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    Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre raises his hand during court proceedings in Dakar, Senegal, May 30, 2016.

    Former Chad Dictator Habre Sentenced to Life in Prison

    Habre was tried on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture 

    FILE - Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone Ehivet Gbagbo attend a memorial ceremony at Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan.

    Ivory Coast Former First Lady Goes on Trial as Supporters Cry Harassment

    Simone Gbagbo is accused of crimes against prisoners of war and civilians 

    FILE - Refugees are seen during a visit by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres to the Shagarab Eritrean Refugees camp at Kassala in East Sudan.

    Sudan: Hundreds of Eritreans Denied the Right to Seek Asylum

    Human Rights Watch report found 442 Eritreans were deported in May 

    An illustrative photo shows a woman holding a birth control pill.

    Turkey President: 'Family Planning Not for Muslims'

    Women's groups have criticized Erdogan for telling women how many children to have and dismissing gender equality 

    This undated image made available on May 30, 2016, by the Italian Navy Marina Militare shows migrants being rescued at sea. The Greek Coast Guard has pulled to safety 29 migrants afloat in a dinghy off the western island of Lefkada, as they headed to Italy.

    Greece Rescues 29 Migrants Adrift at Sea on Journey to Italy

    Local reports say captain, who had abandoned craft, was part of human smuggling ring and his whereabouts was not reported 



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    One on One with Peter Clottey: Higaro Rwandai
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    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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    Video One on One with Peter Clottey: Higaro 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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    Video 700 Migrants Feared Drowned Trying to Cross Mediterranean

    More than 700 migrants are feared to have drowned this week in three separate ship wrecks in the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to reach Europe in smuggling boats, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
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    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.
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    Video Police in Nairobi Break Up Opposition Protests

    Protests against Kenya's electoral commission took place in several cities Monday, with local media reporting at least three demonstrators were killed in western Kenya.
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    Video One on One with Peter Clottey: Hafsat Abiola

    Nigerian human rights activist Hafsat Abiola has been promoting democracy and helping women in the West African country to participate in the country’s governance. She is also the founder and board president of KIND, the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy. She was recently in Washington, DC to receive a Global Leadership Award from the group Vital Voices. On this week’s one-on-one with Peter Clottey, she shares her goals for Nigeria.
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    Video In Istanbul, World to Seek Ways to Ease Human Suffering

    Turkey is hosting an international humanitarian summit this week amid the world's worst refugee crisis and rising global inequality. The United Nations has convened the meeting in Istanbul to shake up the world's emergency response system. Zlatica Hoke reports that more than 120 U.N. member states are attending the summit, which is expected to produce commitments to reduce human suffering.
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    Video Discovery of Chibok Girl Prompts Calls to Free Others

    One of the 219 underage girls kidnapped two years ago by terrorists from a school in Nigeria has been found in a forest in northeastern Borno state. The brazen mass abduction from Chibok school in April 2014 shocked the world and sparked campaigns demanding action to liberate the girls. A group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday welcomed the news of the return of one of those girls. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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    Video One on One with Peter Clottey: Ambassador John Bennett

    Authoritarian rule, alleged corruption and barrels of oil….Equatorial Guinea’s president has something of a reputation. Yet Teodoro Obiang Nguema holds on to power, winning the most recent polling with almost 94-percent of the vote. But was the April election free and fair? In this week’s One-on-One with Peter Clottey, Peter talks with former US ambassador John Bennett, who served in Equatorial Guinea and has become one of Obiang’s harshest critics.
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    Video Amnesty: Children Died in Nigerian Military Detention Center

    Amnesty International says almost a dozen children, including babies, have died this year in squalid conditions at a military detention center used to hold suspected Boko Haram militants. It's the latest in a series of accusations made by the human rights group against the Nigerian military. The Nigerian government denies the allegations, and says it is succeeding in its fight against Boko Haram. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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    Video Shipping Giant Sponsors Medical Drone Delivery in Rwanda

    When roads are blocked by floods, landslides or hostile checkpoints, often the only way to get vital medicine and supplies to remote areas is by air. And just as in so many other areas, that job could be filled by robots. Julie Taboh has details of a pilot project in Rwanda to quickly deliver blood to where it's needed ... by drone.
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    Video Armed Herders' Raids Spur Crackdown Pledge in Nigeria

    Nigeria has pledged to crack down on armed nomadic herders accused of a series of brutal raids against communities across the country. VOA'S Chris Stein reports.
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    Video Kenya Targets Illegal Buildings in Wake of Tragedy

    Rescue workers in Nairobi continue to dig through the rubble of a building that collapsed more than a week ago. At least 51 people were killed, and 140 people have been rescued from the ruins so far. In response to the tragedy, the government has begun demolishing other condemned buildings. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
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    Video One on One with Peter Clottey: Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom

    One on One with Peter Clottey: Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom Ghana’s president, John Mahama, is facing a chorus of critics in the months before the November elections. Opposition parties, including the People’s Progressive Party, suggest Mr. Mahama lacks the integrity and drive to move Ghana into the future—a charge he denies. In this week’s One on One with Peter Clottey, Peter talks with Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the founder of the PPP, and a potential contender for the presidency.
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    Video Huge Diamond Could Sell for More Than $70 Million

    The largest gem-quality diamond discovered in more than a century was on public display Saturday in New York. The three-billion-year-old crystal, mined in Africa last year, is about the size of a tennis ball. The diamond will be auctioned in London in the end of June and is expected to sell for at least $70 million. VOA's Deborah Block has more.
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    Video New Urine Test Offers Quick, Painless Check for Malaria

    In Nigeria, the fight against Malaria is constant. Health officials urge people who think they have the disease to get tested at a medical facility. But all too often, anyone with a fever assumes they have malaria and self-medicate ineffectively instead of being treated by a doctor. Now, some home tests for malaria are gaining traction, with hopes of getting those with disease to doctor sooner. Jessica Berman reports.
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    Video Kenyans Challenge Society Via New Art Form

    In Kenya, poetry with rhythm — "floetry" — has become a popular means of addressing everything from love to political violence. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga in Nairobi reports from the monthly open-mic night at the Kwani Trust, a 13-year-old literary network that brings together some of the brightest voices on the continent.
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    Video Kenyans Challenge Society Through New Art Form

    In Kenya, poetry and spoken word have become a popular means for addressing everything from love to political violence. Lenny Ruvaga in Nairobi reports from the monthly open-mic night at the Kwani Trust, a 13-year-old literary network that brings together some of the brightest voices on the continent.
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    Video One on One with Peter Clottey: Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom

    Ghana’s president, John Mahama, is facing a chorus of critics in the months before the November elections. Opposition parties, including the People’s Progressive Party, suggest Mr. Mahama lacks the integrity and drive to move Ghana into the future—a charge he denies. In this week’s One on One with Peter Clottey, Peter talks with Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the founder of the P-P-P, and a potential contender for the presidency.
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    Video Freedom of Information Under Threat

    Twenty-five years after the world declared that freedom of information is a fundamental human right, journalists are under increasing threat of official censorship, harassment, imprisonment, and even assassination.
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    Video Elephant Summit Results in $5M in Pledges, Presidential Support

    Attended and supported by three African presidents, a three-day anti-poaching summit has concluded in Kenya, resulting in $5 million in pledges and a united message to the world that elephants are worth more alive than dead. The summit culminated at the Nairobi National Park with the largest ivory burn in history. VOA’s Jill Craig attended the summit and has this report about the outcomes.


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