President Jonathan visits site of Boko Haram massacre

President Jonathan visits site of Boko Haram massacre

With just one month to go ahead of March 28 elections, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan visited the scene of a Boko Haram massacre in the northern city of Baga on Thursday and vowed that the insurgency would soon be over. But the Islamist insurgency gave a fresh indication of the scale of the task, with […]

De Villiers, Amla in fray for Test captaincy

JOHANNESBURG: Star batsmen A.B. de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa’s Test captain.

De Villiers, Amla in fray for Test captaincy

Cricket South Africa’s board meets here on Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm. Smith captained South Africa in a world-record 109 Tests before announcing his retirement during the third and final Test against Australia last March. The national selectors will table their recommendation […]

Sudan denies plans to free woman sentenced to death for apostasy

Sudan denies plans to free woman sentenced to death for apostasy

Sudan on Sunday retracted claims by a foreign ministry spokesman that a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for allegedly abandoning the Muslim faith would shortly be released, saying the official’s remarks had been taken “out of context”. Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised solely by her Christian mother, was convicted […]

Football stadium blast kills scores in northern Nigeria

Football stadium blast kills scores in northern Nigeria

A bomb blast targeting a football match in northeastern Nigeria killed at least 40 people on Sunday, police sources said. The attack took place in the town of Mubi, which has seen previous attacks by Boko Haram Islamists. “There has been a bomb explosion at a football field this evening and so far more than […]

Italian priests, Canadian nun freed in Cameroon

Italian priests, Canadian nun freed in Cameroon

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun kidnapped in April by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern Cameroon were released on Sunday, officials said. The Cameroonian presidency said the captives had been “handed over last night to Cameroonian authorities”, and thanked those who had worked for their release. Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri, missionaries from […]

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