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Naomi Campbell Sentenced To Six Months In Sicilian Prison

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Naomi Campbell has been sentenced to six months in prison by a Sicilian court for scratching a paparazzo’s eye back in 2009.

According to reports, the supermodel was given the sentence this week after photographer, Gaetano Di Giovanni, was taking photos of her stepping off of a boat with her then-boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin.

While the two were doing some sight-seeing through the streets of the Sicilian town, she allegedly hit the paparazzi member with her purse, which ended up scratching his eye. He reportedly had to seek medical attention for the following three days.

Despite the photographer withdrawing the charges, the court decided to move forward with the trail in the public interest due to “the intensity of the charges.”

E! Online reports the statement made by her lawyer, who vows to appeal her 6-month sentencing:
“We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident,” attorney Guido Carlo Alleva said in a statement obtained by E! News.

“Due to the ongoing legal process, we cannot discuss the matter further at this time.”
We will keep you updated on the latest of Naomi Campbell’s sentencing.

Source: E! Online

Afro-Brazilians search DNA for pre-slavery origins

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More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color.

“Above all, slaves lost their names and their identity. With these DNA tests, they can re-establish the connection,” said Carlos Alberto Jr, head of “Brazil: DNA Africa,” a series of five upcoming documentaries that aim to “restore the links broken by slavery.”

Slavery was abolished in Brazil 127 years ago, but the vast operation to force Africans to work the Portuguese colonists’ plantations and mines resulted in a black and mixed population that today accounts for just over half the 202 million total.

DNA testing has opened the door to following that identity trail back.

The tests are done in Washington by a company called African Ancestry. Anyone can buy one of their test kits and send this, with a saliva swab, for analysis.
With a database of more than 30,000 indigenous Africans, the company says it can trace original ethnic groups.

For the Brazilian documentaries, 150 people have been chosen—most of them black activists—from the five states where 4.5 million slaves were brought between the 16th and 19th centuries: Bahia, Maranhao, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco, and Rio de Janeiro.

Tests are being done on maternal DNA.

“In the 19th century, there were eight Africans to every Portuguese and the idea of this project is also to show how Brazil was as much colonized by Africans,” Alberto said, pointing out that the white population was only boosted much later, in the 19th century, in a deliberate effort to change the country’s racial mix.

‘Incredible emotions’

Thanks to the project, actress Zeze Motta—who won fame as the slave Xica da Silva in a 1976 film of the same name—found out she was an ancestor of the Yoruba tribe, located in modern southwest Nigeria and Benin.

“The film’s historian and scriptwriter told me that judging by my features, my roots might be Gurunsi from Ivory Coast,” Motta said. “For years I lived with this version and suddenly at 70, a scientific test has shown me I’m Yoruba from Nigeria. That has left me with an incredible mix of emotions.”

She recounted how during a trip to Nigeria in the 1990s, she felt an inexplicable sadness that only now makes sense.
“All these years I was asking myself where this pain came from and now after the test, I understand,” Motta said.
Another documentary participant, Zulu Araujo, who heads a cultural center in Bahia, learned he descends from the mostly Muslim Tikar people in Cameroon.

“That was a surprise. I thought that like many in Bahia I must be Yoruba. I’ve had to change the identity I carried in my head for 62 years,” said Araujo, an expert in race relations.
“In Brazil, our origins were stripped from us in a sophisticated and brutal manner. They took away our ancestors’ papers and changed our names. It was a perverse strategy to keep domination.”

He visited Bankim, a Tikar village in Cameroon, as part of the documentary research.

“I was able to come face to face with my origins,” he said. “The physical and cultural similarities were clear. I recognized myself in the fact that they were extremely musical.”
To celebrate his new identity, he has had himself rebaptized Tikar in an Afro-Brazilian ceremony, he said.

Now, his hope is that the 52-minute documentaries will help restore Afro-Brazilians’ sense of pride in knowing that they are not merely descendants of slaves.
“What interests me is in creating conditions to get over the process of racism,” he said.

Surprise answers

For some, the DNA tests have meant confusion.

