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China Accuses Ethnic Separatists in Xinjiang Killings

Posted February 29th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Chinese Foreign Ministry is accusing separatists in a restive ethnic Uighur region of northwestern China of attacking civilians, in violence that it says has killed at least 20 people — including seven Chinese policemen. Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, speaking Wednesday, accused “violent terrorists” and separatists of launching the latest attacks in the city of […]

Deadly Riots in China’s Troubled Xinjiang Region

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say at least 12 people died Tuesday during violent disturbances in the remote northwestern region of Xinjiang. The official Xinhua news agency says rioters killed 10 people and injured several others in Yecheng County near Kashgar, while two rioters were fatally shot by police. An overseas group representing the region’s mainly Muslim […]

Air Strike Kills 4 al-Shabab Militants in Southern Somalia

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Somali officials say an air strike has killed four al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia. The officials said an al-Shabab commander was among those killed early Friday when a missile from an unspecified plane struck a vehicle in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region. They said those killed were thought to be foreign fighters. The strike comes […]

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Nigeria: Witnesses Report Gunshots, Explosions in Kano

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses reported gunshots and explosions early Wednesday in the northern Nigerian city, Kano, where Islamist insurgents have staged a series of deadly attacks in recent months. Local residents and journalists reported hearing several loud explosions followed by an extended period of gunfire just before early morning prayers in the largely Muslim city. There were no […]

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Nigerian Ex-President in Senegal to Defuse Tension

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in Senegal late Tuesday to head a joint election observation mission between the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States . When asked what message he brought to Senegal from the AU, President Obasanjo said his first job is to observe Sunday’s vote and his second […]

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Nigeria Tightens Security in North Following Deadly Attack

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian forces have tightened security at a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri following an attack late Monday by gunmen that killed as many as 30 civilians. The military confirmed the fighting but denied any civilian deaths. It said eight militants, believed to be members of the extremist Islamic sect Boko Haram, were killed […]

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Islamic Radicals Storm Nigeria Prison, 119 Inmates Escape

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Islamic radicals have stormed a prison near Nigeria’s capital, killing one guard and letting 119 inmates flee into the night. Witnesses say about 20 gunmen on motorcycles rode up to the prison in the town of Koton-Karifi, shot at the guards, and bombed the main gate. The ultra-conservative Islamic group Boko Haram claimed responsibility Thursday […]

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Islamic Radicals Storm Nigeria Prison, 119 Inmates Escape

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Islamic radicals have stormed a prison near Nigeria’s capital, killing one guard and letting 119 inmates flee into the night. Witnesses say about 20 gunmen on motorcycles rode up to the prison in the town of Koton-Karifi, shot at the guards, and bombed the main gate. The ultra-conservative Islamic group Boko Haram claimed responsibility Thursday […]

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Somalis Flee Town Ahead of Expected Fighting

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Somalis are fleeing a town near Mogadishu, ahead of expected fighting between African Union forces and the militant group al-Shabab. Elasha Biyaha is located about 30 kilometers west of the capital, and is home to hundreds of thousands of displaced Mogadishu residents who fled the city in 2007 and 2008, as al-Shabab battled […]

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Gunmen Storm Nigeria Prison, 118 Inmates Escape, 1 Dead

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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At least 118 inmates have escaped from a Nigerian prison, after gunmen bombed their way inside and killed a guard during a shootout. The prison is located in the central town of Koton-Karifi, about 120 kilometers southwest of the capital, Abuja. Police say gunmen stormed into the facility Wednesday night. Witnesses said around 20 gunmen […]

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