Sudanese demonstrators from the Darfur region chant slogans as they arrive to be part of a mass anti-government protest outside Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, April 30, 2019.
Tensions between Sudan’s ruling military council and protesters have spiked after the military warned it could remove barricades near their month-long sit-in.  Protesters responded by fortifying obstacles around the protest camp and calling for a mass rally to pressure the military to hand over power to civilians.Sudan’s main protest group, the Sudanese Professionals Association, has called for a mass rally to begin Thursday at one o'clock in the afternoon, with…
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Like many rural South Africans, 38-year-old nurse Olga Fokazi lives in a town that since 1994 has been ruled by the powerful African National Congress. And like the majority of voters in her area, she has faithfully supported them in every national election, most recently in 2014. The party has dominated every national poll since the beginning of democracy in 1994.But as elections approach on May 8, the ANC is preparing to fight the toughest battle of its 25-year run. In recent…
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Aggrey Idris (arm in sling), interviewed by VOA's John Tanza Addis Ababa in 2015. (Photo: South Sudan in Focus)
A new U.N. report says South Sudanese security agents likely executed two prominent critics of the government who vanished in Kenya in January 2017.South Sudan's government has repeatedly denied responsibility for the disappearance of human rights lawyer Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, a member of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO).But the U.N. Panel of Experts on South Sudan says it verified evidence strongly suggesting that Luak and Idri…
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A woman plays with her baby inside a Roman Catholic Church in Pemba city on the northeastern coast of Mozambique in this Monday, April, 29, 2019 photo.
Next to a marble pulpit inside a Catholic church, a young Muslim girl chases around with other children.The church has become a home for her and nearly 1,000 others from different faiths as they wait out the aftermath of Mozambique’s latest devastating cyclone.Situated in the heart of this predominantly Muslim but diverse city ravaged by Cyclone Kenneth, the Maria Auxiliadora parish houses those displaced by the storm in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique’s northernmost…
Illegal migrants who attempted to sail to Europe, sit in a boat carrying them back to Libya, after their boat was intercepted at sea by the Libyan coast guard, at Khoms, Libya May 6, 2015. Libya's coast guard detained on Wednesday almost 600 illegal
Libya's coast guard says it has rescued 96 Europe-bound migrants off the Mediterranean coast.Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says Wednesday a rubber boat carrying the migrants, mostly from Africa, stopped Tuesday off the coast of the western town of Khoms.
Demonstrators holding wooden shields are confronted by police during a protest against the Federal Fiscal Control Board, as part of the May Day celebration, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 1, 2019.
Higher salaries, better working conditions, maternity leave, minimum wage and an end to discrimination against temporary or foreign workers: These were among the concerns as hundreds of thousands of union members and labor activists rallied around the world to mark May Day.The tradition of May Day marches for workers' rights began in the United States in the 1880s. It quickly spread to other countries at a time when industrialization pitted poorly paid employees who had few…
FILE - Used food tins are stacked at a field hospital of the International Rescue Committee, IRC, in the town of  Dadaab, Kenya, July 26, 2011.
Habibou Iba's twin sons are wasting away at the age of seven months after existing on a diet of millet and water. The family was forced out of their home in January when their village in northern Burkina Faso was attacked as jihadist and ethnic violence escalated in the West African nation. Aid agencies have distributed the typical rations of dry cereals, oil and beans, but what the children really need is milk, said Iba who is too weak to breastfeed. …