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Sun StaffEnding three days of testimony, critics and defenders of the governor's legislative redistricting plan gave closing arguments yesterday in about a dozen lawsuits calling for the map to be redrawn because of claims that it hurts minority representation and...
Tags: Elections, Baltimore County, Patapsco, Judges, Executive Branch
Sun StaffOMDURMAN ES SALAAM, Sudan - Peter Maeike's house is a patchwork of sugar sacks, plastic sheeting and cardboard stretched over a pole frame, so fragile that a strong breeze might lift it into the air. It would not look out of place in Sudan's western...
Tags: Farms, Children, John Murphy, Sudan, Islam
Sun Foreign StaffCAPE TOWN, South Africa - Walking past the food delivery bays at a Cape Town technical college, Noor Ebrahim stopped abruptly and pointed to the pavement like a man discovering lost treasure. This, he said, was the spot where his family's home once stood....
Sun Foreign StaffDAROU SALAM DIOUF, Senegal - The tiny bundle of currency - one 500-franc Central African note folded carefully around two 100-franc coins -- equals about $1.40. But Khady Mbaye clutches it in her right hand with seemingly all her might, as if she were...
Tags: Farms, Poverty, Water Restrictions, John Murphy, United Nations
Sun Foreign StaffGOREE ISLAND, Senegal - Standing in a narrow doorway opening onto the Atlantic Ocean, tour guide Aladji Ndiaye asked a visitor to this Senegalese island's Slave House to imagine the millions of shackled Africans who stepped through it, forced onto...
Sun Foreign StaffSOWETO, South Africa - In Mosa Makhubedu's home, voting is not just a right or a privilege, it's an emotional event. His 72-year-old mother, Rose, still vividly recalls South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 as a day she had waited for from...
Tags: Voting, Democracy, Elections, John Murphy, Gaming
Sun Foreign StaffJOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- On a recent sunny afternoon, several hundred South African celebrities, business leaders and other guests raised flutes of champagne to celebrate the unveiling of a 20-foot-high bronze statue of Nelson Mandela at one of...
Sun Foreign StaffJOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When Peter-Paul Ngwenya, executive chairman of Makana Investment Corp. decided to buy a new car last month, he paid cash for a BMW 5-Series and had the dealer deliver the gleaming automobile to the front door of his spacious...
Sun Foreign StaffABUJA, Nigeria - "GREETINGS: IN ORDER TO TRANSFER OUT (USD 36MILLION DOLLARS) FROM OUR BANK. I HAVE THE COURAGE TO ASK YOU TO LOOK FOR A RELIABLE AND HONEST PERSON WHO WILL BE CAPABLE FOR THIS IMPORTANT BUSINESS BELIEVING THAT YOU WILL NEVER LET ME DOWN...
Tags: Political Corruption, John Murphy, Bribery, Banking, Nigeria
Sun Foreign StaffMATSILOJE, Botswana - Residents of this village along the border with Zimbabwe were quite pleased when Botswana's government began erecting a 10-foot-high electrified fence to separate the two countries. Officially, the fence is to keep out livestock...
Sun Foreign StaffFANISAU, Nigeria - If it were possible to wind back the centuries, Halima Umar's village would probably look much as it does today. Umar and her neighbors fetch water by lowering a bucket into a hand-dug well, toil in fields of millet and guinea corn, and...
Sun StaffMaryland became a bigger, more suburban and more racially diverse state during the 1990s. The first detailed returns from the 2000 census show that the flight of white and black families from the largest cities continued, draining Baltimore and...
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