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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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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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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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United Nations and international agencies warn the lives of millions of people in Sudan are at risk, saying the world is turning a blind eye to the enormous humanitarian needs facing this war-torn country. Kenyan doctors continue their strike calling for better pay and working conditions, but President William Ruto says the country has no money to …
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On Daybreak Africa: Calls grow for justice and accountability as Sudan marks one year of conflict. Plus, striking Kenyan doctors reject another government ultimatum to end a month-long strike for better pay. A US-based Professor of Applied Economics calls for the disbandment of Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank. Malawi halts Soybean exports amid a drop in yi…
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160 groups are urging the Biden administration to approve an 18-month Temporary Protected Status, or “TPS,” for Congolese citizens, saying clashes involving militant groups over territory and natural resources, extrajudicial killings by security forces and rising tensions with Rwanda have led to chaos. Claude Kamana, the President of the Congolese …
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Environmentalists say the people of Nigeria's oil rich Delta are running out of patience over their demand for Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell to clean up vast polluted areas before leaving the country. Nimo Bassey is the director of the ecological think tank, Mother Earth Foundation. He told VOA's Chinedu Offor that conditions have worsened as more sp…
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A judge in Liberia has jailed a local chief (named Zoe) since Tuesday for failure to produce three young women who were allegedly taken by force, detained, and initiated into the Sande Society to undergo female genital mutilation. Counsellor Swaliho Sesay represents the Liberian ministries of Justice and Internal Affairs. He tells VOA’s James Butty…
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A judge in Liberia has jailed a local chief (named Zoe) since Tuesday for failing to produce three young women who were allegedly taken by force, detained, and likely initiated into the Sande Society to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Liberia does not have a legal mechanism banning female circumcision, although the National Council of Chie…
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Striking Kenyan doctors have rejected another government ultimatum to end a month-long strike for better pay and improved working conditions. The doctors also got a boost from opposition leader Raila Odinga who appealed to the government to re-instate the Ksh206,000 (about $1,590) for intern doctors until the next negotiations. President William Ru…
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Opposition candidates are accusing Chad’s military ruler General Mahamat Idriss Deby of flouting election rules and launching his campaign before the official starting date on Sunday. More than 150 organizations delivered a letter to President Joe Biden and top cabinet officials, urging approval of an initial, 18-month Temporary Protected Status, a…
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A labor group says Nigerians are having a tough time handling a government-mandated electricity tariff hike. The Association of Electricity and Allied Companies warned of possible social unrest if President Bola Tinubu fails to reverse the over 245% increase. Political analyst Abubakar Mohammed tells VOA's Chinedu Offor that power supply has worsen…
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On Daybreak Africa: South Sudan tells the UN to stop interfering into its internal affairs. Plus, Malawi bans Soybean exports amid a yield drop. Another Zimbabwe opposition politician bows out from active politics. Senegal’s new president proposes an action plan to strengthen the country’s flagging economy. Nigeria’s electricity rate hike upsets co…
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The opposition Egyptian Party for Development and Reform urged President Abdel Fattaf al-Sisi to form a strong cabinet that can tackle the economic crisis and focus on industrial and agricultural production. It also asked Sisi to enact political reforms that support political parties and allows them to compete for the peaceful transition of power. …
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In Zimbabwe, another opposition leader has announced he’s leaving active politics. The New Zimbabwe website reports that Tendai Biti, one of the three vice presidents of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) says he needs a sabbatical. In January this year, Triple C founder and President Nelson Chamisa abruptly resigned from the party,…
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30 years ago, one of the darkest episodes of the late 20th century occurred: more than 800,000 men, women and children were slaughtered in Rwanda. Most were ethnic Tutsis, but moderate Hutus were also murdered. The nation was rebuilt, but the trauma of genocide still lingers today. Nola Haynes, a political science professor at Georgetown University…
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The Liberian Senate on Tuesday concurred with the lower House to establish a war and economic crimes court. The decision came after the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, Beth Van Schaack, held meetings with the two chambers of the legislature. Rita Jlogbe Doue has details from Monrovia.…
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On Daybreak Africa: Liberia’s Senate approves the creation of a war crimes court. Plus, a South African court says former President Jacob Zuma can compete in the May elections. We’ll have additional analysis on the South African court’s ruling. The Malawi Police arrest a journalist over a fraud story. The likely effects of Sudan’s ongoing conflict …
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Nigerians are having a difficult time coping with a government mandated electric tariff hike according to the Association of Electricity and Allied Companies. The group warned of a possible social unrest if President Bola Tinubu fails to reverse the over 245 percent increase. Political and social analyst Dr. Abubakar Mohammed told VOA's Chinedu Off…
