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  • African leaders consider joint steps against Islamist threat

    Nouakchott, Mauritania - A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, opened Thursday in Mauritania, attended by five heads of state. The meeting was part of the "Nouakchott Process", named... Read more

  • Boko Haram kidnaps at least 185 in Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Dec 18 - Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, from a Nigerian village, carting the hostages away on trucks towards Sambisa Forest, a notorious rebel stronghold, two local officials and a vigilante leader said Thursday.... Read more

  • ‘Boko Haram’ kills 32, kidnaps scores in NE Nigeria

    Maiduguri, Dec 18- Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others, including women and children, in a brutal attack on a village in the northeast, officials and a witness said Thursday. In neighbouring Cameroon, the Islamic extremists launched a raid... Read more

  • 54 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

    Nigeria, Dec 18 - A Nigerian military court on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny after they refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, their lawyer said. "They sentenced 54 to death and acquitted five," said prominent... Read more

  • Zambia’s acting president refuses to quit, slams ‘treason’

    LUSAKA, Zambia, Dec 17 - Zambia's acting president Guy Scott on Wednesday rejected a call for his resignation by a majority of cabinet ministers, and suggested a meeting they held without him had been treasonous. Scott said he was the only one mandated to call a cabinet... Read more