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Boko Haram targets region where powerful empire once reigned

Lagos (AFP) - Long before Boko Haram's uprising plunged the region into crisis, the area below Lake Chad was part of a powerful Islamic empire, known for religious piety and unity spanning roughly 1,000 years.
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South Africa spycraft on show in leaked intelligence cables

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Once the small talk had subsided, the 2012 meeting between intelligence agents from Iran and South Africa in an Iranian guesthouse reportedly went downhill....
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Tanzania: 'The Hague or Geneva of Africa'

To cement the hovering concept that Arusha is now 'The Hague of Africa,' a new international institution focused on laws in relation to continental affairs has been inaugurated in the city....
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Missing Nigeria Girls Fade From Campaign

Months After Students Boko Haram Kidnapped Drew World’s Attention, Voters Now Focus on Economy and Corruption...
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Thousands throng Nigerian emir's coronation

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Nigeria's emir of Kano, an influential Muslim monarch, was formally installed Saturday in a lavish ceremony in the ancient northern city....
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Nigeria seeing shift in politics of religion ahead of vote

Lagos (AFP) - Less than two weeks from national polls, Nigeria's ruling party is facing unprecedented shifts in the politics of religion that could spell trouble for the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan....
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S. Africa apartheid assassin 'Prime Evil' granted parole

Pretoria (AFP) - One of South Africa's most notorious mass murderers, Eugene de Kock, was granted parole on Friday after 20 years in jail, a decision that brought back painful memories of the crimes committed under apartheid rule....
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Mugabe: A controversial choice for AU chairman

Harare (AFP) - The new chairman of the African Union, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, is the continent's oldest leader -- and one of its most controversial post-colonial figures....
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Nigeria's Jonathan takes election campaign to key oil region

Port Harcourt (Nigeria) (AFP) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday took his re-election campaign to the Niger Delta, knowing that victory in the key oil region will help determine the winner of next month's vote....
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Attack me if you dare, Boko Haram chief taunts 'African kings'

Yaoundé (AFP) - The head of Boko Haram -- the enigmatic Abubakar Shekau -- has openly taunted the countries being menaced by the armed Islamist group as they call for a united effort to crush it....
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