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There’s a new female president in Africa and she’s Muslim

56-year-old Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has just been made president of Mauritius. Take a look at her accomplishments.   Ameenah Gurib-Fakim — the biologist who gave the TED Talk “Humble plants that hide surprising secrets” — was sworn in today as the sixth president of Mauritius, a small island off the coast of Africa, about 500 miles past Madagascar. Gurib-Fakim was appointed …

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How Morocco’s Islamic Women Preachers Are Leading A Social Revolution

CASABLANCA, May 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Girls are “like a timebomb ready to explode and ruin the family’s reputation,” the Moroccan jewelry trader tells his customer as she admires a display of necklaces. The solution is to “get rid of this bomb” by marrying your daughters off as soon as you can, he explains. His customer, Hannane, replies firmly …

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Boko Haram’s ‘deadliest massacre’: 2,000 feared dead in Nigeria

Amnesty International calls the killings ‘a disturbing and bloody escalation’ and a local defence group says its fighters have given up trying to count the bodies Fighting continued Friday around the town on Baga, near Nigeria’s border with Chad. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria …

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Malala arrives in Nigeria to campaign for missing girls

Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year old Pakistani education campaigner, arrived in Abuja the capital of Nigeria to campaign and meet the families of the missing girls. The girls were abducted by rebel group Boko Haram in the northeastern Borno state of Nigeria in April earlier this year.   Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai arrives for a meeting with the leaders of …

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Algeria face dilemma over Ramadan fasting in World Cup knockout stage

• Predicament for Muslim players before Germany test• France’s Bacary Sagna will not be fasting in Brazi France’s Bacary Sagna says he is not going to fast for Ramadan during the World Cup. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP Muslim players in World Cup teams who have qualified for the last-16 round in Brazil face a thorny question on Sunday when much of …

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Sudanese court orders release of woman sentenced to death for changing faith

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – A Sudanese court on Monday ordered the release of a 27-year-old woman who was sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity, the state news agency said. The case of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, triggered an international outcry. Britain had last month summoned the Sudanese charge d’affaires in …

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