Journalist Luciana Barreto, 38, said she couldn’t wait to find out the African roots she’s always assumed she had. “But when I opened the envelope I learned I am 100 percent indigenous to South America. I am perplexed,” she said.

“It was a shock. As a (black) activist, I know that indigenous peoples here were massacred and still are and I felt responsible because I’d only been fighting for one side of myself.”
Now she’s waiting to find her father’s origins through DNA taken from her brother, who carries the father-to-son Y chromosome.

She said the unexpected results she received have strengthened her determination to “counter a country that denies its history and its racism. Few Brazilians can speak out as I can, to cry out that yes we are racists, that yes we exclude, and that we still segregate.”

Another who was surprised to find out that his roots are not what he thought they were was Ivanir dos Santos, organizer of Rio’s annual march against religious intolerance since 2007.
After thinking he must be of Yoruba origin, “the DNA told me I’m 100 percent European on my mother’s side,” he said.

“I’m impatiently waiting to know the DNA on my father’s side,” said dos Santos, 60.

The documentaries, which follow the visits to Africa by five Afro-Brazilians, including Araujo, will be shown in September.


Authorities Order Mosques Closed in North Cameroon

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Authorities have ordered the closure of mosques and Islamic schools following a series of suicide bombing attacks in northern Cameroon that have left at least 60 people dead, the region’s governor said Sunday.
Child beggars are also being ordered off the streets because all the suicide bombers so far have been children, including the 13-year-old female who detonated explosives in an attack Saturday evening.
While there have been no claims of responsibility, authorities have blamed the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, which has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State group and abducted hundreds of girls and young women.
The group’s leader has vowed to attack Cameroon because the Central African nation has aided neighboring Nigeria in its fight to defeat the extremists.
In the latest attack inside Cameroon, at least 20 people were killed and another 85 wounded Saturday evening in the northern town of Maroua. The suicide bombing came just days after another attack there earlier in the week.
Gov. Midjiyawa Bakari said he was implementing strict measures after stepped up security failed to thwart the second attack. Authorities believe the suicide bombers are coming from neighboring Nigeria, and the governor has ordered “a census of all visitors in all neighborhoods.” A curfew will also be in place from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., he said.
The closures and restrictions have provoked some criticism.
“They should have better solutions to their problems. Why is that governor chasing the wrong horse?” asked 70-year-old Aladji Haman from the Maroua central mosque.
Cameroon’s Defense Minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o urged citizens to help the military by reporting any suspects or unusual activity.
“The population must develop a culture of vigilance because Boko Haram has changed strategy,” he said.
source: cameroononline

Meet Mimmie ( Mirriam ) Model And Fashion Designer In The U.K

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Model, Fashion Designer, CEO of ZBIL a charity Organistion, entrepreneur and long-lived style visionary Mirriam Musonda-salati has worked in the fashion & entertainment industries for nearly a decade.

She serves as Founder & CEO of U.K.-based Be Gorgeous Styles, an online ecommerce destination that offers an exhaustive selection of fashion and footwear, jewelry, hair products & extensions, health & beauty products, and accessories for both men and women.

The vast line offered by Be Gorgeous Styles includes the likes of: footwear, dresses, boots, dresses & skirts, blouses & shirts, vests, leggings, jackets & coats, earrings, necklaces, watches, rings, eye-liner, eye shadow, mascara, nail polish and lipstick. One-stop shopping, indeed!

Mirriam has also modeled in countless print campaigns, and starred in—and danced—in the music video for MP’s “No Dull Yourself.”

In addition, she worked directly with such events as The Miss Zambia U.K. Beauty Pageant, the Cancer Research Charity Fashion Show and Children’s Charity Fashion Show.

Born in Zambia and raised in the U.K., Mirriam earned a Bachelor’s degree (with honors) in Criminology & Psychology from Middlesex University.

Outside of her career, Mirriam enjoys poetry (reading and writing), Science & Geo, sports, shopping(!) and travelling. She also continues to study the latest psychological and criminological principles & practices, with the goal of ultimately helping to improve our society through the development of new theories and findings.

