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Crisis in Nigeria ‘far from over’; more efforts needed to help the most vulnerable

Ten years after the start of a violent insurgency in north-east Nigeria plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis that is “still far from over”, the United Nations and its aid partners have underscored the need to “collectively redouble efforts” to help the most vulnerable. “We are here today to remember those who have lost […]

Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram attack on a funeral leaves 65 dead

In Nigeria, at least 65 people died in attacks by suspected Islamists in northeastern Borno region, state television reported on Sunday. According to local government chairman Mohammed Bulama, the assailants killed 21 people returning from the funeral on Saturday and another 44 people when they tried to regroup to defend themselves. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari […]

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Nigeria: Triple suicide attack by Boko Haram kills 30

In Nigeria, at least 30 people were killed and dozens injured in a triple suicide attack attributed to Boko Haram in northeastern Borno state, local media reported on Monday. According to emergency services, three suicide bombers set off their explosive charges on Sunday evening in front of a football broadcasting center where dozens of people […]

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Niger troops kill more than 280 Boko Haram fighters

Nigerien troops and air strikes have killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants since last week, the defence ministry said. The government of the West African nation started an operation against the group last week in a region where militants have been fighting for more than nine years to carve out an Islamist caliphate. 200 […]

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Rising insecurity in Central African Republic threatens wider region, Security Council told

Rising violence in the Central African Republic threatens to spill across the border into neighboring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security. In particular, a comprehensive approach is needed against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as the African Union […]

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Chad Hosts Regional Summit over Boko Haram

Chadian capital N’Djamena is hosting this Thursday (Nov.29) a meeting of the heads of State of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Nigeria to look into the security situation in the areas targeted by the Boko Haram insurgency. The summit was summoned by by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in his capacity as Chairman of […]

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Cameroon Election: Ex-football captain Samuel Eto’o endorses Biya

Cameroon’s best player of all times, Samuel Eto’o Fils, announced Tuesday that he will vote for incumbent President Paul Biya in the October 7th presidential election. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with the outgoing president, Samuel Eto’o offered his full support to President Paul Biya. He called on Cameroonians to vote for their “one […]

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Theresa May in Africa to boost post-Brexit fortunes

British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya this week on her first African tour to “deepen and strengthen” partnerships as the UK prepares to leave the EU in 2019. The trip “comes at a time of enormous change across Africa with a unique opportunity, as the UK moves towards […]

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Cameroon violence needs urgent investigation, says UN rights chief

Persistent reports of grave human rights abuses in Cameroon — including a widely shared video showing the alleged execution of a woman, child and baby — must be investigated by the authorities urgently, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Wednesday. Amid a backdrop of protests in the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions […]

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West Africa-Sahel: signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence

There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security […]

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