Africa

Death toll in Nigeria Boko Haram funeral attack rises to 65

GAJIRAM, Nigeria (AFP) — An attack this weekend by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in northeast Nigeria has left 65 people dead, almost triple the initial toll, a local official said Sunday. Dozens more bodies were discovered following the …

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26 killed in deadly Somalia hotel siege

by Mustafa HAJI ABDINUR MOGADISHU, Somalia (AFP) — Twenty-six people were killed and 56 injured in a 12-hour attack by Al-Shabaab jihadists on a popular hotel that ended early Saturday in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. A suicide …

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Migrant boat with 86 on board sinks off Tunisia, 4 rescued

  TUNISIA (AFP) — More than 80 migrants have gone missing and only four were  rescued after their boat capsized off Tunisia crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, Tunisia’s coast guard said Thursday. A Malian survivor, still in a …

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Deadly air strike on Libya migrant center sparks outrage

by Imed LAMLOUM TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — Outrage and calls for an independent probe mounted Wednesday as 44 migrants were killed in an air strike on a detention center in Libya that the UN said could constitute a war crime. …

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President falls ill as IS-claimed attacks hit Tunisia capital

by Kaouther Larbi TUNIS, Tunisia (AFP) — Double suicide attacks shook Tunisia’s capital Thursday, even as the country was plunged into uncertainty with the hospitalization of President Beji Caid Essebsi who was said to be “seriously ill”. The Islamic State …

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Sudan army ruler seeks to resume talks with protest leaders

by Tony GAMAL-GABRIEL and Abdelmoneim ABU IDRIS ALI KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Sudan’s army ruler Wednesday called on protest leaders to resume talks on the transfer of power without any conditions, as the tension between the two sides persists after …

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Egypt former president Morsi dies after falling ill in court

by Mona Salem CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist who was ousted after one year of divisive rule, died after falling ill during a court hearing on Monday, the attorney general said. He …

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Khartoum residents in ‘state of terror’ after bloody crackdown

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Heavily armed paramilitaries roamed the Sudanese capital Thursday, forcing fearful residents to hide indoors after a crackdown on protesters that authorities admitted had left dozens dead and prompted the African Union to suspend Khartoum. Members of …

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Leopard kills toddler in S.Africa’s Kruger park

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — A leopard killed a two-year-old boy inside a fenced-off staff compound at South Africa’s Kruger national park, officials said Thursday. “The toddler was only 30-months-old,” the park said in a statement. “The boy was certified …

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More than 35 dead after Sudan forces break up sit-in: new toll

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — More than 35 protesters were killed and hundreds wounded Monday when Sudan’s military rulers broke up a sit-in outside army headquarters in Khartoum, a doctors committee close to demonstrators said. “The number of people who were …

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More than 30 dead as Sudan military rulers break up sit-in

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Sudan’s military forcefully broke up a weeks-long sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters on Monday, leaving more than 30 dead and hundreds wounded in a crackdown met with sharp international condemnation. Heavily armed members of the paramilitary …

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Two dead as Sudan military rulers try to disperse sit-in

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — At least two protesters were shot dead Monday as Sudan’s military rulers tried to break up a sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters, a doctors’ committee said as gunfire was heard from the site. “Two peaceful protesters …

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