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US, Mexico prepare United Nations resolution to send help to Haiti as crisis worsens
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US, Mexico prepare United Nations resolution to send help to Haiti as crisis worsens

The United States and Mexico officials are reportedly preparing a United Nations resolution that would send security reinforcements to Haiti as the country's economic and political crisis deepens. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, announced during an emergency meeting with the U.N. Security Council that a proposed "non-U.N." mission would be limited and led by a "partner country," which was not disclosed at the time of the meeting. Military force was also an option on the table, reported the Associated Press. Russia and China have signaled concerns about sending a foreign militaries to Haiti amid its humanitarian crisis. Thomas-Greenfield said the proposed resolution is a "direct response" to a request made Oct. 7 by Prime Minister Ariel Henry and...
Violence erupts in Burkina Faso after militants overthrow president
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Violence erupts in Burkina Faso after militants overthrow president

Violence struck Burkina Faso’s capital after protestors and a group of soldiers mounted a coup and announced on state television it overthrew its president. Flanked by several soldiers, made the announcement Friday night that Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba was overthrown -- just under nine months after he led a coup also in the West African country. Damiba overthrew the democratically-elected president in January. Capt. Ibrahim Traore was announced as the country's new leader. Damiba's whereabouts were still unknown Saturday. Traore reportedly said the militants did not seek to harm Damiba, and are working on behalf Burkina Faso. The group says its coup is a response to a lax intervention from the government to address increasing violence in the country by Islamic extr...
Florida man found guilty of federal hate crime after attacking Black driver, giving Nazi salute in road rage incident
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Florida man found guilty of federal hate crime after attacking Black driver, giving Nazi salute in road rage incident

A Florida man was convicted today of a federal hate crime for attacking a Black man and his family during a road rage incident. According to court documents, a jury in Tampa convicted Jordan Patrick Leahy, 29, of interfering with a motorist's right to use the street for racially-motivated reason. The incident happened Aug. 8, 2021, when Leahy pulled up next to Black man who was with his 4-year-old daughter and girlfriend. Prosecutors said Leahy made hand gestures pretending to shoot and swerved his vehicle into the man's lane in an attempt to run the family's car off of the road. Leahy chased the family and sideswiped their vehicle, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Leahy fled the scene after sideswiping the vehicle but stopped at a red light. Pr...
Kidnapped Nigerian priest killed as religious violence surges
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Kidnapped Nigerian priest killed as religious violence surges

One of two priests who were reportedly kidnapped last week has been found dead. Father John Cheitnum was kidnapped from Christ the King Church in Lere, located in central Nigeria, on July 15 along with Father Donatus Suleiman. It is believed Father Cheitnum was killed the same day he was abducted. His body was discovered July 19, according to Catholic News Service. Father Suleiman was reportedly able to successfully flee from his abductors. Father Cheitnum is the fourth Catholic priest killed in Nigeria this year as religious violence continues to spread. Last month, dozens of Nigerians were killed when gunmen shut the door of a church during mass and opened fire. The assailants have not been caught. In May, a Nigerian woman was beaten and set on fire because of “blasphemy.” Christ...
United Nations experts warn of rising xenophobia in South Africa
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United Nations experts warn of rising xenophobia in South Africa

Days before Nelson Mandela International Day, which is celebrated today, United Nations experts shared a warning about rising xenophobic sentiments and violence in South Africa. A group called “Special Rapporteurs,” said on Friday that xenophobic mobilization in South Africa is broader and deeper than it may appear, and has become a part of strategy in some political circles. “Anti-migrant discourse from senior government officials has fanned the flames of violence, and government actors have failed to prevent further violence or hold perpetrators accountable,” they said in a statement released Friday. In the statement, Special Rapporteurs pointed to “Operation Dudula,” saying it is example of using hate speech and spurring the mobilization of violent protests, vigilante violence, ars...
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Black man injured after 100 White supremacist “cowards” wearing masks march through Boston

About 100 members of a White supremacy group marched through the streets of Boston wearing masks, and injured a Black man they attacked. Police said the Black man injured was knocked to the ground and attacked by multiple White supremacists. He suffered multiple lacerations and was transported to a local hospital. The March happened on Saturday, drawing swift condemnation from Democratic and Republican elected officials in the state. On Saturday, a candidate running for state Attorney General called the men wearing masks “cowards” for their actions and concealing their identities. The White supremacists who overtook the streets on Independence weekend were a sort of the same White supremacy group that tried to disrupt an LGBT pride event in Idaho last month. More about the racist, hat...
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Black man accused of attacking Sikh men killed on streets of NY

A Black man accused of attacking three men in New York City who are Sikh has been killed. Authorities said on Thursday the 19-year-old suspect was stabbed to death in Brooklyn after a dispute with another person. In the first attack in April, the suspect was accused of punching the first victim, a 70-year-old man, in the nose without saying anything. Authorities arrested the suspect a couple of weeks later. He was also arrested that same day for an attack he was accused of carrying out the with the help of another person, beating two Sikh men with sticks, stealing cash and removing their turbans. The first victim was reportedly visiting America on a visa. He has since returned to India. It’s unclear why the suspect was released from custody. More about the heinous attacks can be foun...
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White man arrested after being caught on camera pushing Black child off bike in Connecticut

A White man was caught on camera pushing a Black child off of his back after confronting him on a sidewalk in a Connecticut town on Monday. The man, who is 48 years old, is seen screaming at the boy after they reportedly bumped into each other. He is heard on video asking the boy where he was raised and later telling him to “get the fuck out of town” before shoving the 11-year old so hard he fell off the bicycle. The boy went home and told his mother what happened. She contacted police and showed them video of the violent confrontation. It is unclear when authorities arrested the man. The boy suffered scrapes and bruises in the incident. The boy’s mother reportedly said she believes the incident was a hate crime. The man was charged with breach of peace, a second-degree offense, ri...
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Black election worker gives frightening testimony to Jan. 6 committee about racist attacks by Trump supporters

A Black woman who was a poll worker from Atlanta, gave harrowing testimony about the fear from violent threats she endured and racist attacks aimed at her during the Jan. 6 insurrection committee hearing. In a prerecorded testimony, the woman on Tuesday told lawmakers investigating the insurrection that she didn’t feel safe anywhere after former President Trump identified her multiple times during a conference call with the Georgia Secretary of State. Trump, supported by Guilliani, made false claims at the woman and her daughter, who was also a poll workers. Trump called the woman a “professional vote scammer and hustler.” The woman had to escape from her own home after the FBI advised her to leave for her safety. The woman was one of several people who testified to the committee on T...
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Mob of White neighbors in Florida attack Black teen on camera

A group of White people were caught on camera attacking a Black teen in his car in Florida telling him he “don’t belong” in their neighborhood. The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday in Sanford. The 16-year-old boy (and later his father) recorded the incident and posted it on social media. One of the attackers threw a large rock that looked like a chunk of boulder into the boy’s car, smashing the back window while he was still inside. The neighbors stopped the boy while he was driving down the street by blocking it, then physically forced him out of the vehicle. At least one person could be seen on video standing on the sidewalk with a gun in hand. The group of mostly adults confronted the boy and tried to intimidate him. The boy’s father arrived at the scene later to talk with ...