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Niger observes three days of national mourning after carnage

Flags fly at half-staff as the country reels from the latest attacks that killed 137 people in the southwest. Niger has declared three days of national mourning in memory of the 137 people who were killed in a series of coordinated attacks on villages in the southwest, the bloodiest carnage ...

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Nigeria’s booming kidnap-for-ransom enterprise threatens security

Since December 2020, a total of 769 students have been taken in at least five school kidnappings in northern Nigeria. Lagos, Nigeria – It was early in the morning when Aliyu Kagada received the distressing news. An armed gang, known locally as bandits, had just stormed a dormitory at the Government ...

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Republic of Congo opposition candidate dies of Covid-19

Brazzaville Republic of Congo opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas has died of Covid-19 as he was being transferred to France for treatment, his campaign director said Monday, the day after presidential elections in which he was the main challenger. Kolelas was seen as the main rival to veteran leader Denis ...

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Germany extends virus lockdown till mid-April as cases rise

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has extended its lockdown measures by another month and imposed several new restrictions, including largely shutting down public life over Easter, in an effort to drive down the rate of coronavirus infections. Speaking early Tuesday after a lengthy video call with the country’s 16 state governors, ...

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Ethiopia’s leader says atrocities committed in Tigray war

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopia’s leader on Tuesday said atrocities have been committed in Tigray, his first public acknowledgment of possible war crimes in the country’s northern region where fighting persists as government troops hunt down its fugitive leaders. “Reports indicate that atrocities have been committed in Tigray region,” Prime ...

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Israel votes: Netanyahu’s fate hangs on Tuesday’s elections

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis began voting on Tuesday in the country’s fourth parliamentary election in two years — a highly charged referendum on the divisive rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Opinion polls forecast a tight race between those who support Israel’s longest-serving premier and those who want “anyone but ...

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Democrats unveil immigration reforms offering citizenship to 11 million

Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday for President Joe Biden’s plan to create a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, saying there is no justification for denying them a permanent home in the United States. Biden called the policy reforms “long overdue” and said they were aimed at reversing the ...

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Mourners in Zanzibar pay last respects to Magufuli

Residents of Zanzibar are on Tuesday bidding farewell to the late President John Magufuli. On Saturday and Sunday, the body was in Dar es Salaam for mourners to pay their last respects. It was then taken to Dodoma where mourners who could not make it to Jamhuri Stadium lined the ...

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