Pope Francis greets internally displaced people sheltering on the grounds of the Saint Sauveur church, during his visit in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29, 2015.

Photogallery 'Lay Down Weapons,' Pope Tells CAR Fighters

Francis arrived in Bangui Sunday to promote peace and co-existence in country torn by political conflict and clashes between Christian and Muslim militants 

Staff at a polling station count ballots in the presence of observers from various organizations and political parties, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, November 29, 2015. (Photo - E. Iob/VOA)

Polls Close in Historic Burkina Faso Vote

Voters cast ballots for new president, parliament in what is being called country's most open election in its history 

FILE - Sargassum seaweed  blankets Lumley beach, Freetown, Sierra  Leone, Oct. 1, 2015. ( Vries/VOA).

Concern Rising Over Massive Annual Seaweed Invasion in West Africa

Large amounts of seaweed have been washing up on the beaches of Sierra Leone, other countries in West Africa and the Caribbean; scientists say climate change may be to blame 

In this photo released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on April 30, 2014, then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, center, meets with South Sudan's former Vice President and now rebel leader Riek Machar, right, at an undisclosed location in South Sudan. Senior African human rights figures including Pillay, have created a group with an ambitious goal: to end impunity across the continent.

African Experts Seek Better Cooperation Between AU, ICC

Senior African human rights figures have created a group called Africa Group for Justice and Accountability' with ambitious goal: to end impunity across the continent 

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, Joseph Kabila, says in his speech broadcast on Nov. 28, 2015, the country will hold what he calls a national and inclusive political dialogue.

DRC President Outlines Vision for National Political Dialogue

President Joseph Kabila's speech comes a week after his invitation to UN to help recruit international facilitator for political dialogue 

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Emilie Iob
November 26, 2015 9:39 PM
Burkina Faso votes for a new president and parliament Sunday, just over a year after mass protests ousted longtime leader Blaise Compaore. It has been a tumultuous transition; elections had to be postponed last month after a foiled coup. But now, Burkinabe say it's time for a fresh start. VOA's Emilie Iob reports.

Video Burkina Faso Electorate Heads to Polls Sunday

Burkina Faso votes for a new president and parliament Sunday, just over a year after mass protests ousted longtime leader Blaise Compaore. It has been a tumultuous transition; elections had to be postponed last month after a foiled coup. But now, Burkinabe say it's time for a fresh start. VOA's Emilie Iob reports.

Video Kenyans Express Hopes Over Pope's Visit

Pope Francis has arrived in Kenya for a three nation African tour - his first to the continent as pontiff. The Pope's five-day visit will also see him go to Uganda and Central African Republic, which has been hit by Christian-Muslim conflict. Amos Wangwa has video of the pope's motorcade and vox pop from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Video Amid Sectarian Violence, Pope's Visit To Africa Brings Hope of Peace

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive Sunday in the Central African Republic, the final stop on his Africa tour. The country has been in chaos since a rebel coup in 2013 and subsequent intercommunal violence pitting Christians against Muslims. Many hope the pope can bring peace to the country. Chris Stein reports from Bangui.

Video Burkina Faso's 'Miracle Baby' Survives Bullet Wound

In September of this year, Burkina Faso was thrown into chaos when an attempted coup left 14 people dead and hundreds wounded. One of the wounded was Safiatou Ouedraogo, a pregnant woman who miraculously survived with her then-unborn baby, despite being struck in the stomach. Boinzimwende, “God is above all” in the Mossi language, is the infant's name. Bagassi Koura has more in this report narrated by Brian Allen.

Video Mali Hotel Attack Another Blow to an Already Struggling Economy

The terrorist attack on an upscale Bamako hotel killed 21 people. But there may be another victim as well -- the Mali economy. Heightened security risks could frighten off foreign investors and tourists as Mali tries to restart its sputtering economy after three years of conflict and political crisis. Emilie Iob reports from Bamako.

Video Report: Revolutionizing Power in Refugee Camps Could Save Lives, Money

Millions of dollars and thousands of lives could be saved by overhauling the way energy is provided to refugee camps, according to a new report issued by humanitarian groups and a British policy institute. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the researchers hope to generate private sector interest in bringing new technologies to some of the world’s most desperate people.

