Africa

Mosquito Nets Widely Misused for Fishing, Study Finds

Mosquito nets intended to prevent malaria are finding an unanticipated use as fishing nets all across the tropics, according to a new study. These fine-meshed nets scoop up fish of all types and sizes indiscriminately. Experts are worried they are draining fish populations. But the study’s authors say poverty is …

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Britain Targets Global Corruption With Law to Seize Unexplained Wealth

LONDON —  Politicians, public figures and criminals suspected of buying property with corrupt money will be forced to explain their wealth or see their assets seized under new legislation that has come into force in Britain this month. The so-called Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) have been welcomed by campaigners, who …

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Kenya’s Political Stand-Off Deepens Amid Government Crackdown

The political stand-off in Kenya between President Uhuru Kenyatta and self-declared peoples’ president Raila Odinga has split the country. While Odinga’s swearing-in ceremony January 30 was symbolic, activists and analysts fear the government’s heavy-handed response is moving the country toward authoritarian rule. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Nairobi.

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The Long and Complicated Fall of South Africa’s Zuma

Once a stalwart of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, Jacob Zuma now risks losing the presidency. Zuma has been a controversial figure since before he took office in 2009, weathering repeated scandals, including rape charges and multiple corruption allegations that have recently been reviewed by prosecutors. VOA’s Anita Powell …

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Social Media Surveillance Unfairly Targeted Muslims

BOSTON —  A social media monitoring tool used by the Boston Police Department to identify potential threats swept up the posts of people using the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter and a lawmaker’s Facebook update about racial inequality, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The …

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