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FILE - A Somali government soldier holds his fighting position against suspected militants during an attack at the Jilacow underground cell inside a national security compound in Mogadishu, Aug. 31, 2014.

US Unsure if Somalia Strike Killed Al-Shabab Leader

American and Somali officials say US drone strike targeted al-Shabab's leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane More

President Barack Obama delivers a message to West Africans on Ebola, Sept. 2, 2014.

Video Obama Urges West Africans to Take Ebola Precautions

White House video tells people of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone how to avoid disease More

Fearing Boko Haram attacks, an estimated 9,000 Nigerians recently have fled to Cameroon. Others have sought safety in their home country, as seen at a refugee camp in Wurojuli, in Nigeria's Gombe state, Sept. 1, 2014.

Thousands Fleeing Boko Haram’s Recent Attacks

An estimated 9,000 Nigerians have sought refuge in Cameroon’s Far North Region, Cameroonian authorities report More

African leaders and delegates attend the Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 2, 2014.

African Summit to Focus on Terrorist Threat

AU's top official for counter-terrorism Madeira says group will determine ways nations can combat militant extremists, share information More

Landmine Kills 4 UN Soldiers in Northern Mali

Another 15 wounded in incident, a spokesman for country's UN peacekeeping mission says More



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West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015i
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Carol Pearson
August 30, 2014 7:14 PM
A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
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Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
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Video Ebola Vaccine Trials To Begin Next Week

The National Institutes of Health says it is launching early stage trials of a vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus, which has infected or killed thousands of people across West Africa. The World Health Organization says Ebola could infect more than 20,000 people across the region by the time the outbreak is over. The epidemic has health experts and governments scrambling to prevent more people from becoming infected. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Texas-Based Nigerian Filmmaker Explores Tardiness as Cultural Rift

Many Africans have left their homelands to find opportunities abroad, but they carry with them cultural traditions that can create problems. One example is tardiness, an issue tackled by Texas-based Nigerian filmmaker Kelechi Eke, who makes “Nollywood” style films that focus on the lives of African immigrants. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Houston.
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Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
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Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
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Video WHO: Ebola Crisis 'Vastly Underestimated'

The World Health Organization now says the Ebola crisis that has struck West Africa and taken more than 1,000 lives has been "vastly underestimated." In addition, the Doctors Without Borders humanitarian group says the crisis is likely to last at least another six months. Zlatica Hoke has more on the fight to contain the deadly disease.
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Video Ebola Hurts Economies in West Africa

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is likely to hurt economic growth and government finances in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and perhaps Nigeria, according to a key analyst. As VOA’s Jim Randle reports, prevention efforts are crimping commerce, sports, travel and trade.
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Video Researchers: Raw, Organic Chocolate May Provide Better Health Benefits

Chocolate. Some people just can't get enough! But while nutritionists warn the sugar in chocolate is bad for us....doctors point to the beneficial qualities of its antioxidants. As VOA's George Putic reports, raw, organic chocolate may contain the right balance.
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Video Work on Ebola Treatments Speeds Up to Address Outbreak

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental drugs for people who have Ebola, a virus that already has claimed more than 1,000 lives in western Africa. VOA's Carol Pearson looks at possible treatments and vaccines for those with the disease.
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Video For Nairobi's Disabled, an Equal Chance Behind the Wheel

In East and Central Africa, there’s only one driving school that offers the disabled a chance at learning how to drive. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story from Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
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Video US Pledges Additional $180 Million to Avert Famine In S. Sudan

Violence in South Sudan has displaced more than 1.5 million people, forcing many into temporary shelters and refugee camps. Heavy rain in recent days has inundated one of the largest refugee camps in the country's north, adding to the misery of people who have nowhere else to flee. The United States on Tuesday pledged to provide $180 million in additional aid to help avert famine in the war-torn country. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video West African Immigrants Worry About Family, Friends as Ebola Spreads

The deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has taken the lives of more than 1,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. In New York City, many Africans worry about their relatives and friends as the unprecedented outbreak sweeps through the region a continent away. VOA's Daniela Schrier reports from the Bronx in New York.
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Video US Hearing Yields Scathing Remarks About Ebola Response

An emergency U.S. congressional hearing Thursday examined the international efforts to contain the deadly Ebola virus. Testimony from a volunteer organization made a dire prediction about the spread of Ebola in Nigeria and drew scathing remarks about global response to the outbreak. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Kenya: Health Officials Confident Nation Prepared for Ebola

Kenya is famed for its medical research facilities. In the growing wake of the Ebola virus, health officials there now are confident they could quickly contain the disease should the outbreak in West Africa travel east. Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA on the story from Nairobi.
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Video Ghana's Currency Slump Spurs Increase in Cocoa Smuggling

Cocoa beans have been smuggled between Ivory Coast and neighboring Ghana for years. Until recently, Ivorian growers most often illegally sent their cocoa beans into Ghana where the prices were higher and more stable. A recent slump in the Ghanaian currency and political stabilization in Ivory Coast, however, have tipped the balance. Ghanaian farmers are now the ones who smuggle their beans into Ivory Coast, where they get more money for them. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Three-Day African Summit Yields $37 Billion

The U.S. has wrapped up a first-ever three-day summit with African leaders aimed at improving security and bolstering trade and investment. The summit was held amid an Ebola outbreak and various internal conflicts on the African continent. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has more.
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Video US Takes Different Approach to Africa Than China

President Barack Obama's effort to engage Africa brought together the largest summit of African leaders ever held in Washington. But China has hosted such summits before, and the U.S. gathering highlights what some see as a belated U.S. effort to catch up and expand its economic ties with Africa. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Allegations of Human Rights Violations in Nigeria's Fight Against Boko Haram

Cellphone video from a Nigerian soldier appears to show the extra-judicial execution of suspected members of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Nigeria's military says those allegations are false. State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on a VOA investigation into the fight against Boko Haram.

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Photogallery UN: Food Shortages a Grave Concern in Ebola-hit Nations

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Southern African Countries to Help Restore Order in Lesotho

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Mariama Diallo
August 20, 2014 7:55 PM
VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.
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VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.
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VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.
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VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.
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