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    Female Genital Mutilation Haunts Somalis in US The United Nations estimates 200 million girls and women in more than 30 countries have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). Somalia has the highest rate in the world recorded by the United Nations, with about 98 percent the country's female population between the ages of 15 and 49 affected by FGM.  Although the procedure is...

    Female Genital Mutilation Continues in Somali Community in US The United Nations estimates that 200 million girls and women in over 30 countries have undergone female genital mutilation. Somalia has the highest rate recorded by the U.N. with about 98 percent of the country’s female population between the ages of 15 and 49 having been subjected to FGM. The U.S....

    Rights Group: UN Peacekeepers Failed in South Sudan United Nations peacekeepers failed in their mission to protect civilians during an outbreak of fighting in South Sudan in July, a rights group said. Peacekeepers abandoned their posts or cowered in place, and then used tear gas on frightened civilians who sought shelter at the U.N. base, the U.S.-based Center for Civilians in...

    President Says New Ivory Coast Constitution Way to ‘Move Past Crisis’ Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara presented the draft of the new constitution to parliament Wednesday. Among the reforms is the removal of a clause that helped trigger civil war five years ago.  The clause, Article 35, required that both parents of presidential candidates be natural-born Ivory Coast citizens, according to...

    Nobel Laureate Tutu Celebrates 85th Birthday, Giving Thanks Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu shed tears of gratitude on his 85th birthday on Friday in South Africa, where he presided over a cathedral Mass despite his poor health. Separately, in a newspaper column, the former archbishop said he would like to have the option of a "dignified assisted death'' when the time...

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