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Blogger hacked to death, another seriously injured in Bangladesh

Mumbai-Bangladeshi authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the murder on Thursday of a blogger in…

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Obasanjo meets Sudanese President over instability in Africa

The President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, at the weekend hosted former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo,…

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Central Africa to join fight against Boko Haram

The Economic Community of Central African States on Monday sought to collaborate with the Economic…

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Obasanjo holds crucial talks with Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has held crucial talks with President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia on the future of the West African nation, which on December 30 witnessed an attempted coup. Mr. Obasanjo, who was one of four African leaders invited to private talks with President Jammeh after the…

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Liberia re-opens borders

Following a reduction in the number of Ebola cases being reported recently in Liberia, President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson has announced reopening of the country's borders.   Ms. Johnson made the announcement on Friday and said the nationwide curfew would also be lifted. According to her, record shows new infections have…

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UN chief urges international community to implement de-colonisation processes

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki- Moon, on Thursday urged the international community to address self-government and find innovative and practical ways to implement the de-colonisation process. Mr. Ki-Moon made the call in a message to the opening of the 2015 session of the Special Committee on De-colonisation. The message was…

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EU gives Rome $15.61million to handle influx of migrants from Africa, Middle East

The European Commission on Thursday in Brussels handed over $15.61 million (N3.1billion) to Rome, as extra funding to deal with the influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East. The EU Home Affairs Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said this was in addition to the 500 million euros (N113billion) earmarked for…

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Elections: ECOWAS visits Buhari, deploys 250 observers to Nigeria

The President of the Economic Community of West African States Commission, Kadre Ouedraogo, on Wednesday disclosed that the community had deployed 250 election observers to Nigeria for upcoming general elections. Mr. Ouedraogo made this known when he visited the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja.…

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Angry Indian bride marries guest after groom has seizure

Two wedding guests were briefly detained in Northern India, police said Wednesday, after the bride reportedly rejected her groom who had a seizure, in favour of a guest. During one of the preliminary ceremonies of the Hindu wedding - the exchange of garlands - Jugal Kishore, 25, had an epileptic…

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South Sudan to call off elections

The spokesperson for the South Sudan government, Michael Makuei, has said that the government planned to call off the elections scheduled to hold in June. He announced on Saturday in Juba that the government was also planning to ask the parliament to extend President Salva Kiir’s term of office. Mr.…

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Iraqi Town Near US Base Falls to ISIL

Militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have captured the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, putting them within striking distance of an airbase where US troops are training Iraqi forces, the Pentagon said Saturday. Following the fall of the town, which the United States military Pentagon played down…

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Sierra Leone fails to account for Ebola funds — Report

Sierra Leone’s auditor-general’s report has alleged that the government could not account for nearly a third of the $20 million earmarked for fighting Ebola in 2014. The report, which was released on Saturday in Freetown, indicated that bad governance might have hindered the battle against the epidemic. The Auditor-General’s Office…

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After 25 years, former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, to face trial in Senegal for mass killing and torture

After 25 years of running from the law, former Chadian dictator, Hissène Habré, will now face trial for crime against humanity, war crime and torture, a Senegalese court has ruled. The ruling is the first of its kind to allow a country to prosecute the ruler of another country for…

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Muslims should not celebrate Valentine’s Day, Indonesian cleric says

An Indonesian cleric on Friday said Muslims should not celebrate Valentine’s Day because it glorifies promiscuity. The Head of Education at the semi-official Indonesian Council of Muslim Scholars, Anwar Abbas, said the sale of condoms in bags of chocolates gift raised concerns. “Valentine’s Day is not compatible with our nation's…

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Britain’s Muslim population rises 75 per cent – Report

The Muslim Council of Britain said in a report on Thursday in London that the number of Muslims in England and Wales nearly doubled in a decade, bringing new challenges for the government and for British Muslim community. It said a survey of census data showed the number of people…

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Egypt court releases Al Jazeera journalists on bail

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of detained Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy on bail. The retrial was ordered by the country's Court of Cassation last month, overturning a lower court's verdict that had found them guilty of helping the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. "Bail is…

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UK adopts new anti-corruption plan

The United Kingdom has adopted a new anti- corruption plan with emphasis on preventive measures to stamp out bribery and corruption involving transactions in both the public and private sectors. The initiative which is similar to the preventive mechanisms introduced by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission,…

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Cholera kills 19 in flood-hit Mozambique

Mozambique Deputy Health Minister, Mouzinho Saide, said cholera outbreak in parts of Mozambique hit by floods has killed 19 people. He said on Wednesday in Maputo that another 158 people have died in Mozambique in flooding triggered by heavy rains at the start of the year. The minister said the…

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Bulgarian spy ​vows to reveal Vatican secrets in book

A senior spy in the Bulgarian communist secret service, Bozhidar Dimitrov, who worked in the Vatican, said he was going to publish his secret files as a book. The 69-year-old historian said on Monday in Sofia, that the book was due out in the next few days and the Society…

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UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, phones Jonathan, Buhari, insists on credible elections

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, noted Sunday the decision of the Nigerian Independent Electoral Commission to postpone the general elections, initially scheduled for 14 February 2015, and urged the electoral authorities to take all necessary measures, such as the rapid distribution of the remaining Permanent Voter Cards, to enable…

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16,600 children lost parents to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leon – UNICEF

No fewer than 16,600 children are registered as having lost one or both parents, or primary care-givers to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone so far, the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, has said. The UN body said less than three per cent of this population was placed outside…

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Ebola Outbreak: Sierra Leone to reopen schools in March

The President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma, said on Friday in Freetown, all schools in the country, which were shut down following the outbreak of Ebola virus in the country, would re-open by March 30. He said a former chief electoral commissioner, has been appointed as the coordinator for the…

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Islamic clerics denounce burning alive of Jordanian pilot by ISIS

Muslim clerics around the world have condemned the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State, describing it as un-Islamic. They said that such killing was considered despicable by Islam, no matter the context. Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday appearing to show captured pilot Mouath…

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UN calls for more regional military operations against Boko Haram

The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged West Africa countries to enhance regional military operations and coordination to effectively combat activities of Boko Haram in the region. The Security Council stated this in a statement made available in Lagos by the United Nations Information Centre, UNIC. The council, however, restated…

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ECOWAS Parliament to get enhanced legislative powers in 2016

The Economic Community of West African States Parliament said on Monday the Supplementary Act on the Enhancement of the Powers of the parliament would be implemented by the fourth legislature in 2016. The fourth Deputy Speaker of the parliament, Simon Osei-Mensah, made this known to journalists on the sideline of…