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Bangladeshi peacekeeping troops accused of sexual abuse in Africa

Twelve more children in the Central African Republic have accused European soldiers and United Nations peacekeepers of sexual abuse, the United Nations said on Friday, with one senior official saying such abuse was “rampant” there. Foreign troops were deployed in Central African Republic after mainly Muslim rebels seized power in the majority Christian country in […]

Masked gunmen from Somalia’s Shebab Islamist group stormed a Kenyan university Thursday as students were sleeping, hurling grenades and shooting dead at least 15 people before taking Christians hostage. Scores of others were wounded in the assault, still ongoing some 12 hours after the first grenades were used to blast open the gates of the […]

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IS enters Egypt

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Islamic State (IS), fighting to redraw the map of the Middle East, has been coaching Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, complicating efforts to stabilize the biggest Arab nation. Confirmation that Islamic Sate, currently the most successful of the region’s jihadi groups, is extending its influence to Egypt will sound alarm bells in Cairo, where the […]

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Kenya as a “high-risk” country for the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Kenya was vulnerable because it was a major transport hub, with many flights from West Africa, a WHO official said. This is the most serious warning to date by the WHO that Ebola could spread […]

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A Swiftair MD-83 airplane is seen in this undated photo. Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board. Photo: Reuters Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso […]

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South Africans cleaned schools, planted vegetables and adopted penguins on Friday to celebrate “Mandela Day” for the first time since the death of the iconic leader on what would have been his 96th birthday. People around the world volunteered 67 minutes of their time for the common good to mark former president Nelson Mandela’s 67 […]

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Nobel Prize laureate Nadine Gordimer attends a memorial for Nelson Mandela’s biographer Anthony Sampson in Johannesburg. February 8, 2005. Credit: Reuters South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an uncompromising moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on […]

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3,300 people have been killed by Boko Haram this year alone. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been designated a terrorist by the US government Photo- BBC About 45 people were killed as suspected Boko Haram militants launched an attack on a village near the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, reports BBC. The survivors told […]

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Egypt’s prosecutor ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader on Thursday, widening a crackdown against the Islamist movement after the army ousted the country’s first democratically elected president. But Egypt’s new interim leader, Adli Mansour, used his inauguration to hold out an olive branch to the Brotherhood. “The Muslim Brotherhood are part of this […]

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South Africans prepared on Thursday to say farewell to ailing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela after his condition deteriorated further in hospital, forcing President Jacob Zuma to cancel a trip to neighboring Mozambique. Zuma was due to attend a summit in Maputo of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to discuss regional infrastructure, but pulled out […]

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is “responding positively” to treatment for a recurring lung infection after being admitted to hospital overnight, the government said on Thursday. “He remains under treatment and observation in hospital,” it added in a statement, without giving further details about the health of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader. Mandela, who became […]

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Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) – The Foreign Ministers belonging to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) on Wednesday condoled the demise of Bangladesh President M Zillur Rahman. The Group expressed deep sorrow at the sad demise of the President and conveyed sincere sympathy to the members of the bereaved family and the people of Bangladesh, […]

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