Nigeria militants abduct four UK nationals in the Niger Delta

October 18th, 2017

The four people believed to be British, who have been kidnapped in Nigeria’s southern Delta state were missionaries. A couple and two others were taken around 02:00 local time last Friday. A local chief told the BBC they had been living in a rural community providing free medical aid for up to 10 years. Police […]

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Madagascar plague kills 74 people

October 18th, 2017

The plague outbreak in Madagascar has now killed 74 people, with 805 cases recorded in more than two months, the health ministry says. Ten days ago, the death toll stood at 33 with 230 people infected. There are normally about 400 cases of plague every year on the Indian Ocean island nation. This year the […]

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4 takeaways from the IMB’s latest global piracy report

October 18th, 2017

A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy. The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period […]

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Military plan in place for Hodeida port

October 17th, 2017

A military plan is in place for Yemen—backed by a Saudi-led coalition—to strike the Al Houthi-held Hodeidah port on the Red Sea, Yemen’s foreign minister has said. In an interview with the Saudi-owned Al Riyadh newspaper, Abdul Malik Al Mekhlafi said that a military offensive in Hodeida would bring about a peaceful settlement that would […]

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Somalia attack: Death toll rises to at least 276

October 16th, 2017

At least 276 people are now known to have died in a massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. A Turkish military plane is meeting victims. Officials say some people are then being evacuated to Turkey for medical treatment. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since […]

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Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu bomb attack

October 16th, 2017

A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist […]

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