Category: African News

Nigeria’s leader recuperating fast

Nigeria’s leader recuperating fast

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is “recuperating fast” from his illness, his wife Aisha Buhari has said. She made the comments after a trip to London, where her husband is being treated for an unspecified illness. Mr. Buhari, 74, left for London nearly a month ago – his second trip to the UK for treatment this year. His absence has led […]

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Nigeria policemen killed by navy

Nigeria policemen killed by navy

Three Nigerian police officers have reportedly been killed after clashes with members of the navy in the south-eastern city of Calabar. It is unclear what sparked the clashes but a senior police officer told the BBC that a police station had been set on fire. One media report says that a policeman had confronted a navy officer for failing to […]

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Former Senegalese president in fresh power bid at 91

Former Senegalese president in fresh power bid at 91

As Senegal approaches legislative polls in July, among the candidates hoping to be elected will be former president Abdoulaye Wade. The announcement was made after a coalition made of more than 40 parties broke up, said supporters of Wade who ruled the west African country from the year 2000 to 2012. The former president will head the coalition while the […]

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Vatican scraps plan for Pope to visit South Sudan this year

Vatican scraps plan for Pope to visit South Sudan this year

The Vatican said yesterday it had scrapped tentative plans for Pope Francis to make a visit this year to South Sudan, which has been hit by civil war, famine and a refugee crisis. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the trip “was not for this year” but did not say when it might now take place. Church leaders in the country […]

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Somali man stoned to death for adultry

Somali man stoned to death for adultry

Somali militants have stoned a man to death after an Islamic court convicted him of adultery. Dayow Mohamed Hassan, 44, was buried neck-deep and pelted to death with stones by al-Shabab fighters. He was convicted of being in an adulterous relationship with a woman and impregnating her, despite having two wives, an official said. Al-Shabab occasionally passes such sentences for […]

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Group blamed for 2012 attack on US mission disbands

Group blamed for 2012 attack on US mission disbands

A group of militant Islamists in Libya, blamed by the US for the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi which killed the ambassador, says it has disbanded. The Ansar al-Sharia group said that its leadership had been wiped out while fighting the Libya National Army. Most of its members are thought to have defected to the Islamic State […]

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Al-Shabab claims deadly Mogadishu attack

Al-Shabab claims deadly Mogadishu attack

A bombing claimed by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has killed eight people and injured 15 more in the Somali capital, according to a spokesman for Mogadishu’s mayor. Bombings are a near-daily occurrence in Mogadishu. Most are claimed by al-Shabab, an armed group that is fighting to overthrow the UN-backed government and drive out the African Union peacekeeping force that supports […]

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Nigerian leaders warn against coup

Nigerian leaders warn against coup

Senior politicians in Nigeria have vowed to resist any attempt to stage a coup, following rumours of a move by some army officers to seize power while President Muhammadu Buhari is on medical leave in the UK.   “Those who think they can break the democracy for which so many laboured and which too many sacrificed limb and life, are […]

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Libya airbase death toll rises to 140

Libya airbase death toll rises to 140

Reports suggest as many as 140 people, including civilians, may have died in an attack on an airbase in Libya. It was originally thought 60 people died when a government-allied militia tried to take over the Brak al-Shati base on Thursday. The UN-backed government’s defence minister and the commander of the militia have both been suspended pending an investigation. The […]

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Mutinous troops defy Ivory Coast order

Mutinous troops defy Ivory Coast order

Mutinous soldiers have opened fire in four big cities in Ivory Coast, defying a government order to lay down their weapons. Shots rang out near the presidential palace in the main city, Abidjan, the second city, Bouake and in cities vital to the cocoa industry. Banks across Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest cocoa producer, are shut. The mutineers, who helped […]

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