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Tackle Lake Chad environment to stop Boko Haram: experts

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Revitalising Lake Chad will stop Boko Haram from gaining a long-term foothold in the region, experts said on Wednesday, as four countries wrapped up talks aimed at ending in the conflict. The insurgency began in 2009 and has killed at least 20,000 in northeast Nigeria …

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Four Ghana judges suspended in bribery scandal: presidency

Accra, Ghana | AFP | Four judges accused of taking bribes in Ghana have been suspended, the presidency announced Wednesday, in the latest fallout from a graft scandal rocking the country’s judiciary. President Nana Akufo-Addo suspended the high court judges after a disciplinary committee launched a case against them. The …

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Benin opposition politician goes to African court

Cotonou, Benin | AFP | Benin opposition politician Sebastien Ajavon on Wednesday took the country’s government to court, demanding nearly $990 million in damages after a string of arrests and prosecutions. One of the failed presidential candidate’s four lawyers, Julien Bensimhon, told the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights …

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Nigeria says will prevent Ebola spread from DR Congo

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it was acting to prevent the spread of Ebola from Democratic Republic of Congo where an outbreak of the disease has killed 17 people. The federal government had put in place an emergency programme to monitor all border activity …

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Somalia’s Shabaab stone woman to death for marrying 11 men

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Shabaab militants stoned a Somali woman to death on Wednesday after an Islamic court sentenced her to the punishment for having married 11 men, the Al-Qaeda-linked group and witnesses said. According to witnesses the woman was publicly executed in the Sablaale district of the lower …

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Buhari too ‘unwell’ to govern: Nigerian opposition

Buhari Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Nigeria’s main opposition party has said President Muhammadu Buhari is unfit to run the country after he again left for London on medical grounds. The 75-year-old former military ruler last year spent five months in London seeking treatment for an undisclosed illness that he …

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Boko Haram will take years to ‘eliminate’: UN envoy

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Despite military successes scored against Boko Haram jihadists, it will take years to “completely eliminate” the group, a United Nations envoy told AFP Tuesday. “Boko Haram has proven to be a resilient group…I think it will take time to totally eliminate,” said Muhammad Ibn Chambas, special …

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New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

  Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP |  Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a “public health emergency with international impact.” “Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths” have been …

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Suicide bomber kills at least two in east Libya

Benghazi, Libya | AFP | A suicide bomber on Tuesday attacked a checkpoint in eastern Libya held by militiamen loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, killing at least two people including a civilian, a senior security official said. The attacker also killed a fighter from Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) …

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Nigeria’s Buhari flies to UK to see doctor

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | President Muhammadu Buhari flew out of Nigeria on Tuesday, a source at the capital’s airport said, less than a day after Buhari announced he was heading to Britain for medical reasons. “I will be travelling to the United Kingdom tomorrow, to see my doctor, at …

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