Armed men seize Crimea airport in Ukraine

armed men

The main airport in Simferopol in Ukraine’s eastern Crimea region is continuing to operate normally hours after it was seized by pro-Russian armed men who had also taken over government buildings in the region in a direct challenge to authorities in the capital Kiev following president Viktor Yanukovich’s ouster. Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee, reporting from Crimea, said on Friday the men, ...

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World Bank postpones $90m Uganda loan over anti-gay law


The World Bank has postponed a $90m (£54m) loan to Uganda over its tough new anti-gay law that has drawn criticism from around the world. World Bank officials said they wanted to guarantee the projects the loan was destined to support were not going to be adversely affected by the new law. The loan was intended to boost Uganda’s health ...

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Ouattara to return to Ivory Coast on Sunday: aide

President Alassane Ouattara is seeking a second consecutive term in office.

President Alassane Ouattara is due to return to Ivory Coast on Sunday after an operation in a French hospital this month, an aide said on Thursday. Ouattara, who came to power in the world’s top cocoa-producer following a brief post-election civil war in 2011, underwent a successful operation to alleviate pain caused by sciatica, the government said last week. The ...

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram blamed for Adamawa killings

Leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau

Suspected militant Islamists have killed at least 28 people during an assault on a town and village in north-eastern Nigeria’s Adamawa state, witnesses said. Banks, shops and houses were also looted and burnt during the six-hour raid by militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades, they added. A military spokesman confirmed the attacks, but did not give details. The Islamist group Boko ...

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Deadly car bomb hits Somali capital


At least seven people were killed when a car bomb exploded near a cafe in an area close to the national security headquarters in Somalia’s capital, said police and a Reuters witness. “A suicide car bomb targeted a national security car passing along these tea shops. We have carried seven dead civilians so far,” Abdullahi Hassan, the district commissioner of Mogadishu’s Abdiasis district, told Reuters at ...

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Pakistan, Nigeria have highest child mortality rate


A million newborn babies a year die within 24 hours, charity Save the Children said in a report out Tuesday which urged governments to tackle preventable deaths. The report by the British-based organisation said 6.6 million children around the world died in 2012 before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes. The number has almost halved from the 12.6 million ...

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B-Haram slaughters 43 students in Yobe


Barely 24 hours after the soldiers manning the check point close to the main gate of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State were withdrawn, Boko Haram terrorists, numbering more than 50, yesterday, invaded the school at 1.30 am, killing more than 43 students and staff while abducting 16 female students. The insurgents who went on a killing spree ...

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CBN Governor’s suspension not politically motivated—Jonathan

Nigerian President, GoodLuck Jonathan.

President Goodluck Jonathan says the recent suspension of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido, is not politically motivated. Speaking during a Presidential Media Chat held at the Aso Villa, Abuja, on Monday, President Jonathan said Sanusi was suspended to enable the Financial Reporting Council carry out a thorough investigation in its audit of the bank’s financial ...

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Ugandan ‘homosexuals’ named in Red Pepper paper


A Ugandan tabloid has named the country’s “200 top homosexuals”, a day after President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill toughening penalties for gay people. Red Pepper’s list appeared under the headline: “Exposed”, raising concerns of a witch-hunt against gay people. Western governments have condemned Mr Museveni’s decision to approve the bill. Uganda is a deeply conservative society where ...

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Nigeria school raid in Yobe state ‘leaves dozens dead’


Suspected Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group in north-eastern Nigeria have attacked a school and shot some students, the military has said. Dozens of pupils are reported to have been killed. Police told Reuters that all the dead were boys and that some of the bodies “were burned to ashes”. The attack took place in troubled Yobe state, the ...

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