May 28, 2016 |
Francis Kéré had to travel long and far from his tiny farming village in Burkina Faso , an African nation that skirts the edge of the Sahara, before he ended up with a show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As a boy of 7, he was sent away to a larger town to attend school. Later, he made his way to Germany to study architecture. In 2001, he took his design skills back to his village and fashioned a modern school out of handmade mud bricks. That one-story structure may look like a simple little schoolhouse - albeit one with a rakishly tilted metal roof - but its impact has reverberated around the globe, adding momentum to a movement known as public-interest architecture.
January 24, 2016
PAKISTAN 4 linked to college attack arrested At least four people who allegedly helped militants launch an attack on a university in northwestern Pakistan this past week have been arrested, military sources said Saturday. Four militants stormed Bacha Khan University in Charsadda on Wednesday, killing 21 people before they were shot dead by security forces. "Four others who acted as facilitators of the terrorists have been arrested," Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa said in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, where Charsadda lies.
April 29, 2013 |
TIÉBÉLÉ, Burkina Faso - On the rocky ground outside the Kollo mining village near the border between Burkina Faso and Ghana, about 100 people are working, 30 or so of them children. They smash boulders into pebbles and pebbles into grit with primitive hammers and sticks. They haul buckets of well water up the hillside and, pouring this water into shallow pans filled with rock and dirt, they swirl the muddy mix, looking in the silt for tiny flecks of gold. Nearby, a small hill rises from this barren gold field, and atop this hill are hand-dug shafts that plunge 150 feet into the ground.
February 9, 2013 |
Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur 7:30 a.m. Saturday (ESPN2) U.S. national team striker Clint Dempsey returns to his English Premier League club, fourth-place Tottenham, after scoring the Americans' only goal in Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Honduras in World Cup qualifying. While Spurs are trying to reach the Champions League, once-mighty Newcastle is just six points out of the relegation zone. Fiorentina at Juventus 11:55 a.m. Saturday (beIN Sport) Once upon a time, this was one of Italian soccer's great rivalries.
February 4, 2013
The daughter of 71-year-old boxing great Muhammad Ali disputed rumors of her father's being near death Sunday, saying he was at home in Arizona watching the Super Bowl, wearing a Ravens jersey. May May Ali said she talked to her father in a morning phone call and he was fine. The rumors were started by a British tabloid quoting the fighter's brother, Rahman Ali , as saying the former heavyweight champ was near death. However, Rahman Ali said he had not seen his brother since the summer and had no contact with the family.
November 23, 2012 |
PARIS - Police found the children, some as young as 6, working deep in gold mines and cotton fields around Burkina Faso. They were unpaid and unschooled. Some were being sexually abused. An international police operation has freed nearly 400 children from forced labor in the West African country and arrested 73 people suspected of child trafficking or forced labor, Interpol announced Thursday. It was a rare victory against forced child labor in West Africa, which has some of the world's highest poverty rates.
June 18, 2011 |
GENEVA - The United Nations yesterday endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people, passing a resolution hailed as historic by the U.S. and other backers and decried by some African and Muslim countries. The declaration was cautiously worded, expressing "grave concern" about abuses because of sexual orientation and commissioning a global report on discrimination against gays. But activists called it an important shift on an issue that has divided the global body for decades, and they credited the Obama administration's push for gay rights at home and abroad.
April 19, 2011 |
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Students burned down the headquarters of the ruling party and the prime minister's house in a central city Monday, and a soldiers' mutiny spread across Burkina Faso, posing a grave challenge to a president who seized power in a bloody coup 24 years ago. President Blaise Compaore announced Friday that he was dissolving his government and naming a new army chief. But the steps have failed to stem the discontent that is sweeping over this impoverished, landlocked nation in West Africa.