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Sudan death row woman ‘faked papers’

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The Sudanese woman freed from death row has been accused of trying to leave the country with fake documents, her lawyer has told the BBC. Meriam Ibrahim was detained on Tuesday, a day after a court released her, annulling the death sentence imposed on her for renouncing the Islamic faith. Mrs Ibrahim had emergency travel documents issued by South Sudan ...

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Abuja shopping centre hit by blast

Thick smoke could be seen rising from the site of the blast

An explosion has hit a busy shopping centre in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and there are reports of casualties. The explosion hit the capital’s Wuse district, reports said. Witnesses said the blast shattered windows and people could be seen fleeing the shops. It is not yet clear what was behind the explosion. Emergency services are attending the scene. Islamist militant group ...

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Herbalist confesses to burying woman and daughter alive

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Emotions ran high, yesterday, at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, following the startling confession of a 64-year‑old herbalist, on how he buried a 68-year‑old retired Customs officer and her 10-year‑old adopted daughter alive in a shallow grave behind his shrine in Ajuwon, Ogun State. The suspect identified as Alhaji Olatunji Azeez, who was paraded by the command’s boss, Umar ...

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Kidnap ransoms go to Boko Haram?

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Wren Thomas grew up in the middle of the cornfields of central Illinois, longing, he says, to do something important in his life “to make his family proud.” So when a cousin beckoned him to come work on boats off Louisiana, he jumped at the chance. His goal: to be a ship captain, “the best that I could be.” “It ...

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Sudan death row case: US works for Meriam Ibrahim exit

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman has was detained and has now been freed

The US says it is working with Sudan to ensure a woman freed from death row can leave the country, after she was detained at Khartoum airport. Meriam Ibrahim’s lawyer says she and her husband are being questioned over their travel documents. It is thought they were trying to fly to the US. She was sentenced in May to hang ...

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Sudan death row woman Meriam Ibrahim ‘re-arrested’

Meriam Ibrahim with her husband Daniel Wani (L), children and legal team after her release in Khartoum

A Sudanese woman freed from death row on Monday has been arrested with her family at Khartoum airport, sources have told the BBC. Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to hang in May for renouncing Islam, sparking widespread outrage at home and abroad. About 40 security agents detained Mrs Ibrahim – along with her husband, Daniel Wani and two children – at ...

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Kenya ‘Liz’ gang rape: Busia trial begins

Hundreds of people marched through Busia on Monday

One of the six teenagers accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old girl in Kenya and dumping her in a pit latrine has gone on trial. The case led to widespread shock in Kenya and around the world after police ordered some of the alleged attackers to cut grass as punishment. On Monday, hundreds of people marched through the town of Busia ...

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Five killed in Kenya Coast attack

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At least five people have been killed in an attack on the Kenyan coast, close to the scene of raids last week in which more than 60 people died. Officials said an armed gang descended on the village of Witu, about 15km (9 miles) from the town of Mpeketoni. No group has said it carried out the latest attack. Somali ...

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Ebola epidemic is ‘out of control’ – relief workers

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The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit “unprecedented” proportions, according to relief workers on the ground. “The epidemic is out of control,” Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement. There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization ...

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Boko Haram abducts 91 again in Borno

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau with some militants

At least 91 persons, were said to have been abducted by suspected Islamic militants between Thursday and Sunday from the Kumanza,Yaga and Dagu, Damboa and Dagu, Damboa and Askira Uba Local Government Areas of Borno State, local vigilante officials said yesterday night. Four other villagers were killed while attempting to escape from their abductors, said Aji Khalil, Chairman, Sector 5 ...

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