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Gambia's new President, Adama Barrow, to be inaugurated Feb.18

Posted by AP on Friday, January 27, 2017, In : Africa 
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Billboards across Gambia's capital are declaring a Feb. 18 ceremony to mark the inauguration of the country's new leader, a day after his triumphant arrival.

Hundreds of thousands turned out Thursday to greet President Adama Barrow, a week after he took the oath of office in neighboring Senegal. Longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who clung to power despite losing December elections, finally flew into exile over the weekend after mounting international pressure.

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Gambia: New President Adama Barrow will arrive in the country on Thursday

Posted by AP on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, In : Africa 
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 Gambia's new President Adama Barrow will arrive in the country on Thursday, a week after he was sworn into office in neighboring Senegal, an official with the new government confirmed Wednesday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press about the matter.

Gambians eagerly await Barrow, who has promised to reverse many of the actions of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh. Barrow defeated Jammeh in December elections that the ruling party challenge...

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Somalia: 15 dead and dozens wounded in deadly Al Shabab attack

Posted by Al Jazeera on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, In : Africa 

At least 15 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a coordinated gun-and-bomb attack carried out by al-Shabab at a popular hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, according to officials.

The assault on Wednesday morning began when attackers rammed an explosives-packed car into the gate of Dayah Hotel, which is near Somalia's parliament in central Mogadishu, and then stormed inside exchanging gunfire with security guards.

A second massive car bomb blast went off after ambulances and journa...

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Egypt arrests four suspects in church bombing

Posted by AFP on Monday, December 12, 2016, In : Africa 

Egypt said Monday it had arrested four people suspected of involvement in a devastating bombing on a Cairo Coptic church, as grief-stricken mourners gathered for the funeral of the 24 dead.

The bombing at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church on Sunday was the deadliest attack in recent memory on the Christian minority, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population.

Egypt mourns the death of 25 Christians killed in bombing

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Nigeria: 160 dead after church collapsed

Posted by AP on Monday, December 12, 2016, In : Africa 
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Mortuaries overflowed with bodies Sunday from a church collapse in southern Nigeria that killed at least 160 people, and worshippers said construction of the building had been rushed.

Hundreds had been inside the Reigners Bible Church International in the city of Uyo on Saturday for the consecration of founder Akan Weeks as its bishop when the metal girders fell and the corrugated iron roof caved in.

Screaming survivors streamed out amid cries from the injured inside.

"There were trapped bodies,...

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Egypt mourns the death of 25 Christians killed in bombing

Posted by AP on Monday, December 12, 2016, In : Africa 
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Egypt's Coptic community held a funeral service on Monday for 25 Christians killed in a bombing the previous day at a church next to the main cathedral in Cairo — one of the deadliest attacks targeting the country's religious minority in recent memory.

The bomb went off during Sunday Mass at a chapel adjacent to St. Mark's Cathedral, seat of the ancient Coptic Orthodox church. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. Those killed were mostly women and c...

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Nigeria: Two schoolgirls suicide bombers killed 30

Posted by Reuters on Friday, December 9, 2016, In : Africa 
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Two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 30 people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated attack on a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Madagali on Friday, an army spokesman said.

The bombings bore the hallmark of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency to set up a state adhering to a strict interpretation of Muslim laws in the northeast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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Giraffe, the world’s tallest animal is at risk of extinction

Posted by The Guardian on Friday, December 9, 2016, In : Africa 
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The world’s tallest animal is at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with 40% of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest “red list” analysis.

The authoritative list, compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has also added over 700 newly recognised bird species, but 13 of these are already extinct.

It says wild relatives of important food crops, such as mangoes and sunflowers, are now in danger of extinc...

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Fake US embassy in Ghana finally shut down after decade issuing visas

Posted by AP on Monday, December 5, 2016, In : Africa 
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A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the State Department announced.

The scam was orchestrated by "Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings" and a Ghanaian attorney, a statement said. Several suspects have been arrested, though others remain at large.

Raids led to the recovery of 150 passports from 10 countries and visas from the U.S., India, South Africa and the European Schengen zone...

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ISIS jihadist suspected in French plot arrested in Morocco

Posted by AFP on Saturday, December 3, 2016, In : Africa 
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A suspected Islamic State group jihadist who delivered instructions to a cell planning to carry out an attack in France has been arrested in Morocco, authorities said Saturday.

The suspect was linked with a French IS cell that had planned to attack Paris on Thursday but was broken up by French authorities in November, the Moroccan interior ministry said.

The suspect had met IS operatives on the Syrian-Turkish border and received instructions to be delivered to the cell in France, it charged.


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Morocco accuses African Union chief of obstructing readmission

Posted by Reuters on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, In : Africa 
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Morocco accused African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of blocking its efforts to rejoin the organization it left 32 years ago, the country's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Morocco has asked the African Union (AU) to readmit it, as it seeks support for its plan to offer autonomy to the disputed territory of Western Sahara while keeping it under Moroccan sovereignty.

Morocco abandoned its seat in 1984 when the AU recognized Western Sahara, a sparsely populated stretch of deser...

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Egypt: Two Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to life in prison for 2013 riot

Posted by Reuters on Saturday, October 29, 2016, In : Africa 
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi pray in front of a poster during a funeral for two people killed in recent clashes at Rabaa Adawiya Square

An Egyptian court sentenced two Muslim Brotherhood supporters on Saturday to life in prison and 16 others to 15 years in jail for a violent assault on a Cairo neighborhood in 2013 after the ouster of former president Mohamed Mursi.

The attack, which left seven dead, was part of a wave of violence that swept across Egypt after the army removed elected Islamist president Mursi from power in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Since deposing Mursi, the authorities have held mass tr...

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Yemen: 72-hour ceasefire to start Wednesday

Posted by Reuters on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, In : Africa 
A 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen is due to start on Wednesday night, the U.N. envoy for Yemen said on Monday after he received commitments from all of the country's warring factions.

U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the cessation of hostilities would begin at 2359 local time (2059 GMT) on Wednesday and could be renewed after the initial three-day period, the United Nations said in statement.

"The Special Envoy welcomes the restoration of the Cessation of Hostilities, which...

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Morocco Captures 6 Algerian Military Officers in Guergarat after foiled separatist plan

Posted by northafricapost on Monday, October 17, 2016, In : Africa 

The Royal Armed Forces conducted an operation that foiled an Algerian plan to establish a polisario separatist military presence in the southernmost tip of the Sahara, Guergarat, capturing 6 Algerian military officers and several polisario fighters.

The news is relayed by Assabah daily which says that the Moroccan Armed Forces (known by the French acronym FAR) launched a combing operation after noticing suspicious military movements in the area of Guergarat.

The operation led to the arrest of s...

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