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Bangladesh photographer detained during protests gets bail

Dhaka - Award-winning Bangladeshi photographer-activist Shahidul Alam was granted bail on Thursday after spending more than 100 days behind bars in a closely watched freedom of speech case.

'Absolute terror': Afghans abandon villages under Taliban attack

Ghazni - Abdul Rahman and his family drove all night in a rented car to escape the "absolute terror" of escalating violence in Afghanistan's southeast, joining thousands abandoning their villages in Hazara-dominated districts.

UN chief revives bid opposed by US to fund Sahel force

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is renewing his call for UN financing to shore up a regional force fighting an insurgency in the Sahel, despite opposition from the United States.

Pence takes Suu Kyi to task over Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Fpo - The violence which drove 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh was "without excuse", US Vice President Mike Pence told Aung San Suu Kyi in stinging comments on Wednesday.

Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

Kano - One of Nigeria's leading and respected Islamic figures on Tuesday renewed calls to tackle endemic poverty and rapid population growth to help end deadly Boko Haram violence.

Bahraini charged over tweet on upcoming elections

Dubai - Bahrain's public prosecutor on Tuesday detained and charged a man for a tweet saying he would boycott elections this month, with a rights group identifying him as a former lawmaker.

Afghan leader: Taliban peace deal 'when, not if'

Washington - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani voiced confidence Monday on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency -- but warned Pakistan's alleged meddling risked sparking long-term hostility.

Bahrain sentences four to death for killing policeman

Dubai - Bahrain's top criminal court on Monday sentenced four Shiite Muslims to death for a 2017 bombing that killed a policeman in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, a judicial official and the public prosecutor said.

At least six killed in Kabul suicide attack

Kabul - Six people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul Monday, close to where scores of Afghans had been protesting against Taliban attacks on the minority Hazara ethnic group.

Death toll from Mogadishu bombings jumps to over 40

Mugadishu - The death toll from a string of car bombings near a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has jumped to at least 41, police said on Saturday.

Death toll from Mogadishu bombings jumps to over 40

Mugadishu - The death toll from a series of car bombings near a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has jumped to at least 41, police said on Saturday.

Boko Haram factional leader claims attack on military

Kano - The leader of one of two factions of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, claimed a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria in a video message obtained by AFP on Friday.

Afghan rivals say no closer to direct talks after Moscow meeting

Moscow - Afghanistan rivals failed to reach a breakthrough on holding direct peace negotiations after international talks in Moscow on Friday, the latest international push to end the conflict.

Crowds flock to funeral of ethnic Greek man slain in Albania

- Hundreds attended a funeral in southern Albania on Thursday for an ethnic Greek man who was killed by police there last month, inflaming tensions between Athens and Tirana.

Teenager killed in Morocco coal mine collapse

Rabat - A teenager died Wednesday in Morocco when an abandoned coal mine collapsed in the impoverished former mining town of Jerada which saw protests earlier this year following similar accidents.

79 abducted pupils freed in troubled Cameroon region: minister

Yaound - Seventy-nine school pupils abducted by gunmen this week in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon have been freed, the country's communications minister told AFP Wednesday.

Highway to hell: Afghan travellers run gauntlet of Taliban violence

Kabul - On a good day, it takes Mohammad less than three hours to drive from Ghazni to Kabul. But preparations for the hair-raising journey through Taliban-infested areas can take weeks.Road trips are a dangerous, and often deadly, activity in Afghanistan.

UN chief calls for release of abducted students in Cameroon

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for the immediate release of 79 students abducted in Cameroon as he renewed his appeal for an end to the crisis in the breakaway English-speaking region.

Prince Charles cuts out stop in Nigeria over security concerns

Lagos - The Prince of Wales has cut out a stop of a trip to Nigeria over security concerns, following months of deadly clashes between nomadic herders and farmers in the restive region.

Taliban confirms delegation to attend Moscow peace talks

Kabul - The Taliban will send representatives to multilateral talks in Russia on war-torn Afghanistan this month, the militant group said Tuesday, as the international community ratchets up efforts to end the 17-year conflict.

At swearing-in, Cameroon's Biya recognises anglo 'frustrations'

Yaound - Cameroon's 85-year-old President Paul Biya vowed Tuesday to pursue policies of decentralisation to address "frustrations and aspirations" in English-speaking regions hit by separatist unrest as he was sworn in for a seventh term in office.

Bangladesh police say top Islamic extremist shot dead

Dhaka - Bangladesh police said Tuesday they had killed the chief of Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an extremist group accused of murdering secular activists and inspiring a cafe siege that killed 22 people.

79 school pupils kidnapped in troubled Cameroon region

Yaound - Gunmen kidnapped 79 school students on Monday in an English-speaking region of Cameroon where separatists are fighting an armed campaign for independence, security and government sources said.

79 school pupils abducted in restive anglophone Cameroon

Yaound - Seventy-nine school students were kidnapped on Monday in an English-speaking region of Cameroon where separatists are fighting an armed campaign for independence, a government source said.

Iran condemns Bahrain dissident life sentence

Tehran - Iran has condemned Bahrain over the jailing for life of a Shiite opposition leader, accusing Manama of wanting to "intensify its suppression" of dissent.

Qatar denies meddling in Bahraini affairs over spy case

Doha - Qatar denied Monday accusations it interfered in Bahrain's internal affairs after a Manama court sentenced the head of the Shiite opposition to life in jail for spying for Doha.

Bahrain opposition chief gets life in jail over Qatar spy case

Dubai - Bahrain sentenced the head of the country's Shiite opposition movement to life in prison Sunday for spying for rival Gulf state Qatar in a ruling rights groups have called a travesty.

US soldier killed in 'apparent insider attack' in Kabul: NATO

Kabul - One US soldier was killed and another wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in Kabul on Saturday, NATO said, in the latest such assault on international forces in Afghanistan.

Angry Copts mourn Egypt bus attack victims

Minya - Angry Coptic Christians on Saturday buried relatives shot dead on a bus carrying pilgrims south of the Egyptian capital, as security was tightened after the second such jihadist attack on the country's main religious minority in as many years.

Ghani to seek re-election in Afghan presidential poll: official

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office announced Saturday, as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country's top job ahead of the ballot.
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