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August 7, 2013

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

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As of Monday, over 200 New York City area bars and restaurants had committed to boycotting Russian vodka in response to anti-homosexuality related laws passed by the country’s government. The boycott follows another event that took place on Monday where bottles of vodka were poured onto the streets of the city, as part of a protest by the President of United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association, Paul Hurley.

New York One quotes Hurley as saying the reason for the boycott as , “We’re not stupid, we’re reading papers, we’re reading what’s going on over there, they’ve got to stop what’s happened.”

The press conference announcing the New York City boycott took place at Desmonds Steakhouse located on the 38th Street and 7th Avenue. LGBT activists and models attended the event. Johnny Donovan, manager of J Donovan Productions, is quoted by the New York Daily Times as saying, “Shame on Russia! […] When I go out to a night club this weekend, I’m not drinking any Russian vodka!”

Activists in other cities are also boycotting Russian vodka. A protest at the San Francisco City Hall took place on Tuesday, where vodka was dumped into the sewers. On social media, the hashtag #dumpstoli is being used to draw attention to the boycott and protests.

These boycotts are not without criticism. Dodds of Time Magazine points out, “At first glance, Stoli seems a logical target for those hoping to promote greater awareness of the plight of gays in Russia. Not only is it widely associated with the country, vodka is also one of Russia’s most profitable consumer exports to the U.S. […] But while Stoli’s ingredients — wheat, rye and raw alcohol — are Russian, the vodka itself is distilled in Latvia and distributed in the U.S. by William Grant & Sons USA, an American subsidiary of a Scottish corporation.” The international popularity of the brand have resulted in the company being continually threatened with nationalization by the Russian government.

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Last month, gay and lesbian couples were barred by law from adopting Russian children. The country also banned “homosexual propaganda.” The legislation means gays and lesbians, if found guilty of breaking these laws, could be jailed. According to Russia Today, most Russians support the legislation “against promoting homosexuality to minors.” Russia Today goes on to say these laws are, “intend[ed] to keep minors from being influenced by non-traditional sexual relationship propaganda and it will be enforced with fines, but not criminal punishment.”

A Pew Research Center study published in June suggests that attitudes towards homosexuality in Russia found the population to be the least accepting of homosexuals of nine other European countries also surveyed. Countries with less acceptance than Russia included in the survey include Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria. Negative Russian attitudes towards homosexuality are also supported by research conducted by Russian Levada Center.

The homosexuality issue as it pertains to Russian law comes against the backdrop of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics scheduled to be hosted in the Russian city of Sochi early next year. Last week, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko reaffirmed the country will enforce these laws during the Games and foreign athletes, journalists and spectators will be subject to them.



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January 27, 2013

French and Malian troops seize back town of Hombori, approach Timbuktu in Northern Mali

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Malian forces backed by French are advancing nearer to the town of Timbuktu as they took control of the rebel stronghold of Gao in northern Mali on Saturday. This comes after the town of Hombori which is approximately 160km from Gao which was heavily bombed by French air strikes destroying ammunition dumps and fuel stores and captured on Friday.

Timbuktu has served as a centre of Islamic education for hundreds of year and has been under control of the rebel forces for approximately 10 months.The French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that the French-backed Malian forces still “face a lot of work” but should be “near Timbuktu soon”.

Islamist militants, had earlier in the week destroyed a bridge that connected eastern Mali to the neighbouring country of Niger from where African intervention forces had been expected to launch an attack on Islamist positions. The bridge which is in the town of Tassiga offers the shortest route between Niger and Gao, however the Malian forces managed to regain control after French air strikes.

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A British military surveillance aircraft was also sent to Mali to assist the French intervention forces with their attack on Islamist positions on Friday. British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that the Sentinel R1 aircraft had “proven its worth in Libya and on an ongoing basis for counter-insurgency in Afghanistan” and will be deployed to Senegal and onto Mali.

