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Zambian Police Question Opposition Leader

Opposition party spokesman Cornelius Mweetwa accuses President Edgar Lungu of insecurity in wake of narrow election victory More

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Chad's President: Boko Haram Leader Must Surrender

Idriss Deby says Abubakar Shekau narrowly escaped when Chadian forces liberated Nigerian town of Dikwa on Tuesday More

Some of the goats that were left stranded in flooded waters as owners saved their own lives at Makanga Area in Southern Malawi. (Lameck Masina for VOA News)

Help Arrives for Animals in Malawi's Flood-ravaged South

In the worst hit district of Nsanje, losses included 5,000 cattle, 38,000 goats and 11,000 sheep More

Mothetjoa Metsing, leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), gestures after speaking to Reuters in the capital Maseru, Feb. 26, 2015.

Audio Lesotho Prime Minister to Pave Way for New Administration

Former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili led his Democratic Congress party to form a coalition, gain parliamentary majority More

People lay flowers and pay their respects where constitutional law expert Gilles Cistac was murdered on March 3, 2015 in Maputo, Mozambique.

Mozambique: Opposition Lawyer's Killing Reminds of Violent Past

Gilles Cistac had drawn criticism from government media in recent weeks More


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Cash Brings Relief, But Not Recovery, to Oil-Polluted Nigerian Communityi
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A pair of oil spills in 2008 and 2009 polluted the waters around the town of Bodo, in Nigeria’s southern Rivers State. A settlement between the Shell oil company and the affected community that was negotiated in January put cash in the pockets of townspeople, but it did not undo the environmental damage to the area around Bodo. Chris Stein reports.
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Video Cash Brings Relief, But Not Recovery, to Oil-Polluted Nigerian Community

A pair of oil spills in 2008 and 2009 polluted the waters around the town of Bodo, in Nigeria’s southern Rivers State. A settlement between the Shell oil company and the affected community that was negotiated in January put cash in the pockets of townspeople, but it did not undo the environmental damage to the area around Bodo. Chris Stein reports.
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Video Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Image

Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
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Video Land Disputes Arise Amid Uganda Oil Boom

Ugandan police say there has been a sharp increase in land disputes, with 10 new cases being reported each day. The claims come amid an oil boom as investors appear to be cashing in by selling parcels of land to multiple buyers. Meanwhile, the people who have been living on the land for decades are chased away, sometimes with a heavy hand. VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
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Video Liberian President Expresses Gratitude for US Ebola Support

On her first trip to Washington since her country declared a state of emergency over the Ebola outbreak last July, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged the difference American involvement made in the fight against the deadly virus. She also discussed the need for economic reconstruction and sustained investment in the region’s public health infrastructure to help prevent future outbreaks. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video Western Students Outsourcing Their Homework to Kenya

Freelance writers in Kenya may be contributing more to academic research in the United States and Europe than we know. For a fee, Kenyans are increasingly writing assignments for students abroad. This academic outsourcing raises all kinds of ethical issues, though writers say the money is too good to turn down. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports.
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Video FGM Remains Rampant in Some Kenyan Communities

Each February, the U.N. holds the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation [FGM]. The practice is believed to affect more than 140 million girls and women globally. The U.N. has pledged since 2012 to eliminate FGM, and billions of dollars have been spent creating awareness of the dangers it creates. But in a remote rural district in southwest Kenya, the practice is deeply rooted, and the community doesn't shy away from what it is doing. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf reports.
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Video Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy Driving Animals Away from Humans

In Laikipia, Kenyan rangers are driving game farther into a 36,000 hectare conservancy to protect the animals from conflict with encroaching humans. Lenny Ruvaga went along as wildlife officials used trucks and helicopters in the Ol Pejeta conservancy to protect game from being killed by locals either for food or protection. He brings us this report.
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Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
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Video Disruption in Sending Cash Home Distresses Somali Immigrants

Every year Somalis in the U.S. send hundreds of millions of dollars back home to help their families make ends meet. But in February the U.S. bank that handled more than half of these cash transfers to Somalia decided to shut down its services, and smaller banks providing such services are also planning to eliminate them soon. That has left Somali communities worried for their families back home who are now desperate for new ways to get the funds. VOA’s June Soh has more details.
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Video New Fighting Sends Surge of Refugees to Sudan's Border Region

