

Constance Briscoe, the disgraced barrister and part-time judge jailed for perverting the course of justice in the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal, has been left penniless, a court was told.

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Video shows Jerame Reid gunned down by police

A newly released video shows a tense traffic stop last month in which a man stepping out of a car with his hands raised at shoulder height was fatally shot by police.

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Police killing of teenager sparks St Louis unrest

US police have clashed with protesters in St Louis after an officer shot dead a black teenager near where Michael Brown was killed in August, a death that triggered national protests.

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Alison Morrison stabbing: Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman who was stabbed to death in a north-west London street.

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Youngest person executed in US exonerated after 70 years

A judge in the United States has thrown out the murder conviction of the youngest person to be executed in the United States

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Sharon White appointed as chief executive of Ofcom

Ofcom has appointed Sharon White, a senior Treasury official overseeing the UK's spending cuts, as its new chief executive.

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Man jailed for 35 years for killing ex-partner and child

A man who beat his ex-partner to death with a machete, hammer and screwdriver and slit his baby daughter's throat has been jailed for a minimum of 35 years for murder.

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G4S guards cleared over Jimmy Mubenga death

Three G4S security guards have been found not guilty of the manslaughter of a man who died during an attempted deportation at Heathrow airport.

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Miss Jessie's co-founder, Titi Branch, dead at 45

Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the natural hair care line Miss Jessie's, has died at the age of 45.

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Eric Garner: No charges in NY chokehold case

A grand jury has not charged a New York City police officer over the death of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by the officer.

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Bill Cosby accused of molesting girl

Bill Cosby is being sued for sexual assault by a woman who says the US comedian molested her when she was 15.

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Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University board

US comedian Bill Cosby has resigned from the board of trustees of Temple University in Philadelphia amid ongoing allegations of sexual assault.

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Couple accused of keeping boy behind fake wall

A couple have appeared in court after a 13-year-old boy reported missing four years ago was found by police behind a false wall in their US home.

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Diane Abbott planning to run for Mayor of London

Diane Abbott says she is intending to put herself forward to become Labour's candidate for Mayor of London in 2016.

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Missing boy found behind false wall after four years

A 13-year-old boy reported missing four years ago has been found hidden behind a false wall at a house in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Ferguson shooting: Darren Wilson quits police force

US police officer Darren Wilson - who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, triggering nationwide riots - has resigned, his lawyer says.

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Halle Berry accuses ex of racism

Gabriel Aubry made 'completely and totally unacceptable' racial slurs against Halle Berry, a court has been told.

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Michael Brown: Clashes as Ferguson jury issues no charges

Police have clashed with protesters in Missouri, after a grand jury refused to charge a policeman over the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

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Man's 20-year fake identity

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Stephen Lawrence: Man arrested will not be prosecuted

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Tamir Rice: US police kill boy, 12, carrying replica gun

A 12-year-old boy has been shot dead by police in the US city of Cleveland, after carrying what turned out to be a replica gun in a playground.

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New Bill Cosby TV show scrapped by NBC

US TV network NBC has scrapped a proposed Bill Cosby project after accusations that he sexually assaulted women resurfaced.

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No police charges over Kevin Nunes inquiry

Nine police officers, including two chief constables, will face no criminal charges over the investigation into the death of a man who was shot in an 'execution-style' killing.

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Marley heirs in cannabis brand move

A US private equity firm has joined the family of late reggae star Bob Marley in hopes of building what it calls the 'world's first global cannabis brand'.

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Karen Blackett 'most influential black person in Britain'

London business woman Karen Blackett has been named as the most influential black person in Britain.

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Fury as council paints patch over racist graffiti

A mum has slated council handymen for simply painting a black square over vile racist graffiti scrawled on her flat door.

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Chikungunya: Deadly virus warning in the Caribbean

Holidaymakers are being told to cover their skin while visiting sun-drenched Caribbean nations that are struggling with an outbreak of a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease.

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Teenager who orchestrated 'revenge rape' attack detained

A woman who orchestrated a 'revenge rape' on a teenager she told 'snitches get stitches' has been jailed.

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Dozens dead in Nigeria school blast in Potiskum

At least 46 students have been killed by a suicide bomber at a school assembly in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum, police have said.

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Loretta Lynch: First black female US Attorney General

President Barack Obama has appointed federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to hold the position of US attorney general, he will announce today.

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South African football captain shot dead

South Africa's football captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot, South African police say.

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Theresa May: 'We will address black deaths in custody'

Home Secretary Theresa May yesterday announced a package of measures to tackle the growing problem of black deaths in police custody.

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Michael Brown case: Witnesses back up officer's account

Over a half-dozen black witnesses who have testified before a grand jury deciding whether to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown have provided testimony that 'largely supports' Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson's account of events.

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Django Unchained actress faces lewd conduct charge

An actress who alleged she was detained by Los Angeles police because of racial profiling after being found in a parked car with her boyfriend has been charged with committing a lewd act in public.

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Ebola crisis: Nigeria declared free of virus

Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

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Nigerians doubtful of girls' release after 'truce' breached

A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released.

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Court overturns woman's 20-year 'warning shot' sentence

An appellate court overturned the decision to put Marissa Alexander behind bars for a 20-year prison sentence for firing a warning shot in proximity to her abusive husband.

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Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls to be released

Nigeria's military says it has agreed a truce with Islamist militant group Boko Haram - and says the schoolgirls the group has abducted will be released.

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Man stabbed elderly woman 4 times because she was black

A suburban Chicago man has been charged with attempted murder and a hate crime after he allegedly stabbed a 79-year-old woman inside a grocery store because she was black.

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Mark Duggan lawful killing verdict upheld

The mother of Mark Duggan has lost a High Court bid to overturn a finding that her son was "lawfully killed".

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Dozens arrested in Ferguson protests

Nearly 50 people have been arrested at protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager two months ago.

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Muhammad Ali 'so ill he can barely speak' says brother

Muhammad Ali’s battle with debilitating Parkinson’s disease has reached the point at which he can barely speak, his brother has revealed.

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First US Ebola case Thomas Duncan 'critical'

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola within the US has deteriorated from a serious to a critical condition, doctors in the state of Texas say.

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Former Haiti president Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier dies

Haiti's former ruler Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier has died of a heart attack in the capital Port-au-Prince, reports quoting official sources say.

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Azelle Rodney murder: Former police marksman named

The former police marksman charged with the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney has been named for the first time today.

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Woman jailed for driving with baby in boot of car

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Barbican's slavery exhibition shut down by protesters

A controversial art exhibition featuring black actors chained and in cages to depict the horror of slavery has been closed by the Barbican gallery following a vociferous campaign of protest.

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Hair extension found on ancient Egyptian woman

The body of an Egyptian woman, who died more than 3,000 years ago, was discovered recently. On her head were about 70 or so hair extensions.

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Nigeria army back-tracks on Chibok schoolgirls' release

Nigeria's military has retracted its statement that some of the schoolgirls abducted from Chibok town in April by Islamist militants had been freed.