She continues to be inspired by her father—who was also a self-starter and a successful businessman throughout his career, ultimately serving as Director & Chairman of Cavendish University and a CEO of KSM Investiment Group Company.

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Hollande acknowledges colonial-era Cameroon massacres but critics want apology

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French President François Hollande has broken a longstanding taboo on his country’s controversial role in the genocide of Cameroon’s Bamileke people. During the final leg of his west African tour in Yaoundé on Friday, he admitted that French forces had tried to quash colonial separatists in the 1950s and said he was ready to open up the history books.

''I recognise that there have been extremely traumatic and even tragic episodes,” Hollande declared at a press conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on Friday.
During Cameroon’s struggle for independence, “[colonial] government forces quashed the Bamileke people in Sanaga maritime, in the country’s western province,” he admitted.''

It’s the first time a French head of state has officially acknowledged France’s role in the repression of colonial separatists in Cameroon.
In the 1950s French forces were responsible for the massacre and exile of leaders of the dissident independent political party, the UPC, which was banned in 1955.
“Cameroon’s independence from France was a bitter struggle,” Cameroonian editorialist Gabriel Mbarga told RFI.

Nationalist unrest broke out at the end of France’s 10-year rule in 1955 and was brutally suppressed by French forces, leaving thousands dead.

“It became very violent after the suspension of the UPC independence party and the assassination of its leader Ruben Um Nyobe on 13 September 1958,” Mbarga said.
Estimates of the death toll, still debated by many experts, range from 100,000- 400,000 people killed between 1959 and 1964.
In the department of Sanaga maritime, largely populated by the ethnic group named the Bamileke, 120,000 people were killed in 1960 alone.

The Bamileke people were a prime target because they were suspected of harbouring UPC separatists, who controlled the western province.
“This bloody repression lasted until 1971 but it has never been acknowledged by French authorities. Many Cameroonians find that hard to accept,” Mbarga explained.
Cameroonians’ sensitivity over France’s failure to acknowledge the atrocities was exacerbated this week by the fact that, during his visit to Angola, Hollande visited the memorial of pro-independence leader Agostinho Neto, the country’s first president.

That gesture was seen by many Cameroonians as a sign of double standards and it is unlikely to have boosted Hollande’s credit rating in Yaoundé, where anti-French sentiment is growing, partly due to this denial of Cameroon’s colonial suffering.

“We are prepared, as we’ve always been, to open up the history books and search the archives,” Hollande said by way of compromise.
But this falls short of an official apology and is reminiscent of when France recognised the bitterness of Algeria’s independence struggle but omitted to say sorry.

The case of Cameroon is different.

As with Algeria, French forces behaved in a way that many consider betrayed the very foundations of Western democratic values. In Yaoundé this colonial legacy has had a long-term impact.
The Cameroon genocide was followed by independence in 1960, which gave rise to the election of Ahmadou Ahidjo, who was backed by the French government.

Africanists have long held the belief that the Bamileke massacre paved the way for the cosy relations enjoyed between French political leaders and their African counterparts.
Often referred to as Françafrique, that relationship is blamed for France’s complicity in corruption attributed to long-term president Paul Biya.

Acknowledging the massacres and opening up the history books could have a domino effect on France’s relationship with Cameroon, for which critics urge a new paradigm, is needed.

Source: RFI

Suge Knight Returns to Court to Argue For Lower Bail

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Marion “Suge” Knight‘s attorneys are arguing that the former rap music mogul’s bail in a murder case should be reduced from $10 million.

Knight’s attorneys are expected to contend Friday the bail amount is excessive and should be reduced, but a prosecutor argues the amount is appropriate given his criminal history and failure to appear for court hearings in other cases.

Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes also noted in a court filing that Knight was on bail for a felony robbery charge when he ran over two men, killing one and seriously injuring the other, outside a Compton burger stand in January.

Knight, 50, has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges.
His attorney Thomas Mesereau claimed in a motion seeking the bail reduction that there is a new video of the incident, but Barnes stated in a filing Monday that the only video the lawyers have produced is a version obtained by celebrity website

Mesereau said Thursday that a new copy of the video was submitted to the court on Wednesday. The court declined to release the video on Thursday, saying it was not officially evidence in the case.

