US First Lady in Kenya Highlights Conservation, Visits Orphanage 

Posted: October 5, 2018, 5:52 am

US First Lady in Kenya Highlights Conservation, Visits Orphanage U.S. first lady Melania Trump pets a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick and Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, right, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump continued her tour of Africa in Kenya Friday, highlighting animal conservation efforts.
The U.S. first lady visited Nairobi National Park to learn about steps the east African nation is taking to conserve elephants and rhinos and participated in a baby elephant feeding. She also went on a quick safari.
On the 90 minute safari, there were views of antelopes, impalas, rhinos, hippos, buffalo, and several zebra herds. At several points, Mrs. Trump pulled out a pair of green binoculars or her iPhone to take photos and video.
U.S. first lady Melania Trump takes a photograph with a mobile phone as she sits in an open tour vehicle during her game drive at the Nairobi National Park in ..

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Melania Trump Visits Ghana, 1st Stop of African Tour

Posted: October 2, 2018, 7:02 am

Melania Trump Visits Ghana, 1st Stop of African Tour First lady Melania Trump visits with mothers and their babies at Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, Ghana, Oct. 2, 2018. LILONGWE, MALAWI — U.S. first lady Melania Trump is in Ghana at the start of a tour of Africa — her first major solo international trip since her husband became president.
The first lady landed in Ghana Tuesday morning and visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, where she saw babies being weighed and passed out blankets and teddy bears donated by the White House.

Mrs. Trump then went to the presidential palace for a private tea with Ghana's first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
Focus on child welfare
The White House says her trip — which will also take her to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt — will “focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, the deep culture and history woven into each African country, and how the United States is supporting each country on its journey to self-..

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Melania Trump Forges Ahead as First Lady With Africa Trip

Posted: October 1, 2018, 8:12 am

Melania Trump Forges Ahead as First Lady With Africa Trip FILE – U.S. first lady Melania Trump. WASHINGTON — First lady Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent.
Departing on Monday, she opens her first-ever visit to Africa on Tuesday in Ghana in the West, followed by stops in Malawi in the South, Kenya in the East and Egypt in the Northeast.
Her first extended turn on the world stage outside the shadow of President Donald Trump could still be complicated by her husband, who has spoken of the continent in impolite and even vulgar terms.
That leaves the first lady with some fence-mending duties.
“She’s got some heavy lifting to do on this trip and it’s a little bit unfair because that’s not what a first lady’s trip should be about,” said Judd Devermont, the Africa program director at the Center for Strate..

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Melania Trump to Visit 4 African Countries

Posted: September 26, 2018, 1:47 pm

Melania Trump to Visit 4 African Countries First lady Melania Trump speaks during a reception at the United States mission to the United Nations, Sept. 26, 2018, in New York. U.S. first lady Melania Trump will visit four countries in Africa next month, on her first major solo international trip.
Mrs. Trump, the wife of U.S. President Donald Trump, will make stops in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt during the first week in October, according to a White House statement released Wednesday.
“October 1 will mark the first day of my solo visit to four beautiful and very different countries in Africa,” she told a reception in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
Mrs. Trump said she looks forward to promoting the message of her “Be Best” child-welfare initiative during the trip.
The White House says the U.S. Agency for International Development is helping to coordinate the trip, and notes Mrs. Trump's stops will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, educat..

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US Must Support Ethiopia’s ‘Fragile’ Reforms, Diplomat Says

Posted: September 13, 2018, 4:00 pm

US Must Support Ethiopia's 'Fragile' Reforms, Diplomat Says FILE – Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, left, and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed walk together at Asmara International Airport, Eritrea, July 9, 2018. The United States should strengthen its ties to Ethiopia following unprecedented reforms in the East African nation, a top U.S. diplomat said Wednesday.
Tibor Nagy, the newly appointed assistant secretary of the U.S. Bureau of African Affairs, told members of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in Washington that Ethiopia has earned praise for its historic changes.
“Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has initiated groundbreaking reforms across most every area of Ethiopian society,” Nagy said. “He deserves tremendous credit for his boldness in tackling issues previous governments have not addressed.”
But Nagy also outlined a number of unresolved concerns and urged the United States to continue to engage with Ethiopia, mobilize resources to provide aid and a..

