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Gunmen kidnap US woman in central Nigeria: police

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th February 2015

Gunmen kidnap US woman in central Nigeria: police LAGOS:  Masked gunmen in central Nigeria kidnapped an American woman doing missionary work, with a ransom payment the suspected motive for the attack, police told AFP Tuesday. “She was whisked away at around 10:00 am (0900 GMT) Monday,” said Kogi state police spokesman Sola Collins Adebayo. The kidnappers were “unknown gunmen…(who) came into the school...


Yemen ex-president released from house arrest

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 21st February 2015

Yemen ex-president released from house arrest SANAA: Former Yemen president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his home on Saturday for the first time since the Houthi militia stormed it in late January and put him under house arrest, prompting his resignation, witnesses said. Hadi is believed to be on his way to Aden, his home town, news website Aden Tomorrow reported, citing...


Explosions, gunfire at Somali capital hotel: police

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Explosions, gunfire at Somali capital hotel: police MOGADISHU: Twin explosions followed by heavy gunfire were heard Friday from a hotel in the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu, a police officer said. “There were two explosions, there was gunfire and there are casualties,” said Mohamed Kediye, a police officer at the scene. The hotel is close to the presidential palace and is...


Boko Haram militants kill three in attack on Niger village

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th February 2015

Boko Haram militants kill three in attack on Niger village NIAMEY: Boko Haram militants attacked a village in southeastern Niger overnight, killing three people including the local chief and wounding three others before being driven off by security forces, a military source said. The Islamist group has killed thousands in a six-year insurgency in Nigeria. Its raid on Tourba Guida village in the Diffa region...


Around 30 civilians killed in bombing of Nigeria border town

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th February 2015

Around 30 civilians killed in bombing of Nigeria border town NIAMEY: Around 30 civilians were killed when an unidentified airplane dropped a bomb on a Nigerian border village, military sources based nearby in Niger said on Wednesday. Two military officials in the town of Bosso, where soldiers from Chad and Niger are massed in preparation for operations against Boko Haram, said the incident occurred in...


Nigerian president seeks more US help to fight Boko Haram: WSJ

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Nigerian president seeks more US help to fight Boko Haram: WSJ WASHINGTON: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is appealing to the United States for greater assistance in the fight against Boko Haram Islamists, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Are they not fighting ISIS? Why can’t they come to Nigeria?” Jonathan told the newspaper in an interview published Friday, referring to the Islamic State group. “They are...


Niger forces killed 260 Boko Haram militants since Feb. 6 -spokesman

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Niger forces killed 260 Boko Haram militants since Feb. 6 -spokesman NIAMEY: Security forces in Niger have killed 260 Boko Haram militants since the group began cross-border attacks on Niger’s southeastern Diffa region on Feb. 6, a spokesman for the armed forces said on Thursday. Colonel Moustapha Michel Ledru said a number of fighters had been arrested and some weapons seized, without giving details. Boko Haram...


UN helicopters kill six rebels in Central African Republic fighting

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UN helicopters kill six rebels in Central African Republic fighting BANGUI: U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic used helicopters to bombard positions held by a rebel faction in a town northeast of the capital and six rebels died, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers and French troops hit government buildings in the town of Bria occupied by the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central...


SAFRICA LIFESTYLE MARKETS FOOD JOHANNESBURG

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SAFRICA LIFESTYLE MARKETS FOOD JOHANNESBURG Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Tubi Moloi (R) sellls organic vegetables at the Arts on Main Market on January 25, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Arts on Main goods market is part of a new trend focusing on urban rejuvenation in inner city Johannesburg, South Africa....


All Boko Haram camps will be ‘taken out’ in six weeks: Nigeria

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All Boko Haram camps will be ‘taken out’ in six weeks: Nigeria ABUJA: Nigeria’s National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki told AFP Monday that an ongoing multinational offensive against Boko Haram will destroy all known militants’ camps within the next six weeks. “All known Boko Haram camps will be taken out. They won’t be there. They will be dismantled,” Dasuki said when asked what gains could be made...


Nearly 4,000 children left parentless by west African Ebola outbreak

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Nearly 4,000 children left parentless by west African Ebola outbreak ISLAMABAD: Nearly 4,000 children have lost both their mothers and their fathers as a result of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. The figures, compiled by the charity Unicef, showed that around 3,600 children had been orphaned in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Some 16,600 had lost either one parent or their main carer, The...


Bodies of four newborn babies found in freezers in S.Africa

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Bodies of four newborn babies found in freezers in S.Africa JOHANNESBURG:  South African police said Sunday they have discovered the frozen corpses of four newborn babies in freezers at a house in the southern city of Mthatha. Acting on a tip-off, police raided a house on Saturday and made the grim discovery of the infants estimated to be aged between just one and two months....


Nigeria weighs six-week election delay

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th February 2015

Nigeria weighs six-week election delay ABUJA: Nigeria’s knife-edge presidential elections were thrown into increasing doubt on Saturday, as the country’s electoral commission met to discuss a minimum six-week delay to voting. Lawmakers who attended the meeting at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the talks about postponement came after a recommendation from national security advisor Sambo Dasuki. PDM party...


