Category: Foreign News

Varsity builds trench to stop attacks

Varsity builds trench to stop attacks

Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km (17 mile) trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants. On Sunday three suicide bombers attacked the university killing themselves and a security guard. There has been a dramatic upsurge in violence in Maiduguri in recent months. Boko Haram, who want an Islamic state, loosely […]

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Egyptian Christians, Muslims share Ramadan despite Islamic violence

Egyptian Christians, Muslims share Ramadan despite Islamic violence

In a display of communal solidarity defying the sectarian violence of Islamist militants, Egyptian Christians in Cairo organise daily meals for Muslim neighbors who must fast from dawn to dusk during their holy month of Ramadan. Such intercommunal meals are held every year in Egypt, whose Copts are the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they took on […]

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South Sudan no longer in famine

South Sudan no longer in famine

South Sudan is no longer classified as being in famine following an increase in aid, a UN-backed report says. However, the report warns that the situation remains desperate as the number of people at risk of starvation has increased in the last month. The famine, announced in February, was the first to be declared anywhere in the world since 2011. […]

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Egypt sentences 30 to death over attack

Egypt sentences 30 to death over attack

A court in Cairo has recommended the death penalty for 30 people convicted of involvement in the killing of Egypt’s top public prosecutor. Hisham Barakat was assassinated in a car bomb attack in June 2015. He was the most senior state official to be killed by militants in recent years. Mr Barakat had sent thousands of Islamists to trial since […]

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Lesotho prime minister’s wife shot dead

Lesotho prime minister’s wife shot dead

The estranged wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been shot dead two days before his inauguration. Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was travelling home with a friend when both women were shot by an unknown assailant, the police say. The police add the motive is unknown and an investigation is ongoing. The couple had been living separately since 2012 […]

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Tensions between Muslims, Christians rise in CAR

Tensions between Muslims, Christians rise in CAR

In mid-May the armed group the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central African Republic (FPRC) marched into the town of Bria in the Central African Republic (CAR). Tens of thousands of, mostly Christian, civilians were displaced as the group faced off with anti-balaka fighters in the town, located some 600km northeast of the capital, Bangui. Around 85 per cent […]

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China’s helicopter unit joins peacekeeping mission in Darfur

China’s helicopter unit joins peacekeeping mission in Darfur

China’s first helicopter unit on Sunday arrived in Sudanese capital Khartoum to join the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The arriving unit is composed of 12 soldiers out of a 140 strong force to be sent in batches as part of China’s participation in the UNAMID. The team arrived along with two Mi-171 helicopters and other equipment, […]

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FAO to provide livelihood aid to 900,000 S Sudanese

FAO to provide livelihood aid to 900,000 S Sudanese

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday said it has targeted 900,000 South Sudanese households with livelihood assistance in a bid to mitigate food crises that hit hard the urban and peri-urban populations. FAO officer-in-charge Jacqueline Were said the partnership with World Vision and the Ministry of Agriculture seeks to fight hunger and strengthen livelihoods through emergency crop, vegetable […]

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Pope demands Nigerian priests’ obedience

Pope demands Nigerian priests’ obedience

Pope Francis has told a group of Nigerian priests to pledge obedience to him or face suspension from the church. The row is over the refusal by clergy in the Diocese of Ahiara to accept the appointment of a Bishop in 2012. The Pontiff told an audience of Nigerian Catholics in Rome last week that the “people of God are […]

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May seeks deal with Irish party to cling power

May seeks deal with Irish party to cling power

British Prime Minister Theresa May was on Sunday seeking a deal with a small Northern Irish party that she needs to stay in power after a disastrous election destroyed her authority days before Brexit talks are due to start. May’s grip on power was tenuous after she gambled away a parliamentary majority in an election she did not need to […]

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