neyo1.jpg R&B Singer Ne-Yo ‘Bored’ by Urban Music As he prepares to release his third album in as many years, R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo says he is “a little bored” with urban music. The genre has served him well, to be sure. His first two albums have both been certified platinum, and he has co-written such monster hits as Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” which spent 10 weeks atop the Hot 100 singles chart in 2006. (Continue Reading…)

Human Wave Flees Violence in Zimbabwe
Sarah Ngewerume was driven to the river by despair.She said she had seen gangs loyal to Zimbabwe’s longtime president, Robert Mugabe, beating people — some to death — in the dusty roads of her village. She said Mugabe loyalists were sweeping the countryside with chunks of wood in their hands, demanding to see party identification cards and methodically hunting down opposition supporters. “It was terrifying,” said Ms. Ngewerume, a 49-year-old former shopkeeper. Last week she waded across the Limpopo River, bribed a man fixing a border fence on the other side and slipped into a nearby South African farm. (Continue Reading…)

Ethiopians Vote Amid Tight Security
The second and final day of voting in Ethiopia’s local and parliamentary polls was held Sunday amid tight security, days after deadly blasts in the capital Addis Ababa. Three people were killed and 18 wounded when simultaneous bomb blasts went off at two petrol stations on April 14, a day after the first day of voting in the country’s first elections since the disputed 2005 general polls. (Continue Reading…)

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