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    FILE - South Sudan's First Vice President Riek Machar, left, and President Salva Kiir are pictured after the first meeting of a new transitional coalition government, in the capital, Juba, April 29, 2016.

    Armed Opposition in S. Sudan Names VP Replacement

    Riek Machar is hiding for fear of being killed by backers of President Salva Kiir; push to replace him surfaced after he failed to return to Juba 

    Somaliland foreign minister Sa'ad Ali Shire speaks at the opening of the Somaliland book festival.

    Somaliland Book Festival Aims to Promote Culture, Preserve Language

    Organizers hope Hargeisa International Book Fair will help diminish the effect that strife in region had on cultural centers 

    Heads of state and government pose during a photo call before the official opening of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit in Kigali on July 17, 2016.

    AU Passport A Work in Progress

    Who will get the passport and what the benefits are still need to be worked out 

    Members of an armed group sit in a vehicle in Kidal, Mali, July 13, 2016. Clashes have been reported in the restive northern city between pro-government and former rebel groups, both based there since February.

    Mutual Mistrust Reignites Fight in Kidal, Mali

    Tensions have been building for months between two armed factions over management of northern Malian city 

    Activists: Money Issues Affect AIDS Prevention, Treatment

    Billions are spent on research, care — and major events like the International AIDS Conference — and critics say victims of disease are paying these costs 


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    Meet the Frontrunners for Next UN Secretary-Generali
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    July 22, 2016 5:03 AM
    In all, a dozen declared candidates are in the race to become the ninth U.N. secretary-general. For the first time, half of them are women.
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    Video Meet the Frontrunners for Next UN Secretary-General

    In all, a dozen declared candidates are in the race to become the ninth U.N. secretary-general. For the first time, half of them are women.
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    Video New HIV Tests Emphasize Rapid Results

    As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status. Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate. Thuso Khumalo looks at the latest methods, presented at the International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.
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    Video African Youth with HIV Urge More Support

    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the top killer of teens in sub-Saharan Africa. But many youths say their experience with the virus is unique and needs to be addressed differently than the adult epidemic. VOA South African Correspondent Anita Powell reports.
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    Video Fighting HIV by Talking About Sex

    The AIDS epidemic has changed the conversation on sex, and activists are more sex-positive than ever. At the International AIDS Conference, there is the famous "no pants" party, salacious dance performances, mingling spaces and advice aplenty about safe sex. Experts say the fight against AIDS can’t continue without frank talk about sex, and that the topic should approached with openness and yes, a sense of fun. Anita Powell brings us this story from the AIDS conference site in Durban.
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    Video West African Coastal Towns Swallowed by Ocean

    Rising sea levels and coastal erosion are threatening the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people across West Africa. VOA's Emilie Iob reports from Grand-Lahou, an Ivorian tourist destination that is slowly being washed away.
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    Video West African Coastal Towns Swallowed by Ocean

    Rising sea levels and coastal erosion are threatening the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people across West Africa. Emilie Iob reports for VOA Grand Lahou, an Ivorian tourist destination that is slowly being washed away.
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    Video Food Waste in Africa Proves as Devastating as Hunger

    Among other things, hunger is a familiar problem in sub-Saharan Africa, where, according to the U.N. World Food Program, one person in four is undernourished. But food waste is also an issue. Many farmers do not have the means to safely store crops or quickly get them to market. These challenges could undercut efforts by many African countries to increase agricultural production. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Makueni, Kenya, where farmers are exploring new ways to preserve their harvests
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    Video Randy Berry, Special U.S. Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

    President Barack Obama has overseen a number of “firsts” for Lesbian, Gay and Transgender people in the United States, including Gay Marriage. He’s also appointed the first ever ‘Special Envoy’ to represent the rights of the L-G-B-T-I community around the world. In this week’s One on One with Peter Clottey, Peter speaks with “Randy Berry” about his unique role, and his message to Africans.
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    Video Young African Designer Models His Clothes on the Past

