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Are the open-minded Dutch in denial over Black Pete?
Are the open-minded Dutch in denial over Black Pete?

A passionate debate around Black Pete in the Netherlands has highlighted the prickly subject of racism, often denied in a country proud of its open-minded values.

Are the open-minded Dutch in denial over Black Pete?
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S. Korea tobacco firm to pull chimp ad for 'Africa' brand

South Korea's top tobacco firm said Wednesday it would pull ads for its new "This Africa" brand of cigarettes after complaints the use of images of apes dressed as humans was racist.

S. Korea tobacco firm to pull chimp ad for 'Africa' brand
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Council of Europe chief distances himself from circumcision resolution

Council of Europe chief Thorbjoern Jagland has distanced himself from a controversial resolution of the pan-European human rights body that calls for regulation of circumcision practices.

Council of Europe chief distances himself from circumcision resolution
'Italy is not racist,' Africa-born minister says
'Italy is not racist,' Africa-born minister says

Italy's first black minister defended her adopted homeland Friday, insisting it is not racist even though she endured a series of racially-charged threats and taunts since assuming her post.

'Italy is not racist,' Africa-born minister says
Obama hails King but says 'dream' requires vigilance
Obama hails King but says 'dream' requires vigilance

President Barack Obama challenged Americans to enshrine Martin Luther King Jr's victory over racial oppression with a new "dream" of economic equality.

Obama hails King but says 'dream' requires vigilance
'No place' for sexism in Australia: PM Rudd
'No place' for sexism in Australia: PM Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Wednesday said there was "no place" for sexism, racism or homophobia in Australia as election rival Tony Abbott laughed off his touting of a candidate's sex appeal.

'No place' for sexism in Australia: PM Rudd
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Kazakhstan-born man killed by neo-Nazis in Germany

A Kazakhstan-born man has been killed during the Bavarian Folk Festival in Kaufbeuren by a seven-member group of neo-Nazis.

Kazakhstan-born man killed by neo-Nazis in Germany
John Galliano 'grateful' for dramatic fall from grace
John Galliano 'grateful' for dramatic fall from grace

Iconic British designer John Galliano, sacked by Dior in 2011 for making drunken racist tirades, says he is "grateful" for his fall from grace because it forced him to confront his drug and alcohol demons.

John Galliano 'grateful' for dramatic fall from grace
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Mobile app to help fight against racism in France

A French anti-racism association is launching a mobile application it hopes will help eradicate racist graffiti by enabling users to take photos of offensive tags, geo-locate them and get them removed.

Mobile app to help fight against racism in France
Kuwait bars expats from morning treatment at hospitals
Kuwait bars expats from morning treatment at hospitals

Kuwait is to bar foreigners from attending public hospitals in the mornings, local media reported on Thursday, in a decision activists labelled as "racist".

Kuwait bars expats from morning treatment at hospitals
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Classic Philly cheesesteak joint drops 'Chink' name

A classic Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant is changing its name after almost seven decades from "Chink's" because of fear of causing racial offense.

Classic Philly cheesesteak joint drops 'Chink' name
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Online search ads expose racial bias: study

Ads pegged to Google search results can be racially biased because of how certain names are associated with blacks or whites.

Online search ads expose racial bias: study
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US blacks fear lingering racism if Obama loses

Liz Wills looks fearfully at the specter of his defeat by a Republican candidate she sees as gripped by the racist right.

US blacks fear lingering racism if Obama loses