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Turkey’s Erdogan Calls on Muslims to Visit Jerusalem ‘More Often’ to Protect Its Islamic Identity

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslims around the world to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to protect the site's Islamic identity. The Turkish leader also took the opportunity to heap scorn on Israel, likening the country's policies to South Africa's Apartheid era. (more…)

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March 21 — This Day in History: Sharpeville Massacre Occurs as Police in South Africa Open Fire On Anti-Apartheid Protesters

At the annual conference of the African National Congress (ANC) held in Durban on 16 December 1959, the President General of the ANC, Chief Albert Luthuli, announced that 1960 was going to be the "Year of the Pass." Through a series of mass actions, the ANC planned to launch a nationwide

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U.N. Official Behind Report Accusing Israel of Apartheid Resigns After Outrage

The top official of a United Nations commission that published a report describing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as apartheid quit on Friday, saying the organization’s leader insisted that she withdraw it. The report provoked outrage from Israel and the United States. (more…)

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WATCH: BET’s Nelson Mandela Miniseries ‘Madiba’, Starring Lawrence Fishburne, Is Powerful and Insightful; Premieres Tonight

Just more than three years after his death, Nelson Mandela may still be too dominant, too regal and too multi-faceted a figure of history for any one book, film or television miniseries to grasp. But BET’s Lawrence Fishburne-starring Madiba certainly makes a powerful and often successful effort out of the task.

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Trevor Noah’s Raw, Personal Account of Growing Up in Apartheid South Africa

As host of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah comes across as a wry, startled and sometimes outraged outsider, commenting on the absurdities of American life. During the presidential campaign, the South African-born comic remarked that Donald J. Trump reminded him of an African dictator, mused over the mystifying complexities of

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Forest Whitaker to Play Archbishop Desmond Tutu In Post-Apartheid Pic, ‘The Forgiven’

Forest Whitaker is attached to play another prominent African figure – this time it’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu – in a project by Roland Joffé, titled “The Archbishop and the Antichrist.” When the project was first announced at least a year ago, Whitaker was to be joined by Vince Vaughn in the film, which is

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu Readmitted to South African Hospital 10 Days After Surgery

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been readmitted to a South African hospital after he started showing signs of infection after surgery he had earlier this month, his family said Saturday. (more…)

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Cuba’s Fidel Castro Knocks President Obama’s Sweet-Talk During ‘Honey-Coated’ Visit; Says Words Were Good to Cause ‘Heart Attack’

Retired leader Fidel Castro accused U.S. President Barack Obama of sweet-talking the Cuban people during his visit to the island last week and ignoring the accomplishments of Communist rule, in an opinion piece carried by all state-run media on Monday. (more…)

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Oxford University to Keep Statue of Cecil Rhodes

An outspoken group of students wanted to pull it down, and many alumni wanted it to stay. For months, the authorities at Oxford University have struggled with an awkward dilemma over the fate a statue of Cecil Rhodes, an imperialist benefactor seen by many as an architect of apartheid. (more…)

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Music historian Evans Netshivhambe inside the archives of the Southern African Music Rights Organization in Johannesburg. He says he's not shocked that gospel is the most listened to music genre in the country. (Darren Taylor for VOA News)

Researchers say the Most-Listened to Genre of Music in South Africa is Gospel

What is the most listened-to music in South Africa? Is it R&B, like in many other African countries? Or maybe pop music, like in most parts of the world? Or maybe homegrown kwaito? Wrong. Research by international entertainment company Havas Sports and Entertainment has yielded what for some South Africans

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