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Latest Boko Haram attack in Niger forces thousands to flee DAKAR: An estimated 50,000 people have fled Boko Haram attacks in southeast Niger since Friday, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday, adding to a humanitarian crisis caused by the spread of violence in the region.The militant group first took the town of Bosso near the Nigerian border on Friday in an attack in which 30 soldiers from Niger and two from Nigeria were killed.It was the deadliest assault in Niger by Boko Haram since April 2015. A UNHCR statement said on Tuesday that civilians fleeing Bosso are mainly walking toward Toumour, about 30 km (18 miles) to the west. Some are continuing on to the town of Diffa and north toward Kabelawa, where a camp for the refugees is already near capacity with 10,000 people. They are part of a growing crisis in the Diffa region near lake Chad, where Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, and Niger meet and where Boko ...

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Nigeria's Buhari flies to London for ear infection treatment, holiday ABUJA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari flew to London on Monday for a 10-day holiday, during which he will receive medical treatment for a persistent ear infection. His departure 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 Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos. A presidency statement issued late on Sunday ...

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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 ...