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Women Left Behind: Gender Gap Emerges in Africa's Vaccines

The health outreach workers who drove past Lama Mballow's village with a megaphone handed out T-shirts emblazoned with the words: "I GOT MY COVID-19 VACCINE!"     By then, the women in Sare Gibel already had heard the rumors on social media: The vaccines could make your blood stop or cause you to miscarry. Women who took it wouldn't get pregnant again. Lama Mballow and her sister-in-law, Fatoumata Mballow, never made the 3.4-mile trip (5.5 kilometers) to town for their vaccines, but… Read Full Article

Actors of Indian Descent Proud to Lead Broadway's 'Aladdin'

As kids growing up in different states, Shoba Narayan and Michael Maliakel shared a love of one favorite film — "Aladdin." Both are of Indian descent, and in the animated movie, they saw people who looked like them. That shared love has gone full-circle this month as Narayan and Maliakel lead the Broadway company of the musical "Aladdin" out of the pandemic, playing Princess Jasmine and the hero from the title, respectively. "Growing up, there was such little South Asian and Middle Eastern… Read Full Article

Enslaved Black Man Created World’s Most Popular Whiskey

Jack Daniel's is the world's most popular whiskey brand, but until recently, few people knew the liquor was created by Nathan "Nearest" Green, an enslaved Black man who mentored Daniel. "We've always known," says Debbie Staples, a great-great-granddaughter of Green's who heard the story from her grandmother. … "He made the whiskey, and he taught Jack Daniel. And people didn't believe it … it's hurtful. I don't know if it was because he was a Black man." But people believe it now — in large… Read Full Article

US Says Cambodia Not Transparent About Chinese Role in Naval Base Construction    

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has released a survey of new buildings and a road in Ream Naval Base in Cambodia showing that construction is continuing “amid concerns that the new facilities are being built to facilitate a Chinese military presence in Cambodia.”    The October 12 report from Washington-based CSIS showed that there were three new buildings and a new road built, among other changes, during August and September U.S. embassy spokesperson Chad… Read Full Article

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How Social Media Became a Battleground in the Tigray Conflict

When Ethiopian federal forces and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) started fighting in November 2020, a second front quickly opened online, where both sides seek to control the narrative. Social media became a battleground, with the Ethiopian government and its supporters on one side and Tigrayan activists and supporters on the other. Each side tried to present its version of events to English-speaking audiences, according to The Media Manipulation Casebook. Created by the… Read Full Article

Haiti: US Christian missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince - reports

At least 15 women, men and children were abducted by an armed gang near the capital, sources say.

Sudan: Protesters demand military coup as crisis deepens

The protests come as tensions rise between civilian and military rulers.

Sudan: Protesters take to streets

Opponents of Sudan's transition to democracy demonstrate in Khartoum, urging the army to take control.

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