AFRICA

    FILE - U.N. peacekeepers take a break as they patrol along a street during the presidential election in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, Dec. 30, 2015.

    UN Pilots New Peace Approach in CAR

    Approach launched in northern town of Kaga Bandoro, where former combatants of mainly Muslim Seleka armed group and Christian and animist anti-Balaka movement are being paid to do community work 

    FILE - Masai girl holds protest sign during anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) run in Kilgoris, Kenya.

    UN Calls for Global Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

    Recent UNICEF report finds at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries 

    University of Zambia students "surrender" to police in Lusaka after the Zambian government announced the university's closure, Feb. 3, 2016.

    Zambian Government Says Opposition Fueled Student Protests

    Two universities were closed Wednesday after students protested delays in grant payments; opposition is accused of encouraging unrest to score political points 

    Video Ghana Starts Africa's First High-tech Interactive Distance Learning

    Pilot program equips dozens of schools with technology and facilitator to help teach teachers, many of whom have never had formal educational training 

    Kenyan taxi drivers are not the only ones feeling pressure from Uber. Taxi drivers in France and other countries have been protesting demanding an end to Uber's operations, Paris, Jan. 26, 2016.

    Nairobi Taxi Drivers Say Uber Driving Them Out of Business

    Drivers say they just want a level playing field, whereas American app-based taxi service's cheaper prices undercut their business 



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    The Ministry of Education in Ghana says almost 45 percent of that country's primary school teachers and 30 percent of junior high school teachers have not been formally trained. With the help of international donors, authorities in the African country have now launched a two-way interactive training program to help solve the problem. VOA's George Putic reports.
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    Video Ghana Starts Africa's First High-tech Interactive Distance Learning

    The Ministry of Education in Ghana says almost 45 percent of that country's primary school teachers and 30 percent of junior high school teachers have not been formally trained. With the help of international donors, authorities in the African country have now launched a two-way interactive training program to help solve the problem. VOA's George Putic reports.
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    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
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    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
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    Video Powering Africa Summit Showcases Initiatives to Alleviate Electric Power Shortages

    Decision makers from Africa's power sector, and investors and power developers from around the world gathered in Washington this week for the second annual Powering Africa Summit. The summit aims to alleviate the shortages of electricity that plague many African countries. Mariama Diallo covered the summit and has this report.
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    Video US Top Official Calls for Global Effort to Fight Poaching

    US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell concluded her official visit to Africa over the weekend with a final stop in South Africa where she called for international collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking. In South Africa Jewell toured Kruger National Park, where poachers have killed hundreds of rhinos for their horns. Thuso Khumalo and Adam Shaw caught up with her entourage in the park and filed this report for VOA.
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    Video Amnesty Condemns Reinstatement of Nigerian General Accused of War Crimes

    Human rights group Amnesty International has strongly criticized the reinstatement of a Nigerian army commander, who it says is implicated in war crimes during the country’s battle with Islamist Boko Haram militants. The Nigerian government has denied the accusations. Henry Ridgwell reports.
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    Video First-Time Homebuyers Find Affordable Units in Kenya

    A 2011 World Bank survey found that only about one-tenth of Kenya's population earned enough to support a mortgage. However, that situation may be changing, as new apartment units on the outskirts of Nairobi have sold out before the start of construction. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi that it's now possible to buy a one-bedroom apartment for as little as $10,000.
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    Video Blame Game Rages Over Cholera Outbreak In Eastern Malawi

    Malawi is experiencing an outbreak of cholera, three months after the start of the rainy season.  Health authorities say the water-borne disease has hit many residents of four districts around Lake Chilwa in eastern Malawi. But health authorities and people living along the shores are accusing each other of contributing to the outbreak. Lameck Masina reports from the cholera-hit district of Zomba, in southeastern Malawi.
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    Video Gbagbo Trial Exposes Persistent Divisions in Ivory Coast