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—Chairperson of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

At an African Union summit held in Addis Ababa on Friday, leaders called for the United Nations Security Council to allow for 6000 ground troops to be deployed. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union said in a statement, “It is my fervent hope that we maintain a proper and healthy balance between achieving peace and advancing development”.

A historic mosque in the notable town of Timbuktu, Mali
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The member countries of the African Union also pledged to send 7,700 troops up from 5,700 to support the French and Malian troops in their campaign against the Islamist rebels as well as Chad stating that they will send a further 2,000 soldiers. They also discussed plans for the Americans to help in transporting troops from other African nations, including Chad and Togo in order to facilitate the international effort in Mali.



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French and Malian troops seize back town of Timbuktu in Northern Mali

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Malian forces backed by French troops regained control of the rebel stronghold of Gao on Saturday as they advance nearer to Timbuktu in northern Mali. This comes after the town of Hombori which is approximately 160km from Gao which was heavily bombed by French air strikes destroying ammunition dumps and fuel stores and captured on Friday.

Timbuktu has served as a centre of Islamic education for hundreds of year and has been under control of the rebel forces for approximately 10 months.The French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that the French-backed Malian forces still “face a lot of work” but should be “near Timbuktu soon”.

Islamist militants, had earlier in the week destroyed a bridge that connected eastern Mali to the neighbouring country of Niger from where African intervention forces had been expected to launch an attack on Islamist positions. The bridge which is in the town of Tassiga offers the shortest route between Niger and Gao, however the Malian forces managed to regain control after French air strikes.

French troops in the town of Bamako, Mali
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A British military surveillance aircraft was also sent to Mali to assist the French intervention forces with their attack on Islamist positions on Friday. British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that the Sentinel R1 aircraft had “proven its worth in Libya and on an ongoing basis for counter-insurgency in Afghanistan” and will be deployed to Senegal and onto Mali.

Cquote1.svg It is my fervent hope that we maintain a proper and healthy balance between achieving peace and advancing development Cquote2.svg

—Chairperson of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

At an African Union summit held in Addis Ababa on Friday, leaders called for the United Nations Security Council to allow for 6000 ground troops to be deployed. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union said in a statement, “It is my fervent hope that we maintain a proper and healthy balance between achieving peace and advancing development”.

A historic mosque in the notable town of Timbuktu, Mali
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The member countries of the African Union also pledged to send 7,700 troops up from 5,700 to support the French and Malian troops in their campaign against the Islamist rebels as well as Chad stating that they will send a further 2,000 soldiers. They also discussed plans for the Americans to help in transporting troops from other African nations, including Chad and Togo in order to facilitate the international effort in Mali.



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August 26, 2012

2012 Paralympic Village occupied by competitors as nations ready for the Games

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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The Paralympic Village officially opened on Wednesday in London, with many nations having moved in as of Saturday in preparation for the start of the games. Press access has been limited, as Paralympic Games organisers are trying to give competitors as much privacy in the village as possible.

A Ukranian Paralympian
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A pair of Canadian Paralympians
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The Irish section of the village is decorated with signs bearing pictures
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A member of Team Great Britain uses a mobile phone while in the Village
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A member of the Cuban delegation
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Members of the Brazilian delegation
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Team Canada moves in a large group around the Village
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Two members of Team USA (right) pass an Angolan competitor (left).
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An Aremenian SB5 swimmer
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A Cuban Paralympian in the village
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A sign outside the Spanish part of the Paralympic Village
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Two members of the Iranian delegation
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An Iraqi competitor and an unnamed member of the United States delegation chat
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McDonalds is located inside the Paralympic Dining Hall; athletes receive meals free of charge.
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A Team Great Britain football player
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A pair of women from Uzbekistan
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Members of the Croatian delegation took out their umbrellas after it started to rain
Image: Laura Hale.

Senegal and Palestinian delegation members wait outside the gate to be officially welcomed to the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Australians walk past the Hungarian part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Colombian Paralympians are guided around the Village by two Paralympic volunteers
Image: Laura Hale.



