North East Development Commission proposal

The House of Representatives urges Buhari to establish a North East Development Commission, for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the insurgency ravaged part of Nigeria. The House Speaker notes that the terrorist activities of Boko Haram, have devastated the North-East region and resulted in the deaths of thousands of people, displacement of about five million people, […]

Leadership change

Chad’s President Deby says Boko Haram has a new leader. He does not say what had happened to Shekau, but says he had been replaced by Daoud – who has not been heard of before. Derby says Daoud is open to dialogue. Boko Haram is decapitated. There are little groups [of fighters] scattered throughout east Nigeria, on border with […]

Gives military three months

Buhari swears in a new set of military chiefs in Abuja, ordering them to end Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency within three months.  You need to brace up and continue to team up with other stakeholders to come up with a well co-ordinated joint effort which will bring a desired end to these insurgencies within three months. The […]

Skin transplants scheduled

The Palestinian minister of health says that Dawabsheh’s mother will undergo a skin transplant surgery within the next few days, despite her critical condition. The toddler’s brother, Ahmad will also have skin-cleansing sessions. He still lies in the ICU in trauma. The Director of Tel Hashomer Hospital, where the family is being treated, says both mother and brother will need one […]

Frees suspects

Israel releases all suspects held in connection with the Dawabsheh attack. An Israeli official says that all the suspects arrested were freed, but did not provide further details, including their number.

Brother opens eyes

Ahmad Dawabsheh, the four-year-old brother of Ali, opens his eyes today at the Sheba Medical Center and communicated with his family, though doctors clarify that he is not fully out of harm’s way.

Family not eligible for compensation

The Dawabsheh family won’t be entitled to government compensation granted Israeli victims of terror. The law governing compensation applies only to Israeli citizens and residents – including West Bank settlers, who live in territory Israel never annexed. To seek compensation, the Dawabsheh family would have to apply to a special interministerial exceptions committee. MK Jabareen (Joint Arab […]

Pregnant swedish teenager held

A pregnant 15-year-old Swedish girl is being held by ISIS in Syria after running away from her foster home with her boyfriend to join al-Qaida. Swedish Foreign Ministry: We have been informed that a Swedish minor is in Syria. We are in contact with family members, The 15-year-old, whose name is not disclosed, disappeared from her foster […]

Calls death ‘just an incident’

Zuma brushes aside the killing of Cecil. What it sounds like from a distance [is] that the hunter did not know that Cecil was so popular, just saw a lion, and killed a lion, and it’s Cecil, and Cecil is very well loved and it caused a problem, because everyone wants to go and see […]

Mugabe says heroes acre only for ZANU PF

Mugabe makes it clear that only those who participated in the liberation struggle and continue to show their allegiance to him and his Zanu PF party will be conferred hero status when they die. Addressing the thousands who turned out to remember the country’s liberation heroes at the national shrine in Harare, President Mugabe says those who […]

Lawmaker urges Boko Haram negotiation

A member of the House of Representatives urges Buhari to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Chibok girls. However, if it is about the Chibok girls, I support negotiating with Boko Haram. Life is precious. Anything that will bring the girls back is in order. Outside that, we should not negotiate with them. […]

Says Zimbabwe failed to protect Cecil

Mugabe says Zimbabweans failed in their responsibility to protect Cecil. Mugabe says his compatriots should protect their natural resources from what he calls foreign ‘vandals’. Even Cecil the lion – he is yours. He’s dead! He was yours to protect and you failed to protect him. There are vandals who come from all over of course… some may […]

Cameroon expels thousands

Cameroon expels more than 3,000 Nigerians, and arrests hundreds of other Cameroonians and Nigerians accused of collaborating with Boko Haram. The Nigerians who are deported said they were refugees but were not staying at camps and lacked identification papers. They were taken across the border to the Nigerian town of Mubi. Official: In the different villages there is a certain […]

Suspects arrested

Burundi’s prosecutor says the killers of General Nshimirimana have been identified and arrested. The identities of the perpetrators are now known. A certain number have been arrested. The rest of them and the masterminds are being sought. The prosecutor also says a military vehicle had been used by the killers and subsequently burned. The vehicle came from a military camp […]

Arrests two suspected terrorists

Cameroon authorities arrest two suspected members of Boko Haram disguised as female refugees. The men, who were carrying explosives in their luggage, are stopped at the Minawao refugee camp in the north of the country, near the border with Nigeria. Cameroon’s government spokesman says the men are being interrogated. He also says authorities arrested a number of […]

Elders call for genocide trial

Tribal elders in Borno State ask the federal government to establish a judicial commission to investigate the claims of former Chief of Defence Staff Badeh that he was made to lead an ill-equipped military in the war against Boko Haram insurgency. The elders are not happy that Badeh kept quiet about his claims and say that if […]

Rangers catch eight poachers

Eight suspected rhino poachers are arrested in the Kruger National Park. The first incident took place in the early hours of the morning while rangers conducting anti-poaching operations along the Crocodile River – south of the Park encounter three suspected poachers; a shoot-out ensues during which one poacher is wounded. All three suspects are arrested. Two hunting rifles, silencers, ammunition and other poaching […]