Video Uganda Eagerly Awaits Pope's Visit

Pope Francis arrives in Uganda late Friday (November 27). Uganda has one of the largest Catholic communities in Africa. And as Serginho Roosblad reports for VOA from Kampala, the highlight of the pope's visit there will be the 50th anniversary celebration of the canonization of 22 Ugandan martyrs.

Video Nairobi Residents Prepare for Pope Francis’ Visit

Streets have been newly paved, banners hung by the highways, and Pope Francis branded merchandise is for sale, all to welcome the pontiff when he kicks off his Africa tour Wednesday in Kenya. Jill Craig reports from Nairobi.

Video Ahead of Pope Visit to Africa, Ex-Pat Priest Pines for Home

There are more than 6,500 foreign-born Catholic priests in the United States. Many are from Africa, where the pope is visiting this week. VOA's Carolyn Presutti has the story.

Video Mali Hotel Attack Blamed on Armed Groups' Power Game

Mali is entering three days of national mourning following the terrorist attack that killed at least 19 people Friday at a hotel in the capital, Bamako. As Emilie IOB reports from Bamako, the attack marks a spreading wave of violence in the West African nation.

Video Ebola Outbreak Shows Major Reforms Needed to Prevent Future Pandemic

A panel of experts says major reforms of the global health system are needed if the world is to avoid a repeat of the Ebola epidemic that swept across West Africa in 2014 and early 2015. The experts convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say the slow response cost thousands of lives. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.

Video How Siege by Al-Qaida-Linked Groups in Mali Unfolded

Malian officials say there are no more hostages being held at a luxury hotel attacked by Islamist militants Friday in the capital, Bamako. Officials say at least 22 people died. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports on how everything unfolded.

Video Nairobi Tailors Make Pope Francis’ Vestments

To ensure the pope is properly attired during his visit, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Dolly Craft Sewing Project in the Nairobi slum of Kangemi to make the pope's vestments, the garments he will wear during the various ceremonies. Jill Craig reports.

Video Malawi Using iPads, New Technology to Improve Education

First-grade students at 63 public schools in Malawi are now using iPads as part of a new initiative to improve learning. The goal is to reach three million learners in 5,300 government primary schools across the country. It is also aimed at addressing challenges like textbook shortages and overcrowding. But some educators are questioning if technology is the answer? Lameck Masina reports for VOA from Lilongwe, Malawi.

Video Terrorism in Many Forms Continues to Plague Africa

While the world's attention is on Paris in the wake of Friday night's deadly attacks, terrorism from various sides remains a looming threat in many African countries. Nigerian cities have been targeted this week by attacks many believe were staged by the violent Islamist group Boko Haram. In addition, residents in many regions are forced to flee their homes as they are terrorized by armed militias. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Nairobi's Conservative Catholics Prepare for Papal Visit

Pope Francis travels to Kenya on November 25 to begin his first Africa tour. Since becoming pope in March 2013, he has been shaking up the church with his progressive views on everything from homosexuality to divorce. How will those views resonate with Africans? VOA's Jill Craig reports.

Video Europe Pledges $1.9 Billion to Tackle ‘Root Causes’ of African Migration

At a summit in Malta between European and African leaders, the European Union agreed to a $1.9 billion aid package aimed at tackling the root causes of migration. Hundreds of thousands of people have crossed the Mediterranean this year, overwhelming many European states’ ability to cope with the influx. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Kenya's First 3-D Video Game Attracts Players

A Kenyan gaming and entertainment company has developed the country's first 3-D video game, called Nairobi X. As Lenny Ruvaga reports, scenes of the Kenyan capital are one of the game's primary attractions.

Video Kenyan Herders Embrace Drought-resistant Trees

In northern Kenya, recurrent drought and desertification [process by which once fertile lands turn into deserts] are hitting livestock-dependent communities hard. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from the Samburu region where families are hoping to root out malnutrition by planting 18 species of drought-resistant, fruit-bearing trees.

Video Shell Accused of Failing to Clean Up Nigeria Oil Spills

The multinational petroleum company Shell has failed to clean up communities devastated by oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, according to a report from Amnesty International. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that Shell blames the continued pollution on oil theft and illegal refining.

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Mariama Diallo
November 24, 2015 4:59 PM
VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.

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