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Four construction workers were killed Wednesday in another deadly building collapse in Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos.  Officials of the Lagos state fire service said search teams rescued five workers and that those workers are in stable condition. 

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Unidentified gunmen have killed at least 25 people in southwest Niger, officials said Wednesday, the latest in a string of deadly raids along the country's border with Mali.  Attackers on motorcycles stormed the camp of a local self-defense militia near the village of Bakorat in the Tahoua region on Tuesday, said Attawane Abeitane, mayor of the nearby town of Tillia.

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A Ghanian entrepreneur is helping prepare students in rural areas for the modern economy by teaching them about robotics. His roaming classes have been so successful that Ghana's Ministry of Education has adopted the lessons in schools.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Nigeria Thursday on the second leg of his three-nation tour of Africa to discuss security issues and other topics.   The State Department said earlier this week that Blinken and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will meet in Abuja to discuss collaborating on international health security, expanding energy access and security, and other issues.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Nigeria on Thursday as part of a three-nation trip that includes Kenya and Senegal. Blinken is expected to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, revitalizing democracies, and security issues.

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Sudanese journalists are pushing back against military leaders who seized power in a coup last month, calling on them to respect press freedoms and release several editors and reporters they have detained.

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Two demonstrators were shot dead in Sudan’s capital Wednesday at a protest over the military's recent coup, according to a pro-democracy doctors’ group. The Central Doctors’ Committee said dozens of other protesters sustained gunshot wounds.

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U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is in Kenya as part of efforts to pull Ethiopia back from the brink of civil war. The visit is the first stop on a three-country tour for Blinken.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken opened his three-nation tour of the African continent with a warning that several factors have led to a “recession” of democracy around the world.  Speaking before a group of human rights activists Wednesday in Nairobi, Kenya, Blinken said “even vibrant democracies like Kenya” have become increasingly vulnerable to misinformation, corruption, political violence and voter intimidation.

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The United Nations expressed alarm Tuesday at surging arrests in Ethiopia since the country introduced a state of emergency November 2.  The U.N. human rights agency said most of those detained in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa as well as in Gondar, Bahir Dar and other locations were of Tigrayan origin.

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In an upper-class estate on the northern fringes of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, a black gate with iron bars leads into a cream-colored duplex that offers a good view of the city.

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 The families of nine Somali workers shot dead while working on a bush clearance project funded by the United Nations are calling for a full and a transparent investigation into the incident.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Kenya Wednesday to discuss "the partnership" between the two countries and to address regional issues such as ending the violence in Ethiopia, combating terrorism in Somalia and reviving Sudan's transition to a civilian government, the State Department said Tuesday.

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Nigerian rights activists are praising a Lagos state report into protests last year against a controversial special police unit. Days of protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in October 2020 came to a halt when security forces fired on the demonstrators at a toll gate, leaving at least 11 people dead.

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The late F.W. de Klerk, South Africa’s final apartheid president, leaves a legacy as complicated as the nation he once led.   Some South Africans say de Klerk, who died last week, deserves to be honored as one of the world’s great statesmen for releasing Nelson Mandela and helping South Africa toward democracy.

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With the Earth getting warmer and weather events more extreme, the African Union has set up a Disaster Operations Center in Nairobi to help monitor major hazards and provide regional early warnings for drought, floods, extreme rainfall, food insecurity, and pests like the desert locusts.

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More than 200 people, most of them women, marched in the city center of Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, on Tuesday against what they call growing intolerance in the Central African state. The protesters, marking this year’s International Day for Tolerance, sang that there is a growing lack of respect for each other’s cultural and religious beliefs.

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War-scarred Libya's eastern military chief Khalifa Haftar registered on Tuesday to run for president in a December 24 election also contested by a son of former dictator Moamer Gadhafi. "I declare my candidacy for the presidential election, not because I am chasing power but because I want to lead our people towards glory, progress and prosperity," Haftar said in a speech broadcast live on Libyan television.

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Kenyan security agencies are searching for three convicted terror suspects who escaped from a prison in Nairobi Monday. One of the escapees was involved in an attack on Garissa University in 2015 that killed nearly 150 people.

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Two explosions near the central police station and parliament in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, have left at least three people dead. The blasts Tuesday morning shattered windows and left cars burning on the streets of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

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Ugandan police say suicide bombers carried out twin attacks near the capital's central police station and parliament Tuesday.  Three civilians were killed and 33 others were injured in the attacks. The bombers exploded their devices at three minutes past ten in the morning and six minutes past ten respectively.

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Burkina Faso recently accepted its first female pilot into the air force. In this report for VOA, Henry Wilkins meets Honorine Moyenga in Ouagadougou as she prepares to fly and discusses her hope to inspire other

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Burkina Faso's government says at least 32 military police were killed Sunday in the latest attack on security forces. Analysts say security in the West African country has worsened this year and the opposition has threatened to hold protests if the situation doesn't improve.

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U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths allocated $40 million on Monday to support life-saving aid and civilian protection efforts in Ethiopia amidst ongoing conflict and drought. According to an announcement from the U.N.

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