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Air force chopper crashes in northeast Nigeria KANO: A Nigerian air force helicopter burst into flames midair and crashed near a university in Nigeria's restive northeast, witnesses and the military said on Friday.The crash -- the second to down a military chopper in a week -- occurred late Thursday in the city of Yola, and initially sparked fears that Nigeria's feared Boko Haram insurgency was mounting an attack. There was no immediate information on casualties."A chopper belonging to the Nigeria Air Force crashed last night (Thursday) in Yola. But we don't have details," air force spokesman Air Commodore Dele Alonge told AFP.Witnesses said the aircraft was thought to be carrying weapons to troops fighting Boko Haram."Two military helicopters flew over the campus and one of them came down close to the fence near the student hostels," said Kyari Mohammed, a lecturer at the Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology."The crash was followed by series of intermittent ...

FARC guerrillas abduct two Colombian soldiers BOGOTA: FARC rebels kidnapped two Colombian soldiers after clashes between the Marxist guerrillas and the military in the far east of the country, the army said Thursday.The capture, which comes amid a slow-moving peace process between the rebels and the government, took place in Arauca Department, bordering Venezuela, the National Army of Colombia said in a statement.The double abduction Sunday came after a military operation in a rural area during which a soldier was killed ...
Poaching-weary South Africa mulls legalising rhino horn trade JOHANNESBURG: Pelham Jones bought his first rhinos for a private game park in South Africa some 25 years ago, completing his collection of the "Big Five" animals that visitors especially want to see.It was a logical business decision, and profiting from the lucrative trade in rhino horn could not be further from his mind."And then the heartache began," he says.Now, as South Africa faces a seventh straight yearly increase in rhino poaching, Jones is on ...
Mali Ebola clinic in lockdown, doctor thought to have virus BAMAKO: A doctor at a clinic battling Mali's second Ebola outbreak is suspected of having contracted the deadly virus, officials said Wednesday, as around 30 people were locked in the quarantined building.The people trapped in the Pasteur clinic in the capital Bamako include 15 African UN soldiers being treated for injuries and tuberculosis, a security source told AFP."A doctor who is actually a suspected case of Ebola is under observation, because he has been in ...
Mali suffers new Ebola case with death of a nurse BAMAKO: Mali has suffered a new case of Ebola infection -- separate from its only other one detected last month -- with the death of a nurse who treated a patient from Guinea, medical sources said late Tuesday."The nurse, who had been in contact with a Guinean national who died of the illness, died in turn," the head of the Pasteur Clinic in the capital Bamako told AFP, adding that tests had confirmed the Ebola ...
Time running out for deal on Burkina transition govt OUAGADOUGOU: The head of the African Union held urgent talks in Burkina Faso on Monday on the west African country's transition to civilian rule following the ouster of veteran president Blaise Compaore, warning time was running short.With the military regime that took power after Compaore's exit under heavy international pressure to quickly hand over to a civilian government, delicate negotiations loomed to hammer out a transition plan.Compaore fled the country last month after measures to ...
Nigeria's president expected to announce second-term bid ABUJA: Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan was on Tuesday expected to formally declare his bid for re-election, in a widely anticipated announcement that has been trailed by his office for weeks.The event, in central Abuja, has been billed as "the mother of all rallies" by Jonathan's own 205-member re-election committee, with roads shut from early morning to the evening, police said.Jonathan's supporters took out four-page newspaper advertisements on Monday calling for Nigerians to "be a witness ...


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