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U.N. peacemakers linked to disastrous military offensive

(GIN) - United Nations peacekeepers are facing criticism for supporting a military offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Ghana's state-owned phone company sold below value

(GIN) - The sale of Ghana entire state-owned telecommunications system to England's Vodafone was "unconstitutional and illegal", a leaked Ghanaian government report says. The inter-ministerial report said the government did not get value for money in the sale.
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Citizens and people of faith call upon MnDOT for achieving outcomes in minority hiring and contracts

ISAIAH, Organizing Apprenticeship Project and PolicyLink released preliminary findings and set of recommendations from a joint report entitled “Equitable Recovery in Minnesota: The Transportation Opportunity.”  The report examines how ARRA funds, intended to be invested in communities most impacted by the recession, have actually impacted disadvantaged and low-income people in transportation investments and access to jobs.
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National Bar Association honors U.S. Attorney General during Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

WASHINGTON, DC – Recently, America’s oldest and largest national association of predominantly African American attorneys and judges honored one of its own, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., the first African American ever to serve as the nation’s Attorney General.
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NAACP Image Award winning artist David G. Brown is tapped to exhibit in international traveling comic book show

NAACP Image Award winning artist David G. Brown is tapped to exhibit in international traveling comic book showDavid G. Brown, celebrated cartoonist, graphic artist and publisher, has been selected by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil to join 20 internationally known artists to exhibit his political cartoons and comic book work at the Museu Afro Brasil in Sao Paulo, October 11-16, 2009, as part of the Picha traveling exhibition.  Picha presents a colorful image of the rich continent of Africa.  “Picha” is also the African Swahili word for “drawing” and is a corruption of the English word, “picture.”  The exhibit showcases original drawings, comic books and comics published in newspapers and magazines from continental Africa, Brazil and the United States and focuses on the African Diaspora.
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South America-Africa: Leaders resolve to forge union

PORLAMAR, Venezuela, Sep. 27, 2009 (IPS/GIN) - A declaration signed over the weekend at the second South America-Africa summit outlined the views of the developing South with a commitment to cooperate in the fight against poverty.
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Music and the arts a highlight of summer gatherings

Music and the arts a highlight of summer gatheringsSinging was the draw at a festival of choirs in the Congo, while in Venezuela, both plastic arts and music played a key role at the annual Baha'i summer school.
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U.S. Afghan war meetings haunted by fears of defeat

WASHINGTON, Sep. 28, 2009 (IPS/GIN) – Following a series of high-level meetings over the next few weeks, President Barack Obama will determine whether the United States will proceed with an escalation of the Afghanistan War or adjust the strategy to reduce the U.S. military commitment there.
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Crew files Bar complaint against Sen. Vitter

Crew files Bar complaint against Sen. VitterWashington D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a bar complaint with the Louisiana Office of Disciplinary Counsel against Senator David Vitter (R-LA) for violating Louisiana’s rules of professional conduct for lawyers.
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Nigerian short story writer is Oprah Book Club pick

Nigerian short story writer is Oprah Book Club pick(GIN) – For the first time, a collection of short stories has been selected by talk show host Oprah Winfrey for her book club. She said the stories, by Nigerian author Uwem Akpan, “left me stunned and profoundly moved.”
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New report reveals tribal peoples at greatest risk from H1N1

A report launched by human rights group Survival International shows that tribal peoples across the world are at greatest risk from swine flu, as many have poor immunity and suffer chronic underlying illnesses.
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