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UNICEF says 75,000 children could die in Nigeria hunger crisis LAGOS: Famine-like conditions in the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria could kill 75,000 children over the next year if they do not receive aid, the United Nations children's agency said on Thursday. Some 15,000 people have been killed and more than two million displaced during a seven-year insurgency by the Islamist militant group that has been pushed back to its stronghold in the northeast's vast Sambisa forest in the last few months. The UN has called for military escorts for aid workers trying to reach areas affected by the crisis, which has been exacerbated by soaring food prices and scarce reserves from the last harvest. "The 75,000 is from the three states - Borno, Yobe and Adamawa," said UNICEF spokesman Patrick Rose, in an emailed response to questions, referring to the number of children in those areas who could die over the next year.The agency has ...

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Death toll from militia clashes in central Congo was 49 KINSHASA: The death toll from clashes that erupted in central Democratic Republic of Congo last week was at least 49 people, of whom 16 were police, the governor of the province Alex Kande said on Monday.Militia fighters from Kamwina Nsapu, seeking to avenge the death of their leader, battled security forces in two days of fighting from Thursday last week. Kande said 27 of them were killed along with six civilians. Initial estimates had put ...

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Egypt's Sisi promises more jobs to deter perilous migration to Europe CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday pledged more jobs for Egyptians to help dissuade them from making dangerous voyages to Europe after more than 160 migrants died when a boat capsized off the country's Mediterranean coast. Rescue workers and fisherman recovered five more bodies on Sunday, taking the death toll in the Sept. 21 shipwreck to 169, with another 169 migrants having been rescued. Security sources and the state MENA news agency initially said ...

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Leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram says he is alive in video BAUCHI: The leader of Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a video posted on social media on Sunday in which he rejected statements by the country's military that he had been seriously wounded. Last month Nigeria's air force said it had killed senior members of the group which has killed around 15,000 people and displaced more than two million in a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating a state adhering to strict Islamic ...

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4 Chadian troops killed in Boko Haram attack: security source N'DJAMENA: Nigeria's Boko Haram militants have killed four Chadian soldiers in a cross-border raid in the volatile Lake Chad region, a security source told AFP on Sunday."Around 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Saturday night, Boko Haram members attacked the Djoroye border post near the Niger border in the Lake Chad region killing four of our soldiers," the source said."The Chadian army killed seven Boko Haram fighters," the source said. The military did not comment, refusing ...

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Heavy security in tense Gabon after Bongo re-election validated LIBREVILLE: Libreville's nearly empty streets were under the watch of a heavy police and military presence on Saturday after Gabon's top court upheld President Ali Bongo's re-election in bitterly disputed polls.Security force checkpoints dotted routes into the capital's centre, helicopters hovered overhead and elite troops protected the presidential palace, but no violence had been reported.The Constitutional Court, while partially changing the results of the close August 27 vote, said Bongo maintained a lead over his ...

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Congo protest death toll reaches 32 KINSHASA: Thirty-two people were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo during two days of violent protests against election delays that would allow President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his term, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. "We count 32 dead in the protests in (the capital) Kinshasa, including 28 civilians and four police officers," Colonel Pierre Mwanamputu told a news conference. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...