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Over 25 killed in attack on Nigerian fishing community

Over 25 killed in attack on Nigerian fishing community

More than 25 people, mostly fishermen, have been shot dead in a remote community in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, the heartland of Islamist group Boko Haram, police and witnesses said on Sunday. On Saturday suspected Boko Haram insurgents entered Doron Baga, north of Maiduguri, the Borno capital, and fired from motorcycles. A police source...

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Boko Haram's war on Nigeria

THE latest act of violence of the Islamist group in Nigeria has taken the lives of more than 50 innocent students of a school in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum on Monday. While the insurgents have been targeting primarily schools and educational institutions – its name, Boko Haram, stands for “Western education is forbidden” – security forces, and even the UN headquarters in the capital, have been targeted too. Regrettably, the Nigerian military has not been able to effectively...

29 killed in Nigeria suicide bomb blast

29 killed in Nigeria suicide bomb blast

A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people in a procession of Shi'ite Muslims marking the ritual of Ashoura in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state on Monday, witnesses said. In a separate incident overnight in central Kogi state, gunmen using explosives blew their way into a prison in the city of Lokoja, killing one person...

Boko Haram terms truce talks claims as 'lies'

Boko Haram terms truce talks claims as 'lies'

The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off. In a new video released late Friday night, the leader Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get...

Extreme Climate Risks

Bangladesh tops list of 32 nations

Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and South Sudan led a ranking of countries facing extreme risks as a result of climate change, exacerbating the chances of civil conflict, according to a study by UK researcher Maplecroft. A total of 32 countries out of 196 surveyed face that level of threat, the Bath, England-based analyst said on Wednesday in an e-mailed statement. Nigeria, Chad, Haiti, Ethiopia, the Philippines, the Central African Republic and Eritrea rounded out 10 most at risk. The threatened nations all...

Car bomb at Nigeria bus stop kills 5

Car bomb at Nigeria bus stop kills 5

A car bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on Friday, killing at least five people and wounding 15 others, witnesses said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. But Islamist group Boko Haram has been blamed for a string of bomb attacks in the region...

Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus yesterday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who kept him in her hospital despite protests from him and his government, and later herself died from the disease. They then set about trying to contain it in an overcrowded city of 21 million where it could easily have turned a doomsday scenario if about 300 people who had been in direct or indirect...

Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola virus

Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola virus

The Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa has now tested negative for the virus, the Spanish government says. The result suggests Teresa Romero, 44, is no longer infected - although a second test is required before she can be declared free of Ebola. Romero contracted the virus when...

TACKLING EBOLA

Screen all inbound passengers: HC

Screen all inbound passengers: HC

The High Court today asked the government to take necessary steps to screen all inbound passengers at air, land and sea ports with the help of armed forces to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering the country. The court also issued a rule upon the government to explain why a directive will not...

Nigeria, Boko Haram 'agree ceasefire'

Nigeria, Boko Haram 'agree ceasefire'

Nigeria's military says it has agreed a truce with Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the schoolgirls it has abducted will be released. Nigeria's chief of defence staff, Alex Badeh, made the announcement. Boko Haram has not made a public statement. The military has struggled to defeat Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency...

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