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South Africa Explores Constitutional Change to Allow Land Seizures

South Africa Explores Constitutional Change to Allow Land Seizures

South Africa's parliament voted Tuesday to examine how to amend the constitution to allow land seizures without compensation, a move that resonates deeply in a nation where the white minority still
Lion Kills Woman at Refuge of South African 'Lion Whisperer'

Lion Kills Woman at Refuge of South African 'Lion Whisperer'

A lion that mauled a young woman to death in South Africa was under the care of a man known as the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators.Kevin Richardson, who keeps lions at
‘African Mona Lisa’ fetches £1.2m at auction in London

‘African Mona Lisa’ fetches £1.2m at auction in London

Portrait of Nigerian princess Tutu found recently in London flat after being lost for decades A long-lost portrait of a Nigerian princess described as the “African Mona Lisa” sold at a London auction
South Sudan Rebels: Government Forces Killed Rebel Base Commander

South Sudan Rebels: Government Forces Killed Rebel Base Commander

A commander allied to South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was killed during clashes in Yei River state on Monday.A rebel spokesman said Felix Likambu Faustino, the SPLA-IO base commander for
Japanese Fashion Photographer Spotlights Aspiring Senegalese Models

Japanese Fashion Photographer Spotlights Aspiring Senegalese Models

Daichi Yamamoto is a Japanese photographer who has called Senegal home for the past two years. His work captures local fashion, and he's helped launch the careers of several Senegalese fashion models.
Africa 'very, very far away' from meeting global target to end child malnutrition

Africa 'very, very far away' from meeting global target to end child malnutrition

Research covering 51 countries in unprecedented detail suggests entire continent will miss 2030 deadlineNo African country is expected to reach the UN target of ending childhood malnutrition by 2030,
Four UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali

Four UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali

The United Nations says four of its peacekeepers were killed Wednesday when their vehicle ran over a mine in central Mali.The mission, known by its acronym MINUSMA, said the four soldiers were
Hailu Mergia: the Ethiopian jazz legend who jams in his taxi

Hailu Mergia: the Ethiopian jazz legend who jams in his taxi

He fled his native country with his group, the Walias Band, in 1981 and now drives a cab in Washington DC, in which he also composes. But, despite his lo-fi setup, ‘if you have a good bassline you can
Trilobites: They’re Hosting Parasitic Worms in Their Bodies to Help Treat a Neglected Disease

Trilobites: They’re Hosting Parasitic Worms in Their Bodies to Help Treat a Neglected Disease

Schistosoma mansoni parasites, the cause of the disease bilharzia, or schistosomiasis. The brown worm is an adult male and the green one is female.
Trilobites: They’re Hosting Parasitic Worms in Their Bodies to Help Treat a Neglected Disease

Trilobites: They’re Hosting Parasitic Worms in Their Bodies to Help Treat a Neglected Disease

Schistosoma mansoni parasites, the cause of the disease bilharzia, or schistosomiasis. The brown worm is an adult male and the green one is female.
Trilobites: They’re Hosting Parasitic Worms in Their Bodies to Help Treat a Neglected Disease

Trilobites: They’re Hosting Parasitic Worms in Their Bodies to Help Treat a Neglected Disease

Schistosoma mansoni parasites, the cause of the disease bilharzia, or schistosomiasis. The brown worm is an adult male and the green one is female.
Benin Leader's Visit is First Test of France's Promise to Return African Art Treasures

Benin Leader's Visit is First Test of France's Promise to Return African Art Treasures

French President Emmanuel Macron’s groundbreaking vow to return colonial-era artifacts Africa may face its first test next week, when he holds talks in Paris (March 6) with his Beninese counterpart
Somalia's Al-Shabab Militants Shoot Donkeys as Part of Economic War

Somalia's Al-Shabab Militants Shoot Donkeys as Part of Economic War

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have shot and killed nine donkeys they said were transporting goods to a government-controlled area in the Bakool region.A security source told VOA Somali the militants
Environmentalists in Kenya Protest China-Backed Railway Construction

Environmentalists in Kenya Protest China-Backed Railway Construction

Environmental activists in Kenya have pledged to take further legal action against Kenyan and Chinese corporations if contractors move forward with construction of a railway bridge across Nairobi
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Benin Leader's Visit Is France's First Test on Returning African Art Treasures

Benin Leader's Visit Is France's First Test on Returning African Art Treasures

In the 19th century, the Kingdom of Dahomey was a major West African power, boasting a flourishing slave trade with Europe and a feared corps of Amazon women warriors. Commissioned by the royal court,
Kenyan conservationists protest as Chinese company starts work on railway

Kenyan conservationists protest as Chinese company starts work on railway

Wildlife Direct says building work inside Nairobi’s famed national park defies court order Kenyan conservationists have expressed outrage at the construction of a railway line inside Nairobi’s famed
ZTE partners with MTN and Ooredoo to bring 5G to the Middle East and Africa

ZTE partners with MTN and Ooredoo to bring 5G to the Middle East and Africa

Closing out the heavily 5G-focused 2018 Mobile World Congress, ZTE today announced partnerships with major carriers MTN and Ooredoo to bring 5G wireless technology to Africa and the Middle East. The
AMISOM Heads Meet Amid Security Concerns About Somalia

AMISOM Heads Meet Amid Security Concerns About Somalia

Officials from countries that contribute to AMISOM, the African Union force in Somalia, are meeting this week in Uganda to discuss a transitional security plan for the troubled country. While AMISOM