First Boko Haram attack in Niger: witnesses

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First Boko Haram attack in Niger: witnesses NIAMEY: Islamist group Boko Haram for the first time launched an attack on Friday in Niger against the town of Bosso, just across the border from Nigeria, witnesses said. “We can hear the sound of weapons all around the town, often very near our windows. There is the noise of heavy weapons and of light...


Suicide blast in Libya’s Benghazi kills father, son: army

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Suicide blast in Libya’s Benghazi kills father, son: army BENGHAZI: A suicide car bomber struck a Libyan army post in the battleground second city of Benghazi on Friday, killing a father and son, the military said. Milud al-Zwei, spokesman for the army’s special forces, said the blast killed the two bystanders and wounded 20 other people, mostly soldiers. The bomber was headed for an...


Chadian troops enter Nigeria to battle Boko Haram

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd February 2015

Chadian troops enter Nigeria to battle Boko Haram FOTOKOL: Chadian ground troops on Tuesday crossed into Nigeria for the first time as part of an offensive against Boko Haram, an AFP correspondent saw. Armoured vehicles and infantry crossed a bridge that links the Cameroonian town of Fotokol with Nigerian town of Gamboru, which has been taken back over the weekend from the fighters...


Blast at Nigeria pro-Jonathan rally was female suicide bomber-police

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd February 2015

Blast at Nigeria pro-Jonathan rally was female suicide bomber-police BAUCHI: A bomb blast that went off just minutes after Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan left an election campaign rally was the work of a female suicide bomber, police said on Tuesday. The bomb exploded near a stadium in the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe on Monday, setting a car ablaze, killing one person and wounding...


Tunisia PM announces coalition cabinet with Islamists

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd February 2015

Tunisia PM announces coalition cabinet with Islamists TUNIS: Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid on Monday presented a new coalition government with a cabinet dominated by the secular Nidaa Tounes party but also including members from its Islamist rivals. “We have made changes… to widen the composition of the government with the participation of other political parties,” Essid said after the moderate Islamist...


South Sudan rivals agree new ceasefire deal

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd February 2015

South Sudan rivals agree new ceasefire deal ADDIS ABABA: South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar late Sunday signed a new agreement to end more than 13 months of fighting in a civil war that has left tens of thousands dead. “Complete cessation of hostilities in South Sudan is expected as of this morning (Monday),” Seyoum Mesfin, a negotiator...


Boko Haram ‘bomb maker’ held in Nigeria: police source

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

Boko Haram ‘bomb maker’ held in Nigeria: police source KANO:A man suspected of being behind the manufacture of explosives used in a series of Boko Haram suicide attacks has been arrested in northeast Nigeria, a senior police officer told AFP on Tuesday. The man, identified only as Ba’na, was held in the Arikime area of Potiskum after several weeks of surveillance, said the officer, who...


Boko Haram gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria’s northeast

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Boko Haram gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria’s northeast MAIDUGURI, Nigeria : Boko Haram gunmen killed 15 people including a village leader near Maiduguri, the heartland of the miliatnt group blamed for thousands of deaths in its six-year insurgency, security sources and residents said Saturday. “The terrorists attacked Kambari village, which is less than five kilometres to Maiduguri, around 5:00 am. They killed 15...


Zambia ruling party maintains lead in presidential poll

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd January 2015

Zambia ruling party maintains lead in presidential poll LUSAKA: Zambia’s ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu on Friday maintained a slight lead in the race to replace the late president Michael Sata, with 80 percent of constituencies counted. Defense Minister Lungu was two percentage points ahead of his closest rival, economist Hakainde Hichilema, according to the latest results released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. With...


South Sudan warring rivals in Tanzania for peace talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

South Sudan warring rivals in Tanzania for peace talks ARUSHA, Tanzania: Warring South Sudanese factions gathered in Tanzania Wednesday in the latest peace efforts to end over a year of civil war which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people. Rebel chief Riek Machar is expected to meet later Wednesday with arch-rival President Salva Kiir to ink the latest in a...


Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria’s neighbours

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria’s neighbours KANO, Nigeria:  Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau claimed a massive attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and threatened Niger, Chad and Cameroon in a new video published online on Tuesday evening. The message came as Nigeria and its neighbours met in Niger’s capital, Niamey, to discuss a regional response to the threat and...


Number of new Ebola cases declines: UNMEER

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Number of new Ebola cases declines: UNMEER ISLAMABAD: There has been an overall decline in the number of new Ebola cases, especially in the three most affected African countries, said a UN official on Ebola. Briefing on the progress in the global Ebola response to a UN General Assembly meeting, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, new head of United Nations’ Mission for Ebola...


Gambian troops go door-to-door in search of failed coup plotters

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd January 2015

Gambian troops go door-to-door in search of failed coup plotters BANJUL: – Gambian security forces went door-to-door in the capital Banjul on Friday in search of participants in a failed coup against the west African country’s strongman President Yahya Jammeh, residents said. Witnesses said the troops, who also set up checkpoints on roads leading out of the coastal city, were searching for suspects from Tuesday’s...


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