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Gay Ugandan fears for his life if deported

SAN DIEGO, Calif.— Joseph Bukombe spent his entire life hiding his sexual orientation from friends and family in his native Kampala. Today he is fighting an American immigration system that doesn’t believe he’s gay.

CAIR honors Hindia Ali with Courage Award

Community organizer and activist, Hindia Ali, was awarded this year’s CAIR-Minnesota’s (Council on American-Islamic Relations) Courage Award for her work in the community. CAIR-MN is the state’s only civil rights advocacy organization serving Muslims.

Measles: What you need to know

Measles is a very serious and contagious disease caused by a virus. Because so many people are vaccinated, measles is no longer common in the United States. But it is still common in many other countries and may be brought into the U.S. by unvaccinated travelers, which is what happen in Minneapolis in the spring of 2011. Making sure everyone is vaccinated helps prevent measles outbreaks.

General Mills receives Global Citizenship Award from USAID

US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah on February 24 awarded the Global Citizenship Award to General Mills for its work with food processors and small-holder farmers in Africa through its hunger fighting nonprofit, Partners in Food Solutions (PFS). He presented the award during a visit to the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis.

Things to Know About the Expedited Removal Order Process

When a foreign national arrives at a U.S. port of entry and applies for entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer will determine whether he is admissible to the U.S. In some cases, the CBP officer may deny admission and issue an expedited removal order, forcing the person to leave the U.S. immediately or on the next available flight.

Special US visa for human trafficking victims is underutilized

A special visa created 12 years ago to save thousands of victims of human trafficking and curb international human trafficking has been vastly underutilized.

Bono’s African inspired prints at New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK — Fashionistas shivered visibly on Sunday in a makeshift event space along the blustery Hudson River, where the Edun fashion label, founded by U2's Bono and wife Ali Hewson, was displaying its Fall 2012 collection. But the models wore bright, African prints that made one feel, at least momentarily, in a much warmer clime.

Commissioner Mike Opat kicks off African Community engagement on Bottineau Transit

Over 50 people gathered on February 21 for the African Career, Education & Resource, Inc.‘s (ACER) Community Leader Forum to learn details of the Bottineau Transitway project and discuss how to become engaged in the process.

Dish Network and TV9ja launch Short Films Contest

Dish Network and TV9ja have launched a Short Films Contest.

African Diaspora remittances top US$40b

Diaspora remittances are a key foreign exchange earner for Africa with US$40-billion flowing from the west annually.

That figure is growing at 15% per year, according to the chief executive officer of Homestrings, Eric Vincent Guichard.


Influenza is an illness that affects people of all ages worldwide. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and it is a major health issue around the world. Everyone can help fight the spread of influenza each year by getting vaccinated. Vaccination is also one of the best ways to reduce your chance of getting ill.