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Liberians in Minnesota: A community divided

When U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen walked through the doors of Brooklyn United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Center recently, little did he know he was walking into what one meeting participant later called a "booby-trap.

What it costs to run Somalia

Want evidence that the government in Somalia - a country that tops the 2010 Failed States Index - needs desperate help? Allow me to show you the money. Literally.

Outsourcing the war: Ugandans in Iraq

Last week the Pentagon proclaimed that the last U.S. combat forces had left Iraq. This after an armored unit drove out of the country and crossed the border into Kuwait. However, there will still be 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.

Nigeria’s Zizi Cardow back at Couture Fashion Week

In her second appearance at Couture Fashion Week New York, award-winning Nigerian designer Zizi Cardow will present her latest collection at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday September 11, 2010. The fashion show will be held in the renowned Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue, New York City.

Ramadan: An American-Egyptian Perspective

Across cultures and peoples, the principles of Ramadan are the same: self control and the cleansing of the body and mind. However, my celebration of Ramadan varies, depending upon where I am and the existing culture there.

Togolese man gets 26 months sentence in New Jersey

A Togolese citizen living in New Jersey has been sentenced to 26 months in federal prison for his role in the smuggling of girls and young women who were forced to work at hair braiding salons.

Safaricom “InAbles” books to get to the blind

After more than a year in limbo, 22,000 books will be shipped Tuesday from Atlanta to rural Kenya to establish libraries in villages where none exist.

Changing demographics strain refugee services

CHICAGO - When Serestine Cizanye arrived in Chicago from Tanzania it was winter and she spent every day in her room.

“I was confused, didn’t know when it was day and when it was night. Through the settlement agency, I met other refugees and immigrants and I was able to communicate with others in (my language) Kirundi,” Cizanye said.

Obama hosts young African leaders, pledges collaboration

President Obama told young African leaders at the start of a three-day conference that as they work to build strong economies with jobs and opportunity, the United States will work with them, promoting the trade and investment on which growth depends.

Brooklyn Park Council race attracts another African immigrant

When voters go to the polls in next Tuesday's primary races in Minnesota, the slate of candidates to choose from will have expanded from the last elections to include the burgeoning African immigrant community in the state.

What to do if detained in Arizona, an immigration lawyer’s advice

EDITOR'S NOTE: In recent weeks, immigration attorneys in Arizona and other states have been flooded with questions from anxious residents about how to avoid getting detained by immigration authorities and what to do if they or a loved one does get caught. Here’s some advice from Margarita Silva, an immigration lawyer in Phoenix affiliated with Los Abogados, a local Latino attorneys group.
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