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British health workers lift a newly admitted Ebola patient onto a wheeled stretcher in to the Kerry town Ebola treatment center outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, Dec. 22, 2014.

WHO: Ebola Death Toll Passes 7,500

Latest data reflects recent trends with Liberia and Guinea seeing a decrease in transmission rates, while Sierra Leone's cases continue to rise More

FILE - Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, Vice President of Zimbabwe chats with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Dec, 12, 2014.

Zimbabwe President Fires Seven More Ministers

Move by Robert Mugabe is seen as apparent purge of allies of former vice president Joice Mujuru More

FILE - Archbishop of Bangui Dieudonne Nzapalainga (R) walks with imam Oumar Kobine Layama (2nd R), representative of the local Muslim community, in Bangui Feb. 10, 2014.

CAR Archbishop Steps in to Protect Muslims

Roman Catholic prelate reportedly grappled with knife-wielding militiaman who was threatening to kill sick Muslim girl, her parents outside Bangui More

Blast in Nigeria's Gombe City Kills 20

Another 21 people are wounded in the explosion, and Boko Haram is believed to be likely perpetrators More

Video Ugandan Doctors Aid Victims of Sudan's Civil War

In South Kordofan state, the number of amputees is in the thousands, but few have access to sufficient medical help More


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Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Town of Bentiui
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Benno Muchler
December 22, 2014 4:42 PM
Six months ago, Bentiu was a ghost town. The capital of northern Unity State, near South Sudan’s important oil fields, had changed hands several times in fighting between government forces and rebels. Calm returned in November and since then, residents of Bentiu have been trying to regain some sense of normalcy. Bentiu’s market has reopened there are plans to start school again. But fears of new attacks hang heavy, as Benno Muchler reports from Bentiu.
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Video Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Town of Bentiu

Six months ago, Bentiu was a ghost town. The capital of northern Unity State, near South Sudan’s important oil fields, had changed hands several times in fighting between government forces and rebels. Calm returned in November and since then, residents of Bentiu have been trying to regain some sense of normalcy. Bentiu’s market has reopened there are plans to start school again. But fears of new attacks hang heavy, as Benno Muchler reports from Bentiu.
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Video Ugandan Doctors Aid Victims of Sudan's Civil War

In Sudan's state of South Kordofan, the number of amputees as result of civil war is in the thousands, but few have access to sufficient medical help. Adam Bailes recently visited the area and says a small team of Ugandan doctors has been providing remote help, producing new prosthetic limbs for those in need.
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Video S. Sudan’s Bentiu Camp: Making the Youth Better Than Their Fathers

Sunday Bayak is 16 years old. When fighting started in Bentiu where he lived with his brother, he fled like thousands of South Sudanese to U.N. protected sites. Many of his male friends and peers joined the rebels, either to take revenge for the killing of their relatives or out of hunger, or both. Benno Muchler has more on the story from the camp.
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Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
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Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
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Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
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Video Nuba Mountain Families Hide in Caves to Escape Aerial Bombings

Despite ongoing peace talks between Sudan's government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, daily aerial attacks continue in South Kordofan province’s Nuba Mountains. Adam Bailes was there and reports for VOA that government forces are targeting civilian areas, rather than military positions, with their daily bombardments.
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Video Gold Miners Join Class Action Suit in South Africa Over Lung Disease

Five of South Africa's largest gold mining companies recently announced they will create a working group to deal with the issue of occupational lung disease. This move comes as the sector faces what could be South Africa's biggest-ever class action lawsuit. More than 25,000 miners are seeking compensation from gold mining companies, saying they failed to protect them from Silicosis, a debilitating and incurable lung disease. Emilie IOB reports from South Africa and neighboring Lesotho.
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Video Films from African Diaspora Celebrated in New York

Films from the length and breadth of Africa, Algeria to South Africa - and many other corners of the world -- are screening at this year’s African Diaspora International Film Festival <http://nyadiff.org/> in New York. It’s the 22nd year for the Festival, founded in 1993 by Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, who is of Jamaican-Haitian descent, and his French-Malian wife, Diarah N’Daw-Spech. More from Carolyn Weaver in New York.
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Video No End in Sight as South Sudan Conflict Enters Second Year

One year after South Sudan's political infighting spiraled into deadly conflict, the parties appear no closer to silencing their guns and getting back to the business of building the world’s youngest nation. VOA’s Margaret Besheer has more from the United Nations.
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Video Board Game Helps Fight Real World Ebola

As doctors and scientists work to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and find a cure, a global community of board gamers is also helping to fight the deadly disease. As Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, the goal is to raise money to help stop the spread of Ebola.
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Video Kenyan Jump Rope Squad Eyes World Championship

A Kenyan jump rope team is hoping to become world champs - after winning numerous competitions. The team members are all from the Nairobi slum of Kibera and are between the ages of 8 and 18. Lenny Ruvaga profiles the team and how jumping rope has helped them avoid negative peer pressure.
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Video Britain’s Prince William Accuses Wildlife Poachers of ‘Looting The Planet’

In a passionate speech in Washington Monday, Britain’s Prince William made a plea for the world to do more to tackle wildlife poaching - and linked the problem to terrorism. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the prince has long held an interest in conservation; he proposed to Kate Middleton while on holiday in a Kenyan game reserve.
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Video Displaced in Kenya Hope for Justice Without ICC

Last week, the International Criminal Court prosecutor dropped crimes-against-humanity charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing a lack of evidence. Some of those displaced by the violence in 2007-08 that Kenyatta was accused of organizing think the government might now be more free to help them. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports.
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Video Human Rights Day Observance to Highlight ‘Horrific 2014’

Wednesday is United Nations’ Human Rights Day. Many observers describe 2014 as a horrific year for human rights violations. War is the major source of abuses around the world - and in the past 12 months, major conflicts have intensified. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video US Cites Progress in Conventional Weapons Destruction

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says fewer people were injured or killed by mines or other war remnant explosives last year than in any other year since the turn of the century. He commented as the State Department released its annual report on the status of conventional weapons destruction, worldwide. Kerry says despite progress in key areas, “much work remains to be done.” VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Masai Demand Tanzanian Government Reject Plans for Hunting Reserve

Around 5,000 Masai are gathering in their ancestral lands in Tanzania to discuss allegations that the government plans to evict them and sell off the land to build a game hunting reserve for rich Arabs. Tanzania’s president has dismissed the claims in a post on social media site Twitter. A global petition against the plans attracted over 2 million signatures. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Report: Internet Freedom Declines Worldwide

A new survey shows that Internet freedom has declined around the world for the fourth consecutive year, as a growing number of countries impose various forms of online censorship and monitoring practices. Rights group Freedom House on Thursday issued an annual report that says more people are being arrested for their Internet activities than ever before, and online media outlets are increasingly pressured to comply with government requests for data or deletions. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video AMISOM Undertakes New Role in Somalia

The UN-sanctioned military mission to Somalia, known as AMISOM, is taking on a new role after freeing much of the country from al-Shabab control. New operating guidelines will allow troops to re-open key supply routes once blockaded by militants in south central Somalia. As Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu, more freedom of movement is needed to help alleviate the impact of drought and food insecurity.
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Video Scientist Who Helped Identify Ebola in 1976 Optimistic On Current Outbreak

The Ebola virus was identified in the 1970s in a tiny village in the Democratic Republic of Congo - where an intrepid team of researchers ventured to learn more. Among them was United States-born David Heymann, now a Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to the professor about his career, and his thoughts on the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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