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10 May

Events of Interest and Analyses

Lena Horne, a true breakthrough act

Horne fought racism, became one of the most successful African-American entertainers and left a legacy of empowerment

Lena Horne dies at age 92Singer and actor Lena Horne, who has died age 92. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/Sportsphoto Ltd

With the passing of singer, actor and entertainer Lena Horne in New York yesterday at the age of 92, we remember yet another person – an African-American woman – whose life and work paved the way for America to be what it is today. It was the perseverance and passion of people like Lena Horne that helped shift America away from the accepted segregation and discrimination of the 40s, 50s and 60s to having an African-American president in 2010. In Horne’s day, being a black actress was a civil rights act within itself.

 

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Iraq hit by wave of deadly attacks

A series of strikes across the country leaves 65 dead and hundreds injured.
Map: Iraq under attack
Iraq mulls Baghdad ‘security fence’
Resurgent violence
Bridge reflects Iraq’s unity hopes

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Jerusalem building ‘will continue’

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The mayor of Jerusalem has said that construction will continue in the occupied east of the city, despite a US statement that Israel had given assurances that building would halt at a key East Jerusalem settlement.

Indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians resumed over the weekend after the US state department said Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, had agreed to stop development at the Ramat Shlomo project for two years.

But the office of the Jersualem mayor released a statement early on Monday morning saying that construction would continue “in all parts of the city.”

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More bloodshed for Afghanistan

By Hoda Abdel-Hamid
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Born in Gaza

One young Palestinian family’s fight against time and bureaucracy to save their son.

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Dome fails to stop Louisiana oil leak

Monday, 10 May 2010

BP engineers were yesterday desperately exploring options to control oil gushing from a ruptured Gulf of Mexico well after a setback with a huge containment dome fueled fears of a prolonged environmental disaster.

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