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Music

Was the great African pop star Papa Wemba really a smuggler?

Papa Wemba died earlier this week, after he collapsed on stage in Ivory Coast. The star, known as the king of Congolese rumba, was jailed in 2004 for smuggling Congolese people to Europe. Lubangi Muniania, a Congolese arts educator who knew Papa Wemba, explains Wemba's history.

Music

Look at these tributes to 'Purple Rain' around the world

The world lost a music icon on Thursday with the news that legendary singer Prince died. The 57-year-old was found unresponsive at his studios in Minnesota. Grieving fans around the world visited makeshift memorials and city officials draped buildings in purple light.

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Global Politics

Afghan vice president's death leaves a political void, right before new elections

Afghanistan is mourning the loss of its vice president, Marshal Qasim Fahim, who died over the weekend. He was an ethnic Tajik and he battled the Taliban for years before helping the US oust the Islamic militants from power. Fahim was seen as one of three key powers in Afghanistan — along with President Hamid Karzai and the Americans. And his death leaves a political void.

Arts, Culture & Media

Why artist Molly Crabapple decided to sketch Syria's dead

From the Occupy Wall Street movement to the economic crisis in Greece, artist Molly Crabapple has never shied away from politically charged stories. Now, she's lending her artistic talents to a project commemorating the more than 100,000 Syrians who have died during the past three years of conflict. The idea, she says, is to remember these people as individuals, not statistics.