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Ethiopian Activist Recognized for Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

LONDON — An Ethiopian activist who has worked to support women’s rights and battle female genital mutilation has been awarded an international prize in Europe. Bogaletch Gebre founded Kembatti Mentti Gezzima-Tope in the 1990s. The organization’s name translates as Kembatti Women Stand Together. The group has a unique approach to tackling women’s rights in Bogaletch’s home country, Ethiopia. The principle, ...

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USA Senate Immigration Bill clears Judiciary Committee Huddle…heads to floor.

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan “gang of eight” immigration bill on Tuesday in a 13 to 5 vote after a marathon final day of markup that stretched into the evening. All Democrats on the committee, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and gang of eight Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), voted in ...

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Chicago:Student Shot Dead on His Way to Meet Friend at ‘L’

BRONZEVILLE — Even though it’s less than a 2-block walk from the 47th Street Green Line Station to his home, Kevin Ambrose offered to meet his friend at the “L” so he wouldn’t have to walk it by himself. “I had just talked to him on the phone when he told me he’d meet me at the station,” said Michael ...

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Girl, 2 shoot dead by five year old brother

A 2-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother while he was playing with a child-size rifle given to him as a gift, authorities in Kentucky say. Caroline Starks, a blonde, blue-eyed girl, was fatally shot in the chest by her brother’s .22-caliber rifle only minutes after her mother says she stepped outside their home in Burkesville ...

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Immigration Shapes US Political Parties as Much as Demographics

WASHINGTON — The debate in Congress over immigration reform has as much to do with the fate of America’s two main political parties as it does with the demographics of the United States. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are pushing immigration reform now in part to secure Hispanic votes later, but their parties’ future may be out of their ...

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Five Krobo Girls students seriously injured in gas explosion

Five final year students of Krobo Girls Senior High School in the Eastern region are on admission at the Atua Government hospital for treatment for extensive multiple burns they sustained in a gas cooker explosion on Monday. The accident occurred while the girls went to buy food from a vendor who was using a gas cooker. Medical officers believe the ...

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New UN Strategy Could Save Two Million Children A Year

GENEVA — The World Health Organization and U.N. Children’s Fund are unveiling a new strategy to end preventable child deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea by 2025.  The agencies say this new plan of action potentially could save the lives of up to two million young children each year. Pneumonia and diarrhea are two leading killers of young children.  Together, they ...

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Immigration Reform Gains Strength from Early Failures

WASHINGTON — Anatole Senkevitch isn’t Hispanic. He’s not young or “illegal,” either. But he is the face of the U.S. immigration reform movement. Or at least one of them. He’s a foot soldier in a carefully choreographed political campaign that has carried the movement closer to its goal than ever before. The retired architecture professor in the pressed khaki suit ...

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