Descendants of slaves make a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Jan 13, 2017

Descendants of slaves make a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Every January, thousands of voodoo worshippers joined by crowds of tourists and descendants of slaves trudge down the long sand track leading to the beach at Ouidah in Benin. The cars, motorbikes and women in wrap skirts with tribal scars on their cheeks head ...

Dec 29, 2016

U.S. says top Islamic State commander killed in Syria

A senior U.S. defense official is confirming that a top Islamic State military commander was killed by a coalition airstrike in Syria on Monday. The official says that Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti was killed near Tabqa Dam. He was a key leader of the group ...

Dec 27, 2016

Nigerian troops foil suicide attack in restive city

Nigerian troops on Monday foiled an attempt by two female suicide bombers to attack a cattle market in the restive city of Maiduguri, a frequent target of Boko Haram jihadis, the emergency service said. Ibrahim Abdulkadir of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in ...

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

Dec 25, 2016

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees. Bracing against high winds, Musse Ismail ...

Boko Haram has been crushed, Nigeria says

Dec 25, 2016

Boko Haram has been crushed, Nigeria says

The Boko Haram extremist group has finally been crushed — driven from its last forest enclave with fighters on the run and no place to hide, Nigeria’s president declared Saturday. His victorious statement came as the Islamic State group, with which one faction of ...

Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Dec 25, 2016

Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Christian leaders from the Vatican to Bethlehem struck a sombre note on Christmas Eve speaking of war, fear and division, as cities in Europe ramped up security in the shadow of the Berlin market attack. At the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the world’s 1.2 ...

Dec 24, 2016

Two militants linked to cafe siege killed in Dhaka raid

Two militants linked to the Islamist extremist group behind July’s Dhaka cafe siege that left 22 people dead were killed Saturday after Bangladesh police raided a hideout in the capital, officials said. Security forces, acting on a tip, besieged a flat in Dhaka’s Dakshinkhan ...