Chadian president vows to 'wipe out' Boko Haram

Mar 5, 2015

Chadian president vows to 'wipe out' Boko Haram

Chadian President Idriss Deby on Wednesday vowed to “wipe out” Boko Haram and called on the group’s chief, Abubakar Shekau, to give himself up, warning that he knew where the militant leader was hiding out. “It is in Abubakar Shekau’s interest to surrender, we ...

Mar 2, 2015

U.S.-backed Syria rebel group dissolves itself after losses

One of the main western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, weeks into a battle that saw it lose ground and men to more powerful al Qaeda insurgents. Hazzm is one of the last ...

'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa

Feb 23, 2015

'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa

The Oscar nomination of “Timbuktu,” a film about the occupation of the Malian desert town by al-Qaida-linked Islamists in 2012, should not mask the lack of established cinema from West Africa, its director said. Up for the Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s ceremony, ...

Feb 17, 2015

Jewish group fears Copenhagen, Paris attacks start of 'epidemic'

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday said it feared the recent attacks against Jews in Copenhagen and Paris could be the start of a “pan-European epidemic” as it called for a Europe-wide conference against anti-Semitism. The prominent Jewish rights group said the shootings ...

Italy closes Libya embassy, repatriates nationals

Feb 16, 2015

Italy closes Libya embassy, repatriates nationals

The Italian Embassy in Libya, one of the last European missions in the troubled country, was closed on Sunday and its staff repatriated because of mounting insecurity, the foreign ministry said. In total, about 100 Italians were being evacuated from the country on a ...

Boko Haram kidnaps hundreds, tells stories of Chibok girls

Feb 12, 2015

Boko Haram kidnaps hundreds, tells stories of Chibok girls

When Islamic extremists snatched more than 270 girls from the Chibok boarding school in Nigeria in the dead of night, protests broke out worldwide. The U.S. pledged to help find them, and the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag was born. Some 10 months later, most are still ...

Feb 5, 2015

Boko Haram kills dozens in rampage after Chad offensive

Nigerian Boko Haram fighters went on the rampage in the Cameroonian border town of Fotokol Wednesday, massacring dozens of civilians and torching a mosque before being repelled by regional forces. The onslaught came a day after Chad sent troops across the border to flush ...

Feb 1, 2015

Boko Haram launches new assault on key Nigerian city of Maiduguri

Boko Haram fighters on Sunday launched a fresh attempt to take over the strategically crucial northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a brazen attack on a state capital just two weeks before national elections. Four residents said the fighting began at roughly 3 a.m. with ...