Spirit world: Voodoo makes a comeback in its Benin home | AFP

Benin holds its annual voodoo festival — an event that lures an influx of visitors to the capital Porto-Novo and underscores voodoo’s comeback in the country of its birth. Voodoo, more often called “vodun” in West Africa, has a hierarchy of deities and tribal spirits of nature and sees revered ancestors living alongside the living.

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Coastal erosion in Togo threatens local population | AFP

Evey year in Togo, the sea nibbles more than 2 metres of coastline, and up to 10 metres in some parts of the coast. Coastal erosion affects all of West Africa and is distorting Togo’s landscape and driving out fishing communities.

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Nigerians disagree over legacy of a 19th century Fulani Muslim ruler | AFP

In Sokoto, an old city in northern Nigeria, Usmane Dan Fodio’s tomb attracts pilgrims from all over West Africa. For many Muslims, this scholarly and reformist Fulani is considered a saint. In 1808, he established the Caliphate of Sokoto, an Islamic state that extended from Burkina Faso to Cameroon.

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Fulani herders seek to tap into Nigeria’s booming meat market | AFP

With 200 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the largest meat consumer in West Africa. Every day, 50 trucks unload cows, goats and sheep at the main livestock market in Lagos, the country’s economic capital. This is an essential supply chain for food in Nigeria, where livestock is mainly raised by the Fulani spread over about ten West African countries.

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Son of Mali hostage Sophie PĂ©tronin expects more from France

A week ago, Frenchman SĂ©bastien Chadaud-PĂ©tronin headed to the Sahel region in West Africa with the hope of obtaining his mother’s release. She was running a charity helping orphans when she was kidnapped by armed men in Gao, northern Mali, in December 2016. No group claimed responsibility for kidnapping until July 2017, when Al-Qaeda’s Mali branch released a video showing her. In a interview with AFPTV, he says the French state “isn’t doing enough.”

Benin’s Pendjari National Park comes back to life

In the north of Benin, elephants, lions and antelopes roam in peace across the savannah of the Pendjari National Park. The park — on the border with Burkina Faso and Niger — is the biggest in West Africa and it’s spearheading a new drive to boost tourism in Benin. A voiced AFPTV report.

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Soldiers killed in French airstrike were hostages – Malian president

In Mali, West Africa, the country’s president has confirmed Malian soldiers were killed in a French airstrike in October. France thought its operation was targeting forces that deserted to join an Islamist group. However, it is now believed those soldiers had been taken hostage by the jihadists.

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Burkina Faso launches Sahel region’s largest solar power plant

Burkina Faso is officially opening ‘the largest solar power plant in West Africa’ on Wednesday 29 November 2017. The country wants to turn to renewable energy to fill the deficit that forces it to import electricity from Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Simulated Reality: US war game imagines West Africa invasion after NY attack

A simulation for US war college students prepared participants for an invasion of West Africa in response to a terrorist attack on US soil, investigative news site The Intercept reports. The war game echoes US involvement in Afghanistan after 2001.
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Migrant Crisis in Italy & Cooking Kelp: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the July 25th, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News profiles a woman who pays drug users not to have kids.
Plus, The refugee crisis is escalating in Italy, where the majority of migrants are now coming from West Africa. And, Kelp could feed the planet and save our oceans — but no one really knows about it.

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On The Line: Kayla Ruble Discusses the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

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Kayla Ruble joined On The Line to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the global response to the spread of the virus.

Since the outbreak began, the contagion has infected more than 25,000 people and claimed more than 10,000 lives — mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Although transmission rates have slowed, new cases continue to be reported, and the economies of the hardest-hit nations remain at risk.

VICE News reporter Kayla Ruble has been following the global effort to combat the disease – both on the ground in Liberia, and from our newsroom – and answered your questions live.

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This Week On The Line (Trailer): Kayla Ruble Discusses the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

On Thursday at 12pm EDT Kayla Ruble will join On The Line to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the global response to the spread of the virus.