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August 25, 2012

2012 Paralympic Village open as competitors ready for the Games

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

London, England —

The Paralympic Village officially opened on Wednesday in London, with many nations having moved in as of today in preparation for the start of the games. Press access has been limited, as Paralympic Games organisers are trying to give competitors as much privacy in the village as possible.

A Ukranian Paralympian
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Canadian Paralympians
Image: Laura Hale.

The Irish section of the village is decorated with signs bearing pictures
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of Team Great Britain uses a mobile phone while in the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of the Cuban delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Brazilian delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

Team Canada moves in a large group around the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

Two members of Team USA walk toward the left, while an Angolan walks in the opposite direction
Image: Laura Hale.

An Aremenian SB5 swimmer
Image: Laura Hale.

Image: Laura Hale.

A sign outside the Spanish part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

Two members of the Iranian delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

An Iraqi competitor and an unnamed member of the United States delegation chat
Image: Laura Hale.

McDonalds is located inside the Paralympic Dining Hall; athletes receive meals free of charge.
Image: Laura Hale.

A Team Great Britain football player
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of women from Uzbekistan
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Croatian delegation took out their umbrellas after it started to rain
Image: Laura Hale.

Senegal and Palestinian delegation members wait outside the gate to be officially welcomed to the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Australians walk past the Hungarian part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Colombian Paralympians are guided around the Village by two Paralympic volunteers
Image: Laura Hale.



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March 7, 2010

Polio vaccination campaign targets 85 million African children

Polio vaccination campaign targets 85 million African children

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An extensive vaccination campaign across 19 West and Central African countries is to begin today in an attempt to stem a year-long polio epidemic in the region. The United Nations and international aid agencies plan to immunize 85 million children under five. More than 400, 000 volunteers and health workers will take part in the campaign, visiting children in their homes.

The current polio epidemic has been going on for a year and there have been outbreaks in the last six months in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone. These countries will be the focus of the campaign, along with Benin, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.

Efforts last year failed to halt the disease because not enough children were vaccinated. The program failed in part because local religious leaders told parents that the vaccines would sterilize their children, or cause AIDS. As well as targeting more children, today’s campaign features better training for volunteers. Vaccinations will be repeated on 26 March in the six key countries, and again on 24 April for all 19 countries involved. The campaign is funded by Rotary International who have provided $30 million.

In 2009 the World Health Organization reported that approximately 1,600 children were paralysed by the virus worldwide.

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January 18, 2010

Senegal president offers free land to \”repatriate\” Haitians

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Senegal president offers free land to “repatriate” Haitians

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Abdoulaye Wade, the president of Senegal, has offered free land in his country to Haitians who were affected by the recent 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Wade described his offer as “repatriation”, as he said Haitians were descendents from Africa since Haiti was founded by slaves, some of which were thought to be from Senegal.

“The president is offering voluntary repatriation to any Haitian that wants to return to their origin,” said Mamadou Bemba Ndiaye, the president’s spokesman. “If it is just a few people, we will offer them a roof and a patch of land,” he added, speaking to the France Info radio station. “If they come in large numbers, we will give them a whole region.”

The president, meanwhile, commented: “The repeated calamities that befall Haiti prompt me to propose a radical solution — to take measures to create somewhere in Africa […] the conditions for Haitians to return. “They did not choose to go to that island. It is our duty to recognise their right to come back to the land of their ancestors.”

“It wouldn’t be the first time that former slaves or their descendants were brought back to Africa. Now the problem is to know how, and who will bear the cost,” Wade concluded.



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October 3, 2009

Six soldiers killed in Senegal after ambush

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Six soldiers killed in Senegal after ambush

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Six Senegalese soldiers were killed in an ambush near the country’s border with Guinea-Bissau late on Friday, according to reports. The clashes come after Senegalese rebels in the area started stepping up their attacks.

The soldiers were returning from patrol in the Niagha district along Senegal’s border with Guinea Bissau when they were ambushed in an attack thought to have been carried out by rebels from the Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC).

