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Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

10 million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'It is really a mind-boggling figure,' NRC chief Jan Egeland tells reporters. 'It takes extreme violence and fear of disasters to force a family out of their home, their land, their property, their community.'

Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

Cameroon's veteran strongman Biya wins seventh presidential term

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The Constitutional Council head Clement Atangana says opposition challenger Maurice Kamto is a far second to Paul Biya, who has ruled Cameroon with an iron fist since 1982

UN bracing for 40,000 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:46 PM

'We are preparing to help up to 40,0000,' UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch tells AFP, stressing though that the number of people fleeing into Nigeria could easily surpass that figure

DISPLACED. In this file photo in September 14, 2016, displaced Cameroonians wait for food parcels at a food distribution center in Nigeria. FILE PHOTO

14 dead in twin Cameroon bombings

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:22 PM

The bombings which took place on Wednesday evening in Waza near the Nigerian border targeted a busy area in the market town sources say

Boko Haram fighters found posing as refugees – Nigeria

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:40 AM

They were arrested during screening of the returnees at the border town of Banki by security personnel an official says

Nigeria rescues one Chibok schoolgirl near Cameroon border – army

Nov 05, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The government says it was hoping to secure the release of 83 other girls believed to be from Chibok being held by a different factions of Boko Haram

Death toll in Cameroon train crash hits 79

Oct 24, 2016 - 5:40 PM

More than 500 people are injured when the train travelling from the capital Yaounde to the economic hub of Douala comes off the rails near the central city of Eseka

CAMEROON TRAIN CRASH. A passenger escapes a train car using a window as others leave from the site of a train derailment in Eseka on October 21, 2016. File Photo by AFP

Nigeria hosts international summit on Boko Haram

May 14, 2016 - 6:58 PM

The summit comes as Nigeria s military pushes deep into Boko Haram s Sambisa Forest stronghold after recapturing swathes of territory

INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT.  In this file photo, soldiers from 21 Brigade and Army Engineers clearing Islamic militant group Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, July 30, 2015. File photo by EPA/STR

UN alarmed about Boko Haram ties to ISIS

May 14, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The UN Security Council has voiced deep concern that the activities of Boko Haram continue to undermine the peace and stability of the West and Central African region

TIES WITH ISIS. Soldiers from 21 Brigade and Army Engineers clearing Islamic militant group Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, July 30, 2015. File photo by EPA/STR

With assistance, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram

May 01, 2016 - 1:22 PM

With US and European support African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorizing the region – but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed

In this file photo, soldiers stand in Niamey on March 19, 2016, during the funeral ceremony of an army commander killed by Boko Haram in the Diffa region, near the border with Nigeria. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Nigeria checking if would-be bomber is captured Chibok girl

Mar 27, 2016 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED The girl claims she is one of the Nigerian students kidnapped by militants nearly two years ago

PROTEST. Nigerians protest over the government's failure to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls in Yola, Nigeria, 08 May 2014. File photo by EPA

Denmark deports top foreign student for 'working too hard'

Jan 09, 2016 - 11:56 PM

30 year old engineering student Marius Youbi is forced to fly back home to Cameroon following an expulsion order issued by the Danish immigration service

Boko Haram threat hangs heavy over Nigeria in 2016

Jan 01, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Despite official assurances violence and fear of Islamist group Boko Haram continue to stalk several major cities in Nigeria s troubled northeast

TERROR SCOURGE. A photo taken on October 28, 2015 in Maiduguri shows a poster displaying 100 Boko Haram suspects declared wanted by the Nigerian army. AFP photo

Cameroon army kills 100 Boko Haram fighters, frees 900 hostages

Dec 02, 2015 - 8:54 PM

Arms and munitions including ISIS flags were also seized

A file of a screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by Agence France-Presse shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Boko Haram/AFP

Female suicide bombers kill 5 in Cameroon attack

Nov 21, 2015 - 11:34 PM

One of the suicide bombers kills a local chief and his family in a village near Fotokol town

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Young suicide duo kill 3 in northern Cameroon

