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Angolan journalist slapped with 15 new criminal defamation charges

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Angolan authorities to drop all charges against journalist…

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Canada tasks Nigeria on non-violent elections

Canada on Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to ensure non-violence in the upcoming general elections. The…

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Pakistan commends Nigeria military over success against Boko Haram

The Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ashraf Saleem, on Monday night commended the Nigerian Armed…

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ISIS claims responsibility for Tunisia attack

Terrorist group, the Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s Tunisian Museum attack that killed 19 people. ISIS, which is largely present in Iraq, Syria and Libya, made the claim in an audio recorded in Arabic language posted on You Tube by France 24. “We tell the apostates who sit…

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Israeli Poll: U.S. restates commitment to Palestinian statehood

The United States has restated its commitment to a Palestinian statehood, in the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu's Lukid party’s victory in the just concluded Israeli polls. According to White House spokesperson, Josh Earnest, "It has been the policy of the United States for more than 20 years that a two-state…

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Gunmen storm Tunisia museum, kill 19

Tunisian forces have shot dead two armed men who killed 19 people and took several others hostage at a museum in the capital, Tunis, on Wednesday. After freeing the hostages at the Bardo museum, security forces who stormed the antiquity-rich tourist center, killed two gunmen, the country’s authorities said. Of…

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Sierra Leone president sacks deputy

The Vice-President of Sierra Leone, Samuel Sam-Sumana, was fired Wednesday for seeking political asylum in a foreign embassy, the president's office announced on Wednesday. According to the official statement, President Ernest Bai Koroma had dismissed Mr. Sam-Sumana because he had "abandoned" his duties. "Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana is no longer a…

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Journalists detained, beaten in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect the right of journalists to do their work without fear of arrest or harm. On Sunday, police detained about 30 individuals at a pro-democracy gathering in the capital, Kinshasa, according to news reports. Four…

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Africa: Call to Fight Diabetes in Pregnancy

Diabetes in expectant mothers is a widespread but little-recognised threat which could be fought relatively easily and cheaply, according to a new study just published. The U.S.-based NGO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), says the lack of attention given to diabetes in pregnant women - known as gestational diabetes -…

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How we crippled terrorism in Indonesia – Ambassador

The Indonesian ambassador to Nigeria, Harry Purwanto, on Wednesday, in Abuja, gave insight into how his country crippled the activities of terrorists, who tried to destabilize the country the way Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria. Mr. Purwanto, who is new in Nigeria, said his country adopted a two-pronged approach…

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Package found on Australian beach could hold clues in MH370 disappearance — Police

The Australian police said a package that was found on the shores of a beach in Western Australia, has been sent to the investigators searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The police said a retired couple found the package and immediately sent it to local police, who on Tuesday…

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Indonesian court rejects fresh challenge against execution of Nigerian

An Indonesian court has dismissed a legal challenge by a 42-years old Nigerian, Raheem Agbaje-Salami, who is on a death row for drug peddling President Joko Widodo has rejected clemency representations from Nigerian authorities. Judge Hendro Puspito of the Administrative Court in East Jakarta said on Monday that the court…

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China set to sign more bilateral treaties with African countries

China has pledged to sustain the on-going diplomatic and development initiatives between it and African nations. Speaking at a world news conference in Beijing on Sunday as part of activities to mark the Communist Party activities for 2015 and to review achievements recorded in 2014, the country’s Minister of Foreign…

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​Russia arrests two over murder of opposition

Two men, Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev, have been held in detention over the murder of Russian opposition politician​, ​Boris Nemtsov. The head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, Alexander Bortnikov, announced this on state-owned television Channel One. Mr. Bortnikov said Messrs Gubashev and Dadayev were arrested on Saturday and President…

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5 killed in overnight attack at popular Mali restaurant

At least five people were killed including a French and Belgian, and dozens others are believed to have been seriously injured in an overnight grenade and gun attack in the Malian capital, Bamako. The attack happened at La Terrasse, a restaurant popular with expatriates. Though details of the attack is…

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​M​ali delays local elections over insecurity in North

The Spokesperson, Mali Ministry of Territorial Administration, Alhousseny Toure, said ​the ​government has postponed local and regional elections scheduled for next month over insecurity in the north. He said late on Thursday in Bamako that the insecurity has held up the revision of voter rolls. “The postponement of communal and…

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Tanzania president vows to end albino killings

Tanzania President, Jakaya Kikwete, promised on Tuesday in Dar es Salam, to end a wave of killings of albinos, saying the witchcraft-related murder was a big shame to the country. He said during a national broadcast that there was urgent need for closer cooperation between the government and the society…

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Bill Gates tops Forbes’ list of billionaires

Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, on Monday topped Forbes magazine's list of richest people in the world, a report said. Forbes said in the report that Mr. Gates has an estimated fortune of 79.2 billion dollars. It added that "that is 3.2 billion dollars more than last year's.'' It noted that…

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Venezuela announces visa ban for George Bush, other U.S officials

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, warned on Tuesday that his government would deny visas to a number of U.S. officials and ordered the U.S. to cut its embassy staff in Caracas. Those affected include former U. S. President George W. Bush and current Senators Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio. Mr. Maduro…

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Ebola: Sierra Leone sacks National Security boss

The Head of Sierra Leone National Security, Mustapha Dumbuya, has been sacked after security agents seized 250kg of controversial Ebola blood samples, bound for South Africa, at Lungi International Airport. Mr. Dumbuya, a retired Brigadier-General, was relieved of his duties over the weekend and was immediately replaced by his deputy,…

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Photojournalist, Serhiy Nikolayev, killed by shelling in Ukraine

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Ukrainian 
government and pro-Russian separatists to ensure the safety of journalists covering the conflict in east Ukraine after photographer Serhiy Nikolayev was reported to have been killed by shelling on Saturday. The Ukrainian photographer, who worked for Kiev-based daily Segodnya, was covering…

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Saudi diplomat released after years as al-Qaeda captive in Yemen

Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry announced the release of Abdullah al-Khalidi, Saudi consul in Aden after three years as a hostage in Yemen. The Ministry said that the diplomat returned to Riyadh on Monday after being released by kidnappers in Yemen where he spent three years in captivity. Al-Khalidi, Saudi consul…

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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 the capital, Dhaka, and ensure the perpetrators are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  Avijit Roy had criticized religious fundamentalism on his blog and had covered secular topics, including free expression.…

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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, in Khartoum to discuss insecurity and instability in Africa, especially the crisis in Libya which has adversely affected other parts of Africa. Briefing local and international media after the private meeting which lasted over 30…

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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 Community of West African States to fight the Boko Haram Sect. ECCAS made this known on Wednesday at a meeting with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in…