Since the outbreak began, the contagion has infected more than 25,000 people and claimed more than 10,000 lives — mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Although transmission rates have slowed, new cases continue to be reported, and the economies of the hardest-hit nations remain at risk.

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VICE News Daily: Vatican Opens its Doors to Rome’s Homeless

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ghana trains to fight piracy as attacks increase off West Africa, the world’s largest ships will soon be able to travel through the Panama Canal, Pope Francis opens his doors to some of Rome’s most disadvantaged, and a Chinese archaeologist claims to crack a rocky mystery.

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Military Exercise to Battle Piracy in Gulf of Guinea
The waters off Somalia’s coast used to be the most dangerous, but there’s been an uptick in attacks off West Africa in recent years.

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$17 Billion Upgrade to Boost Capacity
Workers are installing 22-story locks that would allow the canal to accommodate the world’s largest ships.

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Pope Francis Extends a Special Invitation for a Private Tour
On Thursday, 150 homeless people were granted a rare opportunity to visit the Vatican’s museums and the Sistine Chapel.

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Stone Circles May Have Been Ancient Worship Sites
An archaeologist says an earlier theory that the more than 200 circles were grave sites is unlikely since the soil is undisturbed.

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Ebola: Has the World Stopped Caring?

The Ebola epidemic continues to spread across West Africa, yet the Western public’s interest in the outbreak seems to have waned. David Cameron will press world leaders to do more to combat the virus at the G20 summit later this week.

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The Fight Against Ebola (Full Length)

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The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in Guinea in December 2013. From there, it quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases also appeared in Senegal and Nigeria, and there was another outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, Liberia is at the center of the epidemic, with more than 3,000 cases of infection. About half of them have been fatal.

As President Barack Obama announced that he would be sending American military personnel to West Africa to help combat the epidemic, VICE News traveled to Monrovia to spend time with those on the front lines of the outbreak.

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Managing the Spread of Infection: The Fight Against Ebola (Part 3)

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In Part 3 of The Fight Against Ebola, we return to Redemption Hospital in Monrovia and speak with Mohammed Sankoh, the director of the facility, which started as a holding center for patients but has since turned into a de facto treatment center. We also visit a nearby Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facility and learn about the challenges foreign healthcare workers face as they help manage the crisis.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in Guinea in December 2013. From there, it quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases also appeared in Senegal and Nigeria, and there was another outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, Liberia is at the center of the epidemic, with more than 3,000 cases of infection. About half of them have been fatal. 

As President Barack Obama announced that he would be sending American military personnel to West Africa to help combat the epidemic, VICE News traveled to the Liberian capital of Monrovia to spend time with those on the front lines of the outbreak. 

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The Education of Disease: The Fight Against Ebola (Part 2)

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The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in Guinea in December 2013. From there, it quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases also appeared in Senegal and Nigeria, and a separate outbreak appeared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, Liberia lies is at the center of the epidemic, with more than 3,000 cases of infection — about half of which have been fatal. 
 
Just as President Obama announced that he would be sending American troops to help combat the epidemic, VICE News traveled to Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, to spend time with those on the front lines of the outbreak.

In Part 2, through the lens of an Ebola awareness team leader named Archie, we learn one of the main issues that is perpetuating the outbreak — confusion about the virus itself.

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Outbreak in Liberia: The Fight Against Ebola (Part 1)

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The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in Guinea in December 2013. From there, it quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases also appeared in Senegal and Nigeria, and a separate outbreak appeared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, Liberia lies is at the center of the epidemic, with more than 3,000 cases of infection. About half of them have been fatal.

As President Barack Obama announced that he would be sending American military personnel to West Africa to help combat the epidemic, VICE News traveled to the Liberian capital of Monrovia to spend time with those on the front lines of the outbreak.

In Part 1, we meet confused and distressed people trying to receive treatment in the increasingly chaotic city, and speak to an ambulance driver doing his best to aid the sick.

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