Belgium Apologizes for Kidnapping Mixed-Race African Babies

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government has apologized for the country’s role in kidnapping thousands of mixed-race babies from their African mothers during colonial times. Thousands of children in what are now the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi were taken away and raised in Belgian institutions. Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister Charles Michel said in a statement Thursday that “on behalf of the federal government, I present our apologies to the mixed-race children born from Belgian colonization and their families for the injustice and suffering they were…

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Onboard the luxury Le Lyrial yacht with Ponant Cruises.

I had the great pleasure of a tour of the luxury Le Lyrial yacht with Ponant Cruises, followed by a delicious lunch onboard with Stephan Winter, Ponants’ International Sales Director. It was very special to learn more about the French boutique cruising company with their 4 expedition ships and 12 smaller luxury ships that visit 110 countries each year. Among them Antartica, the Indian Ocean Islands and the Adriatic. With only 122 staterooms and suites, a capacity for just on 260 passengers, environmentally friendly practices, a spa and gym, swimming pool and…

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Stacey Abrams Rejects The Idea That Democrats Can’t Win With A Black Woman Running For President

Stacey Abrams dismissed the idea among some Democrats that a Black woman candidate can’t beat Trump in the 2020 election. SEE ALSO: Abrams Battles For Full Count To Honor Every Georgian Who ‘Fought For Their Right To Vote’ MSNBC’s “AM Joy” host Joy Reid asked the popular Democrat on Sunday what she made of the “add a Black lady notion” among many in her party. It’s the idea that the Democrats could win the 2020 presidential election only if a white male candidate is at the top of the ticket.…

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Uganda rescues kidnapped American tourist and driver

Ugandan security forces have successfully rescued a kidnapped American tourist, Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, and her Ugandan driver, Jean Paul, after they were snatched by gunmen last week. The local Daily Monitor portal cited a highly placed security source as confirming the development. The two were found at Ishasha in western Uganda near its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were on April 2 kidnapped inside the famous Queen Elizabeth national park, close to the border with the DRC. Authorities had maintained that the kidnappers were within the…

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Germany Urges EU to Divvy up Migrants Stranded at sea

MILAN (AP) — Germany has asked the European Union to find a safe port where a German humanitarian ship carrying 64 migrants in the Mediterranean can dock, following appeals from the aid group and the refusal by Italy or Malta to let them land. Berlin has asked the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, to coordinate the search for a safe port, said Stefan Ruwwe-Gloesenkamp, the spokesman for Germany’s Interior Ministry. This April 3, 2019 photo shows migrants receiving assistance after being rescued by the Sea-Eye rescue ship in the…

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Sudan: Tens of Thousands March On Army HQ

The demonstration was the largest in months, despite a government crackdown. The protesters are calling for an end to the thirty year rule of President Omar al-Bashir. Protestors in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum made it to the army headquarters on Saturday, the farthest marchers have advanced since demonstrations began last year. The compound also contains the home of President Omar al-Bashir, whose nearly 30 year rule the protestors are determined to end. “Peace, justice, freedom!” the demonstrators chanted. As they reached the fortified walls of the army complex, organizers asked…

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First Black Student To Attend Elon University Awarded With Honorary Degree

A Black woman who broke racial barriers at Elon University was honored by the North Carolina-based institution on Thursday. Glenda Phillips Hightower—the first Black student to be accepted into the school—received an honorary doctorate degree, the Times-News reported. The trail-blazer that led to integration at Elon will receive an Honorary Doctorate during Spring Convocation. Glenda Phillips Hightower entered Elon in the Fall of 1963 beginning a strong rich legacy of black students at Elon. https://t.co/OoZWm99HhH — Elon Black Alumni Network (@ElonBlackAlumni) March 15, 2019 Hightower enrolled 56 years ago during…

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DR Congo tries community investment as Ebola cases spike

As of Saturday, the number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo had risen to 1,130 cases – a troubling jump of more than 100 in just 10 days – with 1,064 of them confirmed and 66 probable. The Congolese Ministry of Health reported 642 deaths, on the rise especially in the Katwa and Butembo communities but now with new fatalities in the earlier hotspot of Beni, where they had reliably leveled off for weeks. There are nine suspected cases though none confirmed in Goma, among the most closely guarded…

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