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Boko Haram retakes Niger town of Bosso NIAMEY: Boko Haram retook the town of Bosso in southeastern Niger overnight after clashes with soldiers from Niger and Nigeria, the mayor of Bosso and a military source said on Monday. The militant group first took the town near the Nigerian border on Friday in an attack in which 30 soldiers from Niger and two from Nigeria were killed. Nigerien troops had retaken the town by Saturday morning, the defense ministry said. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Nigeria's Buhari to take 10-day holiday and see London doctor over ear infection ABUJA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is to take a 10-day holiday during which he will travel to London and see a doctor regarding a persistent ear infection, his spokesman said on Sunday. It comes days after the 73-year-old former military ruler cancelled a trip to the restive Niger Delta region at the last minute. Last month, he pulled out of what would have been his first official trip to the commercial capital, Lagos. "The president ...

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Egypt Suez Canal revenues at $1.239bn in Q1 2016 CAIRO: Revenue from Egypt's Suez Canal reached $1.239 billion in the first quarter of 2016, up slightly from $1.236 billion in the same period last year, the state news agency MENA quoted the Suez Canal Authority chairman as saying on Wednesday. Mohab Mameesh said the canal's revenues had increased despite slowing global trade.The Suez Canal Authority usually reports the canal's revenues in dollars every month towards the end of the following month. Since February it ...

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Uganda's inflation rises to 5.4 percent in May KAMPALA: Uganda's overall inflation rose to 5.4 percent year-on-year in May from 5.1 percent a month earlier, fueled by a surge in core inflation, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) said on Tuesday.Core inflation - which excludes food, fuel, electricity and metered water - increased to 7 percent from 6.4 percent in April.The central Bank of Uganda watches core inflation for its monetary policy decisions.Policymakers are due to meet on June 14 to set the ...

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Nigeria's Buhari to visit Niger Delta for first time this week ABUJA: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday visit the Niger Delta region, rocked by attacks on oil and gas facilities, for the first time since taking office a year ago, a government official said on Monday.The visit was announced a day after Buhari said the government would hold talks with leaders in Nigeria's main oil-producing region to address their grievances, in a bid to stop a surge in pipeline attacks. Buhari will visit a ...

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Private firm hired to hunt for EgyptAir black boxes CAIRO: Egypt hired a private firm Friday to help in the hunt for the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last week en route from Paris to Cairo, authorities said.Egyptian civil aviation officials said in a statement they had signed an agreement with Deep Ocean Search (DOS) to carry out the search and retrieval process of the two data recorders.EgyptAir Flight MS804 crashed in the Mediterranean last Thursday between the Greek island of ...

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Blast kills five soldiers and wounds four in Mali: army BAMAKO: Five soldiers were killed Friday and four others wounded in northern Mali when their vehicles were hit by an explosion, authorities said."Two vehicles from the Malian armed forces were blown up by an improvised explosive device causing the death of five Malian soldiers and wounding four others," an army statement said.The government pledged in the statement that "everything will be done to locate and bring those responsible to justice" for the attack between the ...