South Africa's President Jacob Zuma gestures during a media briefing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Union Building in Pretoria, Nov. 26, 2014.
South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance party says its case against President Jacob Zuma's private house upgrade will proceed next week as originally planned, despite the president's offer to pay back some of the public funds used for the upgrade.South Africa's public prosecutor, Thuli Madonsela, ruled in 2014 that Zuma benefited from the security upgrade of his house in Nkandla, which cost the public $23 million. The changes made to the home include a visitors center,…
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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:32
A man walks past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko Haram in Dalori village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jan. 31, 2016.
Funding for a multinational force to combat Boko Haram's deadly Islamist insurgency in West and Central Africa remains well short of its target, an African Union official said on Tuesday. So far donors, including Nigeria and France, have pledged about $250 million to fund the 8,700-strong regional force, the African Union's Peace and Security Council said after a meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss funding. The talks followed the militia's latest…
Ethiopia South Sudan Violence
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar visits Egypt Wednesday at the invitation of Egyptian leader Abel Fattah El Sissi. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, secretary for foreign affairs of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition, said talks will center on getting Egypt to support the implementation of last August’s agreement to end the South Sudan conflict.   Machar's visit comes on the heels of last week’s African Union summit, where…
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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 16:00
The Niger Delta, in Nigeria
An attack on a petroleum pipeline in Nigeria’s restive Niger Delta region last week sent crude gushing into creeks and raised fears of a renewed insurgency in the country’s oil production heartland.Senator Ben Murray-Bruce says the flow of oil from a ruptured pipeline near the Bayelsa State community of Brass has been stopped. He says he didn’t know how much oil has been spilled.A spokesman for Italian multinational Eni, parent company of pipeline…
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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:08
In this photo taken Feb. 2, 2016, a hole is seen in a plane operated by Daallo Airlines as it sits on the runway of the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Somali authorities have found the body of a missing passenger from a plane that made an emergency landing at Mogadishu airport after a blast ripped a hole through it Tuesday. Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ali Ahmed Jama “Jangali” told VOA Somali that the body of the person, found near the town of Bal’ad, is in the hands of the investigators. He said it will take days to determine what caused the explosion on the plane, operated by…
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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:28
Zimbabwe journalists outside the Constitutional Court after it struck off defamation in the southern African country, Feb. 3, 2016. (Sebastian Mhofu/VOA)
Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has struck down a criminal defamation law that had led to hundreds of journalists being arrested in past years.  Justices from Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court unanimously struck down the criminal defamation law after an official from the attorney general's office, Venrandah Munyoro, was forced to concede the legislation had no place in a democracy. She refused to speak to journalists after the…
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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:39
Feb. 11, 2010. Terekeka, Southern Sudan. Former U.S. President and Carter Center Founder Jimmy Carter watches while Garbino, a young farmer with a Guinea worm disease, receives free treatment from a village volunteer trained by The Carter Center in p
Former US President Jimmy Carter says that Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated, which would be the most exciting accomplishment of his career, although progress is hampered by ongoing conflict in Mali and South Sudan.Carter has led a campaign since 1986 through his foundation, the Carter Center, to rid the world of the once-widespread disease. With only 22 cases worldwide last year, they may now be on the cusp of wiping it out forever."It'd be the most exciting and…