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Hundreds of people rescued by the Nigerian army are being held at a camp in Yola

Nigerian army 'relocates' 260 Boko Haram survivors

The Nigerian army has relocated at least 260 women and children recently rescued from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, officials say.

They were taken from a camp in the north-eastern city of Yola and flown to an unspecified military facility.

The women will receive medical help and support as part of their rehabilitation process, the BBC has learnt. The government is said to be worried that some women may have been radicalised while in captivity. Camp officials said there were suspicions some of the women had been communicating with militants.They will be housed at the military facility under the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programme which is part of the government's so-called "soft approach" to combating terrorism.

Backed by soldiers from Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the Nigerian army has managed to liberate a number of towns from the militants since they launched a military operation in February. However, sporadic attacks and violence have contin

Cholera kills Burundi refugees as aid agencies struggle

At least 33 people die amid worsening medical conditions while tens sof thousands stranded on Tanzania Kangunga Island.

Al-Shabab militants have been battling African Union forces in Somalia

Kenyan mosque in Garissa briefly taken by al-Shabab

Militants from the Islamist group al-Shabab briefly took over a mosque in the Kenyan town Garissa, local leaders say.

Heads of State acknowledging the ECOWAS anthem

Goodluck Jonathan makes an appearance at ECOWAS Summit

West African leaders converged on Accra yesterday for the 47th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, with a key member, Goodluck Jonathan, making an emotional last appearance at the sub-regional meeting as the President of Nigeria.

The attempted coup took place while Mr Nkurunziza was out of the country (file photo)

Burundi leader reappears in public

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has appeared in public in his own country for the first time since a failed coup d'etat last week.

Smugglers hide IS militants on boats filled with migrants, Abdul Basit Haroun says

Islamic State militants 'smuggled to Europe'

Islamic State (IS) fighters are being smuggled into Europe by gangs in the Mediterranean, an adviser to the Libyan government has told the BBC.

 Ex-Defence Minister Gen Cyrille Ndayirukiye (C) was among the coup leaders arrested

Burundi coup bid: Some coup leaders arrested

Three leaders of a failed coup against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza have been arrested, his spokesman says.

Burundi troops clash over coup bid

Rival groups of soldiers are fighting each other in Burundi's capital amid confusion over the success of an attempted coup against the president.

President Pierre Nkurunziza

Burundi general declares coup against President Nkurunziza

A Burundi army general says senior officers are "dismissing" President Pierre Nkurunziza, amid unrest over his bid to be re-elected for a third term.

Friends abandoned me after defeat – Goodluck Jonathan

Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Sunday that some of his friends deserted him shortly after he conceded defeat to his rival General Muhammadu Buhari in the March election.

Ivory Coast boy smuggled to Spain inside suitcase

An eight-year-old boy has been smuggled into Spain from Morocco inside a suitcase, Spanish police say.

Gunman opens fire in Nigerian high school, injures 6 students

A gunman opened fire on students after walking into a high school in Potiskum in northeast Nigeria, critically injuring six, witnesses and a humanitarian aid worker said.

Cote d’Ivoire bans skin-whitening cream

Cote d’Ivoire has banned skin-whitening creams because of health concerns, the health ministry says.

Royal princess named Charlotte

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace has said.

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe leaving a polling station after casting his vote in Lome on April 25, 2015.   Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO /  AFP

Togo court confirms Faure Gnassingbe's poll win

Togo's constitutional court on Sunday confirmed the victory of incumbent president Faure Gnassingbe in last week's elections, declaring that he beat rival Jean-Pierre Fabre with just over 58 per cent of the vote.

The Nigerian army has claimed the release of several groups of captives from Boko Haram

Boko Haram: 300 girls and women taken to safety

A group of nearly 300 women and girls, which the Nigerian army says were freed from Boko Haram militants earlier this week have been taken to a refugee camp in north-eastern Nigeria.

Nigeria: 160 more women, children rescued from Boko Haram camp

Kano, Nigeria (CNN) Nigerian troops rescued an additional 160 women and children from Boko Haram days after they found hundreds of other hostages, the military said Thursday.

President Faure Gnassingbe

Togo's Faure Gnassingbe wins third term as president

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has been re-elected for a third term, electoral officials say.

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