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Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson

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TV reporter Charlo Greene quits spectaculaly live on air

KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quit her job on live TV last night, outing herself as the owner of an Alaskan cannabis club and declaring "

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Strict Caribbean father who whipped daughter is spared jail

A strict Caribbean father who stoned and whipped his daughter in the street was spared jail after it emerged the teen racially abused him.

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11-yr-old to perform with the English Youth Ballet

She was dancing before she could barely walk and now ballet-mad Jeanelle Hamilton has just stepped into her first major role with the English Youth Ballet at the tender age of 11.

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How this 12-year-old CEO built a $150,000 business

In the past three years, while his classmates were doing homework and playing sports, Moziah Bridges built himself a $150,000 business.

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Zimbabwe and Russia sign massive trade deals

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First editor of The Voice newspaper Flip Fraser dies

Flip Fraser, the man who is regarded as the first editor of The Voice newspaper, has died.

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Notting Hill Carnival: Three men stabbed in violent clashes

Three men were stabbed and two police officers were injured in a series of violent clashes at the Notting Hill carnival on Monday evening.

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Vigil for Michael Brown to be held in Birmingham

Birmingham is sending out a Transatlantic message of solidarity to the people of Ferguson, Missouri following the police slaying of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown.

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Michael Baden: Michael Brown 'shot multiple times'

The unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on 9 August was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a medical examiner has said.

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Ferguson unrest: National Guard called to quell unrest

The US state of Missouri is sending the National Guard to the town of Ferguson as protests escalate over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

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Continuing Missouri unrest: Shooting victim 'may lose life'

US police fired smoke bombs and tear gas at a crowd which defied an overnight curfew in Ferguson, where a black teenager was shot dead by police last week.

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Family of shot Missouri teenager, Michael Brown urges calm

The family of the black teenager shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for calm after police revealed he was a robbery suspect.

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Sudan death sentence woman Meriam Ibrahim 'freed'

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for abandoning her Islamic faith has been freed from jail, her lawyer has told the BBC.

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Actress and civil rights activist, Ruby Dee dies at 91

Ruby Dee, one of the most enduring actresses of theater and film, died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.

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Author and activist Maya Angelou dies aged 86

Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

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Julian Webster death: CPS wrong not to charge anyone

A mum battling for justice over her son's death has won a legal victory after judges ruled prosecutors were wrong not to charge anyone with manslaughter.

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Nigeria kidnapped girls 'shown in Boko Haram video'

Islamist militants Boko Haram have released a video apparently showing about 130 girls kidnapped from a school in northern Nigeria on 14 April.

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Nigeria abductions: Michelle Obama 'outraged'

US First Lady Michelle Obama has said the mass kidnap of Nigerian schoolgirls is part of a wider pattern of threats and intimidation facing girls around the world who pursue an education.

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Boko Haram admits abducting Nigeria girls from Chibok

Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram says it carried out the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in April.

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Constance Briscoe jailed for 16 months for lying to police

Barrister Constance Briscoe has been jailed for 16 months for lying to police in ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne's speeding points case.

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Constance Briscoe guilty of lying in Chris Huhne case

Barrister and part-time judge Constance Briscoe has been found guilty of lying to police probing ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne's speeding points case.

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Nigeria unrest: Up to 200 girls abducted by gunmen

Scores of girls have been abducted in an attack on a school in north-east Nigeria, parents say.

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14-yr-old child bride confesses to killing older husband

A 14-year-old girl in the northern Nigerian state of Kano has confessed to killing the man she was forced to marry, police say.

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PC Keith Blakelock: Nicholas Jacobs cleared of killing

A man has been cleared of killing police officer Keith Blakelock during riots in north London in 1985.

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Stephen Lawrence police 'spy' prompts public inquiry

Revelations that a police officer spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence will lead to a judge-led public inquiry into undercover policing.

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Jamaica 'no safer' after capture of gang leader

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Azelle Rodney: Met marksman loses High Court challenge

A Met Police marksman has lost his High Court bid to challenge a public inquiry finding he used excessive force when he killed a robbery suspect.

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George Zimmerman - DMX boxing match cancelled

A celebrity boxing match between rapper DMX and George Zimmerman, the man cleared of shooting dead an unarmed teenager, has been cancelled.

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'Godfather of multiculturalism' Stuart Hall dies aged 82

Academics, writers and and politicians have paid tribute to one of Britain's leading intellectuals, the sociologist and cultural theorist Stuart Hall, who has died age 82.

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Constance Briscoe perjury case - Jury fails to reach verdict

The jury in the trial of barrister and part-time judge, Constance Briscoe, has been discharged after failing to decide if she perverted the course of justice.

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Naomi Oni - Girl guilty of acid attack on friend

A woman has been found guilty of throwing acid in the face of a friend while disguised in a Muslim veil.

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Mandela statue - Row over rabbit in Nelson's ear

South Africa's government has ordered sculptors to remove a bronze rabbit they hid in the ear of a Nelson Mandela statue, unveiled after the former president's death last month.

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Art or bigotry? Editor sits on a 'Black Woman' chair

The online magazine Buro 247 has published a story about Dasha Zhukova, the Russian editor-in-chief of Garage magazine...

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Desmond Tutu launches the world's first gay political party

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has surprised South Africans by announcing the formation of a gay political party called the Democratic Religious Alliance Against Minority Antagonism.

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BBC World TV's Komla Dumor dies

BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, it has been announced.

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British man murdered on the Caribbean island of St Lucia

A British man has reportedly been murdered on the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

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Amiri Baraka, activist poet and playwright, dies at 79

Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79.

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Man who slapped and called black baby 'n****r' jailed

A man who admitted slapping a crying toddler on an Atlanta-bound flight has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison.

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12 Years a Slave receives 10 Bafta nominations

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has been nominated for in the best leading actor category for his work in 12 Years A Slave at next month's Bafta Awards.

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'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' actor James Avery dies

The American actor James Avery has died aged 65, his publicist has said.

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Nigerian entrepreneur honoured with MBE

A Nigerian-born entrepreneur who has supported ethnic minority businesses has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

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Honours list - Jamaican born scientist receives knighthood

A distinguished Jamaican-born scientist is to be knighted by the Queen.

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Heavy rain kills eight in St Vincent

At least eight people died and dozens were forced out of their homes by heavy rain in the Caribbean islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Ugandan MPs pass life in jail anti-homosexual law

Uganda's parliament has passed a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life imprisonment in some cases.

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Nelson Mandela memorial interpreter 'hospitalised'

The signer at Nelson Mandela's memorial - accused of making up gestures - has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, local media report.

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Nelson Mandela's body arrives home for burial

Nelson Mandela's coffin has arrived in his ancestral home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, the final leg of its journey.

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Mandela memorial sign interpreter 'had schizophrenia'

The sign language interpreter accused of using fake hand signals at Nelson Mandela's memorial has said he suffered a schizophrenic episode.

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Nelson Mandela memorial Obama lauds 'giant of history'

Tens of thousands of South Africans have joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela.

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South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies

South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa's president says.

