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Nigeria: US President Obama pledges help to find missing Nigerian school girls
7th May 2014

Nigeria: US President Obama pledges help to find missing Nigerian school girls

    [Screengrab from video obtained by AFP of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claiming responsibility for abducting the schoolgirls] US President Barack Obama has sent a team of experts to help in the search for more than 200 Nigerian … Continued

Egypt: Former army head el-Sissi says no future for Muslim Brotherhood
6th May 2014

Egypt: Former army head el-Sissi says no future for Muslim Brotherhood

  Egypt’s ex-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has said the Muslim Brotherhood will no longer exist if he becomes president. In a television interview, he also rejected claims that he long harbored a plan to seize power. In an interview … Continued

Nigeria: Explosion kills 12 in Abuja
2nd May 2014

Nigeria: Explosion kills 12 in Abuja

  An explosion has hit the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital Abuja, just meters away from the site of a bomb blast that left 75 people dead less than a month ago. Witnesses say several people have been killed.  At least … Continued

Libya: Gunmen storm General National Congress in Tripoli
30th Apr 2014

Libya: Gunmen storm General National Congress in Tripoli

    Gunmen have stormed the seat of Libya’s General National Congress in Tripoli. The attack came as parliamentarians were preparing to elect a new prime minister.   On Tuesday, gunmen stormed Libya’s parliament and started shooting, forcing lawmakers to … Continued

Egyptian court recommends death sentences for 683 protesters
29th Apr 2014

Egyptian court recommends death sentences for 683 protesters

  An Egyptian court has recommended a death sentence for 683 alleged Islamists. Among them is the leader of former President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights said that Egyptian Interim Authority immediately suspend sentences … Continued

Central African Republic removes Muslims from Bangui district
28th Apr 2014

Central African Republic removes Muslims from Bangui district

  On Sunday, foreign troops escorted 1,300 Muslims out of Bangui. Peacekeepers stood by as Christians, some armed with machetes and bows and arrows, picked apart houses in Bangui’s northern PK12 neighborhood, once a Muslim stronghold. “It’s tragic and inexcusable … Continued

Egyptian court passes out lengthy sentences to Morsi supporters
27th Apr 2014

Egyptian court passes out lengthy sentences to Morsi supporters

  A court has sentenced supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president to up to 88 years in prison each. Charges include violating a protest law and assaulting police.   On Saturday, the court sentenced five of the dozen defendants in … Continued

Egyptian forces kill woman in clashes with Mursi supporters
26th Apr 2014

Egyptian forces kill woman in clashes with Mursi supporters

    At least one supporter of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood was killed on Friday in clashes with the security forces in Fayoum province, south of Cairo, medical sources said. A woman, Reda Dahish, died after being hit by birdshot … Continued

Democratic Republic of Congo: Dozens die as ‘speeding’ train derails
24th Apr 2014

Democratic Republic of Congo: Dozens die as ‘speeding’ train derails

Dozens of people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after an overloaded goods and passenger train careered off the tracks. The incident is one of several in recent years on the neglected network. The goods and … Continued

Mali fighters say they killed French hostage
23rd Apr 2014

Mali fighters say they killed French hostage

  The MUJAO Islamist group in Mali has said that it has killed a French hostage captured in November 2012, “because France is our enemy.” The French government said it could not confirm the claim, but would investigate.   A … Continued

South Sudan: UN condemns ‘targeted ethnic killings’ in South Sudan
22nd Apr 2014

South Sudan: UN condemns ‘targeted ethnic killings’ in South Sudan

The United Nations has condemned the “targeted killings” of civilians in South Sudan based on ethnicity or nationality. Hundreds of people have been killed since rebels seized a key oil town last week. The UN mission in South Sudan issued … Continued

South Sudan: More than a dozen civilians killed at UN base
18th Apr 2014

South Sudan: More than a dozen civilians killed at UN base

South Sudanese gunmen have killed more than a dozen civilians sheltering at a UN base. The shelter was home to at least 5,000 people who had fled four months of ethnic violence. The US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha … Continued

Egypt court hands down prison sentences to 119 Brotherhood protesters
17th Apr 2014

Egypt court hands down prison sentences to 119 Brotherhood protesters

An Egyptian court sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former president Mohammed Mursi to three years each in prison on Wednesday in connection with protests last October against his overthrow, judicial sources said. More than 50 people were … Continued

Libya: Gunmen kidnap Jordan’s ambassador to Libya
16th Apr 2014

Libya: Gunmen kidnap Jordan’s ambassador to Libya

Masked gunmen have kidnapped Jordan’s ambassador to Libya. The perpetrators have demanded the release of a Libyan Islamist militant from prison in Jordan. Libyan authorities scrambled on Tuesday to identify the armed assailants behind the kidnapping of Jordan’s ambassador, the … Continued

Nigeria: Scores of girls abducted from school by suspected rebels
16th Apr 2014

Nigeria: Scores of girls abducted from school by suspected rebels

Suspected Islamist rebels have abducted at least 100 girls from a secondary school in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state, according to local officials. The assailants are believed to be members of Boko Haram. The attackers arrived early in the morning on … Continued

Nigeria: Dozens killed in bus station blast outside Abuja
15th Apr 2014

Nigeria: Dozens killed in bus station blast outside Abuja

    An explosion has ripped through a bus station outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja, killing dozens of people. The blast comes one day after suspected Islamist militants attacked several villages in the country’s northeast. The blast occurred Monday at 6:45 … Continued

Turkey: Thousands of Turks protest against Egypt’ mass death penalties
12th Apr 2014

Turkey: Thousands of Turks protest against Egypt’ mass death penalties

ISTANBUL, (Xinhua): Around 3,000 Turkish people staged a protest in Istanbul on Friday against the verdict of the Egyptian court sentencing 529 people to death. Protesters gathered in the yard of Fatih Mosque after the Friday prayers carrying banners against … Continued

Rwanda begins week of mourning, commemorates 20th anniversary of genocide
8th Apr 2014

Rwanda begins week of mourning, commemorates 20th anniversary of genocide

  A week of mourning have begun in Rwanda with a ceremony in the capital city, Kigali. The international community has renewed its regrets over its inaction 20 years ago, while Rwandan leaders have vowed to move forward. Rwanda’s main … Continued

Libyan federalist rebels agree to hand over two oil terminals
7th Apr 2014

Libyan federalist rebels agree to hand over two oil terminals

  Libyan federalist rebels have agreed to lift a blockade of two oil terminals in the east of the country and allow oil exports. Two remaining ports are expected to be relinquished under a deal agreed with the government. A … Continued

Nigeria ‘overtakes’ South Africa as continent’s largest economy
7th Apr 2014

Nigeria ‘overtakes’ South Africa as continent’s largest economy

  Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as the continent’s largest economy, according Nigeria’s statistics agency. It said its fresh calculation had shown nearly a doubling of Nigeria’s gross domestic product.   The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for Nigeria was 80.3 … Continued

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