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Nigeria Government Emphasizes Fight Against Graft 0

Nigeria Government Emphasizes Fight Against Graft

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will not shield from prosecution any cabinet minister or member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who commits financial malfeasance, Nigeria’s information minister said Wednesday. But in a media...






Gambia Bans Female Genital Mutilation 0

Gambia Bans Female Genital Mutilation

Gambia’s parliament has passed a bill banning female genital mutilation and setting strict penalties for offenders, a month after the president condemned the practice that is carried out on many women in the West...






Cholera outbreak in world’s largest refugee camp 0

Cholera outbreak in world’s largest refugee camp

  Kenya’s cholera epidemic has reached the world’s largest refugee camp and doctors worry the outbreak could continue to spread. Seven people have died in Dadaab, in northern Kenya near the border with Somalia,...






South Africa Closes Out Rocky Political Year 0

South Africa Closes Out Rocky Political Year

JOHANNESBURG The thousands of protesters who recently thronged the streets of three major South African cities to demand the president’s resignation set off international alarm bells that the end was nigh for the increasingly...






100 Killed in Gas Tanker Blast in Nigeria 0

100 Killed in Gas Tanker Blast in Nigeria

An explosion at an industrial gas plant in southern Nigeria ignited an inferno, killing at least 100 people and injuring many others, according to journalists on the scene. The office of President Muhammadu Buhari...






No Ban on Christmas and New Year’s Parties 0

No Ban on Christmas and New Year’s Parties

A Somali government minister said there is no ban on Christmas and New Year’s Day celebrations in the country, contrary to earlier reports. The minister of religious affairs, Abdikadir Sheekh Ali Ibrahim, said on...






Christmas Unites Christians and Muslims in Cameroon 0

Christmas Unites Christians and Muslims in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— To encourage tolerance in Cameroon, a country recently experiencing religious-based violence by the likes of the extremist group Boko Haram, several churches have sponsored interfaith gatherings for Christmas. At the Evangelical Lutheran...






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