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FILE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is seen delivering a speech to a national congress of his Zanu PF party in Harare.

Mugabe: ‘Not Possible That Women can be at Par with Men’

Mugabe's remarks come as African Union leaders meet to tackle this year’s summit topic: women’s empowerment More

FILE - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, shakes hands with rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar after signing an agreement to reunify their political party in Arusha, Tanzania, Jan. 21, 2015.

Opposition Leader: Obstacles to South Sudan Peace Remain

Rival sides have agreed in principle to establish a transitional government but have yet to reach consensus on distribution of power More

A party delegate casts his vote during the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election to choose the party's governorship candidate for Lagos state, at Onikan stadium in Lagos, Dec. 4, 2014.

Audio Study Finds Nigeria Presidential Poll Too Close to Call

Senior poll researcher says reaction mixed about electoral commission’s readiness to supervise upcoming elections More

FILE - Central African Republic interim President Catherine Samba Panza visits battle victims at the general hospital in Bangui, June 1, 2014.

Central African Republic Rejects Militias' Cease-Fire Accord

Government official, noting that Bangui wasn't involved in talks, calls accord 'a series of grievances' from groups that 'hold the country hostage' More

FILE - Former hostage Claudia Priest gestures after being greeted by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, left, and her son upon her arrival at the Villacoublay military airport, near Paris, Jan. 25, 2015.

Kidnappings Threaten Fragile CAR Peace Process

Abductions have exposed depth of disagreement among anti-balaka factions, which has complicated reconciliation efforts More



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William Gallo
January 29, 2015 1:06 AM
The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.
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Video Freedom on Decline Worldwide, Report Says

The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.
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Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

In the mid-1980’s, thousands of Sudanese boys escaped the country's civil war by walking for weeks, then months and finally for more than a year, up to 1,500 kilometers across three countries. The so-called Lost Boys of the Sudan had little time for games. But one of them later mastered the game of chess, and now teaches it to children in the New York area. VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York has his story.
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Video Somalia Aims to Improve Lives of Children

Somalia's president signed into law the Convention on the Rights of the Child on January 20. Somalia’s children continue to face daily challenges posed by conflict, displacement, malnutrition and disease. One in seven die before reaching the age of five and fewer than half of the children attend school. Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu on what, if anything, this new law will do to help improve the lives of the youngest Somalis.
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Video Kerry Warns Against Violence in Nigeria Election

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria Sunday in a show of the level of concern within the U.S. and the international community over next month’s presidential election. Chris Stein reports.
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Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
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Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.
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Video Activists: Nigeria Elections Should Be Postponed

Nigerian expatriates, activists recently gathered in Washington to denounce deadly raids and massacres by militant group Boko Haram, and some urged that next month’s presidential polls be delayed. Mariama Diallo reports from Washington for VOA.
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Video Mobile Technology Spurs Water Connections for Nairobi Slum

Kenya's slum residents lack basic services such as like running water and electricity. But that is changing as the World Bank and the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company roll out a program to allow residents to pay their water bills by mobile phone. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf reports from Nairobi.
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Video Kenya: Misuse of Antibiotics Leading to Resistance by Immune System

In Kenya, the rise of drug resistant bacteria could reverse the gains made by medical science over diseases that were once treatable. Kenyans could be at risk of fatalities as a result if the power in antibiotics is not preserved. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story from Nairobi.
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Video Homicide Mystery Deepens in Case of Kenya ICC Witness

An alleged witness in the International Criminal Court case against Kenya’s deputy president was found slain near his home, but doubts about the identity of the victim and unanswered questions about his alleged testimony have deepened the mystery. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports.
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Video How Experts Decide Ethiopia Has the Best Coffee

Ethiopia’s coffee has been ranked as the best in the world by an international group of coffee connoisseurs. Not surprisingly, coffee is a top export for the country. But at home it is a source of pride. Marthe van der Wolf in Addis Ababa decided to find out what makes the bean and brew so special and how experts make their determinations.
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Video Former Kenyan Prisoners Seek Redemption Through Work

It is hard to find a job in Kenya and even harder with a criminal record. But a group of former prisoners in Nairobi is working to prove there is life after crime. VOA’s Gabe Joselow has the story.
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Video A Kenyan Sci-fi TV Series Tackles Immigration

