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Gunmen kill eight in Somali roadside massacre

February 25, 2019

IN SUMMARY No group has claimed responsibility for the killings, nor was it immediately clear why the workers were attacked. Somalia’s Al-Shabaab insurgents have carried out a string of attacks against those supporting the government. Gunmen in Somalia opened fire on Monday on a team of roadside workers, killing eight and wounding several others, witnesses […]

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Nigeria elections: Buhari ahead after first results

February 25, 2019

BBC The first results from Nigeria’s presidential vote have been declared. So far, two of Nigeria’s 36 states have been declared, and President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the most votes in both of them. They are Osun State and Ekiti State, shown in green in the map below. Taken together, the president has 566,865 votes […]

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Monitors concerned as Nigeria awaits vote result

February 25, 2019

By AFP IN SUMMARY Nigerian elections have previously been characterised by voting along ethnic and religious lines. In 2015, former military ruler Buhari became the first opposition candidate in Nigerian history to defeat a sitting president, beating Goodluck Jonathan by 2.5 million votes. Nigeria on Sunday awaited results from its presidential election, as civil society […]

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Nigeria election 2019: Counting under way

February 24, 2019

By BBC Ballots are being counted in Nigeria’s closely fought general election, although voting has been extended to a second day in a handful of places. Due to logistical problems and some cases of violence, polls have been put back to a later date in a few areas. President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, is seeking a […]

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Sudan editor detained after comment on emergency

February 23, 2019

Security agents detains Sudan-based editor Osman Mirghani after his comments on President Omar al-Bashir’s decision to impose a state of emergency and dissolve the government KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sudanese security agents have detained a prominent newspaper editor after he made televised comments on President Omar al-Bashir’s decision to impose a state of emergency and dissolve […]

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Nigeria finally votes for a new president after election delay

February 23, 2019

IN SUMMARY In a crowded field of 73 presidential hopefuls, the two frontrunners — incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, 76, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, 72 — are expected to vote in their home towns. Electors are also choosing 360 members of the House of Representatives and 109 senators from a choice of 6,500 candidates. More […]

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