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Africa 54 – January 11, 2021

You are watching Africa 54, your daily news and feature magazine-style program, from the Voice of America. Host Esther Githui-Ewart and a team of correspondents zero in on the big stories making news on the continent and around the world with context and analysis.

Top Stories:

One of Africa’s longest ruling leaders faces ten candidates vying for Uganda’s presidency in Thursday’s election.

Armed men on Sunday ambushed and killed at least six rangers and wounded several others in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, a sanctuary for endangered mountain gorillas, according to the park’s spokesman.

The United States on Sunday started the process of establishing a consulate in contested Western Sahara, after Washington recognized Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalizing ties with Israel.

Medical resources are hemorrhaging in hospitals in South Africa’s Western Cape Province as the country continues to grapple with surging COVID-19 cases.

Countries around the globe are scrambling to contain new coronavirus surges as cases worldwide top 88.2 million people.

Politically motivated mob violence in Washington, D.C. is still sending shockwaves through the country. Americans continue to grapple with the assault on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday and what it means for the country moving forward.

Last week’s joint session of Congress shaped up as President Donald Trump’s last chance – however far-fetched – to subvert the November election results and claim victory for another term.

With U.S. President-elect Joe Biden set to be inaugurated on January 20th, one question being debated is whether Congress will pursue a second impeachment of outgoing President Donald Trump over his alleged role in last Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol building.

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