It was one of the deadliest attacks against Senegalese troops in recent years, and comes a day after gunmen killed one person and wounded three others in an attack on a taxi in the region. A reporter for Voice of America in Casamance said that more than 1,000 civilians have fled the area near the Bissau border and are camping along the national highway toward Ziguinchor.

The Senegalese air force last month bombed rebel bases near Ziguinchor after suspected MFDC fighters killed a soldier at an army outpost. Two people were killed in an attack on a bus in August.

The Casamance is Senegal’s southern district, separated geographically from the rest of the country by Gambia. The rebellion there is one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts.

It was originally begun as a separatist movement of ethnic Dioula fighting for greater autonomy from the government in Dakar. A 2004 peace accord restored order in Casamance and led to hopes that the region might once again become a valuable tourist destination. But attacks have grown this year, with rebels accusing President Abdoulaye Wade’s government of neglecting the people of Casamance, who produce much of the nation’s grain.

Local government officials are calling for renewed talks with the MFDC movement. A communiqué last month, attributed to the head of one of the group’s factions, said the rebels prefer negotiations but were provoked by the military in recent clashes. In a nation-wide address last month, the president denounced the recent violence and vowed to pursue peace efforts with the MFDC.

Some analysts have also voiced concerns that recent conflicts in the neighbouring country of Guinea-Bissau, where dozens of anti-government demonstrators were killed by government security forces, could spill over into Senegal and other states such as Liberia and Sierra Leone.



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June 2, 2009

Search in Atlantic underway for missing Air France passenger jet

Search in Atlantic underway for missing Air France passenger jet

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Aircraft and water vessels from the French, American, and Brazilian military were searching the Atlantic on Monday after an Air France passenger jet with 228 people on board disappeared over the ocean.

Search teams from Brazil mainly focused on the area north of Fernando de Noronha, an island located approximately two hundred miles off the coast of Brazil. France’s military, meanwhile, was several hundred miles away, searching the waters near Cape Verde.

Airplanes from Senegal and Spain have also been sent out to help out in the search effort. French officials have also asked for United States satellite data to help with the search.

“We want to try to reach the last point where the aircraft made contact, which is about 1,200km [745 miles] north-east of Natal [located in Brazil],” said Colonel Jorge Amaral, a spokesman for the Brazil air force.

The intended route of Flight 447.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy said he was pessimistic that any survivors would be found.

“This is a catastrophe the likes of which Air France has never seen before. I said the truth to them: the prospects of finding survivors are very low,” the president said to reporters at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France. The Pentagon has also ordered aircraft to assist in finding the plane.

The Airbus A330 had departed from Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night, with a dozen crew members and 216 passengers on board, according to a spokeswoman for Air France. The jet was in a normal cruise at 840 kilometres per hour at about 10,700 metres above sea level when it disappeared, almost four hours after having departed. No problems were apparent when the aircraft made its last radar contact.

Air France said that the aeroplane “crossed through a thunderous zone with strong turbulence” at about 23.00 local time (02.14 GMT). Approximately fourteen minutes later, an automated message was sent saying that the cabin had lost its pressurisation and that the electrical system of the aircraft had failed.

If no survivors are found, then this would be the worst aviation disaster since the November 2001 American Airlines Flight 587 crash.



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January 25, 2009

Former Prime Minister of Senegal Mamadou Dia dies

Former Prime Minister of Senegal Mamadou Dia dies

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Mamadou Dia, The first Prime Minister of Senegal has died today at the age of 99. The cause of death was announced as natural causes. Dia died in Dakar, the capitol of Senegal.

Born on July 18, 1910 in Kombolé, Senegal, he served as Prime Minister of Senegal from 1957-1962.

Dia started life in politics as a leader in the Afrique occidentale française (AOF) in 1948, shortly before being elected as a senator in 1949. He retired his senate seat in 1955 when he was appointed prime minister by the French National Assembly to serve alongside the newly elected president Léopold Sédar Senghor. His time served as prime minister was often controversial and his radical socialist views often clashed with those of the more moderate Senghor.

Dia was imprisoned from 1962 to 1974.



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