A Kenyan television series, "Usoni," is winning audiences with a twist on immigration stories. The series imagines a future in which the sun is no longer visible in most parts of the world, leaving Africa as the sole oasis of sunshine. "Usoni" is meant to examine immigration issues and to challenge the common view of Africa as poverty-stricken. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story from Nairobi for VOA.
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Video Economists Predict Africa’s Growth to Go Beyond Oil, Commodities in 2015

Economic experts across the Africa say this could be an exciting year for the continent's economies, which may start to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. In Johannesburg, Africa’s economic capital - for now - VOA’s Anita Powell reports on what may be in store for 2015 - and beyond.
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Video Somali Parliament Forces PM to Dissolve Cabinet

Somalia's prime minister has dissolved his 60-member cabinet on the day it was to face a confidence vote in the federal parliament. The prime minister has 14 days to propose a new cabinet and to seek a confidence vote in the divided legislature. Abdulaziz Billow reports on the latest political development in Somalia.
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Video Rising Boko Haram Attacks Worry Leaders, Experts Ahead of Nigeria Poll

In less than two weeks, the militant group Boko Haram has seized a key military base in northeastern Nigeria, strapped a suicide bomb on a 10-year-old girl that killed 16 people, attacked another base in neighboring Cameroon and directly threatened that country's president, Paul Biya. As Nigeria prepares for presidential elections next month, some wonder if voting will be possible in some parts of Nigeria with the rampant insecurity linked to the militant group. Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video Kenyan Construction Problems Blamed on Corruption

The recent collapse of two buildings in Kenya's capital has raised concerns about building safety in the country. Government regulators have been making the rounds to inspect construction sites, but corruption continues to plague the industry. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports.
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Video Somalia Hosts IGAD Foreign Ministers

Foreign Ministers from seven countries in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, have met in the Somali capital for the first time nearly 25 years. The trade grouping's talks focused on political and security progress made in Somalia, as well as the anticipated 2016 elections. VOA’s Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
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Video Libya Becoming Hot Spot for Foreign Fighters

Efforts by the Islamic State group to make its presence felt in Libya come as no surprise to the United States, with military officials warning last month that a couple hundred fighters were training at IS camps there. Intelligence officials say there’s been no letup, but they caution it doesn't mean the jihadist group sees Libya as part of its expanding caliphate, at least not yet. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports.
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Video Security Experts: Nigeria, Neighbors Must Unite Against Boko Haram

The capture of a key town in northeastern Nigeria this week by Boko Haram militants is raising questions about the commitment of Nigeria's neighbors to help fight the militant group. But Cameroon's President Paul Biya says his country needs more help from the international community after the recent release of a video by Boko Haram’s leader threatening his nation. Mariama Diallo reports.

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Opposition Leader: Obstacles to South Sudan Peace Remain

Rival sides have agreed in principle to establish a transitional government but have yet to reach consensus on distribution of power
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Government official, noting that Bangui wasn't involved in talks, calls accord 'a series of grievances' from groups that 'hold the country hostage'
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Ebola Maternity Ward in Sierra Leone First of its Kind

Country already had one of world's highest maternal mortality rates before Ebola arrived, virus has added even more complications to health care
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Zimbabwe Farmers Decry Land Grab for First Lady's Game Park

Displaced families complain wild game is now grazing their crops; government says any attempt to demonize Mrs. Grace Mugabe is 'totally unacceptable'
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South Sudan President, Rebel Chief Meet in Addis Ababa

Talks between the two arch-rivals in South Sudan's 13-month conflict were inconclusive but are continuing.
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Egypt's Suez Canal Dreams Tempered by Continued Unrest

Seen as a potential driver of recovery, Cairo’s plan to expand waterway had been raising hopes to give country much needed economic boost
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Carnivores Spread Distemper to Lions

Researchers track virus in Tanzania
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Angola's Economy Set to Slow as Oil Prices Collapse

Public anger intensify towards President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been accused of enriching a political elite and leaving the poor behind during his 35 years in power
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January 26, 2015 7:15 PM
VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.
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VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.
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VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.
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