Report on France’s Role in Rwanda’s Genocide Fails to Lay to Rest a Dark Past

French President Emmanuel Macron will reportedly visit Kigali in coming weeks, following a report he commissioned which sheds a harsh light on France’s alleged role in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.If Macron hoped the report would put the controversy over French actions to rest, it now seems to be doing the opposite.Sounds of a Paris ceremony a […]

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Rights Court Backs RFE/RL Journalist in Case to Protect Phone Data From Ukrainian Officials 

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favor of a journalist from RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service who has battled against the handover of her smartphone data to authorities in what the court agreed is an essential defense of a free press and privacy in democratic society. Natalia Sedletska, who hosts the award-winning investigative TV […]

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DC Chef Mobilizes to Stop Attacks on Asian Americans

After seeing the recent reports of elderly Asian Americans being attacked, a chef in Washington, D.C., decided to fight back using what he does best. Karina Bafradzhian has the story, narrated by Anna Rice. Camera: Andrey Degtyarev …

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Southern African Leaders Promise Action on Mozambique Islamist Insurgency 

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi says member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will respond in a “meaningful manner” to the deadly Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique. Masisi made the comments Wednesday after meeting with Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa.  Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi told reporters late Wednesday he talked to his South African counterpart Cyril […]

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Traveling Kenyan Music Producer Gives Hope to Rural Artists

A Kenyan music producer is taking his work to remote villages to record up-and-coming artists on location to offer something new and different for Kenya’s competitive music industry.  Juma Majanga caught up with producer Presta George in Awendo, Kenya, and filed this report.Camera: Jim Makhulo, Producer: Henry Hernandez …

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German Health Minister Calls for COVID-19 Vaccine Stockpile

Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, Thursday stressed the need for Germany to stock up on COVID-19 vaccine for possible repeat shots next year, and said the nation should do so with or without the rest of the European Union.Spahn made the remarks during a Berlin virtual news briefing on the countries COVID-19 vaccination program and […]

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US Unemployment Benefit Claims Increased Again Last Week

New U.S. unemployment compensation claims jumped again last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as the recovery from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus remains tenuous.The government said 719,000 workers filed for benefits last week, up 61,000 from the revised figure of the previous week. The week-ago figure of 658,000 was the smallest total […]

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Knitted Beanies Bring Joy to Displaced, Underprivileged, and Ill Children

For many parents one good thing about grown kids moving out is the opportunity to focus on personal hobbies.  VOA’s Maria Iman-Santoso tells of one woman whose hobby benefits others. Dhania Iman narrates the story.Camera: Maria Iman-Santoso  Producer:  Jon Spier  …

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US Officer on Trial for Death that Sparked Protests Against Police Brutality

A court in the U.S. state of Minnesota proceeds Thursday with the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged in the death of George Floyd last year that sparked widespread protests against police brutality and systemic racism last year.Jurors on Wednesday saw about 20 minutes of police body camera video that spanned the time […]

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Tigray, Ethiopia: From Conflict to Humanitarian Crisis

VOA traces the beginnings of the conflict that grew into a humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. In early November 2020, the federal government of Ethiopia — led by Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed — launched a military campaign to regain control of the contested region from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front fighters. […]

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