A Turbulence-Free Election in Senegal

Supporters of Macky Sall were celebrating his lead in early counting. By ADAM NOSSITER DAKAR, Senegal — The elderly president of this West African nation conceded defeat after elections here on Sunday, a rare example of a prompt and peaceful political turnover in a region tormented by coups and leaders who… Read More

N.Y.U.’s Plan for Expansion Draws Anger in Community

By JOSEPH BERGER It is perhaps the largest project ever proposed for Greenwich Village, and it has angered many residents in the area as few issues have recently. Opponents say the development would mar one of New York’s signature neighborhoods A huge expansion of New York University is vital, school… Read More

Remarks by President Obama and President John Atta Mills of Ghana

  THE PRESIDENT: Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome and his delegation from Ghana. This gives me the opportunity to return the extraordinary hospitality that they showed not only me, but also Michelle and Sasha and Malia when we had the opportunity to visit last year. There are… Read More

Despite Ohio shooting, school violent deaths down

A group of students and parents pray for victims of a school shooting on the square in Chardon, Ohio, Tuesday. By msnbc.com staff The high school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, that left three students dead culminated a month of bloody gun violence in America’s schools, but experts say it’s not… Read More

When rumor, the Internet and school violence fears collide

A comment made by a student at a high school in small-town Pennsylvania spawned a rumor online and via text message that a fellow classmate was going to bring a gun to school. Police determined the information was a rumor, but it still had a big impact on the family… Read More

Dickens and religion: A tale of two views

(RNS) Britain’s Prince Charles kicked off a yearlong celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday on Tuesday (Feb. 7) with a wreath-laying ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey. It seems a fitting gesture, given that the Abbey’s Poets’ Corner houses the famous writer’s remains. But it is also ironic in light of… Read More

Cheating men more likely to die from heart attack during sex

Men who cheat on their partners could be taking their lives in the hands, as a new study shows that they’re more likely to die during sex than those that stay faithful. The Daily Mail reports that US researchers found this out when looking at whether men with heart problems… Read More

Louis Farrakhan blasts Jews, Obama

Omar Sacirbey | Feb 27, 2012 (RNS) Jewish leaders on Monday (Feb. 27) denounced Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan after he delivered a four-hour speech on Sunday that was laced with anti-Semitic statements about Jewish control of the media. Speaking to thousands of supporters during the 82nd annual Saviors’ Day celebration… Read More

Egyptians say Christian party is not the answer

Adelle M. Banks | Feb 9, 2012 |   WASHINGTON (RNS) Despite continuous attacks on Coptic Christians, a delegation of Egyptian Christian leaders said Wednesday (Feb. 8) they do not support the development of a Christian political party as a possible solution. “We don’t need to add more divisions than what we have,”… Read More

Church seeks line between interfaith and intolerance

Tim Townsend | Feb 10, 2012 DES PERES, Mo. (RNS) More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres recently for a Bible study called “Islam Through a Lutheran Lens.” It was a better-than-expected showing, and people carefully balanced their Styrofoam coffee cups as… Read More