Mesereau and Knight’s previous attorneys have said the Death Row Records co-founder was ambushed and fleeing an armed attacker when he ran over the men in January. Terry Carter, 55, was killed and Cle “Bone” Sloan was seriously injured.

Sloan has denied he was carrying a gun before he began punching Knight through the window of his pickup truck. Sloan and Knight have a history of bad blood and Sloan testified earlier this year that he was upset because he overheard Knight talking about him outside the burger stand.

Knight is also seeking an evaluation by a private medical doctor, but Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen has already said he is inclined to deny the request.

Coen previously set Knight’s bail at $25 million but reduced it to $10 million after a preliminary hearing in April.

Knight was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his Death Row Records label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists.

He lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

[Interview] SmoothBlackdaFantom From Greensboro, NC Talks About His Music

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Rap artist,  SmoothBlackdaFantom from the city of Greensboro, NC met with us to talk about his music.

Finally get to talk with SmoothBlackdaFantom a very talented artist in the music industry.

We really appreciate this moment you gave us to talk to you and let the world know exactly who is SmoothBlackdaFantom and what your music is all about. 

Since Hip Hop music became a reference to a lot of people, we are really sure that they want to know more about you.

Tell us about you:

Well, I am from Greensboro and I'v been a musician all my life on the keys, but I was always drawn to hip-hop so it naturally led to me becoming a producer. I also love art and poetry and almost anything that is expressive.  Being of African descent, my expressions are very soulful and deliberate.

When did you start making music:
I started annoying my little sisters making all types of beats on my keyboard since middle school. They were remakes of beats on the radio or whatever was in my head, not even necessarily rap beats... it literally was It really annoyed my sisteres! 

Who is your role model in the music world:
That is a tough one, only because I beleive the more appropriate question is, " Who are not your role models." I see in everyone before me something great, but I really identify with Tupac, and I know that answer is so typical but I love that he really stood for something.

 Is there anything you would do differently in your career: 
Yes, Believe it or not, I had the opportunity to work with Drake right before he blew up, we were going back and forth on Myspace at the time. He was feeling my music and I was feeling his. He told me to contact his manager, but I didn't understand the business and politics of the music game at all back then. So, he eventually cut me off.. lol... saw him on TV maybe a year or two later! So I guess do not look for friends, look for business relationships is a good way to be.

Who would you want to do a tour/concert with: 
Had to think about this, because it's so many artists out there. I'd like to go with Wiz Khalifa, he looks like he has fun or Kanye West, that dude always puts on a show!

 Do you ever get lost in the music:
Do I?!!! Man, some of the things I go through the music is the only thing keeping me sane...

 Is there any site we can find you and listen to your latest song:
Yes, I'm all over the internet on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play

Thank you very much for your time
Thank you!

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[ Africa ] Why Chinese Investors Are Winning In Africa Over American Investors

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To do business in Africa, and by that extent the developing world, will generally require some things:
10 percent will be your product or service;
25 percent will be your connections and network;
25 percent will be your financial backbone;
40 percent will be PATIENCE.
It has been recognized that when numerous Western business and political analysts look at China’s impact and presence in Africa, many are perplexed at how influential the country has become in such a short time.

They tend to believe that much of this is due to China’s ability to bribe officials and lack of concern for social responsibility and the environment. While some of this may be true, history has shown that Western companies have been equally as corrupt in regards to bribery and utter lack of concern for the environment in the developing world as evidenced by major multinational corporations and banks, ranging from Barclays, Chiquita Banana and Dow Chemical/Union Carbide (Bhopal).

Thus it cannot be categorically said these are the reasons why Chinese trade with Africa stands at $200 billion and the country has invested $75 billion into Africa, in comparison to the U.S.’s $14 billion investment.

Based upon my observations of living in Africa as an American businessman and of numerous discussions with politicians, government officials and other businessmen, one of the main reasons why China beats out America is because of patience. They simply don’t become as frustrated by how slow things move in Africa (and believe me, things can move agonizingly slow) and walk away.

