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Boko Haram army base attack death toll hits 48

Posted by on 03/09/2018
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Boko Haram army base attack death toll hits 48

Boko Haram army base attack death toll hits 48

KANO: Forty-eight soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack in remote northeast Nigeria, military sources said yesterday, in the latest strike that raises questions about the group’s apparent resurgence and troops’ ability to fight back. Scores of jihadist fighters in trucks stormed the base on Thursday in Zari village in northern Borno state and […]

Suicide bomber kills three in Somali capital

Posted by on 02/09/2018
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Suicide bomber kills three in Somali capital

Suicide bomber kills three in Somali capital

MOGADISHU: A suicide car bomb killed three security guards and injured several more people in the heart of the Somali capital Mogadishu yesterday, authorities said. Islamist extremists of the Al-Shabaab movement immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. “There was a car bomb blast targeting the district administration offices and three people died and several others […]

Lost at sea: Dead migrants never identified

Posted by on 30/08/2018
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Lost at sea: Dead migrants never identified

Lost at sea: Dead migrants never identified

Thousands of migrants die at sea every year NDIEBENE-GANDIOL: In 2006, Khady Dieye’s husband left the family home on Senegal’s northern coast and boarded a dugout canoe in the hope of reaching Spain. “Since then, we have not had any news of him,” said Dieye, who lives in the small fishing village of Ndiebene-Gandiol near […]

Old foe cholera returns to haunt Algeria; two dead

Posted by on 30/08/2018
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Old foe cholera returns to haunt Algeria; two dead

Old foe cholera returns to haunt Algeria; two dead

91 people remain quarantined in Boufarik hospital BOUFARIK, Algeria: Outside a hospital in Algeria, worried relatives arrive daily in a desperate bid to talk to those quarantined inside-the victims of the country’s first cholera outbreak in more than 20 years. Cases began appearing in early August and two people have so far died, with scores […]

Solar coolers heat up earnings for Kenya’s dairy farmers

Posted by on 29/08/2018
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Solar coolers heat up earnings for Kenya’s dairy farmers

Solar coolers heat up earnings for Kenya’s dairy farmers

KIBUMBU, Kenya: Four years ago, Njeru Kamuru nearly quit dairy farming. But when he learned that a solar-powered milk-cooling plant was to be built in his Kenyan village, he changed his mind. Before then, Kamuru said, he struggled to sell more than half of the 12 litres of milk his brace of cows gave during […]

Save me! Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirl pleads for freedom

Posted by on 28/08/2018
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Save me! Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirl pleads for freedom

Save me! Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirl pleads for freedom

KANO: A Nigerian Christian schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram jihadists has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to secure her release, local media said yesterday, citing a purported audio recording of the hostage. Leah Sharibu, 15, was among more than 100 schoolgirls abducted from their hostel in the town of Dapchi in the restive northeast on […]

Ethnic unrest tarnishes new Ethiopian leader’s reforms

Posted by on 26/08/2018
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Ethnic unrest tarnishes new Ethiopian leader’s reforms

Ethnic unrest tarnishes new Ethiopian leader’s reforms

Oromo youths seen taking revenge for marginalization CHELELEKTU, Ethiopia: Shiburu Kutuyu, a 45-year-old Ethiopian maize and coffee farmer, was jolted awake by gunshots one night in June. He told his wife and seven children to flee. They returned to find their mud-walled home had been burned down, but no sign of Shiburu. Eleven days later, […]

Ritual burial of Abomey king begins in Benin

Posted by on 14/08/2018
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Ritual burial of Abomey king begins in Benin

Ritual burial of Abomey king begins in Benin

ABOMEY-CALAVI: “Darkness has fallen on the kingdom,” the prime minister of the Abomey kingdom in southern Benin told the 300,000 people gathered to mark the death of traditional monarch Dah Dedjalagni Agoli-Agbo. The celebration at the weekend of the ancestral king’s life is the beginning of at least six months of funeral rites, following his […]

Tunisian leader proposes inheritance equality for women, with exceptions

Posted by on 13/08/2018
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Tunisian leader proposes inheritance equality for women, with exceptions

Tunisian leader proposes inheritance equality for women, with exceptions

TUNIS: Tunisia’s president yesterday proposed giving women equal inheritance rights despite protests from thousands of people objecting to any challenge to Islamic law. The North African Muslim country, which toppled autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, grants women more rights than other countries in the region, and since last year has allowed Muslim […]

Mali ‘Highway of Death’ highlights jihadist peril , troops on red alert

Posted by on 12/08/2018
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Mali ‘Highway of Death’ highlights jihadist peril , troops on red alert

Mali ‘Highway of Death’ highlights jihadist peril , troops on red alert

DORO: “Hotspot ahead!” The curt message comes over the radio, warning troops aboard the eight-vehicle UN peacekeeping convoy to check their weapons one more time and go on maximum alert. A grim sight greets the Germans as their armored contingent approaches the village of Doro in the savannah south of Mali’s broiling desert: a line […]

Mali in presidential runoff in shadow of security crisis

Posted by on 12/08/2018
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Mali in presidential runoff in shadow of security crisis

Mali in presidential runoff in shadow of security crisis

BAMAKO: Malians were voting yesterday in a presidential runoff likely to see Ibrahim Boubacar Keita returned to office despite criticism of his handling of the country’s security crisis and allegations of election fraud. The second round is a rerun of a 2013 faceoff that Keita, 73, won by a landslide over former finance minister Soumaila […]

Fishermen of Lake Chad cursed by Boko Haram conflict

Posted by on 11/08/2018
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Fishermen of Lake Chad cursed by Boko Haram conflict

MAIDUGURI: The fishermen of Lake Chad must sail in secret, forced to evade both Boko Haram jihadists and Nigeria’s military in a desperate dance that has strangled livelihoods and caused scarcity of a once-staple food. While in the past boats slid across the vast waters unhindered, sustaining a vibrant fishing industry in northeastern Nigeria, years […]