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Defense ministers from Cameroon and the Central African Republic (CAR) say kidnapping for ransom, cattle theft and illegal arms trafficking continue to hinder security along the border of the neighboring countries. During this week's transborder security meeting in Bouar, a commercial town in the CAR, the defense ministers agreed to jointly deploy troops to protect civilians from rebels fighting to topple the CAR government.

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In Egypt, 1.8 million children are working, with many doing dangerous jobs outlawed by international conventions, according to the International Labor Organization. To mark World Children’s Day (November 20), Hamada Elrasam spent several days chronicling impoverished Egyptian families who say they have no choice but to send their children to work.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Senegal, the last stop on his trip to Africa, “to reaffirm the close partnership between our two countries,” the U.S. State Department said earlier this week.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is calling on African leaders to provide better governance for their people amid threats from violent extremism, rising authoritarianism and increasing corruption across the continent. VOA's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday the United States sees African countries as equal partners as it seeks to bolster its influence on a continent that receives much of its foreign aid from U.S.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on his first visit to Nigeria, delivered a key speech on U.S.-Africa policy to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). At the meeting, the top U.S.

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At least seven people were killed and 11 injured in southwestern Somalia on Friday in a bomb blast that targeted a crowded market, according to municipal officials.  The blast occurred in the town of Bardale, located some 60 kilometers west of Baidoa, the provincial capital of Bay region.

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Police in Malawi used tear gas Friday to stop clashes between demonstrators who were protesting unemployment and the high cost of living and a group of counterdemonstrators.  The demonstrators chanted anti-government songs while carrying placards demanding that President Lazarus Chakwera fulfill his campaign promises, such as creating one million jobs and providing free water and electricity connections.

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This week, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a new law that will give a half-million refugees in the country an opportunity to earn a living, instead of depending on the aid agencies that assisted them for three decades. Victor Odero is a policy and advocacy adviser at the International Rescue Committee.

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Cameroonian, Nigerian and Chadian troops fighting terrorism in the Lake Chad basin say attacks on military positions have been increasing since Boko Haram leader Aboubakar Shekau was declared dead in May. Military officials from the three countries say the Islamic State in West Africa Province group, or ISWAP, is completely changing terrorism tactics to gain the sympathy of Lake Chad basin civilians.

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At a busy market in a poor township outside Harare this week, Nyasha Ndou kept his mask in his pocket, as hundreds of other people, mostly unmasked, jostled to buy and sell fruit and vegetables displayed on wooden tables and plastic sheets.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived Thursday in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and a major U.S. partner on the continent. Blinken’s five-day Africa tour comes as crises in Ethiopia and Sudan are worsening.

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Ugandan authorities have killed at least five people, including a Muslim cleric, accused of having ties to the extremist group responsible for Tuesday's suicide bombings in the capital, police said Thursday.

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U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Thursday that six U.N. staff members had been released but five others, along with one of their dependents, remain in detention in Addis Ababa.  At least 16 U.N.

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A Kenyan recycling company is improving sanitation for slum dwellers in Nairobi and turning the waste products into fertilizer for farmers. Anita Mutinda walks to a small structure located inside the cluster of makeshift houses that she calls home, in the heart of Mukuru kwa Ruben, a poor neighborhood in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

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The U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights has denounced the killing of Sudanese demonstrators protesting the country’s October 25 military coup. Sudanese security forces fired live ammunition at protesters on Wednesday, killing 15 in the deadliest day of violence since the takeover and increasing the death toll during pro-democracy protests to 39.

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Kenyan authorities say they have captured three convicted terrorists who escaped Monday from a maximum-security prison in Nairobi. The three convicts were arrested in Kitui County, central Kenya, after residents reported suspicious-looking people to the local authorities.

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Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau says official graft continues to rise in the country, with complaints doubling in the past year. ACB Director Martha Chizuma, who took office in May, warns that if the trend continues, Malawi will never reach its development goals.

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COVID-19 vaccines didn’t become widely available in Senegal until the end of March 2021, months later than many other countries. Since then, Senegal has depended on outside donations to maintain its stock, which on several occasions has been depleted.  On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is to end his five-day visit to the continent in Senegal, highlighting America’s efforts to help the country manufacture its own vaccines.

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Authorities in Cameroon say fewer than 300 of a targeted 300,000 state workers have agreed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks into a campaign. Some civil servants who spoke to VOA hold a mistaken belief that the virus is no longer a threat in Cameroon.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to deliver a major speech on the Biden administration’s Africa policy Thursday in Nigeria on the second leg of his three-nation tour of the continent.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks Thursday in Abuja with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and other officials to discuss furthering cooperation on global health security, expanding energy access and economic growth, and revitalizing democracy, according to the U.S.

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Zimbabwe's government says the COVID-19 pandemic is "under control" in the country, following several days with few or no reported deaths and few infections from the virus. But doctors are warning against complacency and say a fresh wave of infections is likely coming.

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Here's a look at what U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top diplomats have been doing this week: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal Blinken is visiting Africa November 15-20, with stops in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.

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