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16 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON / MOSUL, IRAQ — More than a year after Mosul was liberated from the grip of the Islamic State terror group, landmines and unexploded ordnance remain a threat to residents.

Two weeks ago, a group of children playing on the site of the historic Great Mosque of al-Nuri in western Mosul found and inadvertently detonated an explosive device. One child was killed in the explosion and two others were injured.

15 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE — Cameroon’s restive English-speaking regions are emptying out after renewed military raids on separatist strongholds left at least 30 people dead in two days. The renewed fighting comes barely a week after President Paul Biya, during his inauguration ceremony, warned rebels to drop their guns or be killed. Thousands of fleeing civilians are arriving in Yaounde.

Nso and Wimbum people, from the English-speaking northwest region of Cameroon, sing and dance to welcome some of the thousands of people who fled fighting in their villages.

13 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

Farmers in Zimbabwe are appealing for funds to irrigate their land, in hopes of fending off a possible drought predicted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO says droughts caused by the El Nino weather pattern are recurring more often and that might affect food security.

At Mugutu farm, about 40 kilometers north of Harare, a tractor tills land ahead of the rainy season, expected any time now.

But at another farm nearby, 59-year-old Tsitsi Marjorie Makaya is focused on raising her chickens.

12 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

Fighting has broken out in the streets of Yemen's key port Hodeidah between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition forces.

A pro-Yemeni military official said Sunday the forces aim to "purge" the city of the rebels, who control the port, where nearly all food, medicine, and other supplies for civilians are delivered.

Humanitarian workers fear a disruption of those deliveries could mean mass starvation in a country already on the brink of famine.

11 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

November 11, 2018 0:33 AM
Mohamed Olad Hassan

The death toll from Friday's car bomb blasts in Somalia's capital has climbed to 52, according to admission records from five hospitals.

Somali security officials who responded to the attack say four militants entered the Sahafi Hotel and went to the roof, firing on people down below. They said the security forces eventually killed the assailants and rescued dozens of people from hotel rooms.

The militant group al-Shabab, which has waged an insurgency for more than 10 years claimed responsibility.

11 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

November 10, 2018 8:59 PM
VOA News

Heavy rains caused an early morning mudslide Saturday near Rio de Janeiro, killing 10 people, injuring 11 and leaving at least four missing, Brazilian authorities said.

The mudslide in Niteroi, an area outside Rio's downtown, was caused by heavy downpours, Roberto Robadey, Rio's civil defense department head, told Globo TV network.

Robadey said that after two days of heavy rain "a state of alert was declared for Niteroi." He added that people were urged "to move to safer locations.''

09 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

Last Updated: November 09, 2018 12:42 PM
Mohamed Olad Hassan

Three car bomb explosions and gunfire rocked the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least 23 people in addition to four gunmen, witnesses and health officials said.

The blasts, which occurred within minutes of each other, targeted the Sahafi Hotel and its surroundings. The hotel is near the headquarters of the Somali Police Force's Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The head of a local ambulance service tells VOA his company transported 45 wounded people to the hospital.

07 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein

GENEVA — The U.N. secretary-general's special representative for children and armed conflict says a chief benefit of peace in South Sudan is the likelihood that many child soldiers will be freed and reintegrated into their communities.

05 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

November 04, 2018 9:43 AM
Moki Edwin Kindzeka

TIKO, CAMEROON — Armed groups in Cameroon's restive English speaking regions have been attacking and chopping off fingers of workers of the country's second largest employer, the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), in what has been described as renewed efforts to destabilize the central African state ahead of the Tuesday inauguration of President-elect Paul Biya, who has been in power for 36 years.

02 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

By David Boyle and Hul Reaksmey

MELBOURNE —

Australia’s controversial refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia has expired and is “no longer an option” for the immediate future, the country’s Senate has been told.

Senator Richard Di Natale, the leader of the Australian Greens, pressed the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on the future of the agreement in a Senate Estimates Hearing last week, transcripts of which were released Thursday.

01 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON — Despite their cities and towns being freed from Islamic State (IS) militants, many Iraqi refugees who have settled in Syria say that do not wish to return to their homes.

