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Boko Haram send 'proof of life' video of Chibok girls: CNN KANO: Boko Haram has sent a "proof of life" video which shows 15 of the more than 200 girls abducted by fighters from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok two years ago, CNN reported on Wednesday.The video showed the girls wearing black hijabs in an unspecified location, stating their names, that they were taken from Chibok and the date of the recording -- December 25, 2015, the broadcaster said. Two of the three mothers of the 219 schoolgirls still missing since the mass abduction on April 14, 2014 recognised their daughters on the video but another broke down as hers was not there. All three, however, identified all the girls, as did a classmate, who was at home on the day of the kidnapping.The video is the first concrete indication that at least some the girls are still alive since a previous video released publicly by Boko Haram in May ...

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Boko Haram violence, climate change drive hunger in north Cameroon YAOUNDE: H arvesting a crop in Cameroon's Far North Region is becoming an increasingly uncertain proposition. Armed conflict between Boko Haram militants and Cameroon's armed forces in the region has made it difficult for some farmers to access their fields, deepening food security, said Felix Gomez, the World Food Programme's country director. At the same time, the region is hosting 75,000 Nigerians who have fled that country's Boko Haram insurgency and 82,000 internally displaced people ...

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Djibouti incumbent president Guelleh wins -provisional results DJIBOUTI: Ismail Omar Guelleh won a fourth five-year term as Djibouti's president in an election on Friday, securing 87 percent of the votes cast, provisional results announced by Interior Minister Hassan Omar on Saturday showed. Guelleh, who ran on the UMP party ticket, also won the last election in 2011 with almost 80 percent of the vote. In power since 1999, he has overseen Djibouti's economic rise as it seeks to position itself as an ...

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Sudan's Darfur votes in referendum boycotted by rebels KHARTOUM: Sudan's conflict-hit Darfur region starts voting Monday on whether to unify its five states, a long-standing demand of rebels seeking greater autonomy, but ongoing instability means insurgents are boycotting the referendum.The three-day vote is expected to maintain the five-state system, which President Omar al-Bashir's ruling party says is more efficient but which observers say gives Khartoum greater control over Darfur.The ethnic minority insurgents who rebelled against the Arab-dominated government in 2003 claiming their region ...

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Kenyan finance minister says financial system sound, governor warns bankers NAIROBI: Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich said on Friday that the country's financial system was very sound, a day after privately-owned Chase Bank Kenya was put under receivership. Central bank Governor Patrick Njoroge said he had warned commercial officials of stern action if they put depositors' money at risk. Rotich told a news conference the ministry was working closely with the central bank to isolate and contain the impact of two closed banks on the ...

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Strategic Djibouti votes in presidential election DJIBOUTI: Voters in Djibouti went to the polls on Friday, with iron-fisted ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh expected to extend his 17-year rule in the strategic African nation courted by world powers.Six candidates are vying for the presidency in the tiny Horn of Africa country, whose strategic location at the gateway to the Red Sea has attracted powers such as the US, France and China as a prime location for military bases.Guelleh is the clear frontrunner, ...

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Strategic Djibouti votes in presidential election DJIBOUTI: Voters in Djibouti went to the polls on Friday, with iron-fisted ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh expected to extend his 17-year rule in the strategic African nation courted by world powers.Six candidates are vying for the presidency in the tiny Horn of Africa country, whose strategic location at the gateway to the Red Sea has attracted powers such as the US, France and China as a prime location for military bases.Guelleh is the clear frontrunner, ...