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Former militant Nasir Abas has become important anti-violence advocate in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked militant Nasir Abas have become a comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from foe to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.


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He was left with no idea what effect the blowback from the brouhaha would have on his career as a journalist just for merely exercising his First Amendment Right of Free Speech

Juan Williams ignited a firestorm of controversy last year when he admitted to Bill O'Reilly on national television that he feels nervous whenever he sees fellow passengers in Muslim garb getting on a plane with him.


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As much an appeal to black female empowerment as a personal coming home party for a Prodigal Daughter possibly harboring regrets about her longstanding liaisons with arch-conservatives

Kam Williams reviews "Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama," by Sophia A. Nelson


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Book review: Republican author sees hope in Democrat first lady

Despite the fact that she is also a Republican, and that she campaigned for both Bush I in 1992 and for Bush II in 2000 and 2004, Sophia A. Nelson, ironically, feels differently about herself ever since the election of a Democrat, Barack Obama. She gushes at length about how much the president's wife, Michelle, means to her in "Black Woman Redefined."


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Many had camped out overnight, some for days

LONDON (AP) -- Harry Potter's saga is ending, but his magic spell remains. Thousands of fans from around the world massed in London Thursday for the premiere of the final film in the magical adventure series.

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Book released days after U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama got an advance copy signed by Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A new Nelson Mandela book, slim, bound in black and set in eye-straining type, looks a bit like a bible or a prayer book. That's fitting, because the editors of "Nelson Mandela By Himself" brought something close to religious zeal to the task of choosing and checking more than 2,000 quotations to ensure the world gets the anti-apartheid icon's words right.


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Given our blend of African, European and Native-American ancestry, black folks come in all shades and hues, and with a wide range of hair and skin types, too. Consequently, sisters can't simply rely on the standard beauty products created for Caucasian women which fail to take into account the broad spectrum of black cosmetic needs.


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Sarah Burns looks at one of the most notorious wrongful convictions in NYC

On April 19, 1989, Patricia Ellen Meili entered Central Park around 9 p.m. Unfortunately, on this occasion, she would be sadistically beaten, brutally raped and left for dead, with 80 percent of the blood draining from her body by the time she was rushed to the hospital ... it was not long before they had somehow extracted confessions from five teenagers from Harlem, none of whom had ever been arrested or even in serious trouble before. They were only exonerated after having completely served sentences ranging from 6 to 13 years when a serial rapist named Matias Reyes, a DNA match to Exhibit A, confessed to the crime in 2002.


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"This autobiography tells the story of my life while highlighting some of the tremendous people who helped me overcome adversities I faced and become who I am today. The odyssey begins with my family's escape from the Ku Klux Klan in the backwoods of Louisiana in 1942...."


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'Where's the Birth Certificate' is not a product of well-reasoned analysis

Four years ago, Black conservative Shelby Steele took a calculated risk when he published a book explaining why Barack Obama wouldn't win the Presidential election of 2008 ... With the help of Donald Trump, the notion that Barack was born outside of the U.S. began to catch fire this spring, at least until the President finally called a press conference on April 27thI think most folks considered the birther issue put to rest once and for all, but now along comes another tome with the same title as Blue's. This "Where's the Birth Certificate?" ...


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