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Nigeria’s Big Election Gets Big VOA Coverage

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (L), with VOA English to Africa reporter Peter Clottey

Washington, DC – Voice of America will provide unprecedented coverage of Nigeria’s presidential election, being held Saturday. It’s an election that has already been postponed once, taking place under the shadow of terrorism. With reporters fanned out throughout Africa’s most populous country — including the Read more »

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Relations with US Are Back on Track, Afghan Leaders Tell VOA

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (L) with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah each gave interviews to VOA emphasizing their desire to strengthen ties between the two countries that became badly frayed in the final months of former President Hamid Karzai’s term.

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VOA Exclusive: Nigeria Brings in Foreign Soldiers To Fight Boko Haram

FILE - Chadian soldiers drive through the streets of Gambaru, Nigeria, Feb. 4, 2015.

Nigerian military sources told VOA today that soldiers from South Africa and other countries are in Nigeria fighting Boko Haram.  The sources said some of the foreigners are engaging in ground combat and others are flying air missions. Nigerian government officials confirmed the presence of Read more »

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Nigerian President Tells VOA Boko Haram Forces Have Links with Islamic State

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan talks with VOA.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says fighters from Boko Haram, the extremist group that controls large areas of northeastern Nigeria, have traveled to the Middle East for training with Islamic State militants. In an interview with VOA Wednesday, President Jonathan said he long Read more »

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VOA Launches 102 FM in Dakar

VOA correspondent Idrissa Fall alongside U.S. Ambassador James P. Zumwalt and BBG Director of Strategy and Development Bruce Sherman.

Washington, DC – On March 3, the Voice of America launched a new FM transmitter in Dakar, Senegal, bringing VOA’s French-language programming to that city and its suburbs. “Nearly 20 percent of Senegalese live in Dakar,” said VOA French to Africa Service Chief Jeremy Groce.  Read more »

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Tribute to Heroes of Soviet Dissident Movement on VOA

Inna Dubinsky (L), BBG Development Officer; David Ensor, VOA Director; and Russian journalist Natella Boltyanskaya at the showing of the documentary on Soviet dissidents at the Kennan Institute.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Voice of America (VOA) has released the first English-language episode of a documentary series on the Soviet dissidents and human rights activists who played a crucial role in ending the Cold War. The first episode, called Political Dissent in Russia: Past & Present, Read more »

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At VOA-Sponsored Town Hall, Nigerian Youth Leaders Warn Tensions Could Mar Upcoming Vote

Danjuma Bello Sarki (L), a PDP regional youth leader, speaks at a VOA-sponsored town hall, February 20, 2015, along with other activists who convened to discuss how to avoid a repeat of the devastating 2011 election riots.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —With Boko Haram militants waging increasingly audacious attacks and political tensions skyrocketing ahead of the March 28 elections, Nigeria could see a repeat of the devastating 2011 election riots, unless politicians avoid appeals to religious differences among voters, political activists warned at a Read more »

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New Platform for VOA Television in Africa

VOAtuluntulu

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new agreement between Voice of America and a South Africa-based company, Tuluntulu, paves the way for Africans to watch VOA English-language television on their mobile devices regardless of the network that they use.“We are thrilled,” says Sheila Gandji, Director of VOA Read more »

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VOA’s Ilir Ikonomi Honored by the Union of Albanian Journalists

Albanian President Bujar Nishani presents VOA journalist Ilir Ikonomi with Lifetime Achievement Award.

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Ilir Ikonomi, team leader of VOA’s Albanian Service, has received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Union of Albanian Journalists, Albania’s most important journalistic organization. The award was presented to Ikonomi by Albania’s president, Bujar Nishani, in a ceremony held in Tirana on Read more »

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VOA Exclusive: Diamonds and the Death of the Central African Republic

A man who gave his name as Sylvain said he was in charge of the anti-balaka militia in the region around Boda. Armed mainly with machetes, the militia groups now control the rich diamond mining areas in the southwest part of CAR. Sept. 18, 2004 (VOA/Bagassi Koura)

WASHINGTON, D.C.— How do diamonds fuel a cycle of poverty and violence? A riveting multimedia report by VOA tells how the diamond trade did just that in the Central African Republic.The report opens with a video shot of a boy sifting through muddy water for Read more »

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