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  • UNICEF: 100,000 Children in Tigray Suffering Life-threatening Malnutrition - The U.N. Children’s Fund warns an estimated 100,000 children in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray province are at risk of life-threatening severe acute malnutrition over the next 12 months. This is a tenfold increase over the annual average caseload in this ...
  • International Aid Cuts to Affect Millions Across Africa - The COVID-19 pandemic has led to cuts in foreign aid from donor nations such as Britain — which cut its aid budget by $5.5 billion — Australia, Japan and Saudi Arabia. The funding loss is being felt in Burkina Faso, where it could shut down a group tha...
  • Millions in 23 Hunger Hot Spots Face Famine, Death, UN Agencies Say - The United Nations warns global hunger is increasing and urgent action is needed to stave off famine and death over coming months in nearly two dozen unstable, violence-prone countries.A report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the Worl...
  • African Death Toll From COVID-19 Increasing - The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the continent's death toll from COVID-19 has jumped 17 percent in the past month. In a media briefing Thursday, the Africa CDC said the infection rate has also increased and warned some c...
  • World Leaders Pledge $4 Billion to Public Education Affected by Pandemic - Thursday marks the second and final day of the Global Education Summit in London, hosted by Kenya and the United Kingdom. International governments and corporations pledged to donate $4 billion for the Global Partnership for Education, which provides f...

Market News

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China-Vietnam Border Wall Would Target Smugglers, Chinese Economic Refugees

Reports that China is building a wall along the border with Vietnam to keep its own citizens at home spotlights economic hard times on the Chinese side and frustration on both sides with rampant smuggling, anal...

UN Raises $1.7 Billion for Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso

The United Nations said Tuesday it has received preliminary pledges of about $1.7 billion for the central Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger at a donors’ conference in Copenhagen. “This represe...

Business Council “Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan” holds the 1st session

The Business Council “Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan” held the 1st videoconference meeting to discuss the strategy of building up multifaceted interstate cooperation. The online meeting was attended by hea...

Police officers extort bribes from vendors at a Bairamali market

The majority of markets and stores in Turkmenistan remain closed because of the prevention measures against the spread of coronavirus which have been imposed by the government. The authorities, however, deny an...

Human Services

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Millions in 23 Hunger Hot Spots Face Famine, Death, UN...

The United Nations warns global hunger is increasing and urgent action is needed to stave off famine and death over coming months in nearly two dozen unstable, violence-prone countries.A report by the U.N. Food...

International Aid Cuts to Affect Millions Across Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to cuts in foreign aid from donor nations such as Britain — which cut its aid budget by $5.5 billion — Australia, Japan and Saudi Arabia. The funding loss is being felt in Burk...

UNICEF: 100,000 Children in Tigray Suffering Life-threatening Malnutrition

The U.N. Children’s Fund warns an estimated 100,000 children in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray province are at risk of life-threatening severe acute malnutrition over the next 12 months. This is a tenfold incr...

World Leaders Pledge $4 Billion to Public Education Affected by...

Thursday marks the second and final day of the Global Education Summit in London, hosted by Kenya and the United Kingdom. International governments and corporations pledged to donate $4 billion for the Global P...

Government News

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Secretary Austin: US Strikes in Somalia Result of Mogadishu’s ‘Increased...

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Saturday that U.S. airstrikes targeting al-Shabab in Somalia over the past few days were undertaken because Somali forces are intensifying their offensive against the al-Qaida...

UN Experts: Africa Became Hardest Hit by Terrorism This Year

Africa became the region hardest hit by terrorism in the first half of 2021 as the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates spread their influence, boasting gains in supporters and territory and i...

Leader Backs Order in South Africa, Vows to Catch Plotters

Standing before a looted mall and surrounded by soldiers, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed Friday to restore order to the country after a week of violence set off by the imprisonment of former President Jac...

Observers Worry Tigray Fighting is Shifting to Ethnic Conflict

The conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region appears to be escalating, with reports that Tigrayan and Amhara forces are recruiting more youths to fight in the country's north. Aid agencies are warning that a drawn-out war i...

Athletic News

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Guinea Reverses Decision to Pull Out of Tokyo Olympics

The West African country of Guinea has reversed an earlier decision to pull out of the Olympics and will send a delegation of five athletes to the Tokyo Games.Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow made the an...

