40 reported killed in Boko Haram attack on Niger towns

Jun 19, 2015

40 reported killed in Boko Haram attack on Niger towns

Militants from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram crossed the border and attacked two towns in neighboring Niger, setting homes ablaze and killing at least 40 people, a local government official said Thursday. The attack marks the latest attempt by the Nigeria-based Boko Haram ...

Jun 12, 2015

Erdogan rebuked — for now

Last weekend's elections in Turkey dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a stunning setback and herald a period of instability in Turkish politics.

Apr 8, 2015

U.S. ambassador's 2012 killing linked to new elements, Libya says

Libya’s internationally recognized parliament said Tuesday it has uncovered “new elements” behind the 2012 assassination of the US ambassador when the American Consulate was stormed in eastern city Benghazi. “I have been tasked today with leading a team of inquiry,” Tareq Saqar al-Jeruchi, deputy ...

Niger, Chad forces attack Boko Haram positions on Lake Chad

Mar 31, 2015

Niger, Chad forces attack Boko Haram positions on Lake Chad

Niger and Chad attacked Boko Haram militants on Monday on islands on Lake Chad that the Islamists have used as a safe haven, military sources in Niger said. A push by Nigeria’s armed forces and troops from neighboring Chad and Niger has driven Boko ...

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, ...