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Alabama posthumously pardons three Scottsboro Boys

The US state of Alabama has granted posthumous pardons to three black teenagers wrongly accused of raping two white girls on a train in 1931.

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Mandela still unable to speak, says ex-wife Winnie

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still unable to speak but uses facial expressions to communicate, his ex-wife has told a local newspaper.

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I was a BNP bigot until I fell for my Jamaican colleague

If someone had said to me in the 80s that I'd marry a black woman, I'd have said "Never in a million years!"

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Football fans jailed for abusive Stephen Lawrence chants

Six football fans have been jailed for chanting songs which "glorified and idolised" the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

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Malorie Blackman tops list of black influential figures

Children's author Malorie Blackman has been named at the top of a list of the UK's most influential black figures.

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British woman's Jamaican wedding turns to horror

A new bride was forced to watch her new husband being shot dead by masked gunmen at their Jamaican wedding reception.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor defends scenes in 12 Years a Slave

Chiwetel Ejiofor has defended the harrowing scenes of violence in his new film 12 Years a Slave.

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British comedy mourns the death of Felix Dexter

BRITISH COMEDY has suffered a huge loss, following the shocking death of Felix Dexter, who passed away earlier this evening (Oct 18).

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The Gambia to withdraw from Commonwealth

The Gambia is to withdraw from the Commonwealth, 48 years after joining.

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Kenya: Shootout inside Westgate centre 'kills 10'

A gun fight inside a shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has left at least 10 people dead, eyewitnesses say.

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Isaiah Washington speaks about gay slur controversy

Blue Caprice star Isaiah Washington said he was forced out of Hollywood after using homophobic slurs.

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Washington Navy Yard gunman named as Aaron Alexis

A gunman who died after killing 12 people at a naval installation in Washington DC has been identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis.

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Mark Duggan: Jury sworn in for inquest

A jury has been sworn in at the Royal Courts of Justice for the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, who was shot by armed police in north London.

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False reports of The Mighty Sparrow's death

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Several reports are being circulated via social media that Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow is dead.

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Mother of 1-yr-old boy shot dead in pushchair speaks out

Cherise Miller, Mother of 1-year-old Antiq Hennis, who was killed by a gunman's stray bullet in Brooklyn Sunday, recalled her final moments with her son.

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Nelson Mandela definitely discharged from hospital

Nelson Mandela has left hospital and has gone to his Johannesburg home, where he is continuing to receive intensive care, the South African presidency says on its website.

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Ben Johnson: 'I would have beaten Usain Bolt'

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Nelson Mandela hospital release reports 'incorrect'

Reports that former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital are incorrect, South Africa's presidency says.

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Nelson Mandela returns home from hospital

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has returned to his home in Johannesburg after a long stay in hospital in Pretoria.

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Obama marks Martin Luther King's 'Dream' speech

US President Barack Obama has linked the ongoing struggle for economic equality in America with the goals of the 1963 March on Washington, in a speech marking its 50th anniversary.

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Liberia students all fail university admission exam

Liberia's education minister says she finds it hard to believe that not a single candidate passed this year's university admission exam.

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Martin Luther King rally draws thousands to Washington

Thousands of people have attended a rally in Washington to mark 50 years since Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech on civil rights.

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Stacey Dash slams Oprah for Trayvon comparison

American film star Stacey Dash has criticised Oprah Winfrey for her remarks about Trayvon Martin.

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Vybz Kartel's book gets Princeton endorsement

The voice of the Jamaican ghetto, a book authored by controversial dancehall artist Vybz Kartel, has won surprising endorsement after it was added to libraries at Princeton University.

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12-year-old boy strikes maths A-level gold

A twelve-year-old boy celebrated achieving the top grade in maths in his A-level results.

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Online campaign helps homeless teen secure uni place

A former homeless teen is celebrating after a successful online campaign landed him a place at one of America's top universities.

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Nelson Mandela condition improving but still critical

The office of the South African president says Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition although his health is gradually improving.

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Gunmen kill 44 at Nigeria mosque

At least 44 worshippers have been shot dead at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, officials say.

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Teen girl becomes the UK's youngest ever lawyer

18-year-old Gabrielle Turnquest was just called to the bar in the UK, making her the youngest person OF ALL TIME to ever qualify as a lawyer.

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Cissy Houston pens open letter to Bobbi Kristina

The very public rift between the mother, Cissy Houston, and daughter, Bobbi Kristina, of the late Whitney Houston, has been the subject of much speculation on social media...

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Civil rights leader Julius Chambers dies aged 76

Julius Chambers, a Charlotte attorney whose practice was in the forefront of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, has died, his law firm said Saturday. He was 76.

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Zimbabwe President Mugabe re-elected amid fraud claims

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has won a seventh term in office, officials say, amid claims of electoral fraud.

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Zimbabwe election: Mugabe's Zanu-PF 'wins majority'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party has won a two-thirds majority in parliament in this week's elections, officials say.

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Doreen Lawrence to be made a peer

The mother of the murdered London teenager Stephen Lawrence is to be made a Labour peer.

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Black Italian minister Kyenge suffers banana insult

Italian politicians have reacted with anger after the country's first black minister had bananas thrown at her during a political rally.

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Black teens more likely than whites to apply to university

Black and Asian teenagers are more likely to apply to university than white youngsters in England, according to the Ucas admissions service.

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Nelson Mandela improvement 'sustained'

South Africa's first democratically elected President Nelson Mandela, 95, is showing "sustained improvement" in hospital, a government statement says.

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Beres Hammond abandons UK concerts

Reggae legend Beres Hammond failed to show up to his own concert in east London's IndigO2 last night (July 17), after his band member was denied entry into the UK.

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Doreen Lawrence says 'no confidence' in police

The mother of murdered Stephen Lawrence says she has "no confidence" in the ability of police to investigate claims officers tried to carried out a smear campaign against her family.

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Cafe owner in 'race' warning sign issue

A cafe owner has put up a sign telling customers she is black because she is fed up with people walking out when they see the colour of her skin.

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Jimmy Mubenga: Heathrow deportee 'unlawfully killed'

A man being deported to Angola on a British Airways flight was unlawfully killed by guards who were restraining him, an inquest jury has found.

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An African on the beat in Sweden

The riots in Sweden that broke out in May shocked the world. Sweden was the last place most people expected scenes of this kind.

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Reggae star Smiley Culture stabbed himself during raid

Reggae star Smiley Culture took his own life by stabbing himself in the chest during a police raid at his home, an inquest jury has decided.

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Croydon tram race rant woman sentenced

A woman who was filmed shouting racist abuse on a London tram in a video watched by 11 million people has been given a community sentence.

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Mandela birthday celebrations planned in South Africa

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has told the nation to begin planning for Nelson Mandela's birthday on 18 July.

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'Enter the Dragon' star Jim Kelly dies, aged 67

Enter the Dragon star Jim Kelly has died, aged 67 according to the actor's ex-wife Marilyn Dishman.

