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Mugabe: ‘Not Possible That Women can be at Par with Men’ — "It's not possible that women can be at par with men," said the incoming chairman of the African Union, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. He made the controversial comment in Addis Ababa on the eve the African Union summit, which begins Friday. Many are debating what the 90-year-old leader meant to convey by this statement.
Jan 30, 2015

EVeryone should read this piece by @6ArmsPowell on Bobby Mugabe's problem with women's empowerment.…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @HannahMcNeish: #Zim rights lawyer says Mrs #Mugabe should "start making more babies" as hubbie's comments kill dreams of lady leader…

Jan 30, 2015

#VOA Exclusive: #Mugabe: "it’s not possible that women can be at par with men"…

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New AU Chairperson's (strange) views: " Mugabe Dismisses Male-Female Equality…"

Jan 30, 2015

O, Mr. President! "Not possible that women can be at par with men," says new #AU head, President Robert #Mugabe…

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VOA SPECIAL REPORT: US Army Turns Its Best Minds Towards Ebola — Deep inside the maze of hallways at a research laboratory outside Washington, DC, at the end of a long corridor, is a small window built into the wall. It provides the only outside view of a dangerous mission: researchers handling samples of the deadly Ebola virus and working with drugs to mitigate it.

Romney Will Not Run for President in 2016 — Republican Mitt Romney, who lost the White House to President Barack Obama in 2012, has announced he will not be running for the office in 2016. The former Massachusetts governor made the announcement in a conference call with supporters Friday. He had recently said he was considering a potential campaign.

US Man Pleads Guilty in Gambia Coup Plot — A man in the U.S. Midwestern state of Minnesota has pleaded guilty to charges related to last month's failed coup attempt in Gambia. Papa Faal, 46, admitted in a Minneapolis court Friday that he took part in the December 30 attack on the presidential palace in Gambia's capital, Banjul.

Jihadists' Rivalries in Syria Result in Violent Executions — The cellphone video obtained by opposition activists of the execution of a Syrian woman accused of adultery is heartbreaking. Made to kneel as she protests her innocence in front of a gathering crowd of masked armed fighters and curious onlookers in a public square, her executioners then announce her crime and one of them steps forward and kills her with a single fatal shot to the head.

Somali Terror Suspect's Light Sentence Raises Questions — When U.S. federal agents stopped 18-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf at the Minneapolis airport last May he had ticket to Istanbul, Turkey. The Somali American teen had gotten a passport just a few weeks earlier. He hadn't told his father where he was going.

Chadian Troops Retake Nigerian Village From Boko Haram — Chadian troops aiding the fight against Boko Haram reportedly have retaken a village in far northeastern Nigeria from the militants. Aboubakar Moustapha, who lives across the border in Niger, told VOA's French to Africa Service that Chadian forces took control of Malumfatori village on Thursday after a series of nighttime airstrikes.

Dozens Killed in Pakistani Shiite Mosque Bombing — Pakistani authorities say at least 20 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a powerful bomb attack at a minority Shi'ite mosque in Sindh province during Friday prayers. The bombing occurred in Lakidar area of Shikarpur, around 470 kilometers north of the port city of Karachi.

Kurdish Fighters Celebrate Kobani Victory — Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S. airstrikes, pushed back Islamic State fighters from the Syrian border town Kobani this week. This exclusive video, taken on January 27, 2015, shows the destruction of the city, celebrations of the fighters, plus continued firing on IS targets on the outskirts of the town.

Opposition Leader: Obstacles to South Sudan Peace Remain — Talks on South Sudan's future, mediated by the East African group of nations known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, ended without agreement Thursday, further postponing a deal to end more than a year of fighting in the country.

HashtagVOA: THE FIGHT FOR YEMEN — THE FIGHT FOR YEMEN Yemen, a strategically critical Western ally, that is also the breeding ground for Islamic extremists, is in the throes of a political power struggle fueled partly by a rivalry between regional powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran. HashtagVOA goes to the source to bring viewers up to date on the fight for Yemen.

Kidnappings Threaten Fragile CAR Peace Process — The Central African Republic's long-awaited reconciliation process is being threatened by a spike in kidnappings of officials and government ministers by factions of the former Seleka rebels and anti-balaka militias. The kidnappings began the day after the United Nations arrested major anti-balaka leader Rodrigue Ngaïbona, better known as Andjilo, in Bangui.

Ebola Maternity Ward in Sierra Leone First of its Kind — Doctors Without Borders has opened an Ebola treatment ward for pregnant women in Sierra Leone. It is the first of its kind. Sierra Leone already had one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world before Ebola arrived. Health workers say the situation has gotten worse, as women with Ebola face an even higher risk of hemorrhaging while giving birth.

Zimbabwe Farmers Decry Land Grab for First Lady's Game Park — Zimbabwe confirmed it is releasing wild game in an effort to push about 200 families off farmland where first lady Grace Mugabe wants to set up a new game park. But the families at Manzou farm insist they will stay on the land where they have lived for more than a decade.

UN: Somali’s Food Situation Improving, But Still at Risk — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says food security in Somalia has actually improved of late, following years of drought. But as experts point out, Somalia's food situation is still far from normal. The disastrous dry spells that have wracked war-torn Somalia for years seem to have loosened their grip on the country, at least for the moment.

Chinese Woman Sues Government Over Forced Abortion — Chinese protesters have long petitioned the central government for help and to address wrongs committed by local officials in their home communities. But a recent case of a woman who sued the government instead of petitioning for help could mark the beginning of a new trend.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @williamnee: Although not successful, this case sparked a big debate. Woman Sues Gov. Over Forced Sterilization… @patrickpoon #夏润英

Women Rally in Cairo to Demand Probe Into Protester Deaths — Female protesters gathered in downtown Cairo on Thursday demanding an investigation into the deaths of activist Shaimaa Sabbagh and others they say were killed by Egyptian security forces around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

WHO Focus on Ebola Shifts to Ending Outbreak — The World Health Organization said Thursday that efforts to slow the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola have shifted to a focus on ending the epidemic, after the number of new cases fell to its lowest weekly level since the end of June.

Myanmar, North Korea and Philippines are Focus of UNICEF 2015 Appeal — The United Nations Childrens' Fund says nearly a quarter of a million children in several states in Myanmar remain in need of humanitarian support. UNICEF says Myanmar, also known as Burma, is among its regional priorities in 2015, part of the U.N. organization's largest-ever funding appeal.