Sep 20, 2015 - 8:04 PM

The youth set off their suicide belts as a police officer approaches to question them

500,000 more children uprooted by Boko Haram – UNICEF

Sep 18, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The additional numbers of children made homeless has taken the total number of youngsters in the Lake Chad region who have been forced to flee to 1 4 million

'RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES.' A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows children standing in the Assaga refugee camp, set up by the UN three months ago for Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram. Photo by Boureima Hama/AFP

Boko Haram kills 8, abducts 135 in Cameroon

Aug 05, 2015 - 10:16 PM

UPDATED Boko Haram attacks the village of Tchakamari at around 1 am on Tuesday August 4

Female suicide bombers kill dozens in Cameroon, Nigeria

Jul 26, 2015 - 1:06 PM

UPDATED There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either bombing but Nigeria and increasingly Cameroon have suffered repeated attacks by Boko Haram extremists

Security clampdown in Chad capital after 'Boko Haram' suicide attacks

Jun 16, 2015 - 11:51 PM

Scores of police and soldiers patrol Chad s capital N Djamena a day after twin suicide bombings blamed on Boko Haram jihadists killed 24 people and wounded more than 100 in the first such attacks in the city

SURVIVOR. A woman rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Islamist militants Boko Haram at Sambisa Forest sits on a bed after receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola on May 5, 2015. Photo bt Emmanuel Arewa / AFP

Boko Haram fight HQ shifting to Maiduguri – Nigeria military

Jun 09, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari meets leaders of the G7 nations at a summit in Germany and reaffirms his pledge to crack down on the Islamists while calling for greater regional and international cooperation

LOOKOUT. A file photo taken on June 5, 2013 shows Nigerian soldiers patrolling in the north of Borno state close to a Islamist extremist group Boko Haram former camp near Maiduguri. Quentin Leboucher/AFP

UN condemns Boko Haram abuse of children in Cameroon

Jun 04, 2015 - 10:05 PM

A four nation fightback halted the attacks for a while but Rochdi said the jihadists had resumed weekly cross border hit and run style attack

PH port operator plans Africa expansion

Apr 16, 2015 - 9:45 PM

ICTSI Chairman Enrique Razon Jr says the firm is eyeing two ports in Africa as it continues its global expansion

Nigeria president-elect told to 'win peace' vs Boko Haram

Apr 03, 2015 - 6:34 PM

The real battle should take place on the social and economic front say analysts on Nigeria s president elect and his vow to fight terror group Boko Haram

NEW LEADER. Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari wins the polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation. AFP photo

Nigeria military retakes towns from Boko Haram in Yobe, Borno states

Mar 17, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Nigeria s military says it cleared Boko Haram from the northeastern state of Yobe while also claiming victory over the militants in the strategic town of Bama in neighboring Borno state

A photograph made available on 11 March 2015 shows Nigerian soldiers on patrol in Chibok, Borno State, North East Nigeria 08 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Boko Haram hits Maiduguri again as Nigeria dismisses ISIS link

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The latest attack comes after the government in Abuja described the militants pledge of allegiance to ISIS as a sign of weakness

BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP

Niger, Chad attack Boko Haram after ISIS pledge of allegiance

Mar 08, 2015 - 9:10 PM

UPDATED The attacks which follow a sustained build up of troops in southern Niger opens up a new front in regional efforts to wipe out the Islamist group whose 6 year insurgency has spread across borders

BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP

Nigerian military claims success vs Boko Haram

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:34 AM

UPDATED Meanwhile Nigeria s elections chief rules out any further postponement to upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls

Suicide attacks kill 38 as Boko Haram threatens Nigeria vote

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:37 AM

The latest wave of attacks blamed on the rebels underscore the challenge facing Nigeria and its neighbors – Cameroon Chad and Niger – despite claims of successes in the joint operation launched this month

A man walk pass posters of the main opposition presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari on a roadside in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, 17 February 2015. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Cameroon army kills 86 Boko Haram militants

Feb 17, 2015 - 11:22 AM

Five Cameroonian soldiers were also killed during the clashes in the Waza region near the border with Nigeria

