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Islamic State kills 5 in first suicide attack in Somalia

Posted by on 24/05/2017
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Islamic State kills 5 in first suicide attack in Somalia

Islamic State kills 5 in first suicide attack in Somalia

Suicide bomber detonates at a checkpoint MOGADISHU: The Islamic State group has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia that left five dead as it steps up activities in a region dominated by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab. The group’s self-styled news agency Amaq claimed the “martyrdom-seeking operation with an explosive vest” in a statement carried by […]

Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad area

Posted by on 21/05/2017
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Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad area

Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad area

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Nigerian troops fought Boko Haram in the Lake Chad area on Saturday, killing 13 of the Islamic extremists and arresting 10 others, including 6 women believed to have helped smuggle supplies to the insurgents, said an army spokesman. Soldiers of the of 8 Task Force Battalion spent 72 hours clearing the location where […]

Macron visits French troops in Mali’s deeply-troubled north

Posted by on 19/05/2017
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Macron visits French troops in Mali’s deeply-troubled north

Macron visits French troops in Mali’s deeply-troubled north

GAO, Mali: President Emmanuel Macron arrived yesterday in conflict-torn Mali to visit French troops fighting jihadists on his first official trip outside Europe since taking power. At the end of his first week in office, Macron flew into Gao, a city in Mali’s deeply-troubled north, where he will hold talks with his Malian counterpart Ibrahim […]

Islamists stone couple to death in north Mali

Posted by on 18/05/2017
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Islamists stone couple to death in north Mali

Islamists stone couple to death in north Mali

BAMAKO: An unmarried couple were stoned to death in public in northeast Mali by “Islamists”, local officials said on Wednesday, the first such incident since jihadist groups were driven out of the region. Jihadists seized key northern cities in Mali in March 2012, and though they were driven out by a French-led military intervention in […]

Alone in Maiduguri: The orphans of Boko Haram

Posted by on 18/05/2017
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Alone in Maiduguri: The orphans of Boko Haram

Alone in Maiduguri: The orphans of Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI: After a night on the streets, the pack of young boys move into Maiduguri’s abandoned amusement park in the early morning to play on the broken-down rides. shoeless and wearing ragged clothes, they sprint to the merry-go-round, its chipped candy-colored paint bleached by the scorching sun. The horses are motionless but the boys laugh […]

2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo: WHO

Posted by on 16/05/2017
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2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo: WHO

2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo: WHO

KINSHASA, Congo: The World Health Organization says a second case of Ebola has been confirmed by laboratory testing amid an outbreak in a remote corner of northern Congo. WHO said yesterday that among the 20 suspected cases, two now have tested positive for the virus. Ebola was blamed for more than 11,000 deaths in West […]

Boko Haram kills six farmers in NE Nigeria

Posted by on 15/05/2017
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Boko Haram kills six farmers in NE Nigeria

Boko Haram kills six farmers in NE Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria: Boko Haram jihadists have killed six farmers who were working on their land near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, civilian militia members and locals said yesterday. Gunmen on motorcycles attacked the group who were preparing their fields for the rainy season outside Amrawa village, 16 kilometers from the Borno state capital, on […]

Ethiopian honey farmers struggle with sticky traditions

Posted by on 14/05/2017
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Ethiopian honey farmers struggle with sticky traditions

Ethiopian honey farmers struggle with sticky traditions

ZAENA, Ethiopia: The beehives of Ethiopia, Africa’s top honey producer, make about a quarter of the continent’s honey, but travelers who come to sample the liquid gold often find there isn’t enough to go around. In a country where 85 percent of all jobs are in agriculture, industry experts say the beekeeping-or apiculture-sector is still […]

Mutinous soldiers cut off Ivory Coast’s second city

Posted by on 13/05/2017
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Mutinous soldiers cut off Ivory Coast’s second city

Mutinous soldiers cut off Ivory Coast’s second city

Gunfire heard in several towns ABIDJAN: Disgruntled soldiers cut off access to Ivory Coast’s second largest city, Bouake, and gunfire rattled in other towns yesterday as protests over a pay dispute extended into a second day despite government warnings of harsh punishment. The revolt began in Bouake early on Friday before spreading quickly, following a […]

Shots at I Coast army HQ after mutineers’ apology

Posted by on 13/05/2017
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Shots at I Coast army HQ after mutineers’ apology

Shots at I Coast army HQ after mutineers’ apology

BOUAKE, Ivory Coast: Rebel soldiers surrounded Ivory Coast’s army headquarters in Abidjan yesterday, firing shots in the air just hours after a spokesman for the protesters publicly apologized for an earlier mutiny. The gunfire erupted after disgruntled troops sealed off the area in the Plateau district of the Abidjan, the country’s economic capital, an AFP […]

Over 200 migrants feared dead in the Mediterranean

Posted by on 08/05/2017
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Over 200 migrants feared dead in the Mediterranean

Over 200 migrants feared dead in the Mediterranean

TRIPOLI: More than 200 migrants are feared to have died in the Mediterranean over the weekend, according to testimony from survivors, and several bodies, including that of an infant, have washed up on a Libyan beach. About 7,500 people have been rescued off the coast of Libya since Thursday, the Italian and Libyan coastguards said. […]

One million child refugees from S Sudan civil war

Posted by on 08/05/2017
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One million child refugees from S Sudan civil war

One million child refugees from S Sudan civil war

NAIROBI: More than 1 million children have fled South Sudan’s civil war, two United Nations agencies said Monday, part of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Another 1 million South Sudanese children are displaced within the country, having fled their homes due to the civil war, said the U.N.’s child and refugee agencies in a […]

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