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Residents from an area close to the West Point Ebola center, protest as they are not allowed to enter the area leading to their homes in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 20, 2014.

Photogallery Liberia Uses Tear Gas to Disperse Ebola Protest

Protesters complain they received no warning of newly-imposed quarantine and expressed concern that they would not be able to get food More

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation's head office is pictured in Burnaby, British Columbia, Aug. 5, 2014.

Photogallery New Drug Protects Against Virus in Ebola Family

Study by researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals is first looking at drug's effectiveness after onset of symptoms More

File - Nigerian soldiers patrol the area near the scene of a shopping mall explosion in Abuja, Nigeria, June 25, 2014.

Nigerian Soldiers Defy Orders to Deploy Against Boko Haram

Nigerian defense spokesman denies reports of a mutiny More

Map of Central African Republic

MSF: 31 Injured in Central African Republic Fighting

The medical aid group, Doctors Without Borders, says clashes flared in PK5 neighborhood of Bangui when local militia clashed with international peacekeepers More

FILE - Health workers wearing protective gear go to remove the body of a person who is believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 16, 2014.

Ebola Drug Poses Question of Ethics in Treatment

Should first-line health care workers be the first to get the drug? More



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In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcisioni
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Mohammed Yusuf
August 19, 2014 5:59 PM
In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
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Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
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Video WHO: Ebola Crisis 'Vastly Underestimated'

The World Health Organization now says the Ebola crisis that has struck West Africa and taken more than 1,000 lives has been "vastly underestimated." In addition, the Doctors Without Borders humanitarian group says the crisis is likely to last at least another six months. Zlatica Hoke has more on the fight to contain the deadly disease.
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Video Ebola Hurts Economies in West Africa

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is likely to hurt economic growth and government finances in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and perhaps Nigeria, according to a key analyst. As VOA’s Jim Randle reports, prevention efforts are crimping commerce, sports, travel and trade.
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Video Researchers: Raw, Organic Chocolate May Provide Better Health Benefits

Chocolate. Some people just can't get enough! But while nutritionists warn the sugar in chocolate is bad for us....doctors point to the beneficial qualities of its antioxidants. As VOA's George Putic reports, raw, organic chocolate may contain the right balance.
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Video Work on Ebola Treatments Speeds Up to Address Outbreak

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental drugs for people who have Ebola, a virus that already has claimed more than 1,000 lives in western Africa. VOA's Carol Pearson looks at possible treatments and vaccines for those with the disease.
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Video For Nairobi's Disabled, an Equal Chance Behind the Wheel

In East and Central Africa, there’s only one driving school that offers the disabled a chance at learning how to drive. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story from Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
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Video US Pledges Additional $180 Million to Avert Famine In S. Sudan

Violence in South Sudan has displaced more than 1.5 million people, forcing many into temporary shelters and refugee camps. Heavy rain in recent days has inundated one of the largest refugee camps in the country's north, adding to the misery of people who have nowhere else to flee. The United States on Tuesday pledged to provide $180 million in additional aid to help avert famine in the war-torn country. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video West African Immigrants Worry About Family, Friends as Ebola Spreads

The deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has taken the lives of more than 1,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. In New York City, many Africans worry about their relatives and friends as the unprecedented outbreak sweeps through the region a continent away. VOA's Daniela Schrier reports from the Bronx in New York.
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Video US Hearing Yields Scathing Remarks About Ebola Response

An emergency U.S. congressional hearing Thursday examined the international efforts to contain the deadly Ebola virus. Testimony from a volunteer organization made a dire prediction about the spread of Ebola in Nigeria and drew scathing remarks about global response to the outbreak. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Kenya: Health Officials Confident Nation Prepared for Ebola

Kenya is famed for its medical research facilities. In the growing wake of the Ebola virus, health officials there now are confident they could quickly contain the disease should the outbreak in West Africa travel east. Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA on the story from Nairobi.
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Video Ghana's Currency Slump Spurs Increase in Cocoa Smuggling

Cocoa beans have been smuggled between Ivory Coast and neighboring Ghana for years. Until recently, Ivorian growers most often illegally sent their cocoa beans into Ghana where the prices were higher and more stable. A recent slump in the Ghanaian currency and political stabilization in Ivory Coast, however, have tipped the balance. Ghanaian farmers are now the ones who smuggle their beans into Ivory Coast, where they get more money for them. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Three-Day African Summit Yields $37 Billion

The U.S. has wrapped up a first-ever three-day summit with African leaders aimed at improving security and bolstering trade and investment. The summit was held amid an Ebola outbreak and various internal conflicts on the African continent. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has more.
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Video US Takes Different Approach to Africa Than China

President Barack Obama's effort to engage Africa brought together the largest summit of African leaders ever held in Washington. But China has hosted such summits before, and the U.S. gathering highlights what some see as a belated U.S. effort to catch up and expand its economic ties with Africa. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Allegations of Human Rights Violations in Nigeria's Fight Against Boko Haram

Cellphone video from a Nigerian soldier appears to show the extra-judicial execution of suspected members of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Nigeria's military says those allegations are false. State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on a VOA investigation into the fight against Boko Haram.
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Video Kenya Graffiti Artists Spray for Social Change

Some of Kenya’s graffiti artists have become a voice for social change, using their art to push boundaries and to make statements about the country’s political elite. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story from Nairobi.
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Video More Education Needed to Contain Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed nearly 900 people in four countries, and experts say it could be months before it’s over. The outbreak has hit Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and now Nigeria. This is the first time West Africa has seen Ebola, and it is turning out to be the worst outbreak of the disease ever, in part because people who are sick or have been exposed are not coming forward for testing and treatment. VOA West Africa correspondent Anne Look has more.
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Video Efforts to Curb Ebola Show Some Results

As the apprehension grows worldwide about the spread of the Ebola virus, news from West Africa where the outbreak started is mixed. Campaigns to raise awareness of the virus and teach people how to protect themselves are showing some success, but economists say the disease may have a harmful effect on businesses. African leaders attending a summit in Washington have called on developed nations to help. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video US, Partners to Invest $33 Billion in Africa's Energy, Infrastructure, Banks

At Tuesday’s Africa Business Forum in Washington, President Barack Obama announced that the United States and partners will commit nearly $33 billion in new financing to promote U.S. investment in Africa. The money will be spent to develop clean energy, improve infrastructure and help financial institutions and other sectors. Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video Obama: Investment in Africa Depends on Security

One goal of the African leaders' summit in Washington is to build on a strategic relationship that the United States has established in Africa as the continent faces a range of security threats. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Boko Haram Execution Video

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT. This video allegedly shows members of the Nigerian military executing members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

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Protesters complain they received no warning of newly-imposed quarantine and expressed concern that they would not be able to get food
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Liberia Vows to Control Ebola-Related Price Hikes

Information Minister Lewis Brown says ‘unnecessary’ price hikes during Ebola crisis will be considered crime against the people
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Top UN Ebola Coordinator on His Way to Africa

Dr. David Nabarro departs Wednesday evening for Senegal
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Attacks on Aid Workers Hit Record High

Humanitarian Outcomes says worldwide 155 aid workers were killed, 171 seriously wounded and 134 were kidnapped in 2013
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Photogallery Nigeria Health Minister Expresses Confidence in Ebola Containment Measures

Onyebuchi Chukwu says administration is intensifying its efforts to secure borders with neighboring countries in bid to eradicate deadly disease
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South Sudan Government a No-Show at Peace Talks

The lead negotiator for the opposition, Taban Deng Gai, says the government side has not shown up for the talks since last week.
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Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

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Mariama Diallo
August 20, 2014 7:55 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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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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