'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 ...

Jan 28, 2015

Africans may mandate regional force against Boko Haram this week

The African Union might grant a mandate as early as this week for a regional military force to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants, a vital step toward securing U.N. Security Council backing, a diplomat said on Tuesday. Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin agreed ...

African states to seek U.N. mandate to fight Boko Haram

Jan 22, 2015

African states to seek U.N. mandate to fight Boko Haram

African nations threatened by Nigeria’s Boko Haram will seek U.N. Security Council authorization for a multinational force to take on the Islamist militants, Niger’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. Mohamed Bazoum said the countries of the Lake Chad region had agreed during a meeting ...

Hollande's popularity soars after French jihadi attacks

Jan 20, 2015

Hollande's popularity soars after French jihadi attacks

Once France’s most unpopular postwar president, Francois Hollande has experienced a dramatic surge in approval ratings over his widely praised response to the Islamist attacks in Paris. An opinion poll carried out by the Ifop polling company showed Hollande’s ratings jump by a massive ...