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Africa News Tonight is a lively news magazine featuring VOA correspondent reports, interviews with African officials, opposition leaders, NGOs and human rights activists. News feature stories look at science and technology, environmental issues, humanitarian topics and the African diaspora.
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Nightline Africa is a 60-minute news magazine program highlighting the latest issues and developments on the continent. Correspondents from Washington and across Africa offer in-depth interviews, analysis and features on African arts and culture, sports, and music
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Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, culture, public policy, or academia debate and discuss a critical issue in the news. This program brings depth, perspective, and insight to the world around us.
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The United States Africa Command has organized a conference in Botswana with defense chiefs from 30 African countries next week to discuss the security and stability challenges. U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee represents the U.S. state of Michigan, and he is part of a delegation now on the continent advocating for greater ties. South Africa’s rand stre…
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On Daybreak Africa: U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi marked World Refugee Day Thursday in Sudan and South Sudan where he appealed for an end to the war. Plus, Malawi swears in a new vice president Friday, Rwandans vote in presidential elections in two weeks. The ANC Youth League asks new the coalition government to focus on issues…
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Amnesty International has called on authorities in Namibia to ensure the safety of the LGBTQ+ community as a court prepares to rule Friday in a case challenging the laws that criminalize same-sex relations. Vitalio Angula reports from Windhoek NamibiaKirjoittanut Vitalio Angula
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Rwandans will head to the polls on 15 July for presidential and parliamentary elections. They will choose between three presidential candidates, including current President Paul Kagame. Kagame has governed Rwanda for decades, securing presidential victories in the elections of 2003, 2010, and 2017. Each time, he got over 90 percent of the vote. VOA…
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After months of expressing anger on social media, thousands of Kenyans gathered in Nairobi and elsewhere this week to protest a bill that would increase taxes to pay for loans and development. Demonstrations that began Tuesday continued into a third day, even as the government scaled back part of the proposed tax increases. The protest Thursday wen…
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The African National Congress Youth League has been reacting to the inauguration of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and the formation of a Government of National Unity (or GNU) this week. Addressing the media Thursday, ANC Youth League President Collen Malatji called on the coalition government to focus on issues critical to the youth…
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Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has named Dr. Michael Biswick Usi as the country’s new vice president. He replaces the late Vice President Chilima who died in a plane crash on June 10 along with eight other Malawian officials. According to Malawi’s constitution the president must appoint his second-in-command within seven days from the date of a …
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In marking World Refugee Day, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is appealing to nations to keep their doors open to the many people fleeing conflict, persecution and abuse. Refugees in Uganda are adopting skills to support themselves amid food cuts by the government and its aid partners, saying it’s time they learn to live on their own rather…
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On Daybreak Africa: As the international community and the UN mark World Refugee Day, aid groups say they lack the funding to handle crises in Sudan, Somalia, the Sahel, and other places .Plus, a group of six-thousand Sudanese refugees are trapped by local militias in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. Cyril Ramaphosa is inaugurated for his second term as S…
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Africa News Tonight is a lively news magazine show featuring VOA correspondent reports, interviews with African officials, opposition leaders, NGOs and human rights activists. News feature stories look at science and technology, environmental issues, humanitarian topics, and the African diaspora.Kirjoittanut VOA Africa
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On Daybreak Africa: Today is Juneteenth federal holiday in the US and a call for reparations and self-reliance by all African peoples. Plus, Biden and Trump campaign for Black votes during the Juneteenth holiday. Kenya’s parliament to meet today and tomorrow to take up the controversial Finance Bill. Civil society protests ADF rebel advances in eas…
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A team of Haitian police commanders on Tuesday met Kenya’s inspector general of police ahead of a planned deployment to the Caribbean country expected to take place by the end of June. According to local media, the Haitian police also met commanders of the 1,000 Kenyan officers who will be deployed as part of the multinational peacekeeping mission.…
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The lower house of Kenya’s parliament will meet Wednesday to consider the controversial 2024 Finance Bill. The whole parliament is expected to meet Thursday. This comes as hundreds of Kenyans took to the streets on Tuesday to express their disapproval of the bill which proposes taxes on several items, including bread, cars, and mobile phones. The g…
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Wednesday is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the day in 1865 that slaves in Texas learned of the end of slavery in the United States. President Joe Biden made it a federal holiday in 2021. Kofi Asante, executive producer and artistic director for the Philadelphia Juneteenth Family, tells VOA’s James Butty, true emancipation should begin with re…
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In the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, several activities remained paralyzed on Tuesday in the towns of Beni and Butembo and in the territories of Beni and Lubero, in the province of North Kivu. This was at the request of civil society organizations to protest against the massacres of around a hundred civilians by the Allied Democratic Fo…
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At least two people died and dozens suffered serious injuries when a fight broke out between two communities in the holy city of Medina Gounas in eastern Senegal. As the number of displaced persons and refugees grows, the Norwegian Refugee Council says conflict has been one of the biggest drivers of the surge, stretching resources to the breaking p…
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On Daybreak Africa: Protests are planned for today calling Kenyan parliamentarians not to approve the 2024 Finance Bill. Plus, a Zimbabwe opposition leader and some of his supporters are expected to appear in court Tuesday for allegedly holding an unlawful meeting. Sudanese refugees learn English to adapt to their new home in Uganda. Sierra Leone’s…
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One of the chief obstacles for Sudanese refugees trying to build new lives in Uganda is the language barrier. Some of the estimated 40,000 people who arrived in recent months had limited English skills – and not enough to hold jobs or move easily through Ugandan society. A women’s empowerment group in central Uganda is trying to change that. Halima…
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In Zimbabwe, the leader of a breakaway faction of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) and some of his supporters are expected to appear in court Tuesday for allegedly holding an unlawful meeting and for disorderly conduct. According to the New Zimbabwe, Jameson Timba and 78 others were arrested over the weekend. Tendai Ruben Mbofana,…