    A young African fashion designer is putting a modern twist on men’s clothing styles from the 1960’s. Reporter Maurice Magorane visited the design studio in Rwanda in this story narrated by Salem Solomon.
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    Video Africa’s Richest Man Plans Massive Refinery to End Nigeria’s Gasoline Woes

    A refinery that can process 650,000 barrels of oil per-day is under construction outside Lagos, Nigeria. Once operational, the refinery could supply all of Nigeria’s gasoline needs. Nigerian industrialist Aliko Dangote is behind the project.
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    Video Activists: HIV Treatment Lagging in West Africa

    The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is relatively low in West Africa compared to the rest of Africa, but treatment rates there are equally low. In Ivory Coast, about two-thirds of people living with HIV/AIDS are not on antiretroviral treatment. Emilie Iob has the story from Abidjan.
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    Video Fighting Mars South Sudan's Fifth Anniversary of Independence

    South Sudan has marked the fifth anniversary of its independence amid deadly clashes that have killed at least 275 people since Thursday. Violence continued as leaders of rival parties met to discuss the implementation of a peace plan. The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Sunday to address the latest round of sectarian violence in the world's youngest nation. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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    Video A Look Back, and Ahead, at Change in Tunisia

    Tunisia’s 2011 revolution dramatically transformed the lives of many of its citizens... for better and worse. VOA's Lisa Bryant talked to some of them about changes they have experienced.
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    Video Ivorian Taekwondo Champions Head to Rio Olympics

    Ivorian taekwondo athletes have been shining at international tournaments, and three will head to next month's Rio Olympics. Asian martial arts are increasingly popular in West Africa, as Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan.
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    Video Natural Hair Care Movement Takes Root in Nigeria

    In Nigeria, activists and entrepreneurs are promoting natural ways for black women to care for their hair amid concerns that some commonly used products like dyes and relaxers may actually be dangerous and lead to health problems. Chika Oduah has the story from Abuja.
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    Video Slavery in Mauritania Persists Despite Efforts to Abolish It

    The U.S. State Department’s annual report on trafficking in persons said Mauritania does not fully comply with minimum standards for eliminating the practice and is not making "significant efforts" to do so. From Nouakchott, Ahmed Moussa reports on a family held captive more than 30 years after Mauritanian formally outlawed slavery. Salem Solomon narrates.
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    Video US Adds 8 Countries to List of Worst Human Traffickers

    The United States has added eight more countries to its blacklist of nations most involved in the human trafficking industry. In a report unveiled Thursday at the U.S. State Department, Burma, Haiti, Djibouti, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Suriname, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join others to make up the list of the 27 world's worst offenders. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
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    Video Kenyan Students' Medical Gear Innovations Aimed at Improving Care

    In Kenya, an initiative called the Maker Movement at the University of Nairobi set out nearly two years ago to design effective, low-cost, locally sourced medical equipment that can improve maternal, infant and child health. Here's a look at what's been accomplished. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
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    Video New US Ambassador to Somalia Faces Heavy Challenges

    The new U.S. envoy to Somalia, who was sworn into office Monday, will be the first American ambassador to that nation in 25 years. He will take up his post as Somalia faces a number of crucial issues, including insecurity, an upcoming election, and the potential closure of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. VOA’s Jill Craig asked Somalis living in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi how they feel about the U.S. finally installing a new ambassador.
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    Video Slow Rebuilding Amid Boko Haram Destruction in Nigeria’s Northeast

    Military operations have chased Boko Haram out of towns and cities in Nigeria’s northeast since early last year. But it is only recently that people have begun returning to their homes in Adamawa state, near the border with Cameroon, to try to rebuild their lives. For VOA, Chris Stein traveled to the area and has this report.


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    VOA60 AFRICA - JUNE 29, 2016i
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    June 29, 2016 3:54 PM
    VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines in Africa.

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