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    FILE - Burundi nationals from across the U.S. and Canada, along with supporters, demonstrate outside U.N. headquarters, calling for an end to political atrocities and human rights violations unfolding in Burundi under the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza on April 26, 2016, in New York.

    UN Human Rights Chief: Burundi May Explode Into Ethnic Violence

    Burundian government accuses the UN of a campaign of distortion 

    FILE - Moroccan historian and journalist Maati Monjib standing outside the local headquarters of a human rights group in Rabat, Morocco.

    Free Speech on Trial in Morocco

    Rights activists say this trial sets a dangerous precedent against free speech in the North African kingdom. 

    The migrant ship that sank off Sicily last year with an estimated 700 people onboard is being recovered by the Italian Navy, June 28, 2016. The navy says it's raised the boat toward the surface from a depth of more than 1200 feet. (Italian Navy photo))

    Italian Navy Recovers Migrant Shipwreck

    Ship, believed to have carried at least 700 African migrants, sank in April 2015 

    FILE - Athletes exercise in the early morning in the sports ground of the University of Eldoret in western Kenya, March 21, 2016.

    Kenyan Olympic Champion Blames Greed, Ignorance for Doping Rise

    East African nation famed for middle and long distance athletics prowess has come under increasing global scrutiny following failed doping cases involving elite athletes 

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    Zambia Police Cracking Down on Independent Media

    Police arrested the Post newspaper's editor-in-chief, his wife, and the deputy managing editor 


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    Tunisian Fishing Town Searches for Jobs, Local Development Solutionsi
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    June 23, 2016 7:34 PM
    As the European Union tries to come to grips with its migrant crisis, some newcomers are leaving voluntarily. But those returning to their home countries face an uncertain future.  Five years after Tunisia's revolution, the tiny North African country is struggling with unrest, soaring unemployment and plummeting growth. From the southern Tunisian fishing town of Zarzis, Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at a search for local solutions.
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    Video Tunisian Fishing Town Searches for Jobs, Local Development Solutions

    As the European Union tries to come to grips with its migrant crisis, some newcomers are leaving voluntarily. But those returning to their home countries face an uncertain future.  Five years after Tunisia's revolution, the tiny North African country is struggling with unrest, soaring unemployment and plummeting growth. From the southern Tunisian fishing town of Zarzis, Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at a search for local solutions.
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    Video Senegal to Park Colorful ‘Cars Rapides’ Permanently

    Brightly painted cars rapide are a hallmark of Dakar, offering residents a cheap way to get around the capital city since 1976. But the privately owned minibuses are scheduled to be parked for good in late 2018, as Ricci Shryock reports for VOA.
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    Video World Refugee Day Marked as a Record 65 Million People Displaced

    Monday marks World Refugee Day, and the U.N. refugee agency says the number of people forced to flee their homes is now at the highest level ever recorded. The UNHCR says it is inevitable more people will continue to flee war and poverty, and the world must improve its response. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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    Video Migrant Arrivals in Italy Soar as Dangers Increase in Libya

    The number of migrants arriving in Italy from North Africa more than doubled from April to May, according to the latest figures from the European Union. EU officials say the sharp rise was not caused by the closure of the route further east through Greece and the Balkans, but rather by an increase in migrants traveling from across Africa. Henry Ridgwell reports.
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    Video Refugee Athletes to Compete as Team at Rio Olympics

    Kenya is hosting five of the 10 refugee athletes who will compete in this year's Rio Summer Olympics as part of a new Refugee Olympic Team. The International Olympic Committee says it hopes the team will be a “symbol of hope,” and a reminder of the magnitude of the global refugee crisis. For VOA, Lenny Ruvaga reports.
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    Video With Sadness, But No Regrets, South Africa Remembers Tragic Soweto Uprising

    South Africa is marking 40 years since the Soweto student uprising, which marked a pivotal turn in the fight against apartheid. As the nation looks back on the tragic, violent protests, both old and young say their nation is better for it but still far from perfect. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Soweto.
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    Video South Sudan Rapper Speaks Out Despite Threats

    In South Sudan, rapper Lual D'awol uses his music to speak out against a government with a reputation for silencing dissenting voices. VOA's Jason Patinkin reports from Juba.
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    Video In Shuttered Refugee Camp, African Migrants Nurse Dreams of a Better Life

    Libya has become an important transit point for migrants, but since 2011, conflict has also driven many Libyans and foreign workers from the country. Roughly 300,000 people ended up at a UN refugee camp just across the border in Tunisia. By the time the camp closed in 2013, some had received refugee status; many others were repatriated. But several dozen Africans, whose asylum applications were rejected, refused to leave. Lisa Bryant reports.
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    Video South Sudan War Vets Find New Life in Wheelchair Basketball

