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Seven dead in Boko Haram attack: local official, police KANO: Boko Haram gunmen have killed seven people in a raid in northeast Nigeria, a local official and the police told AFP on Tuesday, in the latest attack targeting remote communities.The attack happened on Sunday evening in the town of Madagali, in the north of Adamawa state, which has been repeatedly targeted despite a military counter-offensive against the rebels."They killed seven people and burnt 10 houses," said the former chairman of the Madagali local government area, Maina Ularamu, who said soldiers pursued the attackers into the bush."We are calling on the security agencies to launch a mission... to flush out the insurgents because they use the bush as their operational base from where they attack Madagali and its environs."Adamawa police spokesman Abubakar Othman confirmed Ularamu's account and said two people were injured.Madagali and nearby towns and villages have been repeatedly hit by Boko Haram raids in recent months, as they ...

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Sudan security forces break up W.Darfur demo: sources KHARTOUM: Sudanese security forces in West Darfur's state capital on Sunday dispersed protesters who had gathered outside government buildings, with rebels claiming four demonstrators were killed but officials saying there had been no casualties.The unrest began after a group of people rallied outside the West Darfur government secretariat in Geneina, both government and rebel sources said."Security services supported by tribal militia opened fire on civilians protesting at the buildings of the secretariat of the West ...

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Egypt's parliament meets after more than three-year absence CAIRO: Egypt's new parliament held its opening session on Sunday, state television reported, more than three years after a court dissolved the old Islamist-dominated chamber. The body is expected to choose a speaker on its first day back, and now has 15 days to approve hundreds of laws issued by executive decree during the period when it was suspended. Egypt's last parliament was elected in 2011-12 in the country's first free vote following a popular ...

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Boyfriend held in Ghana over British actress's murder ACCRA: The boyfriend of former British soap actress Sian Blake has been arrested in Ghana over the murder of her and their two young sons, and now faces extradition to the United Kingdom, police said Sunday.Investigators tracked Arthur Simpson-Kent to undergrowth near the seaside town of Butre,where he was taken into custody Saturday in connection with the death of the former EastEnders actress and their two children Zachary, 8, and Amon, 4."We are waiting for ...

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Uganda president urges voters to re-elect the 'old man' KAMPALA: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he needs more time to develop the country as he looks to enter a fourth decade in power, urging voters to re-elect the "old man."As a younger man he said leaders who "overstayed" in power were the root of Africa's problems, but 30 years later he is still in charge and hoping to win a fifth term in elections next month."Those who say, 'let him go, let him ...