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Nigeria Swears in 14 Ministers

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has sworn in 14 members of his Cabinet, asking them to get straight to work. Twelve of the appointees who took the oath of office Saturday served in Jonathan's previous Cabinet in the same ministries.  Two are new appointees; Jonathan says they will receive their assignments on Monday. The president's Cabinet...

Senegal Child Help Hotline Offers Safety for Victims of Abuse

A child help hotline in Senegal provides around-the-clock counseling and protection for young people suffering physical or emotional harm. The free phone service is working to help vulnerable children from across West Africa.At Dakar’s Ginddi Center for children in difficulty there has not been electricity for most of the week, something of the...

Nigerian Sect Targets Security Forces, Non-Muslim Civilians

Islamic militants in Nigeria belonging to the Boko Haram group are being blamed for a series of attacks in the city of Maiduguri including bombings on Sunday and Monday that killed at least 28 people. Boko Haram began in 2004 as a gathering of fundamentalist, middle-class university students united behind the meaning of the group's name, which in...

Thousands of Chadian Migrants Stranded in Southern Libyan Desert

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it is racing against time trying to save the lives of about two thousand Chadian migrants in southern Libya. It says they’re mostly women, children and the elderly in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical aid. They have been stranded in the towns of Sebha and Gatroun for the past...

Mauritania, Mali Military Attack Al-Qaida Base in Sahel

Mauritania and Mali say they have destroyed an al-Qaida-affiliated base camp and are pursuing terrorists who fled along their common border. Security forces in Africa's Sahel region are on high alert following last month's killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Mauritanian army spokesman Colonel Teyib Ould Brahim says there were casualties on...

Working to reunite Parents and Children along Tunisian/Libyan Border

At least 150 unaccompanied minors and children have been identified along the Tunisian-Libyan border since the early days of the Libyan crisis. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), along with other NGOs and local authorities, has been working aggressively to reunite these children with their parents. They are mostly boys from 15 to...

Nigeria's Boko Haram Threatens Broader Attacks

Nigerian security forces are cracking down on the militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for Thursday's bombing in Abuja. Nigerian authorities and analysts say the extremist group, once confined to the country's northeast, is becoming a nationwide security threat.  The explosion struck the parking lot of a police station...

Blast Hits Nigeria Police Headquarters

A powerful bomb has exploded outside Nigerian police headquarters in the capital, Abuja, killing at least one person.Officials with Nigeria's emergency management agency say they suspect a suicide bomber carried out the attack and died in the blast.In an interview with VOA, a spokesman for the Islamic militant group Boko Haram claimed...

Migrant Workers Stranded in Conflict-Ridden Libya

The International Organization for Migration expresses great concern about the plight of thousands of migrant workers stranded in conflict-ridden Libya. IOM says the migrants have been abandoned by their employers and have few means of survival.  According to the IOM, migrants in Libya had a tough life even before the conflict broke out.  It says...

Thousands of sub-Saharan Africans Remain Stranded in Libya

Many sub-Saharan migrants remain stranded in Libya as the conflict there continues. Most are from Ghana, Togo, Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon, but many Malian and Egyptian migrants are also unable to return home. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] says the migrants, often unskilled and undocumented, have been without jobs since the...

Clinton to Attend US-Africa Trade Forum During Visit to Zambia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among delegates from the United States expected to attend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA, forum in Zambia this week.African Growth and Opportunity Act is designed to strengthen trade between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. And Deputy Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis says AGOA...

Nigerian President Faces Security Challenges in New Term

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he is determined to improve security in his country with a new administration that takes power with Sunday's inauguration.Security was a driving issue in the presidential campaign following bomb blasts by militants from the oil-rich Niger Delta and attacks on police by members of an extremist Islamic group...

Creating a Safe Haven for Chadians Fleeing Libya

Humanitarian agencies are setting up a way station in a small, remote mountain town in Chad. It’s the entry point for thousands of Chadian migrants fleeing the conflict in Libya. All the new arrivals need food, water and health care. The town of Zouarke is little more than a cluster of 20 huts. But one thing it does have is a deep well. And at any...

Thousands of Chadians Stranded after Fleeing Libya

In a remote mountain town near the Niger border, nearly 4,000 Chadian migrants are stranded with little food or water. They’ve traveled a long way to get to Chad, suffering from exposure to searing heat and clouds of dust. The migrants fled the conflict in Libya and traveled some 800 kilometers by truck to the town of Zouarke. While they are back...

N. African Migrants Risk Lives to Reach Italian Island

More than 30,000 migrants have arrived from north Africa on the tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa, so far, this year.  Most of the migrants leave the coasts of Tunisia and Libya onboard rickety fishing boats.  Thousands of people have died making the journey.  Despite the dangers, the ongoing violence in Libya is forcing many more people...