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Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio is calling on members of the Tripartite Committee to stay focused and complete their work. The committee was established to review the country’s electoral systems following the controversial June 2023 presidential polls and is supposed to submit its report Wednesday. The appeal comes after the main opposition…
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If all goes as planned, Sierra Leone’s Tripartite Committee, established to review the country’s electoral systems following the controversial June 2023 presidential polls, is supposed to submit its report Wednesday. It is made up of seven members from the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party, seven from the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples…
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South Africa is embarking on its first coalition government, which will be dominated by the African National Congress, the ANC, and the Democratic Alliance, the DA. In its latest update on Ethiopia, the United Nations human rights office says violent conflicts have led to serious human rights violations and abuses, as the government begins a nation…
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On Daybreak Africa: South African President Ramaphosa is scheduled to be inaugurated on Wednesday and will name a government of national unity. Plus, two political parties are challenging the results of South Africa’s May 29th elections. We’ll examine the prospects for peace in Sudan. A local organization gives hope to hundreds Illiterate women in …
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The United Nations Security Council has demanded a halt to the siege of Sudan’s al-Fashir city by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and an immediate end to fighting. This, as the UN described the devastation as the largest displacement of a population in the world. David Shinn is professor of African Studies at the George Washington University.…
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Two political parties are challenging the results of South Africa’s May 29th presidential and provincial elections. They are uMkhonto weSizwe or MK party and the African Transformation (ATM) party. The Mail & Guardian reports the ATM says it is a victim of miscalculations, vote rigging, and voter corruption, while the MK is demanding a recount due …
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Following his election by parliament for a second term on Friday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to be inaugurated this Wednesday. The president is also expected to announce members of the Government of National Unity (GNU) comprising the African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the Inkatha Freedom Par…
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Africa commemorated the Day of the African Child Sunday. The day had its beginning on June 16, 1971, when thousands of South African students in Soweto Township marched and demanded to be taught in their own language, not the Afrikaans language of apartheid South Africa. Police responded and killed hundreds of students. The theme of this year’s cel…
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Sudan's army says its forces have killed the central commander of Darfur of the Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, or RSF, Ali Yagoub Gibril. South Africans are waiting for the results of the presidential election in the country’s Parliament, a vote incumbent Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to win, after his African National Congress formed a …
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On Daybreak Africa: The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Christopher Wray visits Kenya to bolster security collaboration. South Africa’s parliament meets today for the first time since elections as the ANC considers a government of national unity. We’ll have analysis about which parties could be likely coalition partners with the ANC. U…
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South Africa’s parliament is expected to assemble Friday, the first time since the May 29th presidential and provincial elections. The lawmakers will elect a speaker, deputy speaker and president of South Africa. Meanwhile, the ruling African National Congress is on the verge of announcing a national unity government. But first, the ruling African …
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ANC Secretary General Fikile Mbalula briefed the media Thursday evening following a meeting of the ANC National Executive Council meeting. South Africa’s parliament is expected to convene Friday, the first time since the May 29th presidential and provincial elections. The lawmakers are expected to elect a speaker, deputy speaker and president of So…
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Uganda has passed a record budget of 72 trillion Uganda shillings or more than 19 billion USD. It is higher than last financial year’s $14 billion budget by at least 5 billion dollars. The budget comes with new taxes on fuel and mobile banking. Reporter Mugume Davis Rwakaringi has more from KampalaKirjoittanut Mugume Davis Rwakaringi
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Millions of people across the world require immediate blood transfusions as they seek medical attention in healthcare facilities. Data from the World Health Organization shows that people experiencing traumatic injury, obstetric bleeding and pediatric anemia each year need access to blood transfusions. As the international community marks World Blo…
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South Africa’s new unity government is beginning to take shape, with members of parliament expected to re-elect African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa as president on Friday. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, reports global forced displacement surged to historic heights last year driven by conflict, persecution, human rights viola…
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On Daybreak Africa: A United Nations panel of experts has accused Uganda of clandestinely offering support to (M23) rebels who are currently engaged in an all-out war against Democratic Republic of Congo troops in the eastern part of the country. Plus, experts say South Africa’s international relations could change dramatically depending on which p…
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International relations experts say South Africa’s foreign policy could change dramatically in the near future, depending on which parties are in a coalition government. The African National Congress’s recent poor election results means it cannot govern alone, as it has since 1994. The ANC’s lack of a significant majority in parliament also means i…
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Another female presidential hopeful says she has been denied participation in Rwanda’s July 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections. This, as the Rwandan Electoral Commission is set to announce the final list of approved candidates on Friday. Already denied is Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza because the authorities say she has been convicted and im…
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Africa’s longest river flows through 11 countries, helping to sustain more than 200 million people directly or indirectly. However, the very lifeblood of these nations is under threat from increasing human activity upstream that poses a significant risk to the River Nile's fragile ecosystem. Sheila Ponnie reports from Bor, in Jonglei State, South S…
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The Uganda Monitor newspaper reports a panel of experts says Uganda has allowed the M23 and other rebel leaders to evade international sanctions, including hosting them. Uganda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Oryem Henry Okello says the accusations are baseless. He tells VOA’s Douglas Mpuga, that on the contrary Uganda has been trying to br…
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The Malawi government has announced the funeral arrangements of Vice President Saulos Chilima who died Monday in a plane crash along with eight other Malawian government officials. The government also says the Malawi military will launch an investigation into the cause of the crash. Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu tells VOA’s James Butty, the fu…
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