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Missiles, ransoms and awe
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Missiles, ransoms and awe

Does the US still need ballistic missiles? Why is Boko Haram releasing schoolgirl hostages? And do we need to experience more awe?
5 Mar 2021
Coronavirus alarm bells ring in Africa
A door-to-door coronavirus testing team in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Coronavirus alarm bells ring in Africa

Rising infection rates and governments in denial stoking fears that health systems will be overwhelmed
15 May 2020
South Africa shaken by xenophobic riots
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South Africa shaken by xenophobic riots

President Ramaphosa condemns anti-immigrant violence that has prompted backlash across the continent
12 Sep 2019
Who will win the Nigerian election?
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Who will win the Nigerian election?

Businessman Atiku Abubakar takes on incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari this weekend in delayed vote
22 Feb 2019
Atiku Abubakar: Nigeria’s next ‘emoji president’
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Atiku Abubakar: Nigeria’s next ‘emoji president’

Opposition candidate forecast to win election to lead one of Africa’s biggest economies
12 Feb 2019
Nigerian police chief says gay people ‘should leave country’
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Nigerian police chief says gay people ‘should leave country’

Chief Superintendent Dolapo Badmos posted Instagram message citing 2014 law banning homosexuality activity
24 Jan 2019
West African ‘single currency’ nears launch
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West African ‘single currency’ nears launch

The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States has been planning a single currency since 2000
9 Nov 2018

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Why Prince Charles has cancelled final leg of Africa tour
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Why Prince Charles has cancelled final leg of Africa tour

The Royal’s visit to Nigerian city of Jos has been scrapped amid security fears
6 Nov 2018
World Cup group D: Rojo volleys Argentina into the last-16
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World Cup group D: Rojo volleys Argentina into the last-16

Group D final standings and results
26 Jun 2018
Africa’s space race intensifies
Nigeria could soon be following private firms like Space X, which launched its Falcon Heavy rocket in February
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Africa’s space race intensifies

Moon landings ‘still a long way off’ but Nigeria and South Africa leading the way in space technology
17 May 2018
Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls returned by Boko Haram
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Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls returned by Boko Haram

More than 90 of the abducted girls released by militant group after negotiations with government
21 Mar 2018
UK to pay for new £700,000 prison wing in Nigeria
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UK to pay for new £700,000 prison wing in Nigeria

Government pledges funding to enable transfer of prisoners from British jails
8 Mar 2018
Nigeria school kidnapping: more than 100 girls missing
Dapchi kidnapping
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Nigeria school kidnapping: more than 100 girls missing

President apologises over mistaken claims of rescue following suspected Boko Haram attack
26 Feb 2018
Couple wed week after meeting on Facebook
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Couple wed week after meeting on Facebook

Chidimma Amedu asked potential wives to ‘send in your applications’ - and she did
15 Jan 2018
Nigerian uni calls in snake charmers after student death
Snakes
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Nigerian uni calls in snake charmers after student death

Economics student Zainab Umar died following reports of numerous reptiles on campus
24 Oct 2017
82 Chibok schoolgirls freed in Boko Haram prisoner exchange
Chibok schoolgirls and President Muhammadu Buhari
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82 Chibok schoolgirls freed in Boko Haram prisoner exchange

Kidnapped girls released after 'lengthy negotiations' between Nigerian government and radical Islamist group
8 May 2017
Chibok schoolgirl kidnap: Three years on
Chibok schoolgirls and President Muhammadu Buhari
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Chibok schoolgirl kidnap: Three years on

After the clamour of #BringBackOurGirls, at least 195 young women are still held hostage by Boko Haram
13 Apr 2017
East Africa hunger crisis: Mo Farah backs UK charity appeal
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East Africa hunger crisis: Mo Farah backs UK charity appeal

Olympian tells Britons to 'act now' and help millions facing starvation
15 Mar 2017
Plastic 'rice' confiscated in Nigeria
Fake Rice
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Plastic 'rice' confiscated in Nigeria

Counterfeit food floods markets after price of a bag more than doubles in a year
22 Dec 2016
UN: Nigeria famine puts lives of 75,000 children at risk
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UN: Nigeria famine puts lives of 75,000 children at risk

Millions of people are struggling to cope after Boko Haram laid waste to the north east of the country
16 Nov 2016
Nigeria's First Lady issues warning to the President
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Nigeria's First Lady issues warning to the President

Aisha Buhari vows not to vote for husband Muhammadu's re-election unless he takes control of his government
14 Oct 2016
Dog wins third term as mayor in a landslide
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Dog wins third term as mayor in a landslide

Duke the nine-year-old great Pyrenees beat his girlfriend Lassie - and other tall tales
25 Aug 2016
Anti-corruption summit: Who's going and what's on the agenda
Anti-corruption summit
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Anti-corruption summit: Who's going and what's on the agenda

Will David Cameron's conference be genuinely game-changing or a hypocrites' ball?
12 May 2016
PM's corruption gaffe: Which countries are the worst?
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PM's corruption gaffe: Which countries are the worst?

David Cameron caught on camera describing Nigeria and Afghanistan as 'fantastically corrupt'
11 May 2016
Queen caught criticising 'rude' Chinese officials
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Queen caught criticising 'rude' Chinese officials

Footage unlikely to help advance the much-vaunted 'golden age' of UK-China relations
11 May 2016
Boko Haram targets geography teachers for assassination
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Boko Haram targets geography teachers for assassination

New report shows militant group's campaign of terror against Western-style education in Nigeria
12 Apr 2016
Boko Haram: what is it and how can it be stopped?
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Boko Haram: what is it and how can it be stopped?

Bombing that bears the hallmarks of the Islamist extremists has killed 32 people in the Nigerian city of Yola
18 Nov 2015
Countries attacked by Islamic State: from France to Lebanon
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Countries attacked by Islamic State: from France to Lebanon

Terrorist group has claimed responsibility for bloodshed on four continents since it formed
16 Nov 2015
Is Muhammadu Buhari winning the war against Boko Haram?
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Is Muhammadu Buhari winning the war against Boko Haram?

Nigerian army frees more women and children held captive by the Islamist group, but the fight is far from over
3 Aug 2015
Boko Haram: schoolgirls 'forced to become militants'
Schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram
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Boko Haram: schoolgirls 'forced to become militants'

Survivors say some of the Chibok girls have been brainwashed into fighting for the Nigerian Islamist group
30 Jun 2015
Nigeria: can Muhammadu Buhari really defeat Boko Haram?
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Nigeria: can Muhammadu Buhari really defeat Boko Haram?

New president vows to succeed where Goodluck Jonathan failed and rid Islamist militants from the north
29 May 2015
Nigerian army 'rescues 200 girls' from Boko Haram stronghold
Soldiers on patrol in north-eastern Nigeria
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Nigerian army 'rescues 200 girls' from Boko Haram stronghold

The hostages are still being identified, and it is unclear if they are the missing schoolgirls from Chibok
29 Apr 2015
South Africa and Nigeria clash over xenophobic violence
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South Africa and Nigeria clash over xenophobic violence

'Diplomatic tit-for tat' intensifies as Pretoria issues strongly worded statement criticising Nigeria
27 Apr 2015
Boko Haram: Cameroon army frees 24 after mass abduction
Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram
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Boko Haram: Cameroon army frees 24 after mass abduction

Dozens of people, mostly children, were kidnapped as Islamist militants crossed border into Cameroon
19 Jan 2015
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