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MARCA, June 1, 2016

"Didier Deschamps has bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France," French soccer player Karim Benzema told Spanish sports daily MARCA, less than 10 days before the beginning of the European championship in France.

Benzema's remarks echo comments made a few days ago by French soccer legend Eric Cantona, who suggested the striker, currently playing for Real Madrid, and another player of North-African origins had been left out of the national squad on racial grounds.

Officially, the French soccer federation ruled out Benzema's participation after he was charged with conspiracy to blackmail a French teammate, Mathieu Valbuena in a sex-tape scandal.

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Migrant Lives

When Migrants Vanish: Families Quietly Endure Uncertainty

Zimbabweans cling to hope even after years of silence from loved ones who have disappeared across borders.

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Illustration by Matt Haney, GPJ

HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Blessing Tichagwa can barely remember her mother. Like hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans, Noma Muyambo emigrated to South Africa in search of work, leaving baby Blessing, now 15, behind with her grandmother.

The last time they saw her was nine years ago, when Blessing was 6. Muyambo returned for one week, then left again — and has not sent any messages or money since.

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