Africa 54 – January 12, 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:

South Africa’s new COVID-19 variant is raising alarm globally. How dangerous is the strain and will vaccines work against it?

In the Western U.S. state of California, funeral homes are turning away bereaved families because, like hospitals they overwhelmed by deaths due to the coronavirus.

Nancy Kalembe, Uganda’s only female presidential candidate, says the country needs a change of leadership after 34 years of President Yoweri Museveni.

Facebook has shut down several accounts of a network in Uganda linked to the country’s Ministry of Information. The social media giant accuses the network of using fake accounts to promote the ruling party and the president.

French President Emmanuel Macron says development banks and states are pledging billions of dollars over the next four years to build a “Great Green Wall” to help contain desertification in Africa’s northern Sahel region.

The U.S. House of Representatives is preparing to vote to impeach President Donald Trump this week, following the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol by the president’s supporters that left five people dead.

As President-elect Joe Biden inches closer to taking oath of office, we’ll take an in-depth look at the role of the U.S. intelligence community during the presidential transition.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo visited Voice of America headquarters Monday, where he spoke about the importance of U.S. broadcasting and the story of American exceptionalism in the world.

In Japan, an annual Shinto ritual of soul purification this year included prayers for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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