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Why Africa’s ageing leaders are keeping a close watch on DRC power struggle | World news


After a tumultous week, the streets of the cities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are likely to be quiet on Sunday as congregations file into churches to hear priests and preachers call for the Lord’s blessing on a troubled land.

Few doubt that the DRC is at a critical moment. The long-delayed elections that were finally held on 30 December could still be a turning point, leading the resource-rich nation to a better future. Or they could send the vast central African country, which has not known a peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960, back into anarchy.

Supporters of Martin Fayulu, a widely respected former business executive and parliamentarian, accuse Félix Tshisekedi, leader of the DRC’s biggest opposition party, of doing a deal with…

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2 reports show women still struggle in Hollywood, black men make strides


THREE of the movies that were directed by women that were released in 2018.

LOS ANGELES — African-American men made measurable progress in gaining top jobs in Hollywood last year, though women — and particularly non-white women — continue to miss out.

The state of women in movies was borne out in a study by the San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, released on Thursday, which showed that only 8% of Hollywood’s top films in 2018 were directed by women, down from 11% the prior year, despite high-profile efforts to improve gender equality.

The percentage is roughly unchanged from two decades ago, according to the annual study, which found a “radical underrepresentation” of…

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African-Americans struggle to find kidney donors



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When it comes to kidney health, African-Americans are at a higher risk for nearly everything. According to the National Kidney Association, they’re more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes, both diseases that can lead to kidney failure. But on top of that, they’re also less likely to be able to find a viable match for a kidney donation.

Christina Garner, a 32-year-old Twin Cities native, is living this problem. She joined host Angela Davis to talk about her struggles with kidney disease and why she hasn’t been able to find a donor.

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Russia will struggle to use its Caribbean bomber base to threaten America


Don’t be overly concerned by Russia’s apparent plan to establish an air base in the Caribbean. The U.S. can deter, and if necessary defeat, any threat that aircraft at the base might pose.

Still, Russia is excited by the prospect of its Tu-160 strategic bomber warplanes being stationed on Venezuela’s Orchila island. Tu-160 aircraft trained in the area last week, and the Kremlin’s TASS media notes that Col. Eduard Rodyukov “told Nezavisimaya Gazeta that ‘the arrival of Russia’s Tu-160 strategic bombers to Central America is kind of a signal to Trump to make him realize that abandoning nuclear disarmament treaties will have a boomerang effect.'”

Wrong. Russia blatantly breached the treaty that Rudyukov references, and the U.S. is right to threaten withdrawal…

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African Champions League: Orlando Pirates struggle at home


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Former winners Orlando Pirates of South Africa were left fighting for African Champions League survival after being held to a 0-0 draw at home by minnows African Stars of Namibia on Saturday.

The clubs meet again next Saturday in the second leg of the round-of-30 tie with Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic convinced they can do better in Windhoek than in Soweto.

Pirates shocked ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast in 1995 to become the first South African winners of the continent’s elite club competition.

The hosts dominated Stars at Orlando Stadium, but a host of wasted chances – including from Zambian Justin Shonga, left Pirates with a much tougher return match than originally anticipated.

“I am satisfied that we did not concede a goal, but…

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Female passenger dies during Caribbean cruise, reports of a struggle onboard


A puzzled passenger who was apparently aboard The Royal Princess wrote a cryptic post on Tuesday on cruise community website Cruise Critic.com.

The 19-deck ship had departed on November 9 from Port Everglades on a seven-day Southern Caribbean cruise and is set to return to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

“Last night something serious happened on Royal Princess,” read the post. “At 4:30 am there was a ship wide security announcement broadcast directly into the cabins. Security personnel was told to gather on deck 7. Another announcement was made shortly after that only broadcast in the halls and common areas.”

The cruiser continues to report that as the 3600-passenger ship docked in Aruba the captain announced that there had been “a serious incident and no one could leave as local authorities…

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