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WATCH VIDEO: People for sale Where lives are auctioned for $400

   "Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ..." Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars -- the equivalent of $800.... Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings. One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants. He has been offered up for sale as one of a group of "big strong boys for farm work," according to the auctioneer, who remains off camera. Only his hand -- resting proprietorially on the man's shoulder -- is visible in the brief clip. After seeing footage of this slave auction, CNN worked to verify its authenticity and traveled to Libya to investigate further. Carrying concealed cameras into a property outside the capital of Tripoli last month, we witness a dozen people go "under the hammer" in the space of six or seven minutes. "Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he'll dig," the salesman, dressed in camouflage gear, says. "What am I bid, what am I bid?" Buyers raise their hands as the price rises, "500, 550, 600, 650 ..." Within minutes it is all over and the men, utterly resigned to their fate, are being handed over to their new "masters." After the auction, we met two of the men who had been sold. They were so traumatized by what they'd been through that they could not speak, and so scared that they were suspicious of everyone they met. Crackdown on smugglers Each year, tens of thousands of people pour across Libya's borders. They're refugees fleeing conflict or economic migrants in search of better opportunities in Europe. Most have sold everything they own to finance the journey through Libya to the coast and the gateway to the Mediterranean. But a recent clampdown by the Libyan coastguard means fewer boats are making it out to sea, leaving the smugglers with a backlog of would-be passengers on their hands. So the smugglers become masters, the migrants and refugees become slaves.  

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Dick Gregory, Legendary Comedian and Activist, Dies at 84

Dick Gregory, the legendary comedian and outspoken civil rights activist, has died today (Aug. 19) at age 84. He’d been hospitalized for an unspecified illness since August 12. Christian Gregory confirmed the famed comedian’s hospitalization two days ago. In a lengthy Instagram post, Christian indicated that his father’s condition had improved, calling Dick Gregory’s prognosis “excellent” and presuming that he would be “released within the next few days.” But sadly, things took an unexpected turn. “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC,” read the Instagram caption today. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days.” Gregory was the first major African-American comic to consistently perform in front of mainstream white audiences throughout the 1960s and ’70s on top talk shows. He was born Oct. 12, 1932, in St. Louis and grew up there, raised by his single mother. He attended Southern Illinois University on a track scholarship before being drafted into the army in 1954. While in the army, he began doing comedy shows, eventually moving to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy after he was discharged. Gregory’s comedy displayed his sharp and probing perspective on racism and other social issues. His career got a major boost in 1961 when he was booked at the Playboy Club in Chicago to replace Professor Irwin Corey. He played the Playboy Club for the next three years, eventually landing a Time magazine feature and an appearance on The Tonight Show. Gregory agreed to play the late night talk show staple only if he was interviewed by host Jack Paar after his routine–a first for a black performer. Gregory would become a committed civil rights activist, associating with Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers; Gregory marched in Selma, Ala., was arrested for protesting the Vietnam War and was shot during the 1965 Watts riots. He wrote his autobiography, the provocatively-titled Nigger, in 1964. He lost a Chicago mayoral bid to Richard Daley in 1967, and announced a failed presidential run in 1968 as a write-in candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party. In 1980, he traveled to Tehran to attempt to negotiate the hostages’ release. His in 1973 book, Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ With Mother Nature, put him at the forefront of the healthy food boom. He founded Health Enterprises, specializing in weight loss products, including his famous Slim/Safe Bahamian Diet Mix. For the entirety of his life and career, Dick Gregory remained as vocal on civil rights, as sharp on racial commentary, and as reliably hilarious as ever. The outpouring of grief, condolences and respect was immediate on social media. “BREAKING NEWS: Legendary comedian and activist @IAmDickGregory has died,” tweeted Roland Martin. “He was 84. He was a true legend and barrier breaker.” “He taught us how to laugh,” tweeted Jesse Jackson. “He taught us how to fight.He taught us how to live.Dick Gregory was committed to justice.I miss him already.”

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WATCH VIDEO: Violent clash at white nationalist rally...@ Charlottesville, Virginia

Protesters have been arrested at the site of Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia... State police say. The unspecified number of arrests began shortly after police made a declaration of unlawful assembly at Emancipation Park, the state police said on Twitter. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency "to aid state response to violence" ahead of Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, according to a post on his Twitter account. The city of Charlottesville has declared Saturday's gathering at Emancipation Park -- site of the scheduled "Unite the Right" rally" of white nationalists and right-wing protesters -- an unlawful assembly. Police officers are speaking on bullhorns, directing people to leave the park.

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