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Shhh! Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Six months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi became Egypt’s president after crushing his opponents, criticism of his regime is either whispered or left unspoken amid stifling curbs on freedom of expression. A deadly crackdown on Islamist supporters of Sissi’s predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, whom he ousted last year, has generated a climate of ...

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

Dec 19, 2014

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

by Tiisetso Motsoeneng

At lunchtime outside South Africa’s biggest shopping mall, hungry workmen in hard hats pour out of a building site to buy cheap loaves of bread and jumbo bottles of fizzy drinks. They are joined by middle-class office workers, forming long queues at fast-food restaurants ...

Dec 19, 2014

Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday. The amount of Cook’s contribution to the ...

Rights monitors slam Russia for spiraling attacks on gays

Dec 16, 2014

Rights monitors slam Russia for spiraling attacks on gays

Human Rights Watch sounded the alarm Monday over the rising number of homophobic attacks in Russia, slamming Vladimir Putin’s government for “inaction” and urging a crackdown on hate crimes. The U.S.-based rights group said homophobic attacks increased in Russia after Putin signed a hugely ...

Dec 13, 2014

U.S. racial wealth gap widens

America’s economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released Friday. The study found that the wealth gap between white households and minorities has widened in recent years. The wealth of white households was 13 times ...

Hands-up gesture animates Ferguson protests

Dec 2, 2014

Hands-up gesture animates Ferguson protests

Five NFL players entered the football field with their hands raised. A day later, Americans walked out of work or school showing the same gesture of solidarity with Ferguson protesters after a grand jury decided not to indict the white officer who shot and ...