Iraqi refugees interviewed by VOA at al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria voiced doubts about a possible return to their home country in the near future.

"I have no money to move back to Iraq," said Jihan Najim, an Iraqi refugee who escaped in 2015 when IS took over her village in Iraq's Anbar province.

31 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

October 30, 2018 3:35 PM
William Eagle

In Nigeria, Boko Haram militants recently abducted and killed two aid workers. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, civilians threw stones at Ebola health workers, a day after rebels shot and killed two medics with the Congolese army.

London-based research group Humanitarian Outcomes says 139 humanitarian aid workers were killed worldwide in 2017, with another 102 wounded and 72 kidnapped. Data show the bulk of attacks against relief workers took place in South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic.

29 Oct 2018 description
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Un nuevo grupo de migrantes se agrupó y dejó la capital de El Salvador el domingo con la intención de llegar a Estados Unidos después de que miles de centroamericanos iniciaran un viaje similar en un país vecino en las últimas semanas, provocando la ira del presidente Donald Trump.

El grupo de más de 300 salvadoreños que salieron el domingo de San Salvador vino después de que miles de hondureños dejaron su país a mediados de octubre en grandes grupos, convirtiéndose en noticia internacional y un tema clave en las elecciones al congreso de EE.UU.

29 Oct 2018 description
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Phil Mercer

SYDNEY — Australia wants to ban refugees that have been detained after arriving by boat and resettled in other countries from ever entering Australia. Ministers say the measures would stop migrants using the so-called ‘back door’ into the country.

26 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

BAMENDA, CAMEROON — Some of the thousands of people who fled the volatile English-speaking regions of Cameroon before the Oct. 7 presidential election have returned nome to find that their houses and villages have been burned to the ground.

Separatists pushing for an English-speaking state had vowed to prevent any voting in northwestern and southwestern Cameroon, and they attacked many polling places on election day.

24 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

El huracán Willa golpeó, la noche del martes, la costa occidental de México con vientos máximos sostenidos de unos 195 kilómetros por hora, azotando edificios con torrenciales lluvias en centros turísticos donde miles de personas se habían trasladado a un lugar seguro.

El ojo de Willa, un huracán categoría 3, tocó tierra cerca de Isla del Bosque en el municipio de Escuinapa, al sur de la ciudad costera de Mazatlán en el estado de Sinaloa, dijo el Centro Nacional de Huracanes (CNH, por su sigla en inglés) con sede en Miami.

21 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

October 20, 2018 7:37 PM

Fifty-five people were killed in northern Nigeria this week after clashes between young Christians and Muslims, officials confirmed Saturday.

The fight on Thursday began after a dispute between Muslim and Christian youths at a market in north-central Kaduna state, residents told media.

In a statement Saturday, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari said the president "has condemned the latest communal violence in Kasuwan Magani in Kaduna state, which claimed 55 lives."

15 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

Last Updated: October 15, 2018 12:40 PM
Edward Yeranian

CAIRO — The al-Naseeb border crossing between Jordan and Syria officially reopened Monday after a three year closure. More than 7,000 trucks used to make the crossing between Syria and Jordan daily before the passage was forced to close in 2015. Observers on both sides expressed hopes the reopening would help improve the economies in both countries.

15 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

Last Updated: October 14, 2018 12:37 PM Harun Maruf

Hundreds of mourners and government officials in Somalia gathered Sunday at K-5 junction, where a year ago a truck bomb killed 587 people in the country’s deadliest terrorist attack.

The Somali government has officially renamed the junction as “October 14 Junction” in respect of the victims of the attack.

Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman “Yarisow” said the gathering Sunday showed how Somali people have rejected terrorism.

13 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

Mohamed Olad Hassan

Two blasts in the Somali town of Baidoa on Saturday killed at least 15 people and injured more than 30 others.

The South West State information minister, Ugas Hassan Abdi, said, "The attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers wearing explosive belts." He said officials were still assessing the casualty figures.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which controlled Baidoa between 2009 and 2012 before being driven out by Ethiopian-backed government forces, claimed responsibility for the attacks.