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Nelson Mandela showing great improvement says Winnie

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is showing a "great improvement" in his health compared to a few days ago, his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said on Friday.

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Nelson Mandela much better today says Jacob Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma says that Nelson Mandela's condition has improved, but still remains critical.

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LL Cool J’s wife celebrates being cancer-free

Most people know her as the wife of famed rapper/actor LL Cool J, but Simone Smith is much more. With the launch of her jewelry line called SIS (Simone I. Smith) Jewelry, this mother of four is an entrepreneur.

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Nelson Mandela's condition 'unchanged'

The South African government says former President Nelson Mandela's medical condition remains unchanged.

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Nelson Mandela critically ill in hospital

Nelson Mandela has become critically ill in hospital, the South African presidency has announced.

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Police spied on Stephen Lawrence family

A former undercover police officer has claimed he was ordered to infiltrate the Stephen Lawrence campaign in 1993, the Guardian has reported.

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Man guilty of fashion designer's murder

A Moroccan man has been found guilty of stabbing a fashion designer to death in his north London flat.

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Nelson Mandela 'responding better to treatment'

South Africa's former leader Nelson Mandela is "responding better" to treatment in hospital, President Zuma says.

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BNP leader sparks outrage with Nelson Mandela tweets

BNP leader Nick Griffin has sparked outrage with a series of tweets branding Nelson Mandela a "murdering old terrorist".

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Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital

Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection, the office of South African President Jacob Zuma says.

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New children's Laureate Malorie Blackman has tech plans

The new Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, hopes technology can help get young people to engage with books.

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Italy's first Black cabinet member faces racism

After making headlines for her historic ascent into Italy's cabinet, Congo-born Italian citizen Cecile Kyenge is now catching attention for the rise in racist remarks being hurled against her since her appointment Saturday.

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Malcolm X grandson Malcolm Shabazz dies in Mexico City

The grandson of US political activist Malcolm X has died in Mexico City following a fight in a bar, say Mexican officials.

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Stephen Lawrence murder: David Norris loses appeal bid

One of the two men jailed for life for the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence has lost a bid to challenge his conviction.

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How social networks drive black unemployment

It's easy to believe the worst is over in the economic downturn. But for African-Americans, the pain continues - over 13 percent of black workers are unemployed, nearly twice the national average.

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America is desensitized to murders in Black communities

On Saturday, April 27th, I attended the funeral of 17-year-old Alphonza Bryant III who was gunned down on April 22nd in a case of mistaken identity, according to reports.

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Naomi Oni acid attack: Woman charged

A woman has been charged over an acid attack on a 21-year-old in east London.

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Vybz Kartel attacked and beaten in jail?

Vybz Kartel could be having a hard time behind bars if there is any truth to this new piece of information reaching Urban Islandz.

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Gang murdered boy during rush hour at Victoria station

Eight young people have been convicted of killing 15-year-old Sofyen Belamouadden in front of horrified commuters at one of the UK's busiest stations.

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Stephen Lawrence 20th anniversary memorial service held

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said her

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African students create anti-malaria soap

Moctar Dembele (pictured right) and Gerard Niyondiko (pictured) have won the Global Science Venture (GSVC) competition for creating an anti-malaria repellent soap, reports CP-Africa.

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Stephen Lawrence murder investigation 'still live'

The probe into the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence is still "live" 20 years on, the officer in charge of the investigation said.

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Negus McLean 15, 'murdered by hunting posse'

A "hunting posse" of teenagers stabbed a 15-year-old boy so ferociously the blade of a large knife they were using snapped, a court has heard.

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Black passengers sue US Airways for discrimination

McCraig Warren and Miles Warren are suing US Airways for asking them to change out of their hoodies, jeans and baseball caps into slacks and a button-up shirt before boarding a first-class fight.

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Florida cop fired over using Trayvon Martin shooting target

Florida police sergeant Ron King was fired Friday after offering Trayvon Martin shooting targets to colleagues during training.

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DMX tells Iyanla Vanzant to 'shut the f--- up!'

Multiplatinum hip-hop artist and actor DMX has had a rocky relationship with his son, Xavier.

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Mom tosses baby aside to fight bus passenger

An unidentified woman was captured on cellphone video tossing aside a child believed to be her daughter to fight another passenger on a city bus.

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History: Nat King Cole assaulted onstage by racists in 1956

Celebrated crooner Nat King Cole faced racism for much of his career, even at his Los Angeles home where Ku Klux Klan members set a burning cross on his lawn in the summer of 1948.

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Care home manager admits stealing from patients

The deputy manager of a mental health care home has pleaded guilty to stealing money from patients.

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Two men marry in Africa's 'first traditional gay wedding'

Two 27-year-old South African men, Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithole, tied the knot Saturday in a ceremony that is being heralded as the nation's first gay wedding.

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Nelson Mandela discharged from South Africa hospital

Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital after treatment for pneumonia, South Africa's government has said.

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Father who whipped daughters arrested for child abuse

An Ohio father who attacked his daughters with a video cable as punishment for sneaking out late has been charged with child endangerment and corporal punishment.

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Actor Wesley Snipes released from prison

Actor Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison where he was serving a three-year sentence after being convicted on tax charges in February 2010.

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TV chef reunites late parents in final act of love

POPULAR TELEVISION chef Rustie Lee has reunited her beloved late parents in one final act of love - by placing them together in a shared grave.

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Junior Nkwelle stabbing: Girl and boyfriend detained

A 14-year-old girl who "set up" a boy to be stabbed by her boyfriend after she felt she had been disrespected has been sentenced for his manslaughter.

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Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King: 04 04 68

The assassination of civil rights leader and clergyman Martin Luther King, Jr. rocked the nation, just as the charismatic and focused activist was rising to heights unknown.

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Man accused of forcing 10-yr-old into clothes dryer

New Orleans police on Monday arrested a man accused of forcing a 10-year-old boy into a hot clothes dryer as punishment for forgetting to turn in documents at school, according to an arrest warrant.

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Nelson Mandela 'steady improvement' in hospital

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is making "steady improvement" under treatment for pneumonia, his doctors have said.

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Meet Britain's first black lady of the manor

Landed gentry living up and down Britain in their spacious country estates will soon welcome a new member into their fold - the nation's first black marchioness.

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India Arie denies bleaching skin

India Arie is laughing off talk that she may have lightened her skin.

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Sean Penn's son, Hopper in racist altercation

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BME's discriminated against in university admissions

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Brandy on Kelly Rowland learning to love her brown skin

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Man who called black baby 'the 'N-word' pleads not guilty

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Harriet Tubman to get long sought after monument

President Barack Obama will sign a proclamation Monday creating a Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on the Eastern Shore.

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America's forgotten black cowboys

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Barbados cruise couple shooting: Men charged

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Why 'race' is fiction

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Adonia cruise ship Britons 'shot' in Bridgetown, Barbados

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Brazil: Majority-minority nation offers lesson to U.S.

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Stephen Lawrence murder: Gary Dobson drops appeal

One of the two men jailed for life for the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence has dropped his appeal against the conviction.

