Defence witness: Oscar Pistorius has an 'anxiety disorder'
2014-06-11 07:55:07 UTC
Pretoria, South Africa - Prosecutors will apply to have Oscar Pistorius committed for one month of mental evaluations after a psychiatrist on Monday told his murder trial the Paralympian suffered from an "anxiety disorder".
Prosecutor Gerrie Ne...
Boko Haram attacks: Goodluck Jonathan is facing public opposition
2014-06-06 06:20:06 UTC
<h3>A suspected Boko Haram attack on villages in northeastern Nigeria has reportedly left hundreds of people dead. Witnesses said the gunmen from the Islamist militant group were dressed as soldiers.</h3>In a bid to fight back against a military o...
Nigeria army 'knows where the kidnapped girls are located'
2014-05-27 00:48:20 UTC
Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff said it was "good news for the parents," although he admitted the military would not risk "going there with force."
More than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen from their school in northern Nigeria in...
UN Security Council: Boko Haram designated as a branch of al Qaeda
2014-05-23 05:40:45 UTC
New York - At the request of the Nigerian government, the UN Security Council took action against the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. In a decision that was met with no opposition by any of its 15 members, the Council placed Boko Haram on a b...
Islamist militants blamed for killing 30 people in Nigeria
2014-05-21 23:09:11 UTC
The AFP news agency reported that Boko Haram gunmen carried out two attacks near Chibok, the northeastern Nigerian town where the Islamists kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month.
News of both attacks surfaced hours after twin blasts in t...
Bloodshed in central Nigerian city of Jos
2014-05-20 21:33:27 UTC
<h3>Two bombs hidden in a truck and minibus have exploded in a crowded market in the Nigerian city of Jos, according to the military. Over 100 people have been killed in the attacks, which could be heard miles away. Spokesman for Nigerian Presiden...
Mali sent troops to retake the rebel stronghold of Kidal
2014-05-19 17:28:42 UTC
Mali sent troops on Monday to retake the rebel stronghold of Kidal after Tuareg separatists seized local government offices, taking 28 hostages and engaging the army in a firefight in which eight soldiers and dozens of rebels died.
The fighting w...
African leaders declare "war" on Nigeria's Islamic militants
2014-05-17 21:02:19 UTC
African leaders meeting in Paris have agreed to wage "war" on Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic militants.
President Hollande of France, who hosted the summit, said regional powers had pledged to share intelligence and co-ordinate action against the...
Judge ruled that Pistorius must undergo psychiatric tests
2014-05-14 17:08:07 UTC
The trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp suffered another delay as the judge ruled that the athlete must undergo mental health tests in a psychiatric hospital to determine whether he was criminally responsible for the shootin...
Islamist Boko Haram group will free some of the girls in exchange for militant prisoners
2014-05-12 22:49:25 UTC
The 17-minute video shows some 100 girls wearing full veils praying at an undisclosed rural location, according to AFP news agency, which obtained the film.
AFP says the leader of the Islamist Boko Haram group, Abubakar Shekau, alleges in the vid...
The governor of Nigeria's Borno state says he has information on the whereabouts of about 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram
2014-05-12 06:36:56 UTC
Governor Kashim Shettima said he had passed reports of the sightings of the girls to the military for verification.
Mr Shettima added that he did not think the girls had been taken across the border to Chad or Cameroon.
President of Sudan and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal
2014-05-11 07:06:11 UTC
A ceasefire to end a five-month conflict that has displaced 1.5 million people in South Sudan has come into effect.
President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal on Friday.
Troops would defend themselves if they came unde...
# Bring Back Our Girls - Stolen dreams
2014-05-12 02:26:16 UTC
"I speak not for myself but for those without voice, those who have fought for their rights, their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, and their right to be educated."
South Africa's Jacob Zuma Wins Resounding Victory in Elections
2014-05-09 18:27:07 UTC
JOHANNESBURG—South Africa's African National Congress has won a commanding victory in general elections, partial results showed Friday, putting President Jacob Zuma on the path to another five-year term in office and extending the party's unbroken...
Obama: Nigeria and Syria showed humanity's 'darkest impulses'
2014-05-09 01:27:50 UTC
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said he hoped "a turning point" had been reached in the fight against Islamist insurgents Boko Haram.
Nigeria has been criticised for its slow response to the kidnappings.
The schoolgirls were seized from...
Boko Haram’s changing face of terror
2014-05-07 17:59:10 UTC
Since 2009, the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has been spreading fear and terror mostly in northeastern Nigeria. Its main goal is to enforce Islamic Shariah law throughout Nigeria.
Thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands disp...
President Barack Obama: 'We're going to do everything we can' to help Nigeria in search for kidnapped girls
2014-05-07 04:41:23 UTC
American military and law-enforcement personnel will coordinate with Nigerian officials in a stepped-up effort to find nearly 300 schoolgirls who were abducted by Islamic terrorists in the country last month, President Obama and John Kerry said Tu...
Nigerian community fights Shell in UK court over oil spills
2014-04-29 08:31:30 UTC
Britain's High Court will on Tuesday hold a pre-trial hearing ahead of a court case due to be held next year brought by around 15,000 members of Nigeria's Bodo community against oil giant Shell.
The residents are seeking compensation from the B...
Prosecutor has depicted Pistorius as a man with a disdainful attitude to authority
2014-04-16 08:26:36 UTC
It has been exhausting just to watch Oscar Pistorius - doubled up on the ropes for hour after hour, heavy arms trying to fend off another clinical combination of lethal jabs and low blows from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.<a href="http://diaalnews.com/al...
Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius is using his emotions "as an escape"
2014-04-14 17:45:40 UTC
The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has suggested the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".
He broke down in tears four times on Monday and has also vomited in court.
"Now you trying to be emotional and i...
Prosecutor : "She wasn't scared of an intruder, she was scared of you"
2014-04-11 15:41:16 UTC
<h3>Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial that girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp did not scream or shout as he grabbed a gun and fired shots that killed her.</h3>Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about the death of Ste...
Oscar Pistorius, selfish, reckless and a liar
2014-04-10 16:27:49 UTC
<h3>Oscar Pistorius has faced a second day of intense cross-examination at his trial in which he was accused of being selfish, reckless and a liar.</h3>Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel focused on the athlete's character, enthusiasm for firearms and ver...
Oscar Pistorius clashed angrily with the prosecutor
2014-04-09 15:49:13 UTC
Oscar Pistorius clashed angrily with a prosecutor who tried to force him to look at a gruesome photo of his girlfriend's bloodied head on Wednesday, exclaiming through tears: "I don't have to look at a picture, I was there."
The Paralympian wen...
Nigeria overtake South Africa and becomes Africa's biggest economy
2014-04-06 16:46:47 UTC
Nigeria has "rebased" its gross domestic product (GDP) data, which has pushed it above South Africa as the continent's biggest economy.
Nigerian GDP now includes previously uncounted industries like telecoms, information technology, music, onli...
Reeva Steenkamp 'scared' of Pistorius at times
2014-03-24 19:15:29 UTC
<h3>Reeva Steenkamp was scared of Oscar Pistorius at times, the South African court holding the Olympic sprinter’s trial has heard. The revelations came in messages retrieved from the phones of both Pistorius and Steenkamp.</h3>
On Monday, as t...