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Cardinals want more consistency out of their wide receivers

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — At age 34, Larry Fitzgerald is having another outstanding season. The rest of the Cardinals receivers? Not so much. Coach Bruce Arians was asked what he’d like from his receivers not named Fitzgerald. “Some consistency,” he...

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Macron lays out policies on Françafrique

Last week, French president Emmanuel Macron participated in an informal ritual of French presidents: The Big Africa Speech. At the beginning of a French president’s reign, a pilgrimage is typically made to Africa to lay out the president’s policy on Françafrique—the formal and informal network of currency, business, and political ties which link West African nations to their former colonial masters. These speeches set the tone for this relationship. In Dakar in 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech included the phrase: “The African man has not yet entered history.” In 2012, president François Hollande used another trip to Dakar to set off a flurry of diplomatic activity which would lead to increased French, and eventually American military activity, in West Africa in response to increasing terrorist activity in the Sahel. Hollande making his entrance into Dakar. (Photo via Opinion Internationale) The event has been marked by formal meetings with heads of state in capital buildings in ..

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U.S. pledges $60 million to support Africa ‘G5 Sahel’ counterterrorism efforts

Today, U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, announced a $60 million dollar pledge in support of a multilateral, United Nations effort in the Sahel region of the African continent. The pledge, of course, requires Congressional approval for funding the G5 Sahel group (G5S). The mandate for the group was set forth in UN Security Resolution 2359 and consists of five African member countries, as well as the African Union, a broad regional coalition of 53 African member states established in 2000. The G5 Sahel Joint Force was created earlier this year, primarily at France’s request, with an eye toward combating terrorism and organized crime in a region that spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. As reported by Lima Charlie News in June, newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron visited Mali, site of the largest French military base outside of France, to assess the continuing role of the French Government and army in the region. French President Emmanuel Macron during visit to Mali,..

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100,000 Kurds Flee Kirkuk

Iraqi armed forces have seized the city of Kirkuk, and reportedly 100,000 Kurds are now fleeing the region out of fear of persecution. This all follows an independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan in September, which overwhelmingly favored secession from Iraq. On Friday, Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters clashed as Iraqi units moved north of Kirkuk to the town of Altun Kupri. According to reports from Kurdish sources in the region, Iraqi forces have looted and destroyed homes belonging to Kurds in the city. The United Nations has expressed concerns about these reports, but the Iraqi government has denied the allegations. “The United Nations urges the Government of Iraq to take every action to halt any violations and ensure that all civilians are protected and that the perpetrators of acts of violence, intimidation and forced displacement of civilians be brought to justice,” the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq said in a statement. Press Release: UN Expresses Concern abo..

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Nigerians return home with a warning to others: Don’t go to Libya

But theirs is no ordinary love story. Love has blossomed in the most unusual but uplifting circumstances for Nigerian migrants Mabel Emmanuel, 27, and Henry Stevens, 28, who met after she was kidnapped in Libya during an attempt to enter Europe.Emmanuelwas unable to pay a ransom to her kidnappers, so Stevens stepped in to pay the money and bought her freedom. They became inseparable and now have a three-month-old son called David. "They kidnapped me in a place called Sabha, that's when I met my husband. He bailed me out, it was last year and we fell in love," Emmanuel said."I got pregnant in March this year and I gave birth to my baby in August. I gave birth to my baby in prison, with tears. Even though I was pregnant, they were still beating and maltreating me. But I give God the praise that I'm still alive today and I have my baby and my husband now." Outcry over people sales Their story is a rare silver lining amid the tales of horror recounted by newly-returned Nigerian..

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