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A political analyst says Tuesday’s court ruling in favor of former South African President Jacob Zuma restores a certain degree of faith in the country’s judicial system. The court ruled that Zuma’s name should remain on the ballot for the May 29 general elections. Zuma wants to run on the ticket of the uMkhonto we Sizwe, or MK party. The Electoral…
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The United Nations refugee agency reports thousands of people flee Sudan every day in search of safety as the conflict, which has been raging for nearly a year, shows no signs of abating. South Africa’s electoral court ruled that former President Jacob Zuma can run in the May 29 general election, overturning an electoral commission decision to bar …
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Rwanda genocide survivors continue to grapple with fear and trauma, which they say is exacerbated by misinformation and genocide denial. Two senior U.N. officials have been in Zambia to assess the country’s worst drought in 20 years, and say the affected communities need immediate humanitarian aid. With South Africa’s election set for May 29th, hig…
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Sudan's prosecutor's office accused on Wednesday former prime minister Abdalla Hamdok of "inciting war against the state" and other charges that could carry the death penalty, according to state television. The prosecutor's office is loyal to military chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, whose regular armed forces have been at war since April 2023 with pa…
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Sudan’s former Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and 15 others, including journalists who live abroad, have been accused of inciting war against the state by the nation’s prosecutor’s office, according to state television.For more, VOA’s Mohamed Elshinnawi spoke to David Monda, a political science professor at City University of New York.…
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The World Food Program reports a convoy of food aid has reached the war-wracked Darfur region for the first time in months. Africa’s leading diamond producer, Botswana, has written to the Group of Seven leading industrial countries seeking to reverse an initiative requiring all producers to send gems to Belgium for certification. In the Democratic …
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On Daybreak Africa: Somalia said it expelled Ethiopia’s ambassador in Mogadishu and ordered the closure of two consulates – one each in the semi-autonomous Puntland region in a dispute over a port deal. Plus, the speaker of the South African parliament resigns, and is arrested and charged with corruption. Malawi lawmakers tussle over proposed age l…
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Pandemonium erupted in the Malawi Parliament on Thursday as tensions flared among lawmakers from the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over a proposed bill aimed at capping the age for presidential and parliamentary candidates at 80 years. The situation forced the second deputy speaker of parliament to suspend those involved in the…
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Kenyan doctors have vowed to continue their 23-day-old strike to demand better pay and improved working conditions. This, after a labor court in Nairobi Wednesday ordered the doctors to suspend the strike and complete negotiations with the government within 14 days. The doctors say the government has failed to implement a collective bargaining agre…
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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission said the recent triple increase in electricity tariff will attract more investment into the country's epileptic power sector. Labor and civil society groups are blasting the new rate saying citizens are forced to pay for "darkness". Patrick Nwinyokpugi is an Economics lecturer at the University of Port…
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South Africa's speaker of parliament Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has surrendered to police after a court refused to hear her application to prevent her arrest on corruption allegations. The Africa Center for Strategic Studies study shows disinformation is a growing challenge to stable African societies, and that China’s Africa-focused media try to impr…
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U.S. President Joe Biden said late Tuesday he is "outraged and heartbroken" after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed seven workers from the aid group World Central Kitchen. Biden said the attack was not a stand-alone incident, and that Israel "has not done enough to protect aid workers trying to deliver desperately needed help to civilians." Both …
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On Daybreak Africa: Togo's government postpones legislative elections due to be held April 20 until an unspecified date. Plus, Uganda’s Constitutional Court refuses to block the enforcement of an Anti-Gay Law. We will speak with one of the petitioners in the case. Zimbabwe appeals for $2 billion to avert food insecurity. Some Guinean political part…
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Health authorities in Nigeria are sounding the alarm over rising cases of meningitis in several northern states, warning of an outbreak if not contained. The World Health Organization classifies meningitis as an epidemic-prone disease requiring immediate notification, investigation, and necessary action. Dr. Kachi Nwoga is an epidemiologist and Vic…
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A political analyst says South Africa’s speaker of parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, did the honorable thing for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party by resigning. Professor Sipho Seepe, a former Deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Support at the University of Zululand, says it was simply a matter of time before the National Pro…
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Zimbabwe has appealed to the United Nations, aid agencies and citizens for $2 billion to avert food insecurity caused by the current El Nino-induced drought. But as Columbus Mavhunga reports from Harare, analysts say Zimbabwe – once a breadbasket of the region – could mitigate the drought if it fixes its irrigation systems, which displaced commerci…
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