Fighting in the war-torn Nuba mountains in Sudan has led to an increase in the number of Sudanese refugees fleeing to South Sudan in the last month. In addition to an estimated 1.4 million internally displaced people, South Sudan is also now home to around 250,000 Sudanese. Adam Bailes reports from Yida, where more than 80,000 of them have taken refuge.
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Video Terror Attack In Mogadishu Kills 25, Including Government Officials

A terrorist attack on a popular hotel in Somalia's capital that killed as many as 25 people sparks renewed security concerns in the country that suffered two decades of anarchy after a civil war broke out in 1991. While the government hopes to mobilize Somalis to join forces in rebuilding their country, the militant Islamic group al-Shabab continues to stage attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere. Zlatica Hoke has this story.
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Video World Powers Broadening Efforts to Fight Extremists

The U.S. has announced a series of regional summits and other events to galvanize international efforts to combat violent extremism. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the issue Thursday as delegates from more than 60 countries gathered in Washington seeking ways to counter efforts by extremists to recruit and radicalize. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Space Observatory Offers Ethiopia Pathway to Stars, Development

Space technology is new to Ethiopia, but a lot is expected from two new telescopes that are part of Ethiopia’s development program. VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
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Video Pollution is Silent Killer in Uganda

Pollution is said to be the biggest killer in developing countries. Contaminated air, water and soil claim millions of lives every year. And with rapid urbanization and economic growth come fears that these numbers will only rise in years to come. In Uganda, the effects of pollution on people are becoming more visible, as Serginho Roosblad reports for VOA from Kampala.
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Video Sudan’s Government Accused of Stepping Up Shelling of Civilians in Nuba Mountains

In Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, residents of the frontline village of Um Serdiba, in Um Dorein county, say they have been subjected to relentless shelling and aerial bombings by Sudan’s military since the end of last year. Adam Bailes reports from Um Serdiba.
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Video In Uganda, Lease-to-Own Boda Bodas are Good Business

Boda bodas, or motorcycle taxis, are one of the main forms of transport in Uganda. But the costs of buying one and starting your own business are high. Now, an American entrepreneur has started a lease-to-own boda boda business -- with good results. There are about 800 paying drivers and 200 on the waiting list. Serginho Roosblad has more from Kampala.
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Video Vigilantes Settle Local Scores With Boko Haram

Last year, Nigerian forces swept in and retook a series of towns that had been overrun by the extremist group Boko Haram in northeastern Adamawa state. But they did not fight alone: Local vigilantes joined in with makeshift weapons and helped the soldiers retake their hometowns. VOA's Chris Stein reports.
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Video Nigerian Election Delay Draws Mixed Reaction

There is mixed reaction to the six-week postponement of Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections. The vote was delayed by the nation’s independent National Electoral Commission, primarily because of security concerns in northeastern Nigeria. VOA's Paul Sisco reports.
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Video Kenya Looks for HIV-Safe Birth Control

The Kenya Medical Research Institute said women using the popular birth control injection known as Depo Provera are at risk of HIV infection. After observing 228 Nairobi women using various contraceptives, researchers found that women using Depo Provera have higher levels of a chemical suspected of making them more prone to HIV infection. Mohammed Yusuf reports from the Kenyan capital.
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Video Conflict in CAR Challenges Food Production

The past several years of sectarian violence following a 2013 coup have left the Central African Republic’s agricultural sector devastated. Agriculture once made up 54% of the GDP, but since the onset of the crisis food production has plummeted, and food prices in the market have skyrocketed -- compromising the sustainability of agriculture and foreshadowing a deeper food crisis. Emilie Iob has more from Bangui.

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In China, Britain's Prince William Calls for End to Ivory Trade

Royal has been critical of Beijing over its ivory use, while animal rights groups say country's growing appetite for contraband material has fueled surge in poaching in Africa
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Lesotho Opposition Forms Coalition After Snap Election

Democratic Congress leader Pakalitha Mosisili declared head of coalition that also includes Lesotho Congress for Democracy, five smaller parties
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S. Sudan's Warring Sides Criticize UN Sanction Threat

If imposed, sanctions would freeze assets, travel for anyone seen as obstructing peace process or committing human rights abuses
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Study: Diseases Mistaken for Malaria

Lead investigator says febrile diseases misdiagnosed on massive scale
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Former Allies Sue Mugabe, ZANU-PF for Breaching Rules

Lawsuit, filed at Zimbabwe's High Court, challenges Mugabe's changes to the party's constitution and appointment of his wife Grace to lead ZANU-PF women's wing
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