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Norway to extradite Kurdish preacher to Italy

Oslo - A Norwegian court gave the green light on Wednesday for the extradition to Italy of a controversial Kurdish Iraqi cleric accused of belonging to the Islamic State group.

Boko Haram kill 24 in northeastern Nigeria: community leader

Kano - Twenty-four people were killed when Boko Haram fighters opened fire on mourners, a local community leader said Friday, in the second attack in northeast Nigeria this week after a relative lull.

'Starving to death': Boko Haram displaced facing food crisis

Kano - At least 10 people are "starving to death" every day in a camp in northeast Nigeria for people displaced by Boko Haram violence, highlighting warnings about a food crisis in the Lake Chad region.

Chad sends 2,000 troops to Niger after Boko Haram attack

Ndjame - Some 2,000 troops from regional military powerhouse Chad headed to neighbouring Niger on Wednesday, where Boko Haram insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week, a military source said.

Over 50,000 flee Boko Haram attacks in Niger: UN

Niamey - About 50,000 people have fled a town in Niger's troubled southeast after deadly attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations said Tuesday.

32 troops killed in Niger clash with Boko Haram

Niamey - Thirty-two troops have been killed in a clash with Boko Haram fighters on Niger's border with Nigeria, Niger's defence ministry said on Saturday, one of deadliest tolls inflicted by the jihadists.

Boko Haram refugees in Niger feel 'abandoned' by the world

Niamey - "Take us away from this hell," said Boussam, a mother of seven cradling skeletal goats in Niger's Assaga camp, where thousands of desperate refugees fleeing Boko Haram Islamist insurgents are living in hunger.

Questions on Chibok girl release after second rescue claim

Abuja - Nigeria has claimed the rescue of a second Chibok girl but a campaign group on Friday said she was captured separately from the 219 held by Boko Haram, as questions were raised about the first release.

Second abducted Chibok girl rescued: Nigerian army

Lagos - A second Chibok schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been found, the Nigerian army said on Thursday.

Rescued Chibok girl Amina Ali: A 'quiet and humble' student

Maiduguri - Amina Ali, who this week became the first of 219 abducted Chibok schoolgirls to be found, had undergone a dramatic transformation since she was seized by Boko Haram nearly two years ago."She was completely changed.

Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls: Two years gone

Lagos - Here is a snapshot of key events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria two years ago.Nigeria's army confirmed on Wednesday that one of the girls has been found.

Chibok girl rescue raises hopes for others held by Boko Haram

Kano - One of 219 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram for more than two years has been found, the military and activists said Wednesday, the first rescue that has raised hopes for those still being held.

Boko Haram 'still a threat' despite counter-insurgency gains: Hollande

Abuja - Boko Haram remains a threat despite "impressive" military gains against it, French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday, as regional and Western leaders gathered for talks on the Islamist threat.

More help needed to defeat Boko Haram, rebuild, summit told

Abuja - Regional and Western powers were on Saturday urged to do more to stop the threat from Boko Haram, as the UN voiced concern about the militants' ties to the Islamic State group and threat to African security.

Hollande vows French help in restive Central African Republic

Bangui - French President Francois Hollande paid a lightning visit to restive Central African Republic on Friday for talks with its leaders while drawing down France's military presence.

Children, babies dying in Nigeria camp for Boko Haram suspects: Amnesty

Lagos - Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Nigeria to shut down a military detention facility for Boko Haram suspects after nearly 150 people, among them children and babies, died there in custody.

Hollande to visit restive C. Africa Republic on May 13

Paris - French President Francois Hollande will visit the restive Central African Republic on May 13 to pledge France's support for peace efforts before going on to Nigeria, his office said Friday.

Sahel jihadists resorting to soft targets: French commander

Ndjame - The commander of a French anti-jihadist force in Africa's northern Sahel says Islamist insurgents are hitting soft targets elsewhere after losing the initiative in the region.

Impact on Boko Haram unclear after splinter group leader held

Kano - Nigeria's security services have hailed the arrest of the leader of the Boko Haram splinter group Ansaru, Khalid al-Barnawi, saying it will lead to them to other senior Islamist commanders.

Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls: Gone two years

Lagos - Here is a snapshot of main events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria two years ago.

Nigeria cautious over 'proof of life' Chibok girls video

Lagos - Nigeria's government on Thursday said it was studying a "proof of life" video showing 15 of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, as parents and their supporters marked the second anniversary of the kidnapping.

Hashtag fail? #BringBackOurGirls two years on

Lagos - More than a week after 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the remote northeast Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, a lawyer posted the first #BringBackOurGirls tweet.

Nigerian radio joins the fight against Boko Haram

Kano - When Boko Haram Islamists raided a remote village on Nigeria's northeastern border with Niger last year, frightened and confused residents fled into the bush to escape the marauding attackers.

Alarming rise in child suicide bombers used by Boko Haram: UN

Libreville - The number of children used by Nigeria's Boko Haram to stage suicide bombings has risen more than 10-fold in one of the most "horrific" aspects of the Islamist insurgency, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Bring back our school: Anger in Chibok over lack of education

Kuda - There's not much left of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram kidnapped 276 teenagers in the dead of night nearly two years ago.

Nigeria's Boko Haram releases new video denying surrender

Kano - Boko Haram released a new video Friday denying any suggestion it might surrender, just over a week after shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a rare message looking dejected and frail.

Boko Haram seized 300 children in second 2014 school attack: locals, HRW

Kano - Boko Haram seized hundreds of children from a remote town in northeast Nigeria in late 2014 but initial calls to report the kidnapping were ignored with locals fearful of the government's response, residents told AFP on Wednesday.

Nigerian troops free 800 Boko Haram hostages: army

Lagos - Nigerian troops have freed more than 800 people held by Boko Haram Islamist fighters in multiple villages in the country's restive northeast, the army said Thursday.

Boko Haram's Shekau reappears looking dejected in new video

Kano - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appeared on video for the first time in more than a year on Thursday, rejecting rumours about his death but appearing to signal his time in charge of the Nigerian jihadist group may be coming to an end.

Death toll in Nigeria suicide bombing rises to 25

Lagos - The death toll in a suicide attack by female bombers at a mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri has risen to 25, a regional official said Thursday.
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Students of Cairo University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, shout slogans against the military and interior ministry during a demonstration in front of riot police at the main gate of the university around Al Nahda square in Cairo November 24, 2013, to commemorate the passing of 100 days since security forces cleared the vigils in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi at Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials on May 5, 2014
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Armed Iraqi tribesmen trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes bat...
Armed Iraqi tribesmen trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi
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Main City University building in Northampton Square, London
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Gunmen kill at least 120 in attacks claimed by IS group
Gunmen kill at least 120 in attacks claimed by IS group
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive inform...
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive information from officials on May 5, 2014
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Students of Cairo University  who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian Presi...
Students of Cairo University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, shout slogans against the military and interior ministry
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Islamists supported by Turkey execute Armenian Christians near Kessab  Syria in April  2014  echoing...
Islamists supported by Turkey execute Armenian Christians near Kessab, Syria in April, 2014, echoing the Armenian Genocide
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Students of Cairo University  who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian Presi...
Students of Cairo University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, shout slogans against the military during a demonstration in front of the university in Cairo
With permission by Reuters / Mohamed Abd El Ghany