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Benghazi ‘falls to al-Qaeda-linked rebels’ – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

Among the factions is Ansar al-Sharia, the group accused by the US of leading a September 11, 2012 attack on a diplomatic facility in the city that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.”We are the only force on the ground in Benghazi,” a commander of one of the coalition’s factions told the AP news […]

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of vice prime minister in Cameroon | Al Jazeera America

The Islamist fighters targeted the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in the town of Kolofata, in the Far North Region, according to Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary. A local religious leader, or lamido, also was kidnapped in a separate attack on his home.”I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou […]

UN: South Sudan arms embargo crucial after massive Chinese weapons transfer | Amnesty International USA

The United Nations Security Council must impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan, Amnesty International urged after receiving reports of Chinese small arms and ammunition proliferation amongst both sides in the conflict. The organization also has confirmed that China supplied a further 1,000 tonnes of small arms and light weapons worth US$38 million to […]

allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Political Rivals Blast Tsvangirai’s Rhodesia Craving

Criticising President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party’s handling of the economy, Tsvangirai wistfully recalled his labouring days under Ian Smith’s colonial settler regime.”When I started work I was given $450.00 which was equivalent to the same amount in pounds. A dollar could buy 5 beers. We recall those days with nostalgia,” Tsvangirai told […]

PressTV – Egypt closes Rafah crossing: Palestinian ministry

Palestinian authorities say Egypt has closed the Rafah border crossing amid ongoing Israeli atrocities in the besieged Gaza Strip.”The ministry feels disappointed that Egypt took this step,” said Iyad al-Bozum, the spokesperson for Gaza’s Interior Ministry on Friday, referring to the closure of the main crossing to Gaza. “Egypt’s decision shows disregard for the suffering […]

Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia; 44 new cases, 21 deaths — Health & Wellness — Sott.net

Just one confirmed new case had been reported during the past week in Guinea, where the WHO said it was closely monitoring the situation. There has been resistance among some communities to measures recommended to control the outbreak, such as precautions during traditional burial ceremonies.Ebola causes vomiting and diarrhea, impairs kidney and liver function and […]

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince To Advise Chinese Firms In Africa

Former Navy SEAL and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has a new security venture. This time he is helping Chinese firms to “take the drama out of Africa” by consulting on how the businesses should establish themselves and operate throughout the continent. Africa has become a major target for Chinese investment to secure access to the […]

US Troops Have Been Secretly Operating in Somalia Since 2007: Secret Occupation? | Global Research

The latest details provided by a Reuters report reveals that the American presence in Somalia stretches all the way back to the administration of George W. Bush, with advisers now stationed in multiple locations throughout the country.When the United States announced in January that it had sent some advisers to Somalia back in October 2013, […]

Journalists to protest at jailing of Al Jazeera colleagues in Egypt – Independent.ie

The imprisonment of the journalists on charges relating to terrorism provoked Foreign Secretary William Hague to summon the Egyptian ambassador in London for a meeting yesterday.The journalists were arrested in December as part of a crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.There were 14 other co-defendants in the case, including two British journalists, […]

Nigeria: Boko Haram Members ‘Being Killed by Mystical Bees and Mysterious Snakes Possessed by Ghosts’

Boko Haram made headlines worldwide for the kidnappings of 220 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, last April.The girls are being allegedly smuggled to Cameroon and Chad and sold as brides to militants for 2,000 naira £7. Others are being forced to marry their abductors.Some Boko Haram members believe the insects and reptiles are hunting the […]

BBC News – Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: Maiduguri ‘preachers kill dozens’

Nigeria’s government has been facing growing pressure both at home and abroad to do more to tackle Boko Haram since militants kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April.The group has waged an increasingly bloody insurgency since 2009 in an attempt to create an Islamic state in Nigeria – and thousands of people have died in […]

The real tragedy of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s censorship is he played a role in it – Vox

The news is, unfortunately, hardly surprising. Since taking power in a coup in June 2013, military leader Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his government have dramatically curtailed civil liberties and dissent. Still, while Youssef’s censorship is certainly awful in its own right, it’s also part of a much larger and more complicated Egyptian tragedy — one […]

Two Street Artists and Artist Collective Labeled Terrorists in Egypt

Within 24 hours of the campaign’s launch, the artists and the collective were called terrorists on the Al Kahera Wal Nas TV Network and accused of being connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in April, an Egyptian court sentenced 683 of its members to death. The station is known for its support of General Sisi and […]

Exclusive: FBI spied on Nelson Mandela during first U.S. trip | Al Jazeera America

The memo — part of a trove of hundreds of pages of newly released FBI files obtained by Al Jazeera — says the FBI was told by its informant who is described as “newly opened, and whose reliability is not yet established” that a “member of Coretta Scott King’s staff” had planned Mandela’s Atlanta itinerary. […]

President Jonathan Aborts Rescue Deal For Chibok Schoolgirls ‘At The Last Minute’ – The Trent

The reports say that President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday, May 24, 2014 scrapped the exchange deal at the last minute through a telephone call from Paris where he was in a security meeting with foreign ministers and leaders.The Islamist terror group Boko Haram had demanded the release of their comrades being held by the Nigerian […]

Gunmen kill Libyan journalist in restive Benghazi – Yahoo News

A security official said the 50-year-old Moftah Abu Zeid, chief editor of the Brnieq newspaper, was attacked while driving down a main street in the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 revolt that toppled and killed longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi. Over the last three years the city has seen near-daily attacks targeting security […]

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