Fauja Singh becomes world oldest marathon runner


When you hear about a 100-year-old man hitting the wall, it usually conjures up the worst image of a frail person being injured.

Fauja Singh hit the wall but not in the literal sense. Rather, the inspirational centenarian became the world's oldest marathon runner after completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Dr Liam Fox resigns as Defence Secretary


Defence Secretary Liam Fox has been forced to resign after a week of allegations made his position untenable.

The beleaguered minister has had a stressful week following a number of revelations about his working relationship with friend and so-called advisor Adam Werritty. Though Dr Fox has denied any wrongdoing, he admitted blurring the lines between his personal and professional life and has been investigated by the Cabinet Secretary amid claims he had broken ministerial duties.

In his resignation letter to prime minister David Cameron, Dr Fox wrote,

A balanced immigration debate


One wouldn’t normally expect London’s Evening Standard - which used to be published by Associated Newspapers, home of the Daily Mail - to be a standard bearer that views immigration, for example, in a positive light. But now the paper is owned by a Russian migrant, Alexander Lebedev, some of its journalists feel freer to give a more balanced account within the immigration debate which highlights the very real benefits of immigration to our nation.

The Black Power Mixtape


The likes of Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale and Angela Davis are inspirational individuals in the fight for justice for the Black community.

The Black Power activists were at the forefront in the the struggle for equality in 1960s America. Although their names may have been forgotten about over the years, they played a prominent role and epitomised that the community should not be forced to play a subordinate role in society, but to challenge oppression and the system.

Deportation deaths: Jimmy Mubenga family still wait for justice


A year is a long time to wait for justice but that is exactly what the family of an Anoglan man have endured as they hope for answers behind his death.

It was on October 12 2010 that Jimmy Mubenga dies after he was allegedly restrained by three G4s security guards during an attempt to deport him to Angola from Heathrow airport.

Witnesses claimed that Mubenga repeatedly complained of not being able to breathe shortly before he collapsed. The three guards in question were arrested on suspicion of murder and have been bailed by police until December.

£1 million damages for ex-officer Sultan Alam


Many Black people will wonder whether or not racism is rife in our Northern police forces. It was just a few months ago that two officers were cleared of criminal wrong doing, which more than anything highlighted a level or racial discrimination and persecution, the likes of which we thought had disappeared in the 1980’s.

Oldham Riots - Togetherness is key to a better future


The Asian News marked the 10th anniversary of the Oldham riots earlier this year with a series of insightful articles around the disturbances. Happening before 9/11, those disturbances were to transform the way Britain viewed its Muslim communities, and also the way many Muslims viewed themselves.

Black Britannia Exhibition: Celebrating Black Britons


The saying goes "A picture is worth a thousand words" and when it comes to the BME community, especially in the media, it can often portray a negative stereotype which can shape thoughts in people's minds.

But any challenge to the preconceived ideas we have about a certain community in this country is a welcome, especially during Black history month, which is supposed to celebrate the positive and progressive aspects of Black culture and the contributions made in Britain and the wider world.

Beverley De-Gale recognised for ACLT campaign


IT has been a long and tireless fight for Beverley De-Gale in her quest to get more people from the Black, mixed raced and minority ethnic communities to become blood and bone marrow donors.

De-Gale is the co-founder of the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) along with partner Orin Lewis back in 1996 and fifteen years later, it has been a driving force in increasing the number of people from the BME community on the UK bone marrow and blood donation registers.

Rabinder Singh QC sworn in as High Court judge


Britain's first Sikh judge of the High Court was sworn in at the Royal Courts of Justice this week.

Rabinder Singh QC becomes the first Asian and only the second lawyer from a Black and Minority Ethnic background to be promoted to the High Court. The 47-year-old follows in the footsteps of Dame Linda Dobbs, who has been a High Court judge since 2004.

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