| Apr 10, 2014
| 8:47 AM
CAIRO – Video evidence submitted Thursday by Egyptian prosecutors at the trial for Al Jazeera journalists on terrorism-related charges left the defendants and their lawyers baffled and was rejected by the judge.
Australian correspondent Peter...
| Feb 16, 2014
For decades, one golden rule has guided America's military involvement in Africa: Stay out.
Generally speaking, the reason was a sense that the strategic stakes did not justify the risk. When we deviated from this rule, we often learned lessons the hard...
| Feb 20, 2014
DOUALA, Cameroon — For Cameroonian Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, being gay came with a prison sentence, and ultimately, a death sentence. A few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to Jean-Claude, my dear friend and client. He died at the age of 35 in his...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 6:06 PM
PRETORIA, South Africa — Athlete Oscar Pistorius used expanding bullets that mushroom on impact and cause maximum tissue damage when he shot his girlfriend to death, a pathologist testified Monday in a South African court.
One of those bullets...
| Feb 11, 2014
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul — with a chorus or two of the George...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 8:08 AM
Most Union troops moving from Fort Monroe to Yorktown during the Civil War made the trip by boat.
But soon after the first African-American regiment on the Peninsula arrived at Old Point Comfort in October 1863, it took to the road.
| Feb 15, 2014
| 1:09 PM
When the gray-clad soldiers of the 49th North Carolina formed a line of battle on the old Somerton Road near Suffolk early on the morning of March 9, 1864, they were already bone tired and foot sore.
Nearly two weeks of tough marches and skirmishes in...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 4:16 PM
Union Brig. Gen. Edward A. Wild was already a marked man when he landed on the banks of the James River near Sherwood Forest plantation in Charles City on May 5, 1864.
So was his "African Brigade," whose relentless pursuit of Confederate partisans in...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Nearly three-quarters of a century before the film "12 Years a Slave," a scathing indictment of slavery, was nominated for nine Academy Awards, Hattie McDaniel won a supporting actress Oscar for playing the loyal slave Mammy in 1939's "Gone With the Wind....
| Mar 14, 2014
| 5:44 PM
“If I forgot anybody, sorry, I just smoked before I came out here,” Lil Wayne said to guffaws from the overflowing room at the Austin Convention Center during the 2014 South by Southwest festival. “Shoutout to Willie Nelson.”...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 6:08 PM
SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan called today for the state to put up $100 million to boost efforts to land the presidential library and museum of President Barack Obama.
The speaker joined fellow Democratic Chicago Rep. Monique Davis...