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Four killed in northeast Nigeria suicide attacks

Posted by on 24/07/2017
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Four killed in northeast Nigeria suicide attacks

Four killed in northeast Nigeria suicide attacks

MAIDUGURI: Four people were killed in suicide bomb attacks at a camp for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, the emergency services said yesterday. Abdulkadir Ibrahim, from the National Emergency Management Agency, said the blasts happened at about 11:20 pm (2220 GMT) on Sunday, just outside the Borno state capital of […]

New Al-Shabab video calls Trump ‘brainless billionaire’

Posted by on 24/07/2017
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New Al-Shabab video calls Trump ‘brainless billionaire’

New Al-Shabab video calls Trump ‘brainless billionaire’

MOGADISHU: The Somalia-based Al-Shabab is mocking President Donald Trump in a new video that calls him a “brainless billionaire” as his administration steps up military efforts against what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. The SITE Intelligence Group says the video released Sunday includes the criticism of Trump as it addresses next […]

Nelson Mandela’s book on his treatment stirs dispute

Posted by on 23/07/2017
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Nelson Mandela’s book on his treatment stirs dispute

Nelson Mandela’s book on his treatment stirs dispute

JOHANNESBURG: A new book by a former South African military doctor that documents Nelson Mandela’s medical treatments before his 2013 death violates doctor-patient confidentiality, according to some relatives of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel laureate.   But the retired doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, said in an interview this weekend on the eNCA news channel that the […]

Maiduguri: A humanitarian hub deep in Boko Haram territory

Posted by on 22/07/2017
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Maiduguri: A humanitarian hub deep in Boko Haram territory

Maiduguri: A humanitarian hub deep in Boko Haram territory

MAIDUGURI: Mangoes and watermelons, prayer mats and Chinese-made utensils are again filling the stalls of Maiduguri’s markets, as they recover after years of Boko Haram violence. Traders sweating behind wheelbarrows overloaded with goods fight their way through the crowded alleyways in northeast Nigeria’s biggest city. But in the birthplace of Boko Haram, appearances are often […]

Kenya cattle herders defend ‘necessary’ land invasions

Posted by on 20/07/2017
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Kenya cattle herders defend ‘necessary’ land invasions

Kenya cattle herders defend ‘necessary’ land invasions

CROCODILE JAW BRIDGE, Kenya: Close by a narrow, rickety bridge in Kenya’s central Laikipia highlands two herders sit on blistering hot rock next to the muddy trickle of the Ewaso Nyiro river to explain why they routinely break the law, invading private land to graze their cattle. “The reason we go there is not to […]

Court finds Thai general guilty of human trafficking

Posted by on 19/07/2017
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Court finds Thai general guilty of human trafficking

Court finds Thai general guilty of human trafficking

BANGKOK: A Thai general was found guilty of human trafficking yesterday as a Bangkok court convicted scores of people in a mass trial exposing the lynchpin role of corrupt officials in the grim, lucrative trade in Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. Thailand’s junta launched a crackdown in May 2015 on a network funneling desperate migrants through […]

Eight dead in Senegal football stadium crush

Posted by on 16/07/2017
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Eight dead in Senegal football stadium crush

Eight dead in Senegal football stadium crush

DAKAR: Eight people were killed during Senegal’s football league cup final in Dakar on Saturday, the sports minister said, as a wall collapsed onto clashing supporters triggering a panicked stampede. Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar. […]

Nigerian university digs in deep ditch around against Boko Haram

Posted by on 13/07/2017
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Nigerian university digs in deep ditch around against Boko Haram

Nigerian university digs in deep ditch around against Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: A giant bulldozer digs a deep ditch among the bushes surrounding the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, turning it into a fortress to prevent further suicide attacks by Boko Haram. About 27 kilometers of trenches are being dug around the institution, known locally as UNIMAID, which has since the start of the […]

19 killed in Boko Haram attacks in N Nigeria city

Posted by on 12/07/2017
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19 killed in Boko Haram attacks in N Nigeria city

19 killed in Boko Haram attacks in N Nigeria city

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Four Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 19 people in a series of attacks that targeted a civilian self-defense force and the people who gathered to mourn their deaths, police in Nigeria said Wednesday. It was the deadliest attack in months in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency. […]

Bloodthirsty Nigeria cult killings spark fear

Posted by on 12/07/2017
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Bloodthirsty Nigeria cult killings spark fear

Bloodthirsty Nigeria cult killings spark fear

IKORODU, Nigeria: People cover their noses at the stench of death in the Crystal Church of God in Owode Onirin, just outside Lagos, where bloody clothes, drums, bibles and hymn books still litter the bare floor. Three days earlier, four worshippers were killed as they prayed, in the latest murders blamed on a shadowy gang […]

West Africa fights to keep bad medicine off shelves

Posted by on 11/07/2017
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West Africa fights to keep bad medicine off shelves

West Africa fights to keep bad medicine off shelves

DAKAR: As West Africa declares war on the market for expired and counterfeit medicines, start-ups are putting quality control in the hands of patients to stop them risking their lives trying to get well. Not only can such drugs fail to treat the diseases they are bought to combat, experts say, but they may encourage […]

Conflict-zone contraception for the Boko Haram homeless

Posted by on 10/07/2017
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Conflict-zone contraception for the Boko Haram homeless

Conflict-zone contraception for the Boko Haram homeless

Children exposed to death, cruelty up close MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Sixteen-year-old Aisha slips into the white family planning tent at the Bakassi camp for displaced people in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, and whispers in case she is overheard. The teenager, among the hundreds of thousands of Nigerians who have sought sanctuary from Boko Haram Islamists in the […]

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