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Five Killed In Nigerian Explosions

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian police say multiple bomb attacks by a radical Muslim sect killed at least five people in the country’s northeast Tuesday. Police say members of the group Boko Haram set off bombs at two police stations and a church in the town of Maiduguru. Earlier Tuesday, police blamed the Boko Haram for the shooting death […]

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Nigeria Files Fraud Charges Against Ex-Parliament Speaker

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Nigeria have filed fraud charges against the country’s outgoing parliament speaker. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says the charges filed by prosecutors Tuesday accuse Dimeji Bankole of conspiring to inflate the cost of computers, printers and televisions and of rigging a bid to purchase luxury cars. The officials say the charges were […]

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North-South Fighting in Sudan Kills 6

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Mission in Sudan says new clashes between northern and southern forces have killed six people. U.N. officials said Tuesday the latest violence took place once again in Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan state. The United States said it was deeply troubled by reports of the latest violence. A U.S. State Department […]

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North-South Fighting in Sudan Kills 6

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Mission in Sudan says new clashes between northern and southern forces have killed six people. Officials said Tuesday the latest violence took place once again in Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan state. The United Nations refugee agency estimated on Tuesday that about 100,000 people have fled unrest in the disputed Abyei […]

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Explosions Rock Nigeria’s Volatile Borno State

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Residents in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state say three separate blasts shook the town of Maiduguru on Tuesday. Witnesses tell VOA the blasts struck two police stations and a government building in the state capital. They also reported hearing gunfire after the explosions. Authorities did not immediately name suspects in the attack. The radical Muslim sect […]

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Nigerian Police Suspect Radical Sect Killed Muslim Cleric

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian police suspect a radical Muslim group is behind the shooting death of a rival cleric in northeastern Borno state. Authorities believe Boko Haram members killed Sheik Ibrahim Birkuti outside his home in the town of Biu. The gunmen were riding motorcycles when they opened fire on the cleric. Birkuti had been critical of Boko […]

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UN: 100,000 Flee Tension in Sudan’s Abyei Region

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency says the number of people who have fled Sudan’s disputed Abyei region has reached 100,000. A spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees told VOA most of them are seeking refuge in Warrap state, south of Abyei. U.N. officials believe many displaced persons are still hiding in the bush […]

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Report Calls for Africa to Embrace Emerging Economies

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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A new U.N.-backed report says African countries should develop closer ties with emerging economies in order to boost sustainable growth. The report released Monday says Africa is becoming more integrated into the global economy, and that a more diverse set of trading partners can help the continent. The report says emerging economies such as China, […]

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Burkinabe Soldiers Face Prosecution After Mutiny

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 57 Burkinabe soldiers have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a mutiny last week at a military camp outside Burkina Faso’s commercial capital. Military authorities say seven people were killed and 33 injured on Friday when government troops violently squashed the mutiny. Disgruntled soldiers demanding higher wages had looted the area near […]

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New Fighting Erupts on Sudan’s North-South Border

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials are urging restraint along Sudan’s north-south border amid reports of new unrest in the region. Officials say gunfire erupted Monday in Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan state. The U.N. mission in Sudan also reported more looting in the Abyei region, an area claimed by both north and south Sudan. The U.N. […]

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