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Tents stretch out in all directions at the Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda.

Video Refugees Struggle as Burundi Teeters on Edge of Chaos

Thousands flee Burundi’s political strife for camps where food and basic supplies are scarce More

FILE - Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima on Saturday commended security and vigilante forces, saying that the death toll in a Boko Haram raid on the village of Zabarmari would have been much higher had it not been for their "gallantry."

Nigerian Governor Calls for Calm as Boko Haram Attacks Escalate

Islamist militants stormed village of Zabarmari on Friday, killing seven before being repelled by military, vigilante forces More

FILE - Police officers stand next to a checkpoint near the site of a Wednesday's blast in Kaduna, Nigeria, July 24, 2014.

Nigeria President Buhari Calls on Muslims to Reject Boko Haram

Muslim cleric says Islamic preachers will not be deterred from Islam’s peaceful teachings despite violence carried out by militants More

Increasing US trade missions are part of the Obama administration program Doing Business in Africa.

US Officials Complete Trade Mission to Africa

Trip introduces representatives from 14 US exporters to potential African partners More

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech after a high-level security meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, June 26, 2015.

In Cameroon, Hollande Urges Aid for Fight Against Boko Haram

French president calls for more international support in fight against Boko Haram in Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger More


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Somalia Hires First Six Female Prosecutorsi
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Abdulaziz Billow
July 03, 2015 10:33 PM
In a nation long marred by conflict, corruption and impunity, Somalia's government is hoping to rebuild the country's justice system and, for the first time, has brought on board six female prosecutors. VOA's Abdulaziz Billow reports.
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Video Somalia Hires First Six Female Prosecutors

In a nation long marred by conflict, corruption and impunity, Somalia's government is hoping to rebuild the country's justice system and, for the first time, has brought on board six female prosecutors. VOA's Abdulaziz Billow reports.
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Video Liberians Frustrated, Confused by Ebola's Return

Liberians are worried by at least three new cases of Ebola that have emerged since their country had been declared free of the disease. But health officials insist there is no need to panic. Mariama Diallo reports from Dakar.
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Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
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Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
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Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
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Video Terror Attacks Leave Dozens Dead Across Three Continents

World leaders joined in their condemnation of three terror attacks across three continents Friday that left dozens dead in the space of a few hours. The White House and nations around the world described the assaults in Tunisia, France and Kuwait as horrific acts of terrorism. VOA's Sharon Behn reports.
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Video Turning Nigeria's Disabled From Beggars to Workers

An estimated 20 million people in Nigeria have physical handicaps. With few opportunities for work, many have resorted to street begging. But a group of disabled men in Kaduna state are encouraging others to get off the street by empowering them with new skills. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf reports from Kaduna.
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Video US Human Rights Report Highlights Role of Terror Groups, Conflicts, Corruption

The U.S. government's 2014 report on human rights practices highlights terror groups, rising conflict, and corruption and poor governance as key problems around the world. But it also cites some progress. VOA's Mary Alice Salinas has more on the State Department's annual report released on Thursday.
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Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.
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Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
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Video Obstacles to Ending Ebola Remain in West Africa

A spike in the number of Ebola victims in Guinea has citizens and health officials in West Africa concerned about a possible return of the deadly disease. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Terrorism Report: Islamic State, Boko Haram Among Worst

The State Department says terrorist attacks worldwide rose by 35 percent last year, with an 81 percent increase in the number of deaths. In its annual assessment of terrorism, it said more than half of the terrorist attacks took place in five countries: Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
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Video DNA Samples Help Fight Illegal Ivory Trade

Illegal trade of wild animals has become the world’s fourth largest international crime. Many of the animals are killed only for their highly sought-after parts, such as rhinos for their horns or elephants for their ivory tusks. A scientist from the University of Washington, in Seattle, has developed a new method for tracking where seized elephant tusks came from, helping international law enforcement agencies pinpoint the hotspots of the illegal trade. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Tension Evident in Rural Burundi Ahead of Elections

In Burundi, as clashes continue in Bujumbura against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term, rural parts of the country do not appear to be experiencing the same turmoil. But the president's opponents say that's because it's difficult to speak out against the ruling party in the face of active intimidation. From Ngozi, VOA's Emilie IOB reports.
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Video Nigerian Immigrant Turned Brooklyn Restaurateur Tells His Story

Lookman Mashood immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria in 1996, working in a restaurant as a dishwasher, cook and manager for several years. About five years ago, he and his girlfriend opened a restaurant in Brooklyn featuring Nigerian food. It’s called Buka, a Hausa word meaning a simple roadside joint, with good food and no pretensions. Mashood, now a U.S. citizen, tells his story.
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Video US Congress Set to Extend African Trade Act

The U.S. Congress is on its way to extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act for another 10 years. The House Senate have each passed versions of the bill and now must work out differences between the two. What will the extension mean for U.S.-African trade? VOA's Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video Egypt Tries to Reassure Tourists After Ancient Temple Attack

Egypt’s prime minister has visited the ancient temple site in Luxor targeted by a suicide bomber earlier this week. He said security forces are doing everything possible to keep tourists safe. Meanwhile, Muslim Brotherhood supporters have warned of a backlash if the death sentence against former President Mohamed Morsi is confirmed.
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Video AU Summit: Pomp A-Plenty, But Non-Gov’t Groups Complain About No Participation

African leaders are descending on Johannesburg for this year’s African Union summit, a chance for the continent’s most powerful men (and a few women) to set priorities, policies and reach consensus on important issues like raging conflicts, political problems and more. But critics say a group of powerful people is deciding what the entire continent of Africa needs - without the people's input. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.
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Video In Ethiopia, Fight Continues Against Child Labor

June 12 marks "World Day Against Child Labor" as many children in developing countries below the age of 18 have to work to help their families or just take care of themselves. One example is Ethiopia, where, as Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from Addis Ababa, more than 60 per cent of the country's children are engaged in different forms of child labor.
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Video Kenya Risks US Sanctions for Failing to Stem Human Trafficking

Kenya risks being subjected to U.S. sanctions for failing to comply with the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Acts [TVPA]. Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA on the problem of human trafficking in Kenya.

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Video Somalia Hires First Six Female Prosecutors

Senior law officials want the women to pay special attention to crimes against women and children, which usually go unpunished in Somalia
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Audio Ugandan Human Rights Lawyer Calls for Help Over Cleric Murders

Ladislaus Rwakafuzi says efforts by the Ugandan police to arrest the killers have been insufficient
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Burkina Faso Tense Ahead of Elections

Recent tensions between Prime Minister Zida and the presidential security regiment have put the country and political observers on alert
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Video Refugees Struggle as Burundi Teeters on Edge of Chaos

Thousands flee Burundi’s political strife for camps where food and basic supplies are scarce
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Analysts: Nigerian Oil Shake-Up Shows Buhari Serious About Reform

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrates the new president’s plans for managing Nigeria’s biggest industry
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UN Concerned Over Early Marriages in Zimbabwe

Red flag raised as nation's chief prosecutor says girls as young as 12 should be allowed to marry since they have no economic prospects or anything else to occupy them
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Malian Refugees in Mauritania Face Food Scarcity

World Food Program officials fear thousands will suffer from funding shortfall, delayed rations shipment
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