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Over 130 abducted schoolchildren in Nigeria’s northwest rescued after weeks in captivity

More than 130 children abducted more than two weeks ago from their school in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kaduna were rescued Sunday and are getting psychological support before being returned to their families, the West African nation’s military and government officials said. School authorities had told the state government that a total of 287 students …

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US confirms no formal request from Niger junta to leave military bases

A top Pentagon official told Congress on Thursday that the U.S. has not received a formal request from Niger’s junta to depart the country, saying it has received mixed signals on whether the hundreds of U.S. troops there are no longer welcome. Celeste Wallander, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, told the House …

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Stanis Bujakera: Congolese journalist convicted of spreading false information to be freed

Congolese journalist Stanis Bujakera was set to be freed soon after a court found him guilty and sentenced him Monday to six months in prison for spreading false information among other charges, according to media freedom group Reporters Without Borders. He was expected to be released hours or days after the verdict, having already served …

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Tension rises in Nouakchott following European delegation’s visit

Nouakchott finds itself in a state of agitation following the recent visit on February 8th by a European delegation led by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro SANCHEZ and Ursula VON DER LEYEN, President of the European Commission. During the visit, Mauritania signed a partnership agreement with the EU to combat irregular migration, which includes the repatriation …

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Blinken pledges $100 million to fund Haiti police mission

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday announced an additional $100 million to finance the deployment of a multinational force mission to Haiti.  Blinken made the pledge during a meeting with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica to discuss the crisis in Haiti. The US has persuaded Kenya to deploy police personnel to the Carribean country …

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Sudan conflict: Army retakes state broadcaster’s headquarters from RSF

Sudanese army retakes state broadcaster HQ in Omdurman, marking a significant advance in the 11-month civil conflict with RSF. The RSF had occupied the headquarters since the conflict began, but soldiers now celebrate outside. The conflict has displaced eight million, raising hunger concerns. Army hails it as a “major victory”. However, despite taking the building …

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Nigerian army hunts for kidnapped students, parents seek answers

Nigerian soldiers were on Monday hunting for armed kidnappers who seized nearly 300 school pupils in Kaduna state last week, a security source said, as distraught parents sought answers on when they would be reunited with their children. The source said the army’s Kaduna-based One Division was leading the operation and “will soon have the …

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Haiti: Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigns as law and order crumbles

Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to resign following weeks of mounting pressure and increasing violence in the impoverished country. It comes after regional leaders met in Jamaica on Monday to discuss a political transition in Haiti. Mr Henry is currently stranded in Puerto Rico after being prevented by armed gangs from returning home. …

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