UN: More than 130 killed in Mali ethnic attack on Fulani village

Survivors say traditional Donzo hunters carried out the deadly raid in Ogossagou early on Saturday. More than 130 people were killed in an attack on a Fulani village in central Mali on Saturday, the United Nations has said, as a delegation visited the country. Survivors accused traditional Donzo hunters of carrying out the deadly raid in Ogossagou, according to Boubacar Kane, […]

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War of words as Nigerian English gets Oxford recognition

Nigerian English words have recently been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), but there is still a debate in the country about what constitutes proper English, as the BBC’s Nduka Orjinmo writes from Lagos. “Come to an all-night prayer vigil to welcome the ember months,” read a text from my mother. It was an August ritual she had reminded […]

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Humanitarian aid slowly penetrates Zimbabwe's inaccessible areas

Government and humanitarian agencies dispatch emergency response units to assist people in aftermath of Cyclone Idai. Chimanimani, Zimbabwe – A week since Cyclone Idai made landfall in eastern Zimbabwe, authorities and aid groups are stepping up relief efforts on the ground as the hardest-hit areas are slowly becoming more accessible. The government and humanitarian agencies have dispatched food supplies and […]

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Nigeria to hold local elections amid fears of violence

Security analysts warn there is a risk of election-related violence in parts of the country. Abuja, Nigeria – Millions of Nigerians are expected to cast their ballots on Saturday in local elections, two weeks after the country’s presidential and legislative polls were marred by violence and fraud allegations. On the eve of the vote, which will see governorship and state […]

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Gambia's ex-President Yahya Jammeh 'stole at least $362m'

Minister says probe shows ex president pilfered millions from state to ‘satisfy pretentious and delusional lifestyle’. The Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh stole at least $362m from the state during his 22-year rule, the West African country’s justice minister has said following a nearly two-year investigation. Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, fled The Gambia in 2017 for […]

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Cyclone Idai: Mozambique struggles with floodwaters

Residents of Beira and surrounding areas unable to return to normality more than a week after Cyclone Idai hit. Beira, Mozambique – Joao Domingo returned to his home in the devastated town of Beira on Sunday after collecting the few remaining maize cobs from the family’s small communal farmland in Nhamatanda, located 101km away. He recounted the days his family […]

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Car bomb attack in Somalia's Mogadishu kills at least 11 people

Blast occurred close to Mogadishu mall, killing at least 11 people and wounding several others, says police official. A powerful car bomb has exploded at a shopping mall in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 11 people, security officials said. Police officer Mohamed Hussein said 10 people were also injured in Monday’s blast in an explosives-laden car parked near a mall close […]

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Nigeria elections: All you need to know

Over 84 million people are set to vote on February 16 to elect the next president in Africa’s largest democracy. Over 84 million eligible voters are set to cast their ballot on February 16 to elect the next president and members of Nigeria’s National Assembly. Governors and members of the states’ House of Assembly will be elected in another election […]

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Nigeria electoral commission: Polls delayed by transport problems

Postponement of presidential poll prompts concerns among opposition politicians, supporters over possible rigging. Abuja, Nigeria – The Nigerian electoral commission says the general elections were postponed by a week because of delays in transporting electoral materials. The chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu, said on Saturday in Abuja that the commission will conduct an audit of all sensitive materials […]

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Fears of violence in Nigeria ahead of Saturday vote

With the presidential and legislative elections just days away, political watchers and voters fear spike in violence. Lagos, Nigeria – Fears of violence have gripped many in Nigeria days before the presidential and legislative elections on February 16 with at least five deaths reported so far in pre-poll clashes. On Sunday, five members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were […]

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