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The sanctions are against Amadou Kouffa for attacks in Africa’s Sahel region. The action announced Thursday freezes any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

US places Al-Qaeda affiliate leader in Sahel on terrorism blacklist

The Donald Trump administration is trying to turn up pressure on three senior al-Qaeda leaders in Africa and the Middle East.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - AFP)

Turkey captures slain Daesh leader al-Baghdadi’s wife

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country has captured one of the four wives of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, just days after it captured the elder sister, Rasmiya Awad.
Al-Shabab fighters stormed a Somali government building in Mogadishu on Saturday, with at least four people killed in the suicide car bomb attack by the armed group and an ensuing gunfight.

Three killed in explosive attack in Somalia

At least three persons, including a local government official, were killed on Saturday in a roadside blast along the road linking Bal’ad and Jowhar towns in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region.
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Donald Trump confirms killing of Osama Bin Laden’s son

Trump said in a statement released by the White House that bin Laden was killed in a counterterrorism operation near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, though did not provide an exact date for the death.
A Tunisian national guard chief and three extremists were killed in a clash Monday, on the first day of the country's presidential campaign, authorities said.

Tunisian security chief, three extremists killed in shootout

A Tunisian national guard chief and three extremists were killed in a clash Monday, on the first day of the country's presidential campaign, authorities said.

Explosion reported in Somali capital Mogadishu

An explosion was heard on Saturday in the Somali capital, scene of frequent attacks by Islamic extremist fighters.

Deadly siege in Somalia’s capital ends, attackers killed

A nearly day-long siege in the heart of Somalia's capital ended with all of the al-Shabab extremist attackers killed, police said on Friday, as the death toll was at 24 and expected to climb.
Ethiopian soldiers have asked for a review the structure and operations of the military [Reuters]

Ethiopia readies ‘massive offensive’ on al-Shabaab in Somalia

The Ethiopian National Defence Force is confirming an ambush by al-Shabaab extremists on an Ethiopian peacekeeping convoy in neighbouring Somalia and says Ethiopian forces are preparing a "massive offensive" in response.
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Canadian national abducted by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso's security ministry says a Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in the West African nation near its border with Niger.
Boko Haram

Boko Haram, ISIS designated ‘entities of particular concern’

The United States has announced the designation of the Boko Haram terrorist group as an entity “of particular concern”.
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UN launches new framework to strengthen fight against terrorism

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has launched a new framework to coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors.

Muhammadu Buhari: Boko Haram, ISWAP are now using drones

Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, the country's president says, opening a worrying new front in the region's nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to the Islamic State.

Two UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attacks

Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed and “several others” were wounded in two attacks in central and northern Mali on Saturday, the United Nations mission in the country said.

Somali government blocks former al-Shabab chief from seeking political office

The former No. 2 leader of Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab will not be allowed to run for the presidency of the country's South West regional state, the Somali government said Friday.

Facebook’s definition of ‘terrorism’ helps states mute dissent – UN expert

Facebook needs to narrow its “sweeping” definition of terrorism to stop governments arbitrarily blocking legitimate opposition groups and dissenting voices.

US airstrike in Somalia kills 3 al-Shabab militants

The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab extremists, killing three fighters.
Footage showing a recent Boko Haram attack in north-east Nigeria. | AFP | Getty Images

UN: Cash economy fuelling Boko Haram activities

The predominance of the cash economy is a major factor fuelling the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region, a UN report has revealed.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received visiting French President, Emmanuel Macron, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Minister: Why French President Macron is in Nigeria

President Emmanuel Macron of France, on Tuesday, arrived in Nigeria on official visit aboard French Presidential Jet A330 and landed at the Presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 3:10 p.m.

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Akwa Ibom youth, undergraduates allege government neglect

Youths and undergraduates of tertiary institutions in Akwa Ibom State have decried the scanty notice the state government gives bursary awards and other requirements that border on the needs and aspirations of youths, while purportedly paying more attention to purchase of expensive vehicles for monarchs, building worship centres and holding Christmas carol.
The World Bank said at the weekend that its lending to China has fallen sharply and will continue to be pared back, after US President Donald Trump demanded it stop altogether.

World Bank reduces lending to China

The World Bank said at the weekend that its lending to China has fallen sharply and will continue to be pared back, after US President Donald Trump demanded it stop altogether.

Man dragged to court over late father’s property documents

The children of Late Joshua Olusoga of Surulere, Lagos have dragged their brother, Gbenga Olusoga, 59, before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing the certificate of occupancy and survey plan documents of their late father’s property located at 14, Badaru Street, Surulere, Lagos.

Federal government to sign MoU on Ajaokuta Steel in January

The Federal Government has promised to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by January 2020, with a Russian company for the resuscitation of the multi-billion naira Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mills, located in Kogi State.

Moody’s downgrades Nigeria over huge debt

As the Federal Government is seeking the approval of the National Assembly to borrow about $30billion, the global financial ratings company, Moody’s Investors Service, has attributed its downgrade of the country’s rating to negative from stable as a result of the nation’s bloating debt profile.