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File - An Ebola trials notebook is seen in a laboratory during trials for an Ebola vaccine at The Jenner Institute in Oxford, southern England January 2015.

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FILE - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan addresses the media on support to Ebola affected countries, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, September 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Pierre Albouy (SWITZERLAND - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR45X

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This handout picture taken on October 21, 2012 and released on July 28, 2015 by the Zimbabwe National Parks agency shows a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called "Cecil" which was allegedly killed by an American tourist on a hunt using a bow and arrow, the Zim

Video Americans' Anger Grows Over Killing of Lion

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FILES - People walking past a billboard reading "Stop Ebola" in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Nov. 7, 2014.

Audio Sierra Leone Welcomes Ebola Vaccine Trial Outcome

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FILE - Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago (R) address the media outside the Buganda Magistrates court, Uganda.

Audio Kampala Lord Mayor Aims to Unite Uganda Opposition Groups

Opposition leader says he looks forward to breaking the dominance of President Yoweri Museveni’s and his ruling party More


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Africa 54 provides special coverage of President Obama's trip to Kenya
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Video Americans Demand Lion Killer's Extradition to Zimbabwe

The White House has received close to 150,000 signatures by Americans demanding the U.S. extradite Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, accused of illegally killing Cecil, a popular lion in Zimbabwe, to that country to stand trial. Zlatica Hoke reports that conservationists are stepping in to demand a ban on importing animal trophies that attract many Americans to big game hunting in Africa and elsewhere.
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Video Ebola Vaccine Hailed as Highly Effective

At last, there's a way to end the suffering from the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa for more than a year. Researchers say the vaccine is so effective, there may never be a major outbreak of Ebola again. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Obama Sows Seeds of Nutrition in Ethiopia

While President Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia focused on the key issues of security and development, the country is perhaps best known for famine and poverty and has tried hard to shed that past. Obama said a U.S. development project, Feed the Future, is trying to help Ethiopia do that. VOA's Anita Powell reports.
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Video Obama: Africa's Progress Depends on Development, Democracy

In his farewell speech capping a historic trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, President Obama hailed Africa's extraordinary progress, while noting that such progress can only be sustained through continued development and democracy for all. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande has more from African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.
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Video In Ethiopia, Obama Tries to Balance Security, Human Rights

While hailing Ethiopia’s role in fighting terrorism in East Africa, U.S. President Barack Obama also urged the country’s leaders to protect human rights and ensure good governance. VOA White House Correspondent Aru Pande has more from Addis Ababa on the president’s talks with the Ethiopian prime minister in Addis Ababa.
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Video Obama Encourages Kenya to Fix Cultures of Corruption, Discrimination

President Barack Obama bid farewell to Kenya Sunday with a major speech at as stadium outside the capital Nairobi where he called on Kenyans to change the cultures of corruption and discrimination that can hold society back. VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow has the story.
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Video Obama Addresses Security, Gay Rights in Kenya

Kenya gave U.S. President Barack Obama a warm welcome on his first full day in the country on a two-day visit. Mr. Obama met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and the two leaders said they were united on security issues and the need to improve cooperation. However, some issues still divided them. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story from Nairobi.
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Video Obama to Make History With AU Headquarters Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama makes his first presidential visit later this month to Ethiopia and the headquarters of the African Union. It’s the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the halls of the continental body that is increasingly stepping up as the voice of Africa. VOA's Anita Powell has more.
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Video Obama: US, Kenya United Against Terrorism, Al-Shabab

With the threat of Al-Shabab looming, President Barack Obama said the United States and Kenya are united in the face of terrorism. Three months after an attack killed 147 students at Kenya’s Garissa University College, the U.S. leader pledged greater security cooperation with his Kenyan counterpart during talks Saturday. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande has more from Nairobi.
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Video Kogelo, Kenya, Residents Hope for Visit From Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Kenya, the country of his father's birth, for the first time since becoming president. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf traveled to the Obama family's ancestral homeland, a small village in western Kenya, to see how its residents have benefited from their association with the U.S. president.
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Video Kenya Leads in Informal Sector Employment

Kenya’s 2015 Economic Survey shows the informal sector employed 11.8 million people last year -- working in small and often unregulated businesses. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga profiles an artisanal businessman in the informal sector about his challenges and what he hopes comes out of the visit from U.S. President Barack Obama and the global entrepreneurship conference that Obama will attend in late July.
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Video Kenyans Welcome Obama's Visit to Ancestral Homeland

U.S. President Barack Obama received a warm welcome upon his arrival Friday in Kenya.  This is the first time Obama is visiting his late father's homeland since 2006 when he visited as a U.S. senator.  As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, Obama was greeted by Kenya's president at the airport, and enjoyed dinner with his Kenyan relatives soon after landing in Nairobi.
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Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Kenya Rolls Out Red Carpet for President Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Kenya Friday for the start of a two-day visit to discuss trade and security. Kenyans hope to capitalize on Mr. Obama’s first visit to the country as president. VOA East Africa correspondent Gabe Joselow reports from Nairobi.
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Video Kenya 'Beautifies' Capital for Obama Visit

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is gearing up for the visit of the country’s most famous son, U.S. President Barack Obama. This is Obama's first visit to the country of his father’s birth since becoming president, and the city is sparing no expense. VOA’s Gabe Joselow has the story from Nairobi.
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Video US Investors Drawn to Africa’s Economic Potential

President Barack Obama will highlight the importance of boosting U.S. investment in Africa during his trip to Kenya. U.S. officials say nearly half of all jobs created in Africa are from small businesses, many owned by women. VOA's Aru Pande talks to a Rwandan handicraft exporter who has transformed the lives of thousands of women with the help of the United States.
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Video Rock Climbers Boost Economy of South Africa's Cederberg Mountains

About a three-hour drive north of Cape Town, South Africa, there is an area called Cederberg Mountain which is known mostly for its production of Rooibos tea. But over the last ten years, it has also gained attention for another economy-boosting activity - rock climbing. As Emilie Iob reports for VOA, it is now considered one of the world's 10 top destinations for the bouldering form of rock climbing - and is attracting climbers from around the world.
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Video Obama to Highlight Counterterrorism on Africa Visit

As the State Department renews its warning of possible terrorist attacks in Kenya, President Barack Obama heads to East Africa on July 23 with counterterrorism high on the agenda. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.

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