    The trial of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court exposes persistent divisions in Ivory Coast. Gbagbo is on trial for alleged crimes against civilians during the 2010-2011 post-election violence in his country. As the trial opened in the Hague on Thursday, Gbagbo's supporters claimed he is innocent, while his opponents expressed concern that he may not be punished enough. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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    Video HRW Report: Politics of Fear Threatens Human Rights

    Governments are using the politics of fear to roll back human rights. That is how Human Rights Watch describes the current situation around the world in its newly released: World Report 2016. The organization warns dissent is being crushed and rights curtailed by both authoritarian and democratic governments. Alberto Pimienta has more.
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    Video Report: World Freedom in Decline for 10th Year

    A new study suggests global economic downturns and fear of social unrest led to increased political repression by authoritarian governments in 2015. The 2015 report published by the non-partisan group, Freedom House, rated the degree of democratic freedoms in nations around the world. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the story.
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    Video Leather a Boost for Ethiopian Economy

    Leather industry is booming in Ethiopia as the government offers generous incentives to producers. As Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from Addis Ababa, the sector is poised for rapid growth.
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    Video Ivory Coast: Refugees' Return Sparks Land-title Disputes

    Ivory Coast's 2010-2011 political crisis forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries. Most of them left everything behind. When they got back, some found their land occupied by others, leading to clashes and inter-communal tensions in the west of the country. With more refugees coming back, the conflict threatens to impede the reconciliation the country has been looking for. Emilie IOB reports.
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    Video Mobile Platform Helps Poor Kenyans Get Health Care

    In Kenya, an I.T. platform is helping low-income earners get the kind of affordable health insurance that was once only available to the middle class and the affluent. It's giving residents in the Nairobi slum of Kibera access to much-needed health care through their mobile devices. So far, 10-thousand Kibera residents are using the technology.
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    Video Internet Users at Kenyan Cybercafes Required to Produce ID

    Kenya's Communications Authority has issued a rule requiring all Internet users at cybercafes to produce identification cards or birth certificates.The authority says the move is designed to curb hacking and terrorism, but critics say it infringes upon constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
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    Video UNICEF: More Than Half of S. Sudanese Children Out of School

    UNICEF says South Sudan is home to the highest proportion of out-of-school children, with more than half of primary and lower secondary age children not getting education. Niger is a close second with 47 percent unable to attend school, followed by Sudan and Afghanistan. According to UNICEF, nearly 24 million children in 22 countries have no access to schools. Zlatica Hoke reports violence and poverty are the main reasons that so many children grow up without education.
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    Video In Kenya, Blind Students Learn Through Technology

    Until recently, blind and visually impaired students in Kenya were still using Braille books for their studies. But Kenyan schools for the blind are now beginning to adopt technology that provides material in a audible form -- and in the process expands their opportunities. Lenny Ruvaga reports from the town of Thika.
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    Video Mozambique Refugees Fleeing to Malawi

    Malawi continues receiving hundreds of refugees from Mozambique six months after RENAMO fighters carried out two attacks in Tete province. The fighting in July forced more than 700 people into Malawi and refugees say they continue to flee atrocities and killings by militias. Lameck Masina reports for VOA from a refugee camp in Malawi's Mwanza district, home to more than 2,500 refugees who fled atrocities in Tete province.
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    Video Central Africans in Diaspora Praise Recent CAR Elections

    While thousands of Central African refugees at a camp in Cameroon were able to cast ballots in their country's recent presidential elections, others in other parts of the world couldn’t. But regardless of who becomes the next leader after a runoff ballot this month, Central Africans say they can’t wait for their country to emerge from its crisis. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports.
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    Video Abidjan Zoo Slowly Recovering After Years in Crisis

    The Abidjan zoo is slowly coming back to life after years of crisis and funding shortfalls. It became a symbol of devastation when dozens of animals starved during the 2010-2011 conflict amid fighting outside its walls. New lions and zebras have arrived, but hurdles remain to restoring the zoo to its glory days. Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan.


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    February 05, 2016 5:58 PM
    VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines in Africa.

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