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Families of Coptic Christian workers kidnapped in Libya demonstrated in front of the UN office in Cairo last month

Egypt ready for Libya evacuations as IS hostage photos emerge

Egypt has offered to evacuate its citizens from Libya after Islamic State (IS) released photos which it says show 21 Coptic Egyptians kidnapped there.

Nigeria's 'Boko Haram' militants attack Chad for first time

Suspected Nigerian Boko Haram militants have carried out an attack on Chad overnight, the first such assault on Chadian soil, security sources say.

Julius Malema had been a close ally of Jacob Zuma before the pair fell out

Julius Malema removed from South Africa parliament

Security forces have removed firebrand opposition leader Julius Malema from South Africa's parliament during a speech by President Jacob Zuma.

President Jonathan says the polls were delayed for legitimate reasons

Nigeria elections: Goodluck Jonathan denies role in poll delay

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has denied he was consulted over the postponement of Saturday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

Mugabe 'suspends 27 bodyguards' for failing to stop his podium fall

Robert Mugabe has suspended no fewer than 27 bodyguards for failing to stop his embarrassing fall down podium steps, sources have claimed.

Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin have agreed to establish a joint force to combat Boko Haram

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'kidnaps 20' in Cameroon bus hijacking

Suspected militants from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram have hijacked a bus in northern Cameroon, abducting at least 20 people, residents say.

Soldiers repel Boko Haram attack on prison in Niger

Fighters from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist sect attacked a prison over the border in Niger overnight, but were repelled, a military source there said on Monday.

Earlier on Saturday, many protesters called for the vote to go ahead as scheduled

Nigeria election: Vote delay 'a setback for democracy'

Nigeria's opposition says the decision to postpone the 14 February presidential elections by six weeks is a "major setback for democracy".

African nations pledge 8,700 for anti-Boko Haram force

African nations pulling together a regional force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram militants on Saturday pledged 8,700 soldiers, policemen and civilians, an increase from earlier estimates for the mission.

The border between Nigeria and Cameroon is under threat from Boko Haram

Boko Haram launches first attack in Niger

The Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram has attacked a town in Niger for the first time, witnesses say.

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Niger's government said it killed more than 100 of the group's fighters as it repulsed the attack on the border town of Bosso.

The group reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the town of Fotokol in Cameroon on Wednesday.

The Boko Haram insurgency has left thousands dead and displaced more than a million over the past six years.

The militants control a large stretch of land in north-eastern Nigeria.

Its neighbours have promised to send troops to help it fight the militants, who are now attacking those countries.

On Friday, US intelligence officials said that they believed Boko Haram had up to 6,0

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency since 2009 to create an Islamic state

Boko Haram 'kill 70' in Cameroon border town of Fotokol

Boko Haram militants have reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria.

Chadian troops have claimed victory over Boko Haram after a fierce battle

Boko Haram crisis: Chad kills 'more than 200' in Nigeria

Chad's army says it has killed more than 200 militant Islamists and lost nine men during a battle to recapture a key town in north-eastern Nigeria.


Nigeria: Court okays fresh suit seeking to disqualify Buhari

ABUJA — A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed February 9 to hear a fresh suit seeking to disqualify the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), from contesting the forthcoming presidential election.

The Chadian soldiers had amassed along the border with Cameroon before entering Nigeria

Boko Haram crisis: Chad's troops enter Nigeria

Chadian troops have entered Nigeria to join the battle against militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

President Kiir (left) and Mr Machar signed the deal at talks in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa

South Sudan foes agree to end conflict

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar have signed a deal, committing to end the conflict that has devastated the country.

SUICIDE ATTACK—Aid workers evacuate injured persons in the suicide blast in Potiskum, Yobe State, yesterday. A witness said the bomber emerged from a bus that pulled up in front of the home of Sabo Garbu who is running for a seat in the House of Representatives. Photo: AFP.

Nigeria: Bloodbath in Maiduguri, Yobe

MAIDUGURI—There was fierce fighting, yesterday, between the Nigerian troops and Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. About 80 insurgents were killed, while several others escaped with bullet wounds. The latest attack came barely a week after the insurgents tried to take over the state capital from the Damaturu-Jimtilo axis but were repelled by soldiers who deployed massive artillery and fighter jets to dislodge them.

More than 3,600 people have died from Ebola in Liberia

Ebola crisis: First large-scale vaccine trials to begin

The first large-scale trials of an experimental vaccine against Ebola are due to begin in Liberia.

The rebels unsuccessfully tried to capture Mauduguri one week ago

Key Nigerian city under fresh attack

Boko Haram Islamist militants have launched a fresh assault on the strategically important Nigerian city of Maiduguri, eyewitnesses say.

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Gunfire was reported on the streets of the northern city after an attack that began in the early hours of Sunday.

It comes a week after Boko Haram's last attempt to capture the capital of Borno state was repelled by the Nigerian army with heavy loss of life.

Boko Haram began guerrilla operations in 2009 to create an Islamic state.

It has taken control of many towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria in the last year.

The conflict has displaced at least 1.5 million people, while more than 2,000 were killed last year.

'In fear'

Residents in Maiduguri told the AFP news agency that the attack began at 03:00 (02:00 GMT) and that heavy f

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