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FILE - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, left, speaks to the media in Nairobi, Kenya, July 21, 2015.

ICC Ruling Divides Kenya's Ruling Coalition

Backers of Deputy President William Ruto say government not supporting their man at International Criminal Court, where he is on trial for alleged crimes against humanity More

FILE - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says Central African Republic's U.N. peacekeepers and local authorities must take on armed groups more robustly in order to stop abuses.

CAR Warlords Must Face Justice, UN Rights Chief Says

'The most notorious leaders, with much blood on their hands,' aren't even being arrested, let alone prosecuted, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says More

FILE - Sacs of sorghum are stored following the delivery of nearly 50,000 tonnes of US food aid bound for areas of Sudan affected by conflict, on May 26, 2015. in Port Sudan. T

Lack of Funds Could Ground Humanitarian Air Service in Sudan

Service especially crucial in Sudan, where vast distances, insecurity and poor roads make it virtually impossible for aid workers to reach remote areas by car More

Northern Cameroon

Twin Suicide Bombings Kill 20 in Cameroon

Boko Haram regularly attacks Cameroon for supporting the Nigerian military's mission to crush the group More

FILE - A syringe filled with insulin.

Diabetes a Growing Health Menace in Africa

Adult-onset diabetes being seen more often in region, in many of world’s poorest countries, where doctors and medical facilities not prepared to deal with it More



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Lenny Ruvaga
September 03, 2015 4:50 PM
Counterfeit goods in Kenya cost the government as much as $1 billion each year in lost tax revenues. The fake goods also hurt entrepreneurs who find it hard to carve out a niche in the market and retain customers. But as Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi, information technology is being used to try to beat the problem.
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Video Apps Helping Kenyan Businesses Stay Ahead of Counterfeiters

Counterfeit goods in Kenya cost the government as much as $1 billion each year in lost tax revenues. The fake goods also hurt entrepreneurs who find it hard to carve out a niche in the market and retain customers. But as Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi, information technology is being used to try to beat the problem.
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Video Trial of Former Chadian Leader to Resume Monday

The trial of former Chadian president Hissene Habre, which opened July 20 but was postponed two days later to enable his court-appointed lawyers to prepare his defense, will resume September 7 in Senegal. Habre is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture between 1982 and 1990. But he insists the special tribunal set up for his trial is illegal. Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video Somalia to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Hope at last for girls in Somalia as the government signals its intentions to ban female genital mutilation, a brutal practice girls in Somalia have been forced to undergo for years. If the new law is enacted, those found practicing the act would face criminal charges. Abdulaziz Billow reports
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Video African Nations Hope to Benefit From Renewed US Legislation

The United States and African nations hold the first conference this week in Gabon on the African Growth and Opportunities Act since Congress recently renewed a zero tariff deal for another 10 years. Mariama Diallo reports on how African nations can better exploit preferential access when most analysts say AGOA has been under-utilized.
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Video Malawi Braces for Acute Food Shortage

Officials in Malawi predict many people could face acute food shortages later this year due to low yields of the main staple crop, maize. Malawi's government is asking people to stay calm while it tries to secure more food. Lameck Masina reports from Blantyre.
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Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
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Africa 54 provides special coverage of President Obama's trip to Kenya
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Video A Green Energy Initiative in Kenya Powers a Community

In 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama launched the multi-year Power Africa Initiative to increase the availability of electricity in sub-Saharan Africa where millions don’t have access to reliable power. Lenny Ruvaga in Kenya reports on one initiative on the outskirts of Nairobi that is converting human waste into electricity.
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Video Libya Seeks Military Support, US Backs Dialogue

Libya’s internationally recognized government has urged Arab countries to launch airstrikes against Islamic State-affiliated militants who have carried out beheadings and crucifixions and taken control of the city of Sirte. In a joint statement released by the State Department, the U.S. and five European nations condemned the atrocities but continued to back political dialogue as a means to bring stability to Libya’s fractured government. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
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Video Somali Refugees Sail Home From Yemen

Somali refugees who fled their country for Yemen to escape war and poverty are facing similar turmoil in their adoptive country and now want to return to their homeland. About 30,000 have been able to return to Somalia, some with the help of the Somali business community. Abdulaziz Billow was in Yemen and reports for VOA.
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Video Kenyan Athletic Officials Reject Doping Allegations

Officials from Kenya's athletic governing body have rejected recent allegations of massive doping by Kenyan athletes over the last 15 years. Britain's Sunday Times newspaper and German broadcaster ARD/WDR recently reported that blood tests of some 800 athletes, including 77 from Kenya, showed evidence of doping. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi on the reaction in Kenya to the allegations.
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Video Senegal Not Letting Down Guard on Ebola

Senegal was largely able to avoid last year's Ebola epidemic in West Africa, recording just one case of the deadly virus. But even with the outbreak mostly contained, doctors say the country cannot let down its guard. Mariama Diallo recently visited Dakar and has this story.
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Video Somalia Declared Free of Polio

The World Health Organization has announced that Somalia is free of the polio virus, after no cases of the illness were reported in the past year. Now, the Somali Ministry of Health and its partners say they hope to announce full eradication of the virus in the next three years. Abdulaziz Billow reports for VOA from Mogadishu.
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Video Africa 54

Africa 54 provides special coverage of President Obama's trip to Kenya
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Video Angola Sees Extraordinary Development, But at a High Cost, Say Activists

A new book describes the southern African nation of Angola as an economic miracle for its rapid transformation after a brutal civil wa, but critics of Angola’s longtime government - which has drawn fire for being increasingly repressive - say the highrises and new developments that glitter in Angola’s capital have come at a high cost. VOA’s Anita Powell reports.
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Video Authorities Crack Down on Elephant Poaching in Kenya

As the planet marks World Elephant Day this week, conservationists hope to raise awareness of the plight of elephants and focus on greater protection. In Eastern Kenya’s Game Reserve local communities live side by side with wild animals, but in recent years there has been an increase in poaching activities. As Mohammed Yusuf reports from the town of Samburu, the government agencies have increased patrols to nab those behind the crimes.
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Video Kenya Catholic Church Call for Polio Vaccine Boycott

In recent years, the international campaign to rid the world of polio has been hampered in some Muslim countries by claims from some clerics that the polio vaccine is really an undercover campaign to sterilize Muslim children. Now, an anti-polio campaign in Kenya is meeting opposition from another direction – Kenya’s Catholic bishops, who are calling on the faithful to boycott the vaccine in that country. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story.
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Video Kenya's Deaf Cabbies Use Uber App to Compete

The taxi-like online company Uber has begun a first-of-its-kind African pilot project having deaf drivers in Nairobi use its app. Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital about the collaboration that's helping to level the playing field for the hearing-impaired drivers.
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Video 'Uganda Pride' Offers Welcome Break from Life in the Closet

In a secret location in Uganda Saturday, a few hundred people walked in a gay pride march. For the many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, the pride event is a welcomed break from a "life in the closet." Uganda remains conservative when it comes to homosexuality. From the parade, Serginho Roosblad reports.
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Video Burundians Accuse Ruling Party Youth Wing of Human Rights Violations

The U.N. Human Rights Office has warned that widespread violence and human rights violations in Burundi have brought the country to the brink of civil war. The Geneva-based U.N. rights body has also documented cases of arbitrary arrests and murder of opposition figures, protestors and activists. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf reports from the border between Burundi and Rwanda -- where some refugees accuse a ruling party militia group of stopping, questioning and arresting them.

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Mariama Diallo
September 04, 2015 8:48 PM
VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of the day's headlines in Africa.

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