BOKO HARAM. In this screen grab image taken on February 9, 2015 from a video made available by Islamist group Boko Haram, leader Abubakar Shekau (C) makes a statement at an undisclosed location. Boko Haram/AFP

Boko Haram takes on Chadian forces in NE Nigeria town

Feb 12, 2015 - 3:59 AM

UPDATED Troops from Chad Cameroon and Niger are deployed to fight the Islamists whose bloody insurgency has claimed more than 13 000 lives since 2009 and now threatens Nigeria s neighbors

Niger to send troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

Feb 10, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Niger had been mainly spared the violence until last week with a number of attacks carried out on its territory in recent days in the run up to the vote

In this screen grab image taken on February 9, 2015 from a video made available by Islamist group Boko Haram, leader Abubakar Shekau (C) makes a statement at an undisclosed location. Boko Haram/AFP

Boko Haram kills dozens in rampage after Chad offensive

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:54 PM

UPDATED The onslaught comes a day after Chad sends troops across the border to flush the jihadists out of the Nigerian town of Gamboru

Chad forces retake border town from Boko Haram

Feb 04, 2015 - 7:31 AM

The ground intervention by Chad comes after the African Union last week backed a regional 5 nation 7 500 strong force to take on the extremists amid growing fears about their threat to regional security

Chadian newspapers with headlines pertaining to Chad's military intervention against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram reading 'Look out Deby is coming!' (L), 'Chadian army combs through Gambaru' (R) are displayed on February 2, 2015 in N'Djamena. Sia Kambou/AFP

Nigeria says 5 towns recaptured from Boko Haram

Feb 03, 2015 - 7:29 AM

Gov t spokesperson: Our troops are in control after operations which had the active support of volunteers vigilantes and our friendly neighbors

Mi-8 attack helicopters are seen in Fotokol, Cameroon, on February 1, 2015, after an operation in nearby Gamboru, Nigeria. Stephane Yas/AFP

Chadian aircraft bomb Nigerian town in anti-Boko Haram raid

Feb 01, 2015 - 12:40 AM

The Boko Haram uprising has become a regional crisis with the 4 directly affected countries – Cameroon Chad Niger and Nigeria – agreeing to boost cooperation to contain the threat

SURVIVOR. A survivor of a Boko Haram's attack and his friend look at the waters of Lake Chad which borders Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, in Bol on January 25, 2015. Photo by AFP/Sia Kambou

Boko Haram wages new Nigeria attacks as Kerry visits

Jan 25, 2015 - 11:41 PM

UPDATED The renewed violence underscores the extent of the difficulties facing Nigeria as the election approaches and also the increasing threat Boko Haram poses for the country s neighbors

AFP file photo of Boko Haram

Attack me if you dare, Boko Haram chief taunts 'African kings'

Jan 21, 2015 - 10:45 PM

In a video claiming responsibility for the bloody attack on the Nigerian town of Baga in early January Shekau pours contempt on the presidents of Chad Cameroon and Niger

A file of a screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by Agence France-Presse shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Boko Haram/AFP

Boko Haram leader threatens Nigeria's neighbors

Jan 21, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Boko Haram also claims a massive attack feared to be the worst in its 6 year insurgency

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Cameroon bombs Boko Haram positions in north for first time – govt

Dec 29, 2014 - 8:37 PM

President Paul Biya personally ordered Sunday s air strike which forced the Boko Haram insurgents from neighbouring Nigeria to flee the camp at Assighasia

Boko Haram: spreading fear and blood in Nigeria and beyond

Nov 29, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Boko Haram are trying to create the perception that they are anywhere and everywhere

HUNDREDS DEAD, INJURED. Relatives talk to one of the victims of twin suicide blasts at Kano central mosque in the accident and emergency ward of the Nassarawa Specilist Hospital in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano on November 28, 2014. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP

At least 120 dead in Nigeria mosque suicide attack

Nov 29, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The mosque is attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II Nigeria s second most senior Muslim cleric who last week urged civilians to take up