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Jonathan re-affirms Nigeria’s support for peace between Sudan, South Sudan

Nigeria’s president says Nigeria will help resolve boundary disputes between Sudan and South Sudan. President Goodluck Jonathan said on Wednesday in Abuja that Nigeria would work with other African leaders to resolve the lingering boundary disputes between Sudan and South Sudan. Mr. Jonathan spoke after receiving a special message from President Salva Kiir Mayerdit of […]

Obama unveils tougher gun control proposals

The proposals, amongst other things, banning assault weapons have already been attacked by NRA

At least 24 killed in car bombs in Syria’s Idlib – monitoring group

At least 24 people were killed, most of them government forces, in three coordinated car bombs in Syria’s Idlib province, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. The incident is coming a day after explosions killed more than 87 people in Aleppo University. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based group with a network of […]

Maduro stands in for Venezuela’s ailing Chavez in key speech

Venezuelan Vice President, Nicolas Maduro, gave a brief state of the nation address on Tuesday in place of his ailing boss, Hugo Chavez. Mr. Chavez has not been seen in public since he went to Cuba for cancer surgery more than a month ago. The vice president stood in for Mr. Chavez with a 10-minute […]

Helicopter crash kills two in London

At least two people were killed when a helicopter crashed near a busy train station in London on Wednesday morning. The BBC reports that 13 others were injured when the helicopter crashes into a crane at the top of a building in Vauxhall in central London. The fire brigade said they put out the fire […]

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144,000 refugees flee Mali crisis

Mali is going through a civil crisis.

Nigerian soldiers used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria to deploy 190 soldiers to Mali by Wednesday

The military says a presidential approval has been given for a 900 troops

Bomb destroys war memorial in divided Bosnian town

In Mostar, divisions between ethnic Croats and Muslims still run deep after the country’s civil war.

Bomb destroys war memorial in divided Bosnian town

A bomb blast destroyed a monument to fallen soldiers of Bosnia‘s Muslim-dominated wartime army on Monday in the southern town of Mostar. In Mostar, divisions between ethnic Croats and Muslims still run deep after the country’s civil war. Police said an “explosive device” had destroyed the lily-shaped monument in front of Mostar’s City Hall in […]

ECOWAS members record dismal score on criteria for planned common economy

ECOWAS plans a common currency scheme in the region.

Immunity for U.S. troops in Afghanistan to be decided by year-end

A decision on immunity for U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan after the 2014 planned withdrawal will be made by the end of the year, Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, said on Monday. “The issue of immunity is under discussion (and) it is going to take eight to nine months before we reach agreement,’’ Mr. Karzai told […]

Mali Islamists counter-attack, threaten France

Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels in Mali launched a counter-offensive on Monday after three days of strikes by French fighter jets on their strongholds in the desert north, residents said. The strikes by French fighter jets “is likely to drag France into a long and brutal ground war,” military observers said. France intensified its air raids […]

Egypt’s Appeals Court okays Mubarak’s retrial

Mubarak was found guilty of killing Egyptian protesters in June 2012. Egypt’s Appeal Court on Sunday accepted an appeal by ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, allowing him to be re-tried over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising. The Court also accepted the appeal of Mubarak’s former Interior Minister, Habib al-Adli, allowing him to […]

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ECOWAS Commission deplores deteriorating crisis in Mali

ECOWAS Commission said it supports the moves taken by France thus far.

Fresh India, Pakistan clashes erupt over grandmother’s trip, new border post

Both sides have lost at least a soldier in days of renewed tensions

Associate of notorious Russian arms dealer, Victor Bout, caught in Australia

The accused has been on the run since 2005. He is said to be Bout’s right hand man

France seeks Nigeria cooperation in ending Mali crises

Mali is going through a civil crisis.

Rebels, opposition want CAR president removed over past crimes

Mediators have called for a ceasefire for talks to begin

Corpse of missing Tanzanian journalist found in forest

Residents suspect the journalist was targeted over a news story done last November

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New “flying frog” specie identified in Vietnam

An Australian biologist and Vietnamese colleagues have made a surprise discovery, a new species of “flying frog.” The frog was found gliding and jumping around, less than 100 km from one of Southeast Asia’s busiest cities. Jodi Rowley and her team were conducting an amphibian survey between two patches of lowland forest in the middle […]

Venezuela’s top court endorses Chavez inauguration delay

Venezuela‘s top court on Wednesday endorsed the postponement of Hugo Chavez‘s inauguration this week. It also ruled that the cancer-stricken president and his deputy would continue in their roles, inspite of a cacophony of opposition complaints. Critics had argued the 58-year-old’s absence from his own swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 10 meant a caretaker president must […]

Mali reinforces after clashing with rebels

Clashes with the rebels on Monday was the first in eight months.

Kenya communal violence claims eight more lives

Local police says politicians are behind the Kenya clashes ahead of upcoming elections.

Sierra Leone rations fuel as shortage bites

Fights broke out at service stations in Sierra Leone‘s capital, Freetown, on Tuesday after the government restricted fuel deliveries to deal with a shortage threatening the West African nation. The Trade Minister, Richard Conteh, blamed the scarcity of fuel on an unexpected halt to shipments from the country’s main fuel suppliers in Cote d’Ivoire and […]

Mandela fully recovered, back to normal routine — Presidency

Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, has recovered fully from his surgery, the country’s presidency said. The presidential spokesman, Mac Maharaj, said on Sunday in Johannesburg that Mr. Mandela is back to normal routine. “The Presidency would like to inform the public that former President Nelson Mandela has recovered from his surgical procedure and lung […]