April 23, 2014

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Africa: Oil update

Angola is moving into oil’s big leagues By Meagan Clark and Kathleen Caulderwood International Business Times After decades of sporadic growth and political turmoil, Angola is on the verge of catapulting to the top ranks of the world’s energy economy following major deep-water production investments by several top global oil companies. France’s Total announced that […]

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April 22, 2014

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds state’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions

U.S. Supreme Court upholds state’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public […]

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April 18, 2014

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Zimbabwe celebrates 34 years of independence

Zimbabwe celebrates 34 years of independence By Hebert Zharare and Lloyd Gumbo The Herald (Zimbabwe) Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and US president Barack Obama yesterday congratulated Zimbabwe on the occasion to mark its 34th Independence Day today as hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans from all walks of life gather at various centres […]

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April 16, 2014

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152 years ago President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Emancipation Act -April 16, 1862 On July 9, 1790, the U.S. Congress passed the Residence Act, which approved the creation of a national capital on the Potomac River. The City of Washington was established on Maryland and Virginia land where slavery was the engine of American economic growth. On April 16, […]

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April 15, 2014

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U.S. Census Bureau releases 2013 population estimates for counties and metropolitan areas–Release Date: March 27, 2014

U.S. Census Bureau releases 2013 population estimates for counties and metropolitan areas -Release Date: March 27, 2014 Raleigh-Durham, NC joins the ranks of urban areas with over 2 million people. Raleigh-Durham’s 2013 estimate population now stands at 2,037,430. The state of North Carolina now has 2 metropolitan areas with over 2 million people. The other being Charlotte with a […]

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April 14, 2014

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Angola to grant De Beers new diamond exploration license

Angola to grant De Beers new diamond exploration license BY Shriesh Laxmidas Reuters LUANDA – Angola, the world’s fourth-largest diamond producer by value, will approve a new concession to De Beers to explore for diamonds, Geology and Mines Minister Francisco Queiroz said. London-based De Beers, majority-owned by global miner Anglo American (AAL.L), previously explored in […]

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April 14, 2014

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Guinea-Bissau holds first poll since 2012 coup amid hopes for stability

Guinea-Bissau holds first poll since 2012 coup amid hopes for stability Xinhua BISSAU- The first presidential and legislative elections since a 2012 military coup in Guinea-Bissau was held on Sunday amid hopes for a return to stability, as nearly 800,000 voters cast ballots at polling stations across the west African country. Voters will elect a […]

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April 9, 2014

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Images from NASA Mars Rover include bright spots

Images from NASA Mars Rover include bright spots Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Images taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on April 2 and April 3 include bright spots, which might be due to the sun glinting off a rock or cosmic rays striking the camera’s detector. The rover took the image just after arriving at […]

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April 8, 2014

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United States: Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed 50 years ago

United States: Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed 50 years ago President Johnson speaks to a nationwide television audience from the White House just before signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among those in the front row are Lady Bird Johnson, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Everett Dirksen, Senator Hubert Humphrey, House Minority […]

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April 7, 2014

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Nigeria is now the largest economy in Africa

Nigeria is now the largest economy in Africa Nigeria’s economy surpassed South Africa’s as the largest on the continent Tolu Ogunlesi The Guardian (UK) After months of delays and mounting anticipation, Nigeria’s economy has been officially “rebased”. It is now worth $510bn (2013 figures) – an 89% rise, far in excess of analysts’ predictions. Nigeria […]

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