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Non-Muslim guide to Ramadan

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What is Ramadan ?

It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which lasts 29 or 30 days. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and intimacy with their partners during daylight hours and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.

This year is a particularly hard year to fast giving the long daylight hours in which Muslim can neither eat nor drink.

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Should Africa be scared of the Chinese exploration?

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Ade Sawyerr, one of Britain's foremost African thinkers gives an insight to an emerging relationship between African countries and the Chinese Republic. Should Africa now look East and abandon the long standing albeit rocky relationship with the West? Ade informs.

David Cameron’s speech in Nigeria included a warning for Africa to be cautious in their dealing with China and a suggestion that the authoritarian capitalism model adopted by the Chinese was not sustainable and will not help in the development of Africa.

Super Samuel Kasumu’s aiming high

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One of the country’s rising black social entrepreneurs is hoping to forge a career in politics – but not before he has helped the nation’s underprivileged youth get on the job market.

Samuel Kasumu has built a reputation as an individual who is actively looking to make a positive difference in society and acting both as an inspiration and a mentor for young people.

The 23-year-old has received a number of accolades over the years and was recently named in the top three of Britain's Top Real Role Model campaign.

Shell accept liability for Nigerian oil spill

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Shell have accepted full liability for the two huge oil spills in Nigeria which have devastated the lives of nearly 70,000 people.

The oil giants could be slapped with a bill of hundreds of millions of dollars to help restore the town of Bodo in Ogoniland which could take almost 20 years to clean up.

According to the Guardian, the oil giant have accepted responsibility for the double rupture in 2008 of the 50-year-old Bodo-Bonny trans-Niger pipeline that pumps 120,000 barrels of oil a day through the community.

Wanted: Black Football Coaches

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Yesterday the FA launched an audacious plan the change the face of English football managers.

At present there are no Black managers in the Premier league, and one in the Championship, Chris Hughton at Birmingham City and Chris Powell, who is managing Charlton Athletic in League One. Yesterday FA Supremo David Bernstein said ‘that has got to change’.

Spider-Man moves into the 21st Century

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Comic book fans will be familiar with the immortal phrase associated with Spider-Man: "With great power comes great responsibility".

And it seems that Marvel Comics have taken the responsibility to increase diversity in their superhero range by introducing a new Spider-Man who happens to be of mixed heritage - African/Hispanic American.

No apology for racial slur: Cllr Warren Swaine

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Some senior Black Liberal Democrats are questioning whether or not they should be in a party that refuses to insist that one of its councilors should apologise for making a racial slur. Earlier this year Councillor Warren Swaine tweeted that Labour MP Chuka Umunna would claim "is it because I is black" as "defense” for being a muppet."

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