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Zimbabwe’s military takeover was the world’s strangest coup

[ad_1] There were no street curfews, no violent crackdowns, no appointment of a military junta to take control of the levers of power. Instead, the man whom the military supposedly wrestled from power was shown casually chatting with his captors, while protesters have posed for selfies with soldiers.In the wake of President Robert Mugabe's resignation, here's a look at how the coup-that-wasn't-a-coup played out.The first confirmation that a military operation was underway came when an army spokesman dressed in fatigues and a beret appeared in a dramatic televised statement early Wednesday.At first, the situation bore all the hallmarks of a...

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Childbirth Is Killing Black Women In America

[ad_1] Every year about 700 to 1,200 women die from pregnancy or childbirth difficulties in the United States according to CNN and the documentary series Giving Birth In America. Of those women, Black women are three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy or delivery complications than white women. Chief of service for gynecology Dr. Michael Lindsay and Obstetrics at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta told CNN that it’s hard to answer the question of why Black women are at a higher risk of dying during and after pregnancy. “The racial divide in maternal deaths has been persistent for decades, so the...

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Judge Says Tyrese Can’t Spank Daughter, Must Take Parenting Classes

[ad_1] As Tyrese’s social media antics continue, the singer/actor recently received some good news when he was awarded joint physical custody of his 10-year-old daughter Shayla. However, the judge in the case also placed some very serious restrictions and guidelines on Tyrese that he must follow or find himself back in court.   The judge in Tyrese’s custody case with his ex-wife Norma Gibson has firmly ordered that he is prohibited from spanking his daughter while she is in his care and he must also enroll in a series of parenting classes and therapy sessions, according to a new report from TMZ. Via...

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How Janet Jackson lost 70 pounds

[ad_1] Story highlightsSinger is currently on her "State of the World" tourTrainer focused on weights to help star transform her body after having babyThe 51-year-old new mom is sporting a sleek physique that her trainer says she accomplished without putting in massive hours of cardio, reportedly shedding 70 pounds.Paulette Sybliss told E! she started a "vigorous training schedule" with the superstar six weeks after the singer gave birth to son Eissa in January."We were training a minimum of four times a week, and the sessions were never less than 45 minutes, no more than an hour," Sybliss said. "Very intense...

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‘Queen Sugar’ Star Rutina Wesley Engaged To Girlfriend Chef Shonda

[ad_1] Actress Rutina Wesley, star of OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” announced over the weekend that she and her girlfriend, New Orleans-based culinary guru, Chef Shonda, are now engaged. The news was delivered in an Instagram gallery tracing the history of their relationship. The “True Blood” alumna, who currently portrays journalist and activist Nova Bordelon on “Queen Sugar,” began the IG post with an opening slide of, “Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off things that don’t help you.” Wesley, 38, then shared snaps of the couple together, including a final shot of what appears to be...

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Rep. John Conyers Settled Sexual Harassment Claim

[ad_1] Michigan’s Democratic Rep. John Conyers settled a sexual harassment claim with a former employee in 2015 for more than $27,000, in a congressional system designed to keep these types of allegations secret, BuzzFeed News reported. “It is a designed cover-up. You feel like they were betrayed by their government just for coming forward. It’s like being abused twice,” said Matthew Peterson, a law clerk who represented the woman, referring to Congress’ process of dealing with sexual misconduct complaints. Former staff members accused Conyers, 88, of making repeated sexual advances on female staff, according to affidavits included in the complaint. The high-ranking,...

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Former NBA Star Ray Allen Tells Orlando Court He Was ‘Catfished’

[ad_1] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Retired NBA star Ray Allen believes he is a victim of “catfishing,” and has asked a court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online. Allen says Bryant Coleman “pretended to be a number of attractive women interested in” him. In documents filed Tuesday, Allen acknowledges he communicated with who he thought were those women and that he eventually entered into an agreement with Coleman to not disclose details of those conversations. Allen says that agreement was violated. It was not clear if Coleman has an attorney, and a working phone...

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Robert Mugabe Resigns As Zimbabwe’s President After 37 Years

[ad_1] HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe resigned as president Tuesday after 37 years in power, as parliament began impeachment proceedings against him. “My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power,” said Mugabe in his letter which was read out in parliament, sparking cheers and dancing. Cars began honking horns and people cheered in the streets, as the news spread like wildfire across the capital, Harare. Mugabe, who had been the world’s oldest head of state at 93,...

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People Hurt In A NY Cosmetics Factory Explosion

[ad_1] NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say the number of people treated for injuries after two explosions and a fire at an upstate New York cosmetics factory has topped 125. Authorities initially said one employee was killed and up to 35 people, including seven firefighters, were injured when two blasts erupted Monday morning inside the Verla International plant in the town of New Windsor, 55 miles (88 kilometers) north of New York City. A spokeswoman for St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital says Tuesday that the number of people treated increased substantially later Monday, with more than 125 reporting injuries. Officials say most...

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FBI & Federal Prosecutors Investigate St. Louis Police Over Protests

[ad_1] The FBI and federal prosecutors are examining whether St. Louis police officers violated the civil rights of protesters who demonstrated after the acquittal in September of a White police officer who killed a Black man, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. “The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time,” said Jeffrey B. Jensen, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Yet, Internal Affairs Division Commander, Rochelle D. Jones and Interim...

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