    In Juba, South Sudan, veterans of the 22-year-long civil war with Sudan meet once a week to play wheelchair basketball. Disabled people in South Sudan face discrimination, high rates of substance abuse and unemployment, but these men show what else is possible. Jason Patinkin has the story for VOA from Juba.
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    Video Foreign Blockbusters Get a Comedic Kenyan Twist

    Demand for foreign movies is growing in Kenya as entrepreneurs bring Hollywood blockbusters to local audiences, with a twist. The movies are dubbed in Swahili, but they have extra commentary and sound effects. Rael Ombour reports for VOA from the makeshift theaters in Kibera, Nairobi's largest slum.
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    Video In Ghana, You Can Be Laid to Rest in Style

    A coffin in the shape of fish, guitar, or a fancy sport car. In Ghana, you can choose to be buried in style. Inspired by the traditional palanquin, figurative coffins have been in vogue in the country since the mid-1950s and some are now even considered pieces of art, exhibited in museums around the world and worth several thousand dollars. Emilie Iob reports for VOA from Accra.
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    Video Malawi: 50% of Girls Marry Before Age 18

    Malawi has one of the world's highest rates of child marriage. Half of girls wed before their 18th birthday, and nearly one in eight is married by 15. But since a new marriage law came into effect, one person has been on a mission to reverse that trend. Mariama Diallo reports.
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    Video Malawi Government Accused of Police Failures Over Albino Killings

    Human rights group Amnesty International has accused Malawi of a systematic failure in policing, following the abductions and killings of several albino men, women and children in recent months. It’s believed their body parts are used in traditional rituals and medicines. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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    Video Wake Up, South Africa! The Coffee Revolution is Here

    South Africa’s artisanal coffee scene is booming, driven by more discerning drinkers, better beans and greater awareness about the ethical origins of one of the world’s favorite brews. VOA’s Anita Powell checks out what’s brewing, and brings us this report, from Johannesburg.
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    Video Inside Tunisia's Extremist Breeding Ground

    The small North African country of Tunisia is considered a leading exporter of foreign fighters. Analysts estimate up to 7,000 or more of its citizens have joined Islamic State and other militant groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya. A striking percentage come from Ben Guardene, one of Tunisia’s poorest towns, located just 30 kilometers from the Libyan border. Lisa Bryant was there and has this report on a rising threat facing Tunisia’s young democracy.
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    Video Terror Groups Adapt to Survive

    While the overall number of terrorist attacks decreased by 13 percent last year, extremist groups got better at decentralizing and diffusing, says the U.S. State Department. In its annual report on global terrorism, the department said Islamic State remains the greatest threat and managed to spread its tentacles into regions beyond the Middle East. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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    Video Kenya’s Annual ‘Rhino Charge’ Raises Record $1.4 Million for Conservation

    Kenya's annual Rhino Charge competition brings off-road vehicles and their teams to a remote region of the country to find out who can tackle the most inhospitable terrain in the course of a day. The teams raise money to participate, and the funds go toward nature conservation efforts.
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    Video Renewed Calls for Transparency as US Drones Target Terrorists

    From the recent U.S. strike in Pakistan that killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban to a March strike in Somalia that killed at least 150 members of the militant group al-Shabab, the United States has escalated its use of drones under President Barack Obama. As the administration prepares to release, for the first time, an accounting of those killed in such strikes, VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more on the expectations of transparency for a program long shrouded in secrecy.
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    Video New Chapter for Tunisia's Ennahda

    Tunisia’s moderate Islamist Ennahda party says it is separating its religious and political activities in a broader bid to mark its so-called Muslim Democratic identity. The move appears to open a new chapter for a party that bounced back from the political wilderness of Tunisia’s pre-revolution days to become a key player in the North African country, and a member of the current coalition government. From Tunis, Lisa Bryant takes a look at how Tunisians are viewing its latest step.
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    Video One on One with Peter Clottey: Robert Higaro of Rwanda

    THE RWANDAN GOVERNMENT SAYS ITS CITIZENS WANT LONG-SERVING PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME TO SERVE ANOTHER TERM. MR. KAGAME CAME TO POWER IN 1994, FOLLOWING A GENOCIDE THAT KILLED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ETHNIC TUTSI AND POLITICALLY MODERATE HUTUS. SINCE 2003, HE'S BEEN ELECTED TWICE AND LAST DECEMBER, VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION SO HE COULD RUN AGAIN. HOWEVER, RETIRED MAJOR ROBERT HIGIRO SAYS THE VOTE WAS NOT FREE AND FAIR.


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

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