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BUSINESS OUTLOOK: So Long To Oil Dependency

GCC states must diversify their economies BY Mohamed Zidan More than two months ago, a natural disaster hit Alberta, the oil-rich Canadian province, causing interruption in production for weeks. The wildfire witnessed by the state was devastating to the extent that 90,000 people were evacuated and human activity was completely halted. At the same time, large

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Nigerian Air Force Says Kills Top Boko Haram Militants as Kerry Arrives

By Lesley Wroughton SOKOTO, Nigeria, Aug 23 – Nigeria’s air force said it had killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and possibly their overall leader, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks on tackling the militants. Government planes attacked the Islamist group inside the Sambisa forest in its northeast heartland

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In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, Child Bombers Strike

ISTANBUL, Aug 22 – The boy looked scared and younger than 16 when Iraqi police grabbed him on the street in the northern city of Kirkuk. Pulling off his shirt, they found a two-kilogram bomb strapped to his skinny frame. That was last Sunday. Less than a day earlier, Turkey was less fortunate: a teenage

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Boko Haram Video Claims to Show Missing Nigerian School Girls

BAUCHI, Nigeria, Aug 14 – Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has published a video apparently showing recent footage of dozens of school girls kidnapped two years ago, and saying some of them have been killed in air strikes. Dozens of the girls who were abducted in the town of Chibok in 2014 managed to flee

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Boko Haram to Increase Cooperation if Daesh Boosts Libya Presence: UK

By Ulf Laessing ABUJA, May 15 – Boko Haram jihadists are likely to step up cooperation with Daesh should the latter extremist group gain a stronger foothold in Libya, a senior British official said on Saturday. Boko Haram, which has been waging a seven-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, last year pledged loyalty to Daesh. Little is

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Boko Haram May Be Sending Fighters to Daesh in Libya: U.S. Officials

By Ulf Laessing ABUJA, May 14 – There are signs that Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadists are sending fighters to join Daesh in Libya, and of increased cooperation between the two groups, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Nigeria has asked the United States to sell it aircraft to fight Boko Haram, which has been waging

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Parents Identify Missing Chibok Girls In New Boko Haram Video

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani ABUJA, Nigeria, April 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Three mothers of schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in northeast Nigeria two years ago said they had identified their daughters in a video released by Islamist group Boko Haram, the first possible sighting of the girls since a video in May 2014. About 15 girls featured in

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“Feed and Read” Offers Alternative to Boko Haram for Nigerian Boys

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani YOLA, Nigeria, Feb 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For the first time in his life, 17-year-old Muhammed Sani can identify the letters of the English alphabet, read simple sentences in English, such as: “I want to eat” and “I want to go home”. He can also work out simple mathematical sums.

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Nigeria: Boko Haram’s War on Women

The Nigerian group abducts and rapes women to boost recruitment and demonstrate its domination BY Hilary Matfess “They have a look in their eyes—they look like they are possessed,” says Amira, a Nigerian woman held captive by Boko Haram fighters for several years. “They would even drink the blood of the people they killed,” she adds, using her

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