Dec 8, 2014

Russians, French held in Nigeria over military-related air cargo

Nigerian authorities on Sunday said they had detained a Russian cargo plane carrying military equipment in the north Nigerian city of Kano. The country’s defense chiefs announced on Twitter that the Antonov aircraft was held pending an investigation into its provenance and what it ...

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Sep 17, 2014

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram has declared “total war” on the West African country and the situation “must be handled with all the seriousness it deserves,” Senate President David Mark said. “The escalation of violence and the heinous crimes daily perpetrated by insurgents ...

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

Apr 6, 2014

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

French and African soldiers serving in the Central African Republic are “overwhelmed” by the “state of anarchy” in the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday — a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due ...

Chad ex-dictator spends night in Senegal custody

Jul 3, 2013

Chad ex-dictator spends night in Senegal custody

Former Chad dictator Hissene Habre began his first full day in custody on Monday after his arrest in Senegal by investigators who plan to put him on trial for crimes against humanity. The 70-year-old — once dubbed “Africa’s Pinochet” — also faces accusations of ...

Belmoktar blew himself up in despair: Chad

Apr 16, 2013

Belmoktar blew himself up in despair: Chad

Moktar Belmoktar, a one-eyed Islamist militant leader who Chad claimed was killed in Mali last month, died by setting off explosives “in despair” over the death of one of his comrades, Chad’s president, Idriss Deby, said in an interview. “We have proof of his ...