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Germany's 'n-word' race debate

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Supply teachers face racism from schools, says agency

A supply teacher agency claims that some schools on the outskirts of London seem reluctant to hire ethnic minority temporary staff.

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6-month-old baby shot 5 times in Chicago

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The new look for Black women in business

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MC Hammer charges dropped after arrest last month

MC Hammer has revealed that all the charges in his arrest in Dublin, Calif., last month were dropped.

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82-yr-old woman dragged of train for singing hymns

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Kenya election: Uhuru Kenyatta 'wins vote count'

Kenya's Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta appears to have won the presidential election by the tightest of margins, provisional results indicate.

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Fox Sports 1 announces Mike Tyson cable series, 'Being'

Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and boxing icon Mike Tyson (pictured) have just announced their upcoming cable series "Being."

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8-year-old girl handcuffed, jailed for two hours

St Louis - An 8-year-old girl was handcuffed and held by Alton Police for two hours after throwing a tantrum at school.

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4-year-old drummer Tyler Clemons potential child prodigy

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Jesse L. Martin to play Marvin Gaye in biopic

After years of gestation and obstacles for a slew of competing projects, a Marvin Gaye feature biopic will be made after all.

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar requests dark-skinned video Model

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe holds lavish 89th birthday party

Thousands of people have attended a lavish party to celebrate Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's 89th birthday in the mining town of Bindura.

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Family's grief at mysterious death of Johnathan Malia

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14-yr-old girl guilty of Junior Nkwelle manslaughter

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Numero magazine blackface apology for editorial

Numero Magazine has found itself in the middle of a racially-charged firestorm after using a highly bronzed white model in one of its fashion editorials entitled "African Queen."

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Teen survives being shot 15 times

Nineteen-year-old Atlanta youth Orentheal Childs who was left for dead after being shot 15 times for attempting to cut his ties with a gang is miraculously, still alive.

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South Africa shock as 'police dragging' video man dies

South Africa's police watchdog is investigating the death of a Mozambican taxi driver who was allegedly handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged through the streets.

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Database allows Britons to see if ancestors owned slaves

A new database launched today (27 02 13) lets Britons uncover uncomfortable information: whether or not their ancestors owned slaves.

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Tia Norfleet: NASCAR's first black woman driver

Tia Norfleet - Why She's a Game Changer: It's usually a diss to say a woman is fast but in Norfleet's case, it is a compliment like no other.

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UK's prominent black judge, Constance Briscoe arrested

Britain's most prominent black judge, Constance Briscoe, has been arrested on suspicion of lying to police about her part in exposing Chris Huhne's speeding points scam, it can be revealed today.

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Union apology after 1960s Bristol buses race row

A trade union has publically apologised 50 years after it sided with management over a bus company's policy not to employ black staff.

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Naomi Oni acid attack: Man and woman arrested

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in an acid attack on a woman in east London.

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Britain's colonial shame: Slave-owners given huge payouts

The true scale of Britain's involvement in the slave trade has been laid bare in documents revealing how the country's wealthiest families received millions of pounds in compensation...

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Mc Hammer blasts cop for alleged racial profiling

MC Hammer took to Twitter to share his side of story after he was arrested late Thursday, February 21 for allegedly resisting an officer in a shopping center in Dublin, California.

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DR Congo: African leaders sign peace deal

Regional African leaders have signed a UN-brokered accord which aims to bring peace to the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Whitney Young Jr.: Film about unsung civil rights Leader

Just before the March on Washington in 1963, President John F. Kennedy summoned six top civil rights leaders to the White House...

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Life-size ape placed on Black employee's desk

In 2009, Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) state worker Crystal Perry met with her supervisor to discuss why she was overlooked for a promotion.

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Doreen Lawrence launches race education centre

The mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence is helping to launch a new centre for research into race and education.

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Jesse Jackson Jr pleads guilty to fraud

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr has pleaded guilty to misuse of about $750,000 (£490,000) in campaign money.

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Six Black US Commanders In Chief before Obama

Barack Obama is widely known as the United States' first black president. But is he really the country's first African-American commander-in-chief?

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Image of 16-year-old killed in Wandsworth released

An image of the 16-year-old boy who was murdered in Wandsworth on Monday (February 17) has been released by the police.

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'Shut that n*gger baby up' Man suspended from job

A Minneapolis woman says her 2-year-old son was traumatized by a man accused of slapping the boy and calling him a racial slur during an Atlanta-bound flight.

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Nigerian artist dies on return from Grammy Awards

A popular Nigerian singer Susan Oluwabimpe Filani has died following a brief complaint of a headache.

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Jesse Jackson Jr charged with misusing campaign funds

A former congressman and son of a prominent civil rights leader has been charged with spending campaign funds on personal expenses.

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Flight passenger tells mom to 'shut that n*gger baby up'

Joe Rickey Hundley was arrested and charged with simple assault when he allegedly demanded that another passenger quiet her 19-month-old crying baby stating, "shut that n*gger baby up."

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White pastor rhymes 'Jesus Is My N*gga' in rap video

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Christopher Dorner's mother speaks to victims

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How One 'Awkward Black Girl' found success on YouTube

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Civil rights icon Rosa Parks to get statue in Capitol

Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, will be the first African-American with a statue in Congress' Statuary Hall.

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Mother of slain teen gets Michelle Obama invite

First Lady Michelle Obama will be joined at Tuesday's State of the Union address by the mother and father of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old Chicago teen who was gunned down in her neighborhood last month.

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Football: Nigeria win third Africa Cup of Nations title

Sunday Mba scored a magnificent winner as Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time.

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Ernest Dickerson: Expose of a Legendary black filmmaker

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Haitian musicians say they're barred from carnival

At least three Haitian bands said Saturday that they are being kept from performing at Carnival...

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Nurse spared jail for killing baby in botched circumcision

A nurse who caused the death of a baby in a botched home circumcision has been spared jail.

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South Africa: Despicable rape and murder shocks country

The rape and murder of a teenage girl in South Africa has "outraged" the nation, the country's president has said.

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Discriminating Disney bunny accused of racism

When a Black family took a trip to Disneyland in August, one of their young sons wanted to hug the The Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland.

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African torso case boy 'identified'

A murdered African boy whose torso was found in the River Thames in 2001 and whose identity has remained a mystery has been named by a key witness.

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Louisiana Hines: Oldest African-American dies at 113

According to her family, Detroit-resident Louisiana Hines just narrowly surpassed South Carolina's Mamie Rearden as the oldest African-American in the U.S.

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Conservative writer wants Beyonce to 'put a dress on'

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Walteria Bledsoe was arrested and charged with injury to a child by omission after her 9-month-old son, Varius Bledsoe, was hospitalized weighing less than 8 pounds, KHOU-TV 11 reports.

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14-year-old girl 'set up boy's stabbing'

A 14-year-old girl "set up" a schoolboy to be stabbed to death after a row over football, a court has heard.

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Family squash Muhammad Ali deathbed rumours

May May Ali, the daughter of boxing icon Muhammad Ali, squelched rumors about her famous father being on his deathbed.

