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At least 10 people have been rescued from the rubble [Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP]

Russia rejects reports Islamic State behind New Year’s Eve blast

Russian investigators said Friday that a New Year’s Eve blast that killed 39 people was likely the result of a gas explosion, dismissing reports that the Islamic State group was behind it.
Kirk Woodman

Canada ‘appalled’ by killing of its national in Burkina Faso

Canada has condemned the killing of its national who was abducted from a gold mine by armed fighters in Burkina Faso.
Kirk Woodman

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.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi (R) in Baghdad, during a Middle East tour, on January 9, 2019. – The eight-day tour comes weeks after the US President announced that the United States would quickly pull its 2,000 soldiers out of Syria, declaring that IS — also known as ISIS — had been defeated. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP)

Foreign troops in Iraq cut by a quarter in 2018 – premier

Foreign troop numbers in Iraq fell by a quarter during 2018, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi said, as the fallout fizzled from Washington’s announcement it was withdrawing from neighbouring Syria.

Egypt deports second German in a week for alleged Islamic State links

Egyptian officials say authorities have deported a German teenager they say had come to Egypt with the intention of joining Islamic State militants fighting security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.
Donald Trump

Donald Trump: We will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds

President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, weakening the Turkish lira and prompting sharp criticism from Ankara on Monday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo ‘optimistic’ Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protected

Washington’s top diplomat said Saturday he was “optimistic” a way could be found to protect Syrian Kurds while allowing Turks to “defend their country from terrorists” despite a US pullout from Syria.
Egypt Police

Egypt police kill six militants in shootout – ministry

Egyptian police killed six suspected Islamist militants in a shootout early on Saturday in the country’s south, the interior ministry said.
A memorial to Louisa Jespersen and Maren Ueland outside the Danish Embassy in Rabat, Morocco

Danish premier joins hundreds at funeral for Dane slain in Morocco

Hundreds of mourners, including Denmark’s prime minister, packed a small Danish church on Saturday for the funeral of a woman hiker murdered in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains in December.
A convoy of U.S. military vehicles near Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018. (Delil Souleiman-AFP-Getty Images)

US begins withdrawing gear from Syria, but not troops

The US military has begun moving non-essential gear out of Syria but is not withdrawing troops for now, defense officials said amid uncertainty over America’s planned exit from the war-battered nation.
Cairo International Airport

Egypt confirms arrest of two Germans, deports one

Egyptian authorities have confirmed two German nationals suspected of attempting to join an Islamic State group affiliate have been arrested, and one was deported, Egyptian security sources said Friday.

Nigerian Army: Boko Haram threatens civilians to vacate homes in Borno

Boko Haram fighters have told civilians in northeast Nigeria to leave their homes, the army said on Thursday, as tensions mount in the long-running conflict.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Iraq’s President Barham Saleh in Baghdad, during a Middle East tour, on January 9, 2019. – The eight-day tour comes weeks after the US President announced that the United States would quickly pull its 2,000 soldiers out of Syria, declaring that IS — also known as ISIS — had been defeated. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP)

US top envoy Mike Pompeo meets Iraq officials on unannounced Baghdad visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Iraqi officials, including the speaker, on an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Wednesday, a statement from parliament said.
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES IN AUDIENCE NIGERIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION NOV 9, 2018 3

President Buhari accepts setbacks in Boko Haram fight

President Muhammadu Buhari has acknowledged setbacks in the fight against Boko Haram, as the jihadists launched fresh attacks in the restive northeast.
Nigerian soldiers have raided the main office of the private Daily Trust newspaper and confiscated computers.

Nigeria soldiers raid paper ‘over Boko Haram article’

Nigerian soldiers have raided the main office of the private Daily Trust newspaper and confiscated computers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by Gali TIBBON - AFP)

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to talk post-US Syria with Donald Trump advisor

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he would discuss Iranian ambitions in neighbouring Syria when he meets Sunday evening with US national security advisor John Bolton in Jerusalem.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to inaugurate Coptic cathedral after bomb blast

Egypt’s president will inaugurate the country’s biggest cathedral on Coptic Christmas Eve Sunday, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a church in a country where jihadists have repeatedly targeted Christians.

Police officer killed defusing bomb at church

A policeman was killed while trying to dismantle an explosive device outside a Coptic church in Egypt on Saturday, a security source said.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2018 a French riot police officer aims at protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) with a non-lethal hand-held weapon (LBD40) during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. – The number of serious injuries caused by non-lethal hand-held weapons (LBD 40) harbours anger and mistrust towards the French government and the police, who have had to call its forces to be more cautious. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

French police under fire as ‘yellow vests’ casualty toll mounts

Twenty years ago Jean-Marc Michaud was a paratrooper who proudly marched with the army down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on France’s national holiday.
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Atiku Abubakar asks federal government to show evidence he benefitted from N156 million slush...

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has challenged the Federal Government to show evidence that he benefitted from the N156m slush fund that allegedly led to the collapse of the defunct Platinum Habib Bank.
Kano Pillars gaffer Ibrahim Musa

Ibrahim Musa returns as Kano Pillars’ technical adviser

The club’s Team Manager Kabiru Baleria was installed as the acting technical adviser and he was in charge of the team’s last two Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches against Heartland and El Kanemi Warriors respectively.

NYSC: 11,000 Corps members undergoing INEC training in Kano

No fewer than 11,000 Corps members in Kano state are currently undergoing training organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Nigerians need honest president like Muhammadu Buhari

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has declared that the country needs a sincere and honest President like Muhammadu Buhari to lead the country.