US to provide military training

After his four-person bipartisan delegation meets with Buhari and military service chiefs, Issa says the U.S. is ready to provide military training to help Nigeria’s battle against Islamic extremists. He says Nigeria’s military is not outgunned by Boko Haram and needs training, not arms, to defeat the insurgents. This contradicts Buhari, who says that the United States is aiding Boko Haram by […]

Returnees allege discrimination

Residents of Michika, whose communities have been recaptured from Boko Haram, rsay alarm over alleged discriminatory distribution of relief materials. Some of the returnees say a leading tribe in the area is marginalizing the other tribes using ethno-religious sentiments to distribute relief items and denying many other relief items. A returnees: Whenever there is a relief material to be distributed, members […]

Russia urges US to include Syria

Russia says the United States is ‘unprepared’ for including the Syrian government in international plans to counter extremist ISIS. Lavrov says he discussed Putin’s proposal on coordinating efforts against IS during a recent meeting in Qatar with Kerry. I asked him if it wouldn’t be easier to reach an agreement, to sit down at the negotiating […]

Protesters call for execution

More than 1000 Syrians stage a protest in Latakia, calling for the execution of a Assad’s cousin, who has been accused of killing an army officer in a road rage incident. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 1,000 people gathered in the city holding up pictures of the victim. The demonstrators call for the execution […]

Pirates attack military base

Suspected pirates kills four soldiers and a policeman in an attack on a military base in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta. Police: Four speedboats loaded with unknown gunmen, suspected to be sea pirates, attacked the Joint Task Force (JTF) base at Nembe Water front. They killed four soldiers and one policeman. The gunmen carted away two HP […]

Invited to regional president’s meeting

Bashir will join a group of regional leaders, including Ugandan president Museveni, Kenya’s president Kenyetta, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegnin, in Uganda for talks on South Sudan conflict. Ministry of Foreign Affairs official: [Bashir] has been invited for heads of state meeting on regional issues at State House, Entebbe. We expect him to join them on Monday […]

Hamas urges infitada

Hamas urges Palestinian Authority arabs to to participate in the funeral and to attack Israelis throughout Judea and Samaria (The West Bank) after the death of Sa’ad Dawabsheh. The burning of this family is a turning point that will launch the start of the third intifada against the occupier in Judea and Samaria. [Dawabsheh’s death] demonstrates the enormity […]

Cousin kills air force official in road rage incident

A cousin of Syria’s president shoots dead a senior air force officer in a road rage incident according to a monitoring group. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the incident happened when the cousin followed the officer because he overtook him at a crossroads, then swerved the car around, got out and shot him dead. The cousin has not been […]

Plot to assassinate Queen

British security forces says Islamic extremists from ISIS are planning to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II, using a ‘deadly pressure cooker bomb’ set to detonate near The Queen as she attends events in central London to commemorate the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, the Allied victory over Japan in World War II. The report comes before the threat has been neutralized, and […]

Kidnaps 230 civilians

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that ISIS abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians, in Al-Qaryatain hours after the group captured the town. Many of the Christians had fled from Aleppo province, in Syria’s north, to seek refuge in Al-Qaryatain. SOHR says those abducted were wanted by ISIS for ‘collaborating with the regime’ and their names were on […]

Refused entry to Ivory Coast

Mugabe says Ivory Coast President Ouattara blocked him from entering the country after his plane landed at the airport, while Mugabe was serving as rotating chairman of the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). He does not say when the incident happened. He says African leaders refuse to recognise his leadership on regional bodies at the prodding […]

Gassed during burglary

Button and Michibata are gassed at their St. Tropez villa, while robbers steal belongings worth £300,000. French police believe the gang had been watching the villa for days before letting off a cannister of anaesthetic gas into an air-conditioning vent. The raiders then broke into the luxury mansion and even walked around the couple’s bed while the couple lay unconscious. […]

Hostages freed

Malian security forces storm a hotel in Sevare, ending a siege and freeing hostages. Malian forces say four bodies have been found inside the Byblos Hotel after the early raid. At least one UN worker and several suspected Islamist militants are thought to have died in the siege but the exact number is unclear. Two South Africans, one Ukrainian and […]

Hotels attacked

Unknown rebels arrive on motorbikes and attack the Debo, Motel and Flandres, in the town of Savare, in Mali. The hotels are frequented by foreigners, including guests from France, South Africa and Ukraine. Residents say they saw one dead body lying on the street outside one of the hotels. The military arrives later to retake control of the town. Resident: This […]

UN to examine chemical weapons attacks

The UN adopts a resolution aimed at identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Ban and the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be asked to prepare a plan for an inquiry. US ambassador to the UN, Power: Today’s resolution has been adopted with the council’s unanimous support. This sends a […]

Saad Dawabsheh dies age 32

Dawabsheh’s father dies of wounds sustained in the fire. A postmortem is to be held in Rafidiya hospital in Nablus. A Palestinian official says this will provide evidence for a complaint to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Saad Dawabsheh will be buried next to his son.