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Man to sue Virgin for racial discrimination

Virgin Atlantic is being sued for racial discrimination after allegedly rejecting the application from a man because of his African surname.

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Muhammad Ali on deathbed, 'could die within days'

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, 71, is not expected to live through the summer, and could possibly die within days, according to his brother, Rahman Ali.

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Atlanta school shooting: Victim's Mom defends her son

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Bobbi Kristina blasts her gran, Cissy Houston

Bobbi Kristina is on a mission to make sure grandma Cissy Houston's new tell-all book crashes and burns -- by BOYCOTTING it altogether and pleading with her fans to do the same.

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Boxer Omar Henry dies at 25 after battling cancer

Only a few days before his 26th birthday, unbeaten junior middleweight boxer Omar Henry died on Friday, February 1 due to complications from gall bladder cancer at the young age of 25.

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Naomi Oni, Dagenham acid attack victim, 'wanted to die'

A woman has said she did not want to live when she saw herself for the first time after having acid thrown in her face near her home in east London.

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Woman racially abused by group of men train

Police have launched an investigation after a woman on board a train suffered racist abuse from a group of men on January 31.

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Woman disfigured in Dagenham acid attack

A young woman has been left disfigured after acid was thrown in her face in east London.

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Zimbabwe 'had $217 (£138) in account'

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti has said that the country only had $217 (£138) left in its public account last week after paying civil servants.

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George Zimmerman team desperate for more donations

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara today said that he and client George Zimmerman have spent their way through more than $300,000 in donations and are desperate for more funds.

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Lifetime achievement award for black acting pioneer

Britain's first black film actor Earl Cameron has been awarded an honorary degree.

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Latino gang members arrested over racist attacks

Three latino gang members have been arrested over a series of racist attacks on African-American family's home in Compton, Los Angeles.

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Antigua applies for permission to run 'pirate' website

Antigua is seeking permission to run a website that sells music, movies and software - but ignores copyright law.

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Pistol packin' granny busts caps at a mugger

When a Detroit great grandmother was being mugged by an armed attacker, she reached for her gun and began busting caps at the man.

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Contestants sue production company on racial grounds

One of America's biggest singing television programmes faces being sued for racism after nine former contestants have mounted a legal challenge claiming they were forced to leave the show.

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The Ghanaian woman who made millions

Ghana's Grace Amey-Obeng, one of West Africa's most successful businesswomen, made her fortune promoting products which emphasised the beauty of the black skin.

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Mom accused of biting baby because she was jealous

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Fabrice Muamba to become a father for the second time

Former footballer Fabrice Muamba is to become a father for the second time after it was revealed that his wife Shauna is expecting a child in June.

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Sloane Stephens beats Serena Williams in Australian Open

Title favourite Serena Williams made a shock exit at the Australian Open as injury derailed her hopes against Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals.

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Vigil held to honour murdered British girl

Hundreds of people gathered earlier this evening (Jan 22) for a candlelight vigil to honour the memory of murdered British schoolgirl Imani Green.

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Stephen Lawrence's mother and brother 'feel threatened'

The mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence has revealed that she and her other son have felt threatened.

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Juror shortage stalls Vybz Kartel murder trial

The trial of embattled dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel who is accused of the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams has again been stalled.

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Vybz Kartel returns to court today January 21st

Vybz Kartel is ready for the greatest battle of his life.

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Sloane Stephens on upward trajectory

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Nas defends Quentin Tarantino over N-word controversy

Nas has shown his support for Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino by defending his choice to use the N-word in the slavery based film.

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'Proposition Joe' from 'The Wire' dead at 52

Robert F. Chew, the actor who played "Proposition Joe" on the cult HBO series "The Wire," has died in his sleep at his Baltimore home.

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13-yr-old girl fell from building after sex tape row

A 13-year-old girl fell to her death after begging a boy to delete tape showing her performing a sexual act on him.

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2013: Films featuring British African Caribbean talent

2013 is set to be the year British African Carribean talent dig their stake even further into the film industry here in the UK and in the states with four mainstream films scheduled for global release.

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Calls for Rastafarian artefacts

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'Racist' tube argument: Man comes forward

A 20-yr-old man has come forward to help officers with their enquiries in relation to a violent incident that occurred on board a tube where alleged racist language was used.

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Imani Green Jamaica killing: 'Happy girl', eight, shot dead

An eight-year-old girl from south London shot dead when a gunman opened fire in a shop in Jamaica was a "happy, playful and popular" pupil, her head teacher has said.

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Haiti quake: Why isn't aid money going to Haitians?

Three years on from Haiti's devastating earthquake, the country's UN special envoy has revealed little official aid money has gone to the country's government and organisations.

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France confirms Mali military intervention

President Francois Hollande says French troops are taking part in operations against Islamists in northern Mali.

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Are blacks to blame for negative portrayals of blacks on TV

Are African American households participating in the most racist media propaganda campaign in television history by watching reality TV?

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Teen hits woman on tube after her racist remark

This is the shocking moment a furious mixed-race teenager tried to hit a woman on the Tube after she made a racist remark.

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16th Century painting offers clues about Jews and Africans

In Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, a painting from the 16th century offers an early depiction of the connection between Blacks and Jews.

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UK university suspends Uganda degrees in gay law row

A UK university is suspending accreditation for courses at a Ugandan university, in response to proposed legislation against homosexuality.

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Cameroon acquits two men imprisoned for 'looking gay'

Same-sex acts are illegal in the conservative west-central African country of Cameroon, which explains why Jonas Kumie and Frankie Djome were sentenced to 5 years in prison for "looking gay."

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Katt Williams arrested again

Katt Williams is back to jail. The troubled comedian/rapper is placed under arrest by police outside his home in Los Angeles...

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Stuart Lawrence launches race case against Met

The brother of Stephen Lawrence has complained to the Metropolitan Police claiming officers stopped and searched him because he was black.

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Jamaican Lottery scams bombard US state

A US senator has said Lottery telephone scams coming out of Jamaica targeting American elderly people, has seen criminals earn more than $1 million.

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Probation for father who tied up daughter for Facebook pic

A father arrested for binding his 22-month-old daughter with tape and posting a picture on Facebook, has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

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Nelson Mandela 'has recovered from infection'

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has recovered from a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones, the government says.

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Janelle-Duncan Bailey: Body found by police

A body has been found by detectives investigating the disappearance of a mother from south London.

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Rapper Yung Teddy shot dead 1 day after tweeting

The body of rising Atlanta rapper Yung Teddy, 23, was discovered at his Austell, Ga., home on Wednesday evening; he had been shot to death.

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Spike Lee: "Django" Disrespectful to Black Heritage

Quentin Tarantino's slavery revenge film, "Django Unchained," has been critically acclaimed and garnered three Golden Globe nominations. But not everyone is so enamored.

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Lawyer loans house (rent free) to homeless family for 1 year

A Harvard-educated lawyer in Los Angeles has loaned his home to a homeless family a full year because, for him, it's the right thing to do, CBS News reports.

