WASHINGTON— U.S. President Barack Obama said it’s time to “do more to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every American.” In his weekly address Saturday, the president reiterated economic points he made in his State of the Union address earlier this week.

Obama said with a much improved economy, the country now has to choose what it wants the future to look like. He asked the question, “Will we accept an economy where only a few…do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and rising chances for everyone who makes the effort?” Read More


2 Immigrants’ Opposing Roles


By Lisa Bryant

PARIS — A hero has emerged from this month’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Malian immigrant Lassana Bathily risked his life to save people during an assault on a kosher supermarket. This week, he realized his dream of becoming a French citizen.

By coincidence, the assailant was, like Bathily, a Muslim from a Malian family. But the men present two very different faces of Islam and of immigration in France. Bathily immigrated to France at the age of 16 and applied for citizenship several years ago. On Tuesday night, he got it during a high-level ceremony in Paris.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls handed Bathily his new French passport and saluted him for his courage in saving customers during a gunman’s siege of a Paris kosher supermarket January 9. Amedy Coulibaly, 32, took roughly 20 hostages; he killed four before he was shot dead in a police raid. Read More

End of Ebola in Liberia by June


By James Butty

A new study found Ebola could come to an end in Liberia by June, if the trend toward better hospitalization and preventive care continues.

The study, published in the journal PLOS Biology, looked at factors such as the location of infection and treatment, the development of hospital capacity and the adoption of safe burial practices. Read More

Former US Senator Edward Brooke Dies at 95

Senator_Edward_BrookeEdward Brooke, a former U.S. senator from Massachusetts and the first African-American elected by popular vote to the chamber, died Saturday. He was 95.

A liberal Republican, Brooke won his Senate seat in 1966 and was re-elected in 1972. He was one of only two African-Americans to serve in the Senate in the 20th century, and the first since the end of the American Civil War, when state legislatures appointed senators. Read More

Kenyan grandmother at school with her great-great-grandchildren


By Ed Thomas

A 90-year-old Kenyan woman who goes to class with six of her great-great-grandchildren is believed to be the oldest primary school pupil in the world.

Sitting at the front of class four in her school uniform, Priscilla Sitienei listens intently while she writes the English names of animals in her notebook.

She joined Leaders Vision Preparatory School five years ago and has also served her village of Ndalat in the Rift Valley as a midwife for the last 65 years.

In fact, she has helped deliver some of her own classmates, who are aged between 10 and 14. Read More

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