Niger says 7 soldiers killed in clashes with Boko Haram jihadists

The evening raid was conducted by heavily armed Boko Haram elements travelling in a convoy which included an armoured vehicle.

Seven Niger soldiers were killed when their post was attacked by Boko Haram in the country's southeast near Nigeria, the birthplace of the jihadist group, the government said Saturday.

Niger says 7 soldiers killed in clashes with Boko Haram jihadists
Niger says 7 soldiers killed in clashes with Boko Haram jihadists

Niger says 7 soldiers killed in clashes with Boko Haram jihadists

The evening raid was conducted by heavily armed Boko Haram elements travelling in a convoy which included an armoured vehicle.

Three things to know about Nigeria’s delayed election

Three things to know about Nigeria’s delayed election

The postponement of Nigeria’s election by one week has set off a flurry of questions about what was behind the delay and what happens next.
Eight rescued from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine

Eight rescued from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine

On Friday the government said that between 60-70 “artisanal” miners were trapped in two shafts.
Zimbabwean author who died on Saturday described as distinguished writer

Zimbabwean author who died on Saturday described as distinguished writer

The country’s former deputy prime minister says a literary giant has fallen.
Boko Haram kills eight in northeast Nigeria, militia says

Boko Haram kills eight in northeast Nigeria, militia says

Boko Haram insurgents killed eight people in Nigeria during an attack on the northeastern city of Maiduguri, a civilian militia leader said on Saturday.
Renowned Zimbabwean author, actor Charles Mungoshi dies in Harare

Renowned Zimbabwean author, actor Charles Mungoshi dies in Harare

The prolific and multi-award winning artist succumbed to a neurological condition after over a decade of fighting it.
Logistical problems force Nigeria election delay

Logistical problems force Nigeria election delay

Nigeria’s electoral watchdog on Saturday postponed presidential and parliamentary elections for one week, just hours before polls were due to open.
Namibia decriminalises baby abandonment

Namibia decriminalises baby abandonment

Mothers are being encouraged to give up children to be looked after by the state without being prosecuted rather than resort to an illegal abortion.
Dozens feared dead in Zimbabwe gold mine flood: govt

Dozens feared dead in Zimbabwe gold mine flood: govt

Frantic efforts are being made to pump out water from the flooded shafts before retrieval of the victims.
Nigerians pray for a peaceful election

Nigerians pray for a peaceful election

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari joined fellow worshippers to pray for peaceful elections, amid claims of possible vote-rigging and fears of violence.
Zambian minister faces court on corruption charges

Zambian minister faces court on corruption charges

Chitotela was taken into custody last week by the Anti-Corruption Commission and released on bail pending the court hearing.
Ethiopia says some 1,000 Oromo rebels give up arms

Ethiopia says some 1,000 Oromo rebels give up arms

Ethiopia has said some 1,000 fighters with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebel group have given up arms and entered rehabilitation camps, according to state media.
Somali Muslim clerics condemn Valentine’s Day

Somali Muslim clerics condemn Valentine’s Day

The clerics still condemn the event as it derives its name from a Christian priest in Rome who lived millennia ago.
Death penalty for Kenyan policeman who tortured inmate to death

Death penalty for Kenyan policeman who tortured inmate to death

According to the evidence before the court, the inmate was assaulted with a metal pipe before his head was immersed in a drum of water.
Prickly pears: ‘humble’ cactus brings hope to Algeria

Prickly pears: ‘humble’ cactus brings hope to Algeria

For generations Algerians like the Gueldasmi family have barely eked out a living growing prickly pear fruits, but thanks to the cactus’s new found virtues their lives are steadily improving.
Hamas and Israel prepare for possible military confrontation

Hamas and Israel prepare for possible military confrontation

Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas continues with the support of Israel.
SA ambassador to UN concerned over plight of women and children in Iraq

SA ambassador to UN concerned over plight of women and children in Iraq

The diplomat also expressed support for the increased involvement of regional organisations in the political process.
Nigerian governor’s convoy ambushed by Boko Haram, at least five killed

Nigerian governor’s convoy ambushed by Boko Haram, at least five killed

Islamist militants’ continued attacks on civilians and military alike have left over 25,000 dead.
Nuclear technology to boost agricultural development in Zambia

Nuclear technology to boost agricultural development in Zambia

Gamma irradiation technology, according to Rosatom, decontaminates chemicals and pesticides, increasing the shelf life of products.
Ugandan bank employee raped during robbery

Ugandan bank employee raped during robbery

A vehicle parked outside the bank was hijacked and used as a getaway car.
US ambassador denies siding against Nigerian president as elections approach

US ambassador denies siding against Nigerian president as elections approach

Stuart Symington responded to the accusations via a statement on the US Embassy website saying: ‘We are impartial.’
Sudanese government refuses to step down and form transitional government

Sudanese government refuses to step down and form transitional government

Describing the demonstrations as a waste of time, the NCP chairperson accused protesters of trying to abort peace talks.
Nearly 4000 people killed, injured or kidnapped in Libyan violence in 2018

Nearly 4000 people killed, injured or kidnapped in Libyan violence in 2018

Derna topped the report with the most casualties in 2018, comprising 30% of the total number in the country.
Zimbabwe military advised not to wear uniforms in public in wake of policeman’s death

Zimbabwe military advised not to wear uniforms in public in wake of policeman’s death

‘Take note that after working hours, members are to put on civilian clothes and leave their uniforms in cantonment areas,’ says a memo.
Ugandan police officers convicted over stoning of president’s motorcade incident

Ugandan police officers convicted over stoning of president’s motorcade incident

The court found that the officers failed to take precautionary measures to avert any violence.
Tanzania to ban foreign fish imports in a bid to boost local industry

Tanzania to ban foreign fish imports in a bid to boost local industry

 The decision followed the government’s plan to review the Fisheries Act which regulates the fishing sector.

 

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