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US: Expropriation of Land Without Compensation Would Send South Africa Down Wrong Path

Posted: August 24, 2018, 12:46 am

The U.S. State Department says that U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have discussed South Africa's land reform. A spokesperson said Thursday that the president asked Pompeo to investigate reports that the South African government is expropriating land owned by white farmers without compensation. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports Pretoria has reacted angrily to Trump's tweet citing “large scale killing of farmers.”

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South Africa Calls Out Trump Over Tweet on White Farmer Killings

Posted: August 23, 2018, 3:40 pm

South Africa Calls Out Trump Over Tweet on White Farmer Killings FILE – People place crosses, symbolically representing farmers killed in the country, at a ceremony at the Vorrtrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa, Oct. 30, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted that he has asked the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South African land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers.” South Africa has responded that Trump is “misinformed.” JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of stoking racial tensions after he said white farmers in the African country were being killed and forced off their land.
The South African government responded Thursday to a tweet in which Trump said his administration would look into farm seizures and what he termed the “large scale killing of farmers.” Trump also said the South African government “is now seizing land from white farmers” and that he had asked Secretary of..

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South Africa Responds to Trump Tweet: He’s Misinformed

Posted: August 23, 2018, 4:43 am

South Africa Responds to Trump Tweet: He’s Misinformed A villager inspects old farming equipment in Moruleng, a small mining community, in Rustenburg, Northwest province, South Africa, June 27, 2018. WASHINGTON/JOHANNESBURG — U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study South African “land and farm seizures” and “killing of farmers,” prompting Pretoria to accuse Trump of stoking racial divisions.
Trump’s comments have inflamed an already high-octane debate over land in South Africa, a country that remains deeply racially divided and unequal nearly a quarter of a century after Nelson Mandela swept to power at the end of apartheid.
The rand currency dropped more than 1.5 percent against the U.S. dollar in early trading Thursday after Trump’s tweet had circulated in South Africa.
​South Africa to seek clarification
South Africa’s foreign ministry will seek clarification of Trump’s comments from the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, President ..

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US Delegation Visits Ethiopia to Discuss Reforms, Human Rights

Posted: August 22, 2018, 9:30 pm

US Delegation Visits Ethiopia to Discuss Reforms, Human Rights FILE – Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks in Washington, July 28, 2018. A U.S. delegation is heading to Ethiopia on Wednesday to talk about the country's reform efforts since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April.
Republican Congressman Christopher Smith, who led the congressional delegation, said he “is cautiously optimistic” about the political reforms in the country.
In an interview with VOA's Horn of Africa, Smith says he will meet Prime Minister Abiy and Foreign Minister Affairs Minister Workineh Gebeyehu and push for continued reforms, as well as reinforcing human rights issues.
“We are going to meet with him [prime minister] and encourage him and try to get our own sense of how well the reform process is moving,” Smith said.
The congressman is the architect of H.R. 128, legislation condemning human rights abuses in Ethiopia and outlining a number of reforms that Ethiopia must take..

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Melania Trump Announces Solo Trip to Africa

Posted: August 20, 2018, 6:55 pm

Melania Trump Announces Solo Trip to Africa FILE – First lady Melania Trump visits The Royal Hospital Chelsea in central London, July 13, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is planning her first big solo international trip with a visit to several African countries in October.
“This will be my first time traveling to Africa, and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history,'' Trump said in a statement released Monday.
President Donald Trump, who has not visited Africa since taking office, will not accompany the first lady, according to The Associated Press, which first reported news of the trip.
The president created a global outcry when he reportedly used the term “s—hole countries” when speaking about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. He has since denied making the remarks.
Melania Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said the first lady chose Afri..

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