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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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The Malawi government says Vice President Saulos Chilima will be honored with a state funeral after he was killed along with eight other people in a plane crash. Equity Bank Kenya is known for its commitment to inclusivity, serving diverse customer segments, including refugees and high-net-worth individuals. Tunisia and China say they are establish…
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On Daybreak Africa: Malawi declares a 21-day mourning period for Vice President Chilima and eight other officials killed in a plane crash. Plus, the Nigerian military denies mistreating Boko Haram survivors. Activists express concern about the latest arrests in Tanzania and Uganda of opponents of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline. Ghana’s opposit…
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Nigeria’s military has denied allegations of inhumane treatment toward women and girls who survived Boko Haram and are in military custody. A new report by rights group Amnesty International accuses the military of various violations, including unlawful detention and neglect. Timothy Obiezu reports from Abuja,…
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Malawi’s late vice president, Saulos Chilima, is being remembered as a well-loved person who dedicated his life to serving Malawi. Vice President Chilima and eight other Malawian officials died Monday when their plane crashed near Chikangawa, about 230 miles from the capital, Lilongwe. Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu tells VOA’s James Butty, Pre…
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The World Bank says traditional cooking fuels and technologies are among the major sources of household air pollution in sub-Saharan Africa, with severe health consequences for the population. Now, an initiative to promote climate-friendly cooking in the region is introducing stoves that use less charcoal and firewood to improve air quality. Juma M…
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In Ghana, members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party are boycotting parliament to attend the trial of their leader. Cassiel Ato Forson is on trial at the High Court, along with a businessman, for an alleged 2.37-million-pound (or about 2.9 million dollar) ambulance deal. NDC parliamentarian Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor says th…
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Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera urged citizens to comfort each other after he confirmed that Vice President Saulos Chilima was killed, along with nine others, in a plane crash. Uncertainty about South Africa’s political future is causing the country’s currency and shares in its companies to lose value, as political parties negotiate to form a g…
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On Daybreak Africa: Malawi’s President addressed the nation on his missing vice president’s plane. Plus, Uganda’s main opposition National Unity Platform party establishes an opposition leadership school. Liberians react to the jailing of Former President Weah’s religious advisor. A former Malawi VP makes a pitch for the presidency. South Africa’s …
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Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera says he has asked neighboring countries and development partners to help search for the missing military aircraft carrying the vice president and nine other people Monday morning. In his first national address Monday evening, Chakwera said he had ordered the military to continue searching for the aircraft all night…
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Uganda’s main opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party says it has established an opposition leadership school in Uganda. This will be the first of its kind in Uganda. Party leader Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, says the school will teach various political and socio-economic subjects to party members and other interested Ugandans…
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If all goes according to the constitution, South Africa’s newly elected members of parliament will most likely be sworn in this Friday and in turn elect the president. But the South Africa Mail & Guardian reports Monday that the uMkhonto we Sizwe, or MK, party has directed its lawyers to petition the Constitutional Court to stop the parliament from…
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Malawi’s president and cabinet today said a military plane carrying Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima did not arrive as scheduled earlier today at the Mzuzu International Airport, and efforts to contact the plane have failed. In Sudan's North Darfur state, displaced people and doctors say the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces are attacking hospit…
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More Liberians were repatriated Sunday from Ghana on buses arranged by the Liberian government. The first group of 700 arrived in Liberia last month. Thousands who fled their country’s civil war in the early 1990s have been living at the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. In 2010, the Ghanaian Refugee Board reached an agreement with the UNHCR to clos…
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The East African Heads of State appointed the first female Secretary General of the community during an extraordinary summit that was held virtually, the appointment comes as the region is in a financial crisis amid experiencing insecurity in the eastern DRC. Moses Havyarimana reports.על ידי Moses Havyarimana
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The Malawi government has asked the courts to stay a ruling nullifying the appointment of Charles Kalumo as director of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services. The judge last week agreed with petitioners that President Lazarus contravened the Public Service Act when he appointed Kalumo, and the court agreed. Some Kalumo supporters s…
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A Malawi lawyer and immigration officer says he feels vindicated after a Malawi High Court nullified the appointment of the new director of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services. The court says Charles Kalumo’s appointment violated the law. Lawyer Chikhulupiliro Zidana tells VOA’s James Butty, the court judgment proves his case tha…
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Negotiations between labor and the Nigerian government have stalled raising the prospects of another countrywide strike. The last strike crippled critical sectors of the economy. A government committee offered a monthly wage of 60,000 naira ($41.38), which unions rejected. Frank Tietie, Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic …
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On Daybreak Africa: Negotiations between labor unions and the Nigerian government have stalled raising the prospects of another countrywide strike. Plus, the East Africa Community swears in its first female Secretary General amid political and financial crises. Liberians react to the jailing of Former President Weah’s Religious Advisor. Another gro…
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Somalia's information minister expresses excitement over the country's election to the 15-member U.N. Security Council, Zambia's president names a prominent activist as the country's first female justice minister and in Kenya, about 63 percent of the population think the country is heading in the wrong direction. For this and more on Nightline Afri…
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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, about 50 people – including a few Americans – went on trial over what the army has called an attempted coup on May 19. The International Organization for Migration warns the number of internally displaced people in Sudan will soon top 10 million as conflict and acute hunger spread throughout the country. The Afr…
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On Daybreak Africa: South African President Ramaphosa outlines the ANC’s Road map for a government of national unity. Somalia is elected to the UN Security Council. Malawi’s President rejects a law to legalize Cannabis. The UN says millions of people die each year from food borne illnesses. Ugandan President Museveni vows to fight corruption. We’ll…
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ruling African National Congress (ANC) accepts the outcome of the May 29th presidential and provincial elections and the frustrations and aspirations of South Africans. Speaking late Thursday night at the conclusion of the ANC National Executive Council meeting, President Ramaphosa said what the ANC …
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has decried rampant corruption and says he is now ready to “crush” it. Museveni says fraud, mismanagement and malfeasance stems from public officials including those close to him at the state house and members of parliament. Reporter Mugume Davis Rwakaringi has more from Kampala…
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Zimbabwe is facing long hours of power cuts due to its dilapidated infrastructure and the impact of recurring droughts on hydropower. To help, the United Nations Development Program is installing solar panels on government-owned health facilities. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Bulawayoעל ידי Columbus Mavhunga
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One in ten people worldwide fall ill each year from contaminated food. The World Health Organization says over 200 diseases are caused by eating contaminated food, with 40 percent of food-borne diseases affecting children under the age of five. Maureen Ojiambo reports on World Food Safety Day.על ידי Maureen Ojiambo
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Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has refused to sign into law a bill which allows the cultivation of local varieties of cannabis with high Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC content. THC is a substance found in cannabis which makes people high. Last month, some religious groups complained in a letter to President Chakwera that parliament had passed the …
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Somalia has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for two years, following a vote on Thursday in the General Assembly. Somalia will be joining two other African nations –Algeria and Sierra Leone - beginning in January 2025. Somalia’s State Minster of Foreign Affairs, Ali Mohamed Omar, is part of the Somalia team which tr…
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In South Africa, top officials from the African National Congress met to explore options in forming a government, including a broad coalition. Cyber-experts warn that the United States and other countries holding elections this year have failed to set up guardrails to counter Russian disinformation campaigns using vastly improved artificial intelli…
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On Daybreak Africa: The race for the next chairperson of the African Union Commission is taking shape. Plus, Chad and other Sahel States receive Russia's Foreign and Defense Ministers. South Sudan’s parliament is divided over a move to question five ministers. The evolving face of Johannesburg’s Chinatown and South Africa’s Chinese citizens. Former…
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South Africa has seen several waves of immigration from China, with early generations of migrants fleeing extreme poverty at home and newer arrivals seeking business opportunities. Kate Bartlett has the story about Chinese South Africans who have established businesses Johannesburg’s old and new Chinatown…
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was expected in Chad's capital N'djamena on Wednesday, continuing an African tour that has taken him to Burkina Fasso, Guinea, and Congo Brazzaville. The visits are seen by civil society and analysts as Russia's attempt to establish its troops in the Sahel region after military leaders seized power. The coups …
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Some lawmakers in the South Sudan Transitional Assembly say its leadership is dragging its feet on urgent humanitarian matters. On Tuesday, a sitting aimed at questioning five ministers was adjourned because some ministers were absent. For VOA News, Manyang David Mayar reports from Jubaעל ידי Manyang David Mayar
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South Africa’s African National Congress is discussing several options aimed at establishing a stable, functional government within the next 12 days and has been talking with opposition parties. Nigeria is experiencing its worst economic crisis in a generation, leading to widespread hardship and anger – and a national strike Monday over the low min…
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On Daybreak Africa: South Korea hosts dozens of African leaders in the first Korea-Africa Summit. Plus, today is World Environment Day, and UN says billions of people are affected by land degradation. Analysts say a coalition government will affect South Africa's domestic and global policies. Civil society organizations in Zambia are concerned abou…
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At least 40 percent of the land in the world is degraded. This is according to the United Nations Environment Program, which says the problem has affected around 3.2 billion people globally due to desertification. As the international community marks World Environment Day today, the UN predicts that more than three-quarters of the global population…
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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.על ידי VOA Africa
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On Daybreak Africa: A Uganda anti-corruption official is concerned about the lack of confidence in the country’s fight against graft. Plus, South Africa’s ANC to soon start closely watched coalition talks. Chadian women contest under-representation in governance. Zimbabwe authorities urge citizens to cycle to work. The son of former Liberian Presid…
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Hospitals, financial institutions, schools, the power grid, airports, government offices and other key enterprises are shut down as Nigeria workers commence a nationwide strike. In South Africa, talks to form a coalition government have begun after the African National Congress won just 40 percent of the vote in last week’s election, ending its one…
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On Daybreak Africa: South Africa announces final election results. Plus, President Ramaphosa is in search of partners to build a coalition government. The MK party says it will not engage the ANC as long as President Ramaphosa remains at the helm of the party. Reporter Rita Jlogbe will report on her visit with returning Liberian refugees from Ghana…
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A national spokesperson for South Africa’s uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party says it will not engage the African National Congress in any discussion about a coalition government if President Cyril Ramaphosa remains at the helm of the ANC. Nhlamulo Ndhlela says President Ramaphosa does not serve the interests of the MK party. This, after final results rel…
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is in search of partners to build a coalition government. This, after results from the May 29th presidential and provincial elections announced Sunday night showed the ruling African National Congress (ANC) won just 40% of the total votes. According to the Independent Electoral Commission, the main opposition…
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