Release beheading video

Boko Haram releases a video of a uniformed man – believed to be a police officer – being handcuffed, held at gunpoint and beheaded. The footage – released by terrorist operating in the north of Nigeria – also shows militants attacking an army barracks. The eight-minute video clip, shared on social media, is recorded in a similar style to […]

Report: Some members want dialogue

The Centre for Crisis Communication says some elements of Boko Haram have reached out to the centre to facilitate dialogue with the federal government to end the insurgency in the country. The Center says that while the option of dialogue with the group is a hard sell, the window opened recently by President Buhari on the […]

Seven killed, four arrested

At least seven people are killed in attacks on Malari and three other neighbouring village in a remote area of Borno State by suspected Boko Haram members. A member of youth vigilante group says the insurgents started with Malari and proceeded to the three other villages, shooting on sight. Casualties were minimal because people fled as soon […]

Backs oil clean up plan

Buhari says he’s accelerating plans for one of the world’s largest oil cleanups following 50 years of spillage at operations in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta. He approves the composition of a governing council and board of trustees to oversee the restoration plan. A group of ‘stakeholders’ will release as much as $10 million […]

Envoy will support dialogue

Perriello, US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa,  Thomas Perriello says there is a need for both the government and its opponents to be committed to negotiations in a bid to resolve the crisis in Burundi. We are deeply concerned about the political crisis and the humanitarian crisis. We still believe there is a […]

Says Africa must set up own ICC

While seeing off President Keita of Mali after his three-day state visit to Zimbabwe, Mugabe says fellow African heads of state should form its own criminal court to bring to justice those Western leaders who he says have committed “serious war crimes and crimes against humanity…particularity during the colonial era” in Africa. They committed crimes, colonial crimes galore—the […]

Police sabotage demonstration

Police sabotage a demonstration organised by lobby group, the Democracy Advocate Initiative Trust, against President Mugabe’s ‘misrule’ which has caused the ‘suffering of citizens’. The organisation had planned to march from the capital’s Market Square bus terminus to Parliament where they intended to hand over a petition. Group founder: We approached the police, their Police Internal […]

Sends 800 troops

Benin’s President Boni Yayi announces he will send 800 troops to join a new multinational force tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants after meeting with Buhari. Troops for the multinational force, which includes soldiers from Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad as well as Benin, are set to be deployed at any time, according to its commander Major […]

Adolphe Nshirimana killed in rocket attack

Nshimirimana is killed, along with three bodyguards, in a rocket attack on his car in Bujumbura. Nshimiramana was widely seen as the central African nation’s de facto internal security chief and considered by some as the president’s effective deputy. He was seen as the mastermind behind the crackdown on the protests as well as a key player […]

Army finds cut street poles, stolen animals

While clearing terrorists in and around Dikwa, Borno State, Nigerian troops discover a pile of street lamp poles cut into pieces by Boko Haram terrorists which they use in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for terror activities in parts of the North-East. Troops also recover 15 cows, 174 goats and a donkey from rustlers. Troops have near […]

Zuma says persuasion limited

In response to a question from the Inkatha Freedom Party, who cites Burundi as an example, Zuma says he tried to dissuade Nkurunziza from seeking a third term but hit a wall when his pleas were ignored. Many of us interacted to say that might not help the country. We cannot say there was no […]

UN envoy meets over security situation

In a meeting with Rwandan President Kagame, Bathily, Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, reiterates the UN Secretary-General’s condemnation of the current violence in Burundi. Bathily will continue to hold consultations with political parties, civil society and religious organizations, government officials and the diplomatic community, with the view to reconvene the […]

Orders airspace takeover

President Buhari orders the takeover of the security of Nigeria’s airspace over the Gulf of Guinea from Ghana, the first time in 70 years that the country will be managing its airspace. The Ministry of Aviation says the country’s airspace is safe and had just recorded a score of over 90 percent by the International Civil Aviation: […]

Police recruited

The Speaker of the National Assembly says that South African Police Services officers had been recruited by parliament. The police officers have resigned from the police force and signed on as parliamentary employees. The EFF says the Speaker of Parliament…must come prepared to tell Zuma to answer the question as to when is he going to pay back the money […]

Defends failure to arrest

After Maimane, head of the Democratic Alliance, calls Bashir ‘a man wanted … for genocide against Africans,” and asks Zuma why he had not kept previous promises to enforce the warrant – as all ICC members are bound to do, Zuma tells paparliament Bashir would have been detained if he had visited South Africa as an individual, […]

Journalist beaten

Reporters Without Borders lashes out at the ‘despicable assault’ against Esdras Ndikumana, a Burundian AFP reporter who says he was held for around two hours, during which he said he was subjected to severe beatings on his back, legs and the soles of his feet. He was later released and hospitalised, with the injuries also including a […]


Mbonimpa is shot as he makes his way home from work in the capital, by a gunman on a motorbike. Family member: His condition is stable, and has even slightly improved. United Nations Secretary-General Ban condemns ‘the assassination attempt’ and calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. This incident… is part of a growing […]