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Education secretary dumps Mary Seacole from Curriculum

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has bowed to the detractors of great Victorian Mary Seacole, and removed her from the National Curriculum.

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Samuel L Jackson forces interviewer to use the 'N-word'

Things take an interesting turn when Emmy Award-winner Jake Hamilton interviews the cast of the controversial Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained"

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Fantasia responds to homophobia allegations

R&B songstress Fantasia Barrino is upset that folks are peeved at her for posting an Instagram on Sunday that appears to condemn same-sex marriage reports E! Online.

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Obama recognizes Emancipation Proclamation anniversary

January 1st, 1863, is the day that the 16th President of the United States of America, President Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation Proclamation...

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Ivory Coast new year stampede kill dozens in Abidjan

At least 60 people have been crushed to death and some 250 injured during new year festivities in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, rescue officials say.

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Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

South Africa is marketed to the world as Mandela's rainbow nation, where everyone is proud of their race and heritage. But for some black South Africans there is such a thing as being too black.

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Jamaican reggae legend died of heart attack

Well-known Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, Lloyd Charmers, died in London last week following a suspected heart attack.

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Barbados rapes: Victims vent anger at police

Two British women who helped free a man, who police accused of raping them in Barbados, have expressed outrage after the island's commissioner said he was happy with the investigation.

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Christmas day rape: Three men arrested

Three Philadelphia teenagers have been arrested after forcing their way into a woman's car on Christmas Day and driving around for hours as they beat and raped her, reports Philly.com.

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Terry Glover, Ebony managing editor, dies at 57

Terry Glover, the managing editor of Ebony magazine, has died of colon cancer at her Chicago home. She was 57.

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Katt Williams and Suge Knight involved in another brawl

Katt Williams continued to make headlines one after another. A few hours after he was arrested for child endangerment, the comedian got involved in a brawl between his good friend Suge Knight and some men.

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Beaten man claims sexual orientation behind assault

A man who was assaulted by a crew of toughs outside a local East Baltimore liquor store claims he was attacked because of his orientation.

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Police confirm murder of celebrity designer Billy Boyce

Police have confirmed that the identity of a young man found dead in a north west London flat was that of celebrity designer Billy Boyce.

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Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital in South Africa

Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, has been discharged from hospital, where he has been receiving treatment for a lung infection and gallstones.

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Seven steps to Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is celebrating its 46th anniversary this year. A weeklong celebration of African culture and heritage.

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Why many black women could have a bleak Christmas

The report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community, published this November, is the most recent piece of evidence of the existing systemic and institutional discrimination against black minority ethnic (BME) women in the workplace.

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Nelson Mandela to spend Christmas in hospital

South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela will spend Christmas in hospital, a government statement has said.

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Michael Jackson doctor could be released from prison

The doctor who was found guilty of administering a drug that killed the King of Pop Michael Jackson in 2009 could be released from prison should his appeal prove to be successful.

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Mum refuses to let daughter outside in case she darkens

Several disgruntled viewers have criticised the mother of a beauty pageant contestant who refused to let her daughter outside so her "natural, golden skin tone" would not get darker.

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Ziggy Marley: 'Music from my father's era can't be copied'

The son of Bob Marley says that "classic music" from his father's era cannot be replicated.

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Azelle Rodney: 'One shot and he'd still be alive'

Azelle Rodney "would still been alive today" if the police officer responsible for shooting him dead had stopped after the third shot, a public inquiry heard.

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Doreen Lawrence: 'Race is not on government's agenda'

The mother of murdered teen Stephen Lawrence has blasted the government's handling of race relations in the country.

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Racist tweets about President Obama

Last night (Sun 16th Dec), President Barack Obama interrupted the Patriots/49ers Sunday Night Football game to deliver a speech from Newtown, CT about the lives lost in the school shooting massacre.

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Why South Africa is like a Mexican soap opera

With the African National Congress party's figurehead Nelson Mandela in fragile health and the country facing a series of difficult problems, this is a critical period for South Africa.

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Bolt wins BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

Sprinter Usain Bolt has been named the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year after winning triple Olympic gold for the second successive Games.

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Graduate becomes US' youngest African-American engineer

To say Britney Exline (pictured) is smarter than average is like saying Barack Obama is just another president.

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'I'm shocked Corrie hasn't had a black family before'

Craig Charles talks about heading the first black family on Coronation Street in its 50-year history.

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Nelson Mandela undergoes operation to remove gallstones

South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela, has had an operation to remove gallstones, according to a government statement.

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Barbados: Cleared man thanks rape victims

A man accused of raping two British women in Barbados has thanked the two victims for fighting to clear his name.

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Nurse guilty of killing baby in botched circumcision

A nurse has been found guilty of manslaughter after causing a baby's death by botching his circumcision.

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Peter Tosh: Revitalizing An Iconic Reggae Artist's Legacy

Peter Tosh's groundbreaking achievements in taking reggae to the mainstream are remarkable:

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett cancel Christmas after fight?

"Will Smith and Jada Pinkett had a huge fight and CANCELED their annual Christmas party," reports a breathless piece from MediaTakeOut, which goes on to claim that the couple's marriage "might be a wrap now."

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Nelson Mandela has lung infection

South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela is being treated for a lung infection, the president's office has said.

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Hackney authority 'failings' enabled mother to kill children

A mentally-ill woman was able to kill her children because of "serious and cumulative failures" by authorities in east London, a coroner has ruled.

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Man guilty of trying to kill PCs

A man has been found guilty of the attempted murder of two police officers and attacking two other PCs in a butcher's shop in north-west London.

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Family question the release of Notorious B.I.G.'s autopsy

The Friday, December 7 release of Notorious B.I.G.'s never-before-seen autopsy report brings more questions to the rapper's family.

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Ghana election: John Mahama declared winner

Ghana's presidential election has been won by incumbent President John Mahama, the electoral commission has announced.

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South Africa's Nelson Mandela 'looks well' in hospital

South African President Jacob Zuma has visited Nelson Mandela in hospital and says he "looks well after a restful night", Mr Zuma's spokesperson said.

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Turks and Caicos ex-president arrested after taking flight

The former jet-setting premier of the Turks and Caicos islands has been arrested in Brazil on an international warrant.

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Rastafarian prisoners to be given dreadlock holiday

Hundreds of criminals are to be allowed four days off prison work every year to celebrate Rastafarian festivals.

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Naeem Davis murder: 'On Drugs, Heard Voices In Head'

A homeless man accused of pushing another man in front of an oncoming subway has reportedly said he was high on drugs and fighting voices in his head at the time of the incident.

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Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital

South Africa's former leader Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in the capital Pretoria to undergo tests, officials say.

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Singer Toni Braxton hospitalized for Lupus complications

Singer Toni Braxton has been hospitalized in Los Angeles.

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Notorious B.I.G. Post Mortem Report Released

Authorities have released a long-sealed report showing The Notorious B.I.G. was shot four times in a 1997 drive-by shooting in Los Angeles that remains unsolved.

