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Op-Ed: America should intervene to save Boko Haram's female bombers

African citizens face a new wave of terrorist bombings perpetrated by women. No simple solution will fix this problem but there is one alternative which not everyone will like.

Nigeria's president optimistic about finding missing kids

Abuja - Nigeria should be able to recover more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from their school by Islamic militants last month, President Goodluck Jonathan said Sunday as a new offer of help arrived from Israel.

Scores of civilians killed as Nigerian militants massacre village

Abuja - Islamic militants massacred scores of civilians Wednesday in a village used by Nigerian soldiers searching for hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls.

Militias out of control in Sudan's Darfur: fearful residents

Ab - Beware of the men with the hard faces. Look at them the wrong way and you might end up dead, residents of the besieged capital of Sudan's North Darfur state say.

Chad says UN accusations over C. Africa killings 'defamatory'

N'djamena - Chad on Saturday dismissed as "defamatory and tendentious" UN accusations that its troops carried out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a crowded market in the Central African Republic's capital, killing at least 30 people.

C.African parliament meets to decide president's fate

N'djamena - The Banguis president awaited a verdict on his future Friday as regional leaders and his entire parliament gathered in Chad in a bid to end sectarian violence ripping his country apart.

Central African Republic residents flee inter-religious violence

Bangui - Thousands of residents of conflict-ravaged Central African Republic (CAR) attempted to flee inter-religious violence over the weekend, as the death toll from a month of fighting between Christian militias and Muslim separatist rebels passed 1,000.

Boko Haram, gruesome violence in Northern Nigeria

New York - New, more gory details have emerged in what was reported first as the killing of 35 Muslim worshipers and the wounding of 14 last week in the town of Dumba village in Borno State, Nigeria.

Former US-backed Chad dictator arrested, charged with war crimes

Dakar - A former US-backed dictator of Chad has been arrested in Senegal and charged with crimes against humanity for severe human rights violations committed during his eight-year rule.

Nigeria: Boko Haram declares war on youth in Borno and Yobe

Boko Haram says it has launched a war against the Borno state authorities and a hunt for youths in Borno and Yobe states who recently formed vigilante groups to assist Nigerian forces identify and arrest insurgents in their local communities

Chadian troops suffer 30 dead in Mali conflict

Bamako - Chad has suffered the most casualties of any of Mali's allies fighting against insurgents in northern Mali. On Friday (March 12) 3 Chadian soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in the northern Mali town of Kidal.

Central African Republic coup sparks refugee crisis

The situation in the Central African Republic becomes more dire as thousands flee the widespread lawlessness that has followed the recent rebel victory.

CAR president turns up in Cameroon after rebels seize Bangui

Bangui - The deposed president of the Central African Republic, who fled the capital Bangui as rebels seized control of the presidential palace on Saturday, has taken refuge in neighboring Cameroon.

South Sudan's colossal child marriage problem

A newly released Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, entitled "This Old Man Can Feed Us, You Will Marry Him:’ Child and Forced Marriage in South Sudan," calls on the government of South Sudan to adopt measures to protect girls from child marriage.

Al-Qaeda commander killed in northern Mali

One of Al-Qaeda's senior commanders has been killed in fighting between Chadian soldiers and militants in Northern Mali.

Op-Ed: Understanding the Mali Conflict

Bamako - The Mali insurgency followed 10 years of US counter-terrorism programs. In spite of big goals to curb terrorism, and enhance regional cooperation and stability, Islamic groups were able to infiltrate Mali, threatening the existence of the democracy.

South Africa sends troops to Central African Republic

Bangui - South Africa has deployed 400 soldiers to the troubled Central African Republic, where a rebellion threatens to overthrow the elected government.

Rebels in the Central African Republic seize key city

In its offensive against President Francois Bozize, the Seleka rebel coalition in the Central African Republic (CAR) has seized the key city of Bambari on Sunday, situated at a crossroads between diamond mining sites and routes to the east.

Sudan splits in two to yield world's newest country: South Sudan

After decades of violence and on-and-off civil war Christian Sudanese in the south have successfully split from their Muslim neighbors in the north to form South Sudan, the world's newest country.

Duchess the 40-year old elephant treated for glaucoma at UK zoo

Paignton - Duchess, the much-loved and popular African elephant at Devon's Paignton Zoo in south west England, is being treated for the eye disease glaucoma.
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