Rebel Leader Machar Declines Offer to Visit Juba, Fears for His Safety

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar turned down an invitation Saturday from President Salva Kiir to visit the South Sudanese capital Juba.Machar, the leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM IO), told Kiir in a meeting in

DRC’s Catholic Activists Keep Up Fight for Democracy

A special service is being held at Kinshasa's St. Joseph Catholic Church. Some of the parishioners weep. Others are deep in thought. The bishop, cloaked in red robes, walks up to the podium at the altar.We must never forget the

Five Years After Westgate, Al-Shabab Still Threat in Kenya

Five years ago, four armed men from the Somali militant group al-Shabab stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, trapping hundreds of people inside. When the four-day siege ended, 67 people were dead and more than 150 wounded.Al-Shabab said it

Son of Former Guinea President Charged with Enslaving Girl

A U.S. federal court has indicted the son of the former president of Guinea and his wife for allegedly enslaving a young Guinean girl in their luxurious Dallas, Texas, home for 16 years.Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure were charged with

S. Sudan Ambassador Hopes to Repair Relations with US

In an interview Thursday with VOA's South Sudan in Focus, Phillip Jada Natana, South Sudan's new ambassador to the United States, said he wants to repair the damaged relationship between Washington and Juba. The South Sudanese envoy said that Tibor

S. Sudan Ambassador Hopes to Repair Relations with US

In an interview Thursday with VOA's South Sudan in Focus, Phillip Jada Natana, South Sudan's new ambassador to the United States, said he wants to repair the damaged relationship between Washington and Juba. The South Sudanese envoy said that Tibor