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Judge orders 'deadbeat dad' to stop breeding

Corey Curtis, a 44-year-old resident of Racine, Wisconsin, has done enough procreating for a few lifetimes - he has nine kids by six different women.

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'I changed my name to get a job'

Ethnic minority women face discrimination "at every stage of the recruitment process", a report by MPs says. But what is finding a job like for those affected?

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Katt Williams Retires From Stand-Up Comedy

Katt Williams doesn't stop shocking the public with his actions, he's revealed his decision to retire as a stand-up comedian.

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Wendy Williams, slams Beyonce's academic prowess

Wendy Williams had some unkind words for Beyonce on the Wednesday episode of her talk show.

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UK court rules that the term, 'nigger' is not racist

A white hip-hop fan who landed in court for shouting "N****r" at a black man has been cleared of racial abuse by a magistrate.

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Marlon Samuels keeps West Indies alive in one-day series

Marlon Samuels kept West Indies in their one-day series against Bangladesh with a superb 126 as they won the third match by four wickets in Dhaka.

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Oprah Winfrey no longer world's richest black woman?

Nigerian philanthropist, fashion designer and oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija was recently on Forbes' list of Africa's 40 richest people.

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Marley family settles lawsuit with Bob Marley's half-brother

Bob Marley's family have settled a lawsuit against his half-brother after the family member was accused of illegally using the reggae icon's name to sell fish cakes and energy drinks.

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Doreen Lawrence gets honorary doctorate

Race Campaigner, Doreen Lawrence has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education from the University of East London (UEL).

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'Lottery winnings conman' found guilty over £800,000 fraud

A man who conned people out of nearly £800,000 by promising to help them claim fake lottery winnings or an inheritance from a relative has been found guilty.

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Trey Songz 'Belcher's death had nothing to do with me'

Singer Trey Songz took to Twitter to hit back at claims that he was in some way responsible for the murder-suicide of NFL player Jovan Belcher.

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Ethnic minority women face jobs 'catastrophe'

Black and minority ethnic women face "catastrophic" levels of unemployment and are discriminated against at "every stage" of the recruitment process, a group of MPs has warned.

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Dangers of straightening afro hair

45-yr-old, Isabella Broekhuizen has been a lecturer and model in the UK and is now studying social psychology in Holland, where she lives with her partner. She says:

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Vacancy at the Jamaican High Commission

The Jamaican High Commission is seeking to recruit a suitable candidate to fill the post of Community Relations Officer.

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UK stops £21m aid payment to Rwanda

The UK has suspended aid to Rwanda amid concerns about its role in the conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Black teen gunned down following row over loud music

A black teenager was shot and killed by a 45-year-old white businessman following a row over loud music, it has been claimed.

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Family learn of teen's murder from facebook

The parents of a south Georgia student found out from Facebook that their daughter had been killed at her university.

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Dad survives being struck in the head by a train at 70mph

A father has miraculously survived after he was hit on the head by a speeding train as he leaned over the edge of a platform to vomit.

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Whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristina wrecks car In crash

Bobbi Kristina Brown totaled her car in a terrifying accident on Wednesday, but the reality star herself was reportedly unhurt.

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Vybz Kartel granted bail

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is another step closer to temporary freedom as the prominent deejay has secured bail on another charge.

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Denzel Washington: Difficulties of 'dark skinned' women

Many kids with famous parents often go on to seek their own careers in music or acting. A famous last name along with the connections made by the parent eases one into a career in Hollywood.

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Incredible Hulk mum put on five stone in five hours

Rare medical condition tears mum's muscles and sets them solid in response to triggers like noise and distress.

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Nigeria blasts: Eleven dead at Kaduna barracks church

Suicide bombers have attacked a church inside a military barracks in Kaduna state in northern Nigeria, killing 11 people and injuring 30, officials say.

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Cricket: Best fires West Indies to 2-0 win over Bangladesh

Paceman Tino Best took a career-best six-wicket haul to fire the West Indies to a crushing ten-wicket win against Bangladesh in the second Test in Khulna, sealing the series 2-0.

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Buju Banton granted evidentiary hearing by Florida court

Imprisoned reggae artiste Buju Banton has been granted an evidentiary hearing by United States Magistrate James Moody.

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Hours to stop Uganda's barbaric anti-gay law

The Ugandan Parliament is set to pass a brutal law that may carry the death penalty for homosexuality. If they do, thousands of Ugandans could face execution or life imprisonment -- just for being gay.

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Busy Signal wiser after prison stint

KINGSTON, Jamaica - In his first media appearance since being released from prison in the United States, deejay Busy Signal says he is relieved that the proverbial monkey is finally off his back.

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Corine Lesnes: Race still defines relationships in America

A veteran French journalist, who has worked in the United States capital Washington for a decade, says relationships in the US are still largely defined by the racial divisions of the past.

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Barbados rapes: Victims say innocent man charged

Two British women, raped in Barbados, say the man accused of attacking them is innocent.

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Reggae themed television show comes to UK channel

Reggae Showcase UK returns to Sky Channel 232 on November 30th 2012 from 9pm and will be shown every Friday and Saturday at 9pm with repeats on Monday and Wednesday at 5pm.

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Is Ethiopia ready for foreign investment?

Ethiopia was once a byword for poverty and famine.

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Bobby Brown Pleads Not Guilty to Third DUI Charge

Bobby Brown pleaded not guilty to DUI charge stemming for his arrest on October 24.

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Antron Brown becomes Hot Rod's first Black champion

Antron Brown became the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) first Black champion after he won the Top Fuel series title on Sunday.

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TV Chef, Lorraine Pascale angry at online abuse

Celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale has called for officials at social network website Twitter to take action after receiving 'racist Tweets on a daily basis' from an American user.

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Solange Knowles angered by 'Discrim-FRO-nation'

Solange Knowles claims that she was stopped and her afro searched during an airport security check in Florida last night.

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Black nurses miss out on top NHS jobs

Black nurses are not being promoted to top jobs within the NHS despite making up a fifth of the workforce, a report has found.

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UN: Haiti faces 2013 food shortage after Hurricane Sandy

The UN in Haiti says 1.5 million people remain at risk of not having proper access to food in 2013 due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters.

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Uganda to pass anti-gay law as 'Christmas gift'

Uganda will pass a new law against homosexuality by the end of 2012 as a "Christmas gift" to its advocates, the speaker of parliament has said.

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91- year-old Great-Grandmother Wins Lottery Twice

Sometimes, lightning does strikes twice. After winning $300,000 in an Indiana lottery game in August, Lena Eaton, a 91-year-old Indianapolis, great-grandmother, took home $99,999 ...

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The Obama pic that made social media history

It was a picture that was worth 1,000 words - a photograph of Michelle and Barack Obama, his face etched with emotion, hugging.

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Screen Nation Awards cancelled two days before event

An annual celebration of African and Caribbean actors and directors has been cancelled two days before the event.

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80-year old woman arrested over "Obama-Hitler" signs

An 80-year-old woman from Hebron, Connecticut, was recently arrested and charged with larceny and breach of peace.

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