Semenya Misses Tokyo, May be Forced out of Olympics for...

This could be it for Caster Semenya and the Olympics. Forced out of her favorite race by World Athletics’ testosterone rules, the two-time Olympic champion in the 800 meters took a late shot at qualifying fo...

Swim Caps for Thick, Curly Hair Not Allowed at Olympics

Swimming caps designed for natural Black hair won’t be allowed at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, with the sport’s world governing body saying they are unsuitable due to them not “following the natural form ...

African NBA Scout Eyes Talent in BAL Tourney

The inaugural Africa Basketball League tournament is entering the playoff stage. For Sonny Side of Sports, VOA's Prince Nesta spoke with Sarah Chan, Africa scouting manager for the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Rap...

Celebration of the Turkmen world champion in weightlifting and her...

The ceremony of awarding government awards to the 2018 world weightlifting champion Yulduz Dzhumabayeva and her coach Meretguly Sakhetmyradov was held at the Sport Hotel in the Olympic town of Ashgabat.At the c...

The President of Turkmenistan took part in the celebration of...

The President of Turkmenistan, the head of the NOC of the country Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited the Olympic town of Ashgabat, where he took part in the celebration of the 2018 world weightlifting champion Y...

Information News

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28 Abducted Baptist School Students Freed in Nigeria

Armed kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were abducted at the beginning of July from the Bethel Baptist High School in the northern town of Damishi.Church officials return...

140 Students Abducted in Northwestern Nigeria?

Armed kidnappers have taken 140 students from their boarding school in northwestern Nigeria, local officials announced Monday. Attackers opened fire on the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state early Monda...

African Children Missing Out on Life-Saving Vaccines Due to COVID-19

GENEVA - The World Health Organization warns that millions of children in Africa are not receiving life-saving vaccinations against preventable killer diseases because most efforts are focused on ending the COV...

140 years of Ashgabat: modern center of education and science

Today, Turkmen capital is a recognized center of international cooperation, visual symbol of the policy of positive neutrality, peace-loving and open doors, which is steadily pursued under the leadership of Pre...

Large-Scale Kidnappings in Nigeria’s North Threaten Education

Nigeria has one of world's highest numbers of out-of-school children, 13.2 million, according to the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF). A wave of school kidnappings has worsened the situation, with some state autho...

COVID-19: Russian Research Center Says Early Trials Of Its Coronavirus...

Russia Russia’s Vektor, a secret state virology research center in Siberia, says early clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine have proven successful. “The first two phases of clinical trials dem...

General

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Several Hundred Protest Chad Junta

Several hundred people marched in Chad's capital, N'Djamena, on Thursday to protest the military junta which took power after the country's long-serving leader died while fighting rebels.The Transformers party...

UN Says Armed Groups Threaten Thousands of Eritrean Refugees in...

GENEVA - The UN refugee agency warns about 24,000 Eritrean refugees trapped in two camps in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray province are in great danger as fighting among armed groups escalates. Concerns are growi...

Family of Ugandan Weightlifter Says He Contemplated Suicide After Olympic...

KAMPALA, UGANDA - Ugandan authorities have detained weightlifter Julius Sekitoleko after he disappeared last week from the Olympic Games in Japan. His case is odd, as Sekitoleko did not qualify for the Ugandan ...

Cryptocurrency Booming Among Kenyan Farmers

KILIFI, KENYA - Cryptocurrencies make headlines for shaking up the financial world, but they are also gaining ground in less developed countries. In Kenya, an American economist, who introduced blockchain techn...

Legal Matters

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South African Court Hears Appeal from Jailed Ex-President Zuma Amid...

Testimony Concludes on Alleged Atrocities Under Gambian Ex-Dictator Jammeh’s Rule

Gambia’s truth commission has wrapped up more than two years of public hearings into alleged human rights violations committed during the 22-year rule of former dictator Yahya Jammeh. A steady parade of wit...

ICC Opens Hearing on Militia Leader Accused of Darfur War...

The International Criminal Court has begun hearing evidence against Sudanese para-military commander Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, the alleged leader of a notorious militia blamed f...

Kenyan Court Lifts Ban on Donkey Slaughter

Kenya's population of donkeys is under threat after the High Court lifted a 2020 ban on donkey slaughterhouses, allowing them to resume selling the meat and hides to Asian markets.The high price for donkey hide...