There’s a quote famously attributed to Chairman Mao Zedong when asked to give his opinion on the French Revolution of the late 18th century. He is reported to having said “It’s too early to judge.” Whether this quote has been translated properly or even mistranslated properly, it reflects the level of patience the Chinese business and investment community have with doing business in Africa.

If you’ve spent a good deal of time in Africa, you’ll inevitably meet or come across Chinese managers and workers. Once you’ve met them and get to know their story, you’ll learn that they’re not high-level managers who are making decisions. In fact, many of them are low-level employees, whose primary purpose is to follow a project, contract or tender and then document the process to keep things moving. In some cases, this can last for months, and, in many cases, they can be there for years. It’s not uncommon for one person or small team to stay in Africa for months or years, and if a new top guy is brought in, he’s updated on all connections and networks and takes over from there.

To date, some of the major development projects China is undertaking across Africa are:
Standard Gauge Railway Project in Kenya ($3.6 billion)
Ethiopian Light Railway ($475 million)
Nigerian Railway project (estimated $12 billion)
These projects signify years of managers and office staff living in Africa to maintain a presence and to identify who are the right people to work with. They also gain an understanding of the on-the-ground political situation and are sure the company’s interests are being maintained and represented over time.

To gain an idea of how many Chinese are in Africa, if one were to visit any major African city, or even midsize city, you can find Chinese restaurants, which cater specifically to Chinese customers. In some cities, there are even Chinese-run hotels, which are almost exclusive to Chinese customers. Thus, it is well known that many Chinese have based themselves in Africa and are in a waiting game for projects, all the while providing their superiors back home with regular updates and progress reports.

Upon development, these opportunities represent a tremendous boom down the line for Chinese manufacturers because the overall contract is inherently tied to the use of the Chinese supply chain and specifications. Hence, there is a viable economic impact back home, and, in effect, it assists in creating employment for Chinese workers.

As it relates to the financial aspect of doing business in Africa, the funding mechanisms provided by the Chinese allow the deals to move through smoothly from their side. A harsh reality of investing in Africa is that local governments rarely want to put up any capital to support the investment in their country (and sometimes, they may literally not put up a dime!) What the Chinese Exim Bank and the Chinese Development Bank provide are financial instruments that are practical for many Chinese companies to navigate and facilitate resources for their projects in Africa. American investors and financial institutions do provide reasonable backing for opportunities in Africa, particularly with initiatives such Power Africa, OPIC and the US Exim. However, this leads back to the basic issue that if Americans companies do not have the patience to stay the course, such initiatives are for naught.

Now an American corporate entity or investor would say: Why does it take so much time for an investment to go through if Africa requires investment and has so many needs? I’ve met Western companies who have come to Africa and sought to invest millions of dollars — and one company, who wanted to invest a billion dollars — and leave without any tangible results.

Numerous companies and groups have desired to build and develop opportunities in Africa and in many instances, were ready to fully finance the project. However, in far too many cases, the deals were not closed. To this, there simply is no easy or even a good answer. The reality is that in countless situations, many of the government officials investors will be dealing with are far from poor and, in fact, may be quite wealthy themselves. Some for their own reasons, may either be wholly uninterested in investment for their nation or may be looking for some personal benefit. Or it could be a situation in which they may not be in a position to make any serious decisions and are merely there because it’s their job.

Thus where Chinese companies have benefited is that by having people on the ground for long periods of time, they are better able to assess the situation and determine which way to turn, which door to knock on and who are the real decision-makers in the process. It should also be noted within Africa, much of the development and infrastructure is inherently tied to politics. Thus, those in governments may only start working around election time, with the hopes that publicizing an investment, this will garner them more support to win votes.

The next question American investors ask: Is it worth it? The answer is a resounding yes. In the past 10 years, six of the fastest-growing economies are in Sub-Sahara Africa. Nations such as Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Rwanda are attracting major global investors from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. And with a growing middle class and half of the population being under 20 years old, there is a tremendous demand in infrastructure, energy and retail.
Thus, if American companies are not in Africa making investments and doing business, then Brazilian, Indian, Spanish, Russian, Emirati, Czech, Polish and, yes, Chinese companies will be there. These companies have learned that while it is not easy to do business in Africa, the profit margins are indeed some of the best in the world.
In essence, the Chinese megaprojects taking place in Africa are not the result of a few months of politicking and greasing some slimy politician’s pockets, well at least not all of them. Many of these projects are based upon plans developed years ago and quite possibly decades ago by a previous government and for whatever reasons, were pushed to the side. However, the Chinese were able to remain patient, gain access to key people, procure development plans and possibly do pre-feasibility studies, which allowed them to adjust their methods and expectations with a long-term view on what it would take to close the deal.

There are two practical suggestions for American companies seeking to enter the African market. The first is to sign an agency agreement with companies based in Africa. Such companies would then become the eyes and ears for the American company and establish a formal presence on the ground. The other idea, which is very effective with Chinese and Indian companies, is to have low-level managers and a small office staff in based in Africa.

This model allows the American company to have managers on the ground who understand the home company’s objectives, business model and future goals. In addition, communication would be much clearer and in the grand scope of multi-million and in some cases, billion-dollar contracts, it is indeed a small investment to make.

While American companies have access to some of the best minds and products in the world, if these companies want to establish a larger and a more sustainable presence in Africa, they will have to modify their expectations to fit the environment on the ground. There is still a public perception that Africa is a continent to be avoided and the problems are insurmountable. The reality on the ground is that major development is taking place, and multinational companies from all over the world are investing, building infrastructure and establishing trade links and in return, are bringing in massive profits.

Though the current framework of investing and doing business in Africa may be tiring, exasperating and quite vexing, it’s quite simply what is required to do business on the continent. Hopefully these companies will not have to wait a few hundred years to see any results, but if one were to examine the impact of the American Revolution, he might deem it a success and well worth the cost.

Jamal Bradley is an American businessman from Philadelphia, who is currently based in Kenya.

source: ABS

[France] Man Confesses With A Selfie To Decapitating His Boss

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The man suspected of decapitating his boss in an attack on a gas factory in France has confessed to the grisly crime, sources close to the investigation said Sunday.

Yassin Salhi, 35, "has also given details about the circumstances" surrounding the killing, according to the sources, who said he would be transferred to Paris for further questioning later Sunday by anti-terrorist police.

Salhi's confession came after it emerged the married father-of-three sent a gruesome selfie photo of himself and the severed head to a WhatsApp number in Canada.

Investigators have warned however that it could be a relay number and the intended recipient could be anywhere in the world.

After several hours of silence, Salhi has begun to open up to investigators about the assault, which came six months after 17 were killed in Islamist attacks in Paris that began with the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

On Friday morning, Salhi rammed his van into the US-owned Air Products factory near France's second city of Lyon in what President Francois Hollande said was a "terrorist" attack designed to blow up the whole building.

He was overpowered by a firefighter as he was trying to prise open a bottle of acetone in an apparent suicidal bid to destroy the factory.

Police then made the grisly discovery of the severed head of Salhi's boss, 54-year-old Herve Cornara, lashed to the gates of the factory near two flags on which were written the Muslim profession of faith.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls repeated that the world was engaged in a "war against terrorism".

"We cannot lose this war because it's fundamentally a war of civilisation. It's our society, our civilisation that we are defending," Valls told iTELE rolling news channel.

France is facing "a major terrorist threat" which needs to be fought "over the long-term", warned the prime minister.

It's not a question of whether there will be another attack, but "when" and "where", stressed Valls.

- Day of bloodshed -

Friday's attack came on a day of bloodshed on three continents that saw 38 people mown down on a Tunisian beach and 26 killed in a suicide attack in Kuwait.

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for those two attacks but no group has said it carried out the French operation.

Sources close to the investigation said Salhi was radicalised more than a decade ago after contact with Muslim convert Frederic Jean Salvi -- known as "Ali" -- who is suspected of preparing attacks in Indonesia with Al-Qaeda militants.

An autopsy on the victim has proved inconclusive, with experts unable to determine whether he was killed before being beheaded or decapitated alive.

The French probe is naturally focusing on Syria, where hundreds of people from France have gone to wage jihad, officials said.

Anti-terrorist authorities have identified 473 people who have left France to fight in Iraq or Syria and Valls said 1,800 people in France were "linked" in some way to the jihadist cause.

- 'Being here, together'

Nearly six months after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the attack raised painful memories for France, which is still on high alert for potential repeats.

Around 200 people in the town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier -- where the attack took place -- staged a minute's silence in the victim's honour followed by a rousing and spontaneous rendition of the French national anthem.

One man, Philippe Ouastani, said he came to show solidarity with the victim. "It's unheard of to decapitate someone in the 21st century. What weapons do we have to combat that? Being here, together."

Another woman, wearing the Muslim headscarf, said she was "unable to speak" when she heard the news.

"These acts have got nothing to do with religion. The Prophet never said to kill innocent people," raged the woman, who asked to remain anonymous.

Trying to find the words to explain the killing to her four-year-old son, she said: "There are naughty people who have done bad things. The police will put them in prison to punish them for their silly, silly actions."

Like the Charlie Hebdo attackers and Islamist Mohamed Merah who gunned down soldiers and Jewish children in the southwest city of Toulouse in 2012, Salhi had been known to French security services for "radicalisation" but slipped through the net.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Friday Salhi had been investigated for links to radical Salafists in Lyon, but was not known to have participated in terrorist activities and did not have a criminal record.

Europe has for months been bracing for so-called "lone wolf" attacks by supporters of Islamic State, which has urged its followers to strike wherever they can.

France, which has the highest Muslim population in Europe, last week passed a controversial new spying law granting sweeping powers to snoop on citizens.

Source: msn

[Interview] Hip-Hop Artist Ill Ran From The City Of Houston Talks About His Music

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Finally get to talk with rapper Ill Ran

A very talented up and coming artist in the music industry.

We really appreciate this moment you gave us to talk to you and let the world know exactly who is Ill Ran and what your music is all about.

Since Hip Hop music became a reference to a lot of people, we are really sure that they want to know more about you.

Tell us about you: 
 I was born and raised in Houston Texas, and have been a fan of hip hop since the 80’s. I taught myself how to record and mix music after spending time in studios watching the engineers work, and began putting out mixtapes in the early 2000’s. I used to freestyle and battle evey chance I got, and now I’m taking it to the next level

When did you start making music:
 I started writing rhymes as a kid in school, around the 4th and 5th grade. I did it just to pass time. I just wanted to find something creative to do, and later as I got older it became my way to vent. By high school people began to notice me for it. 

Who is your role model in the music world:
I looked up to a lot of people. Being from Texas, I had a broad perspective to look at. I liked Snoop Dog, Outkasts, Nas, 8ball and MJG. Now I look at people like Nipsey Hustle, Tech Nine, and a lot of independent artists for inspiration.

 Is there anything you would do differently in your career: 
If I could do anything different in my career, I would have taken advantage of the internet a lot earlier. I was already into using the internet to network with artist and release music, but I didn’t know how to capitalize off of it. I would have done this 10 years ago.

Who would you want to do a tour/concert with:
I would like to tour with Lupe Fiasco or Kendrick Lamar. I think I could learn a lot from those type of artists. I’m sure it would be a fun experience as well as something to learn from.

 Do you ever get lost in the music: 
 I do. I recently started streaming a lot of music, and that kind of access to music for a fan like me is almost overwhelming. I zone out when I hear some new stuff with interesting lyrics and a banging beat. Then I love to go back to music that represents a certain time period for me. Then I get reinspired and start writing.

 Is there any site we can find you and listen to your latest song: is up and running now.
Also and
My album is also available on itunes, google play, and other online stores. “Close Doesn’t Count”

 Thank you very much for your time
Thank you for giving me the opportunity

Listen toIll Ran track below