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 ...

Jan 19, 2015

Manhunts, death threats as Europe on high terror alert

Europe was on high alert Sunday as the suspected mastermind of a jihadist cell in Belgium remained at large and jittery authorities blocked anti-Islamist rallies in Germany and France. With tensions heightened, the second gunman in the Charlie Hebdo magazine attack was buried discreetly ...

Jan 16, 2015

Algeria finds body of beheaded Frenchman

Algerian troops found the body of French tourist Herve Gourdel, security sources said Thursday, months after he was beheaded by jihadists demanding that France halt airstrikes against the Islamic State group. The body was found buried without its head in Akbil, where Gourdel was ...

'Timbuktu' Oscar nod a 'great sign' for Africa: director

Jan 16, 2015

'Timbuktu' Oscar nod a 'great sign' for Africa: director

The Oscar nomination for Mauritanian film “Timbuktu,” about daily life in the Islamist-occupied city, is a “great sign for Mauritania and Africa,” the film’s director said on Thursday. The film made history earlier in the day, when all the Academy Award nominees were announced, ...

Jan 15, 2015

Amnesty says satellite images show Nigerian destruction

Satellite images show widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that were recently attacked by Islamic extremists, an international human rights group said Wednesday. Amnesty International said it will release early Thursday detailed images of Baga and Doron Baga, taken before and after the attack ...

Jan 14, 2015

Arms for Paris attacks came from abroad: police

The weapons used by a terror cell to kill 17 people around Paris came from outside the country and authorities are urgently tracing the source of the financing, a French police official said Tuesday. Christophe Crepin, a French police union representative, said several people ...

Jan 13, 2015

Muhammad holds 'Je suis Charlie' sign on Charlie Hebdo front page

The cover of the first edition of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo since its staff were murderously attacked by Islamist gunmen last week shows a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad crying and holding up a “Je suis Charlie” sign under the words: “All ...

Jan 13, 2015

'Cyberjhadists' hack hundreds of French websites

Hackers claiming to be Islamists have hijacked hundreds of French websites since the attacks on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, flooding them with jihadist propoganda. Homepages of several French websites have been replaced by phrases like “There is no God but Allah,” “Death to ...

Cameroon army repulses Boko Haram attack on military base: official

Jan 13, 2015

Cameroon army repulses Boko Haram attack on military base: official

Cameroon’s army repelled an attack Monday by Nigerian Boko Haram Islamists on a military base bear the northwest border after intense fighting, a military source said. “A group of Boko Haram (fighters) attacked Kolofata (in the far northwest) this morning. They specifically targeted the ...

Boko Haram hits Northeast Nigeria town for second time in week

Jan 9, 2015

Boko Haram hits Northeast Nigeria town for second time in week

Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked the northeastern town of Baga for the second time in a week, leaving bodies littering the streets, an official said. Unconfirmed estimates by victims’ relatives put the death toll from violence in and around Baga on Thursday ...