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In Unusual Move, US Embassies in Africa Speak up on Floyd

JOHANNESBURG – As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, […]

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World Reacts with Anger, Dismay to US Man’s Death

Protests were held in several cities around the world Saturday, in seeming solidarity with demonstrators in the U.S. over the death of an African American man while in police custody earlier this week. The U.S. embassies in several countries drew protesters, angered by the death of George Floyd on May 25. Floyd died after a […]

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Report Clearing Soldiers in South African Man’s Death Sparks Anger

JOHANNESBURG – The legal team representing the family of a South African man allegedly beaten to death by soldiers enforcing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions reacted with outrage to a leaked army report that said they are not liable for his death. Forty-year-old Collins Khosa died April 10 in this city’s poor township of Alexandra, following an […]

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COVID-19 Could Double Africa’s Food Insecurity, WFP Chief Warns

ADDIS ABABA – The head of the World Food Program tells VOA the number of people suffering from acute food insecurity in Africa could more than double due to COVID-19. Executive Director David Beasley says the impact of the virus on the economy and the flow of supplies could affect more than 40 million people […]

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Killing of Seven Health Workers, Shop Owner Shocks Somalia

BELEDWEYN, SOMALIA / WASHINGTON – The bodies of seven health workers and a civilian were found Thursday in a village north of Mogadishu, shocking residents, local authorities and elders said Friday. “We found the dead bodies of the seven young health workers and a shop owner outside Golaley village near Balad district, 30 kilometers north […]