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In a tin shed in the backstreets of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, a barefoot 61-year old Jean-Luther Misoko Nzalayala, aka Socklo, hacks with a machete at a lump of wood that is starting to resemble the neck of a guitar.

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Africa is on the front line of climate change. Nowhere is this more evident than the Lake Chad Basin, which covers almost 8% of the continent and supports tens of millions of people.

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Several young African climate activists traveled thousands of miles to Glasgow, Scotland, to be part of the COP26 climate summit — and to convey their sense of urgency to world leaders. Henry Ridgwell spoke with some of them about their climate change experiences and what COP26 must deliver to help their communities back home.

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U.S. Secretary State Antony Blinken says he is concerned that Ethiopia might 'implode' unless all parties stop military action and engage in political dialogue. As VOA's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports, Blinken is headed to Africa next week for talks in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal at a time when many worry that Ethiopia’s yearlong war in the Tigray region may be worsening into a deeper conflict.

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Eritrea is condemning fresh sanctions that were imposed Friday by the United States on Eritrea's military, ruling party and two senior government officials in connection with Eritrea's role in the Ethiopian conflict, asserting they continue Washington’s “misguided and hostile policy.

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The United States has imposed new sanctions on Eritrea's military, ruling party and two senior government officials in connection with Eritrea's role in the Ethiopian conflict.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced Friday that it had imposed sanctions on the Eritrean Defense Force, whose soldiers have fought in the Tigray region alongside Ethiopian forces, and Eritrea's sole political party, the People's Front for Democracy and Justice.

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The United States has imposed new sanctions on Eritrea's military, ruling party and two senior government officials in connection with Eritrea's role in the Ethiopian conflict.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced Friday that it had imposed sanctions on the Eritrean Defense Force, whose soldiers have fought in the Tigray region alongside Ethiopian forces, and Eritrea's sole political party, the People's Front for Democracy and Justice.

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Malawi's president, Lazarus Chakwera, has called on the country to transition from largely subsistence farming to industrialized commercial farming, in order to meet the goal of making the country food-sufficient by 2030.

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The United States and other Western powers expressed grave concern Friday at the appointment of a new Sudanese ruling council by the general who led last month's coup, saying it complicated efforts to restore a transition to democracy.

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Scientists in South Africa have discovered the first partial Homo Naledi child’s skull in one of the world’s richest hominin fossil sites. The discovery at a UNESCO World Heritage site near Johannesburg, called “Cradle of Humankind,” reveals that the non-human species performed rituals for their dead thousands of years ago, before humans did.

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Ahead of World Diabetes Day Sunday, the Africa office of the World Health Organization is warning that the chronic disease leaves patients especially vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. In Zimbabwe, the government is building rural health centers to make it easier for people with diabetes and other conditions to get medical attention.

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Editor's note: Here is a fast take on what the international community has been up to this past week, as seen from the United Nations perch.  UN staffers detained in Ethiopia 

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A Nigerian journalist who went missing last month in the nation's capital has been found dead, killed by a hit-and-run driver, police said Friday.  Tordue Salem, a parliamentary reporter with the independent Vanguard newspaper in Abuja, was last seen on October 13 after leaving the national assembly building.

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Parched by four years of drought, more than 1.1 million people in southern Madagascar urgently need food aid in a rapidly worsening crisis, experts warn. About 700,000 people are already receiving food aid and increased emergency assistance is needed, according to WFP which is working with the Malagasy government and other humanitarian agencies.

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France is hosting an international conference on Libya on Friday as the North African country heads into long-awaited elections next month, a vote that regional and world powers hope will pull the oil-rich nation out of its decade-old chaos.

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New research finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt the financial viability of media outlets in southern Africa, with print media being the worst hit. Launching the report, researcher Reginald Rumney, a journalism professor at Rhodes University in South Africa, said the media in the region had been drastically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ethiopian government security forces have reportedly rounded up and detained hundreds of ethnic Tigrayans, in a crackdown on suspected supporters of the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front. The crackdown comes as U.S.

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Sudan’s top military commander appeared to tighten his grip on power Thursday, as he appointed a new governing council that he will lead, two weeks after the military overthrew the civilian-led government.

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Sudan's top general has reappointed himself as head of the army-run interim governing body, a sign that he's tightening his grip on the country two weeks after he led a coup against civilian leaders.

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Thousands of people in Botswana whose ancestors came from Namibia are demanding reparations for genocide they say was committed by German forces more than a century ago.  Namibia is negotiating with the German government, but the descendants say they are being left out of the talks.

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Kenya on Thursday disbanded its national football federation over corruption allegations and said it may seek to prosecute any guilty officials. The move was swiftly rejected by the suspended head of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), who denied there had been any wrongdoing.

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Ethiopia on Thursday outlined conditions for possible talks with rebels from the country's war-hit Tigray region, following days of frantic diplomatic efforts by international envoys to head off another surge in fighting.

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A Sudanese judge on Thursday ordered telecoms companies in Khartoum to explain why internet services are still cut more than two weeks after a military takeover and two days after a court said connections should be restored.

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Supporters and opponents of Ghana's new anti-LGBT bill faced off in parliament on Wednesday in the first public hearings into the proposed legislation that would make it a crime to be gay, bisexual or transgender.

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