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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

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 […]

Canadian UN peacekeepers return to Africa after 24 years

Posted by on 08/08/2018
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Canadian UN peacekeepers return to Africa after 24 years

Canadian UN peacekeepers return to Africa after 24 years

One of the United Nations’ most difficult and dangerous missions GAO, Mali: Soaring over the Niger river before entering the savannah in northern Mali, a Canadian twin-engined military helicopter is making one of its first forays into the country. Two artillerymen are scanning the ground below when the pilot announces that “one of the gauges […]

Kenya, Tanzania mark bombings which introduced Al- Qaeda

Posted by on 05/08/2018
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Kenya, Tanzania mark bombings which introduced Al- Qaeda

Kenya, Tanzania mark bombings which introduced Al- Qaeda

NAIROBI: Kenya and Tanzania tomorrow mark 20 years since the devastating US embassy bombings that thrust Al-Qaeda onto the global stage and went on to shape how a generation thinks about personal security. It was mid-morning on August 7, 1998, when the first massive blast hit the US embassy in downtown Nairobi, followed minutes later […]

Zimbabwe army clears streets as election panel begs for ‘patience’

Posted by on 02/08/2018
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Zimbabwe army clears streets as election panel begs for ‘patience’

Zimbabwe army clears streets as election panel begs for ‘patience’

Troops open fire on demonstrations against alleged electoral fraud HARARE: Soldiers and police cleared the streets of central Harare yesterday a day after a deadly crackdown on protestors as the Zimbabwean authorities begged for patience over the release of the results from landmark presidential elections. The vote-the first since autocrat Robert Mugabe was ousted last […]

Man shot dead in Zimbabwe as post-election clashes erupt

Posted by on 01/08/2018
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Man shot dead in Zimbabwe as post-election clashes erupt

Man shot dead in Zimbabwe as post-election clashes erupt

EU: Un-level playing field and lack of trust in the process HARARE: Protests in Zimbabwe’s historic elections turned bloody on Wednesday as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP […]

Zimbabwe votes in 1st post-Mugabe election

Posted by on 30/07/2018
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Zimbabwe votes in 1st post-Mugabe election

Zimbabwe votes in 1st post-Mugabe election

HARARE: Zimbabweans cast their ballots yesterday in the country’s first election since authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe was ousted last year, with concerns over fraud and the likelihood of a disputed result clouding voting day. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former ally in the ruling ZANU-PF party, faces opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the MDC (Movement for […]

Beheadings in Mozambique mark Islamist threat in new gas frontier

Posted by on 25/07/2018
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Beheadings in Mozambique mark Islamist threat in new gas frontier

Beheadings in Mozambique mark Islamist threat in new gas frontier

CHITOLO, Mozambique: Anastacio Talene Nakupenda woke to the sound of gunshots as a dozen men burst from dense forest to attack his remote Mozambican village, torching homes, stealing food and decapitating one of his neighbors. “I was left with nothing, completely naked,” Nakupenda, a Catholic, said outside his partially rebuilt home in Chitolo, northern Mozambique, […]

Ethiopia hopes Eritrea peace will bring prosperity

Posted by on 21/07/2018
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Ethiopia hopes Eritrea peace will bring prosperity

Ethiopia hopes Eritrea peace will bring prosperity

ZALAMBESSA: Eighteen years after the guns fell silent following Ethiopia’s bloody border war with Eritrea, the frontier town of Zalambessa is a quiet, rubble-strewn outpost crossed by a road to nowhere. But change could be on the horizon after the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to re-establish relations, raising hopes that trade will resume […]

Nigerian police say 8 Boko Haram suspects confess to Chibok abduction

Posted by on 19/07/2018
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Nigerian police say 8 Boko Haram suspects confess to Chibok abduction

Nigerian police say 8 Boko Haram suspects confess to Chibok abduction

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Eight suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram have confessed to involvement in the 2014 abduction of some 270 girls from the town of Chibok, the Nigeria Police Force said on Wednesday. The mass abduction of girls from their school caused global outrage and drew attention to the militant group which has […]

Flags, flowers greet Ethiopian flight in Eritrea

Posted by on 18/07/2018
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Flags, flowers greet Ethiopian flight in Eritrea

Flags, flowers greet Ethiopian flight in Eritrea

Families separated by war board Ethiopian Airlines jets after 20 years ASMARA: The first commercial flight from Ethiopia to Eritrea in 20 years landed safely in Asmara yesterday to be greeted by dancers waving flags and flowers, cementing a stunning rapprochement that has ended a generation of hostility in a matter of days. As Ethiopian […]