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Islamic State threatens to kill two Japanese hostages

ISIS militants abduct 230 people in central Syria

The Islamic State militants have snatched dozens of Syrian Christians, including women and children, in…

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Zimbabwe postpones trial of ‘conspirator’ in Cecil the lion killing

A Zimbabwean court on Wednesday postponed to September 28, the trial of a local hunter…

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South Africa’s rand hits 14-year low as economy struggles

South Africa's rand touched a fresh 14-year low against the dollar on Wednesday amid concerns…

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Zimbabwe demands extradition of U.S. dentist who killed lion

Zimbabwe’s Environment and Wildlife Minister, Oppah Muchinguri, on Friday said Zimbabwe will apply for the extradition of a U.S. dentist who illegally killed a famous lion in the southern African nation. The killing of Cecil, an iconic lion in Zimbabwe popular with locals and tourists, has been met with global…

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Maryam Abacha University recognized by law – Niger

The Nigerien government has confirmed that Maryam Abacha American University is a registered institution in the country. In a letter dated Monday, July 27, 2015 from its embassy and addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, the Nigerien government debunked media reports that MAAUN degrees is an illegal…

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Court postpones Al Jazeera journalists hearing

An Egyptian court has postponed the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists, Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy, and Peter Greste earlier scheduled for Thursday. The hearing was scheduled in February, for July 30, for want of evidence leading to the conviction of the three journalists of conspiracy with the Muslim Brotherhood,…

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Niger Republic strips opposition parliamentary leader of immunity

Niger judiciary said the parliament on Tuesday stripped the head of the opposition MODEN party of his immunity from prosecution. A Magistrate on Wednesday said on condition of anonymity that the office of the National Assembly has lifted parliamentary immunity of Bakary Seidou, thereby opening the way to his trial…

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Zimbabwean duo in court over killing of Cecil the lion

Two Zimbabweans who were paid 50,000 dollars by an American hunter who killed 'Cecil', the southern African country's best-known lion, arrived in court on Wednesday to face poaching charges. The prosecutor said Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, has also been accused by wildlife officials of killing the animal…

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In Egypt, verdict expected in trial of Al-Jazeera journalists

An Egyptian court is scheduled to issue a verdict on Thursday (today) in the retrial of Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste, according to news reports. Greste is being tried in absentia. A court in February ordered the retrial because of lack of evidence leading to the journalists'…

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World Bank lends Niger $37m to fight malaria

The World Bank has extended a $37 million loan to Niger for financing a project on fighting malaria and neglected tropical diseases in the Sahel, an official source said on Tuesday. According to the same source, the project covers Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger and is funded by the International…

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Obama warns world leaders to change their attitude towards Africa

Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama to Ethiopia on Wednesday urged world leaders to change their attitude towards Africa. In a historic speech at the African Union, Obama spoke strongly against corruption, bad leadership and economic exploitation of Africa by foreign powers, without naming any countries. He, however, sent a strong…

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EU assures Nigeria, others of support in fight against Book Haram

The European Union has reiterated its support for Nigeria and other West African countries in the fight against terror. In a statement from the office of the EU delegation to Nigeria and signed by its press officer, Modestus Chukwulaka, the EU decried the reported killings of about 800 people by…

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Gadaffi’s son, Saif al-Islam, sentenced to death

A Libyan court has sentenced Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight other members of the former regime, to death over war crimes. Saif al-Islam is to die by firing squad, the court ruled Tuesday. He gave evidence via video link at the start of the trial. He…

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ISIS militants kill 120, capture 350 people in Iraq

Islamic State (IS) militants have executed no fewer than 120 people and captured over 350 others in Mosul, Provincial Governor, Atheel al-Najafi, said on Monday. "With the people's rising rejection of the IS, executions and detentions are mounting in different parts of the city," Al-Najafi, the governor of Nineveh province…

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Union decries killing of Nigerian in South Africa

The president of Nigeria Union in South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene, on Thursday, decried the killing of a Nigerian in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. A Nigerian, Nonso Odo, 30, from Amangwu-Nkwerre, Imo state, was allegedly tortured to death by South African Police officers on Thursday. Emeka Ezinteje, Public Relations Officer of the union,…

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UN: At least 250,000 children risk worsening nutrition

The Country Representative for the UN World Food Programme for South Sudan, Joyce Luma, has said no fewer than 250,000 children were at risk of worsening nutrition, with one in five suffering from acute malnutrition. This is according to a document from the Economic and Social Council, made available to…

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Nuclear deal a great defeat for Israel — Iran

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, said on Tuesday during a speech to Parliament that the nuclear deal with the international community was a great defeat for the country’s archrivals, Israel. "Never before was the Zionist regime so isolated, even among its own allies. "This is the reason why Israeli Prime,…

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Greece to receive 7.16 bn euros bridging loan on Monday

Greece will receive a bridging loan of 7.16 billion euros, approximately 7.7 billion dollars "on time" by Monday when it faces a large debt repayment to the European Central Bank (ECB). European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said on Friday that the funds would be disbursed in `up to two…

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Egypt: 6 killed as Muslim Brotherhood members, Cairo residents clash

The Egyptian health ministry has said that no fewer than six people were killed on Friday in clashes between Muslim Brotherhood members and residents in Cairo. Following the morning prayers of Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, supporters of the ousted Islamist president…

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El Chapo jailbreak: Mexico intelligence police chief fired

The head of the Intelligence Division of Mexico's Federal Police, Eduardo Pequeno, has been fired due to the escape of drug cartel leader, Guzman `El Chapo’ Loera. A source within the Federal Police announced the news Wednesday, saying the position would be taken over by Damian Canales Mena, who was…

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Liberia confirms new Ebola case as outbreak spreads

Liberia on Wednesday recorded the sixth Ebola confirmed case and second death since the virus resurfaced in June. A senior medical official said a Liberian woman has died of Ebola in a hospital in Monrovia shortly after being admitted on Tuesday. The official said the victim, Kebbeh Kollie, lived near…

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After Iran nuclear deal, U.S. says ready to negotiate with North Korea

The United States on Wednesday said it was open to negotiating with North Korea following this week's historic nuclear deal with Iran, news report said. "Progress in the nuclear talks with Iran clearly demonstrates our willingness to engage countries with whom the U.S. has long-standing differences. "The U.S. is prepared…

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Obama, Iranian president react to nuclear deal

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers is "built on verification" rather than just trust. Announcing the terms of the historic deal, Obama said there were incentives for Iran to abide by the deal and consequences if it does…

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Iran, U.S, Germany, others reach historic nuclear deal

A historic agreement has been reached over the Iranian nuclear issue between Iran and six world major countries, a diplomatic source confirmed on Tuesday. The comprehensive agreement was clinched between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. after over two weeks of bargain in Vienna. The text…

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100 dead migrants washed up off Libyan coast

Libyan migration department spokesman said on Tuesday in Tripoli that no fewer than 100 bodies, presumably of sub-Saharan boat migrants, were washed up near the Libyan city of Tajoura. He said the bodies are believed to be victims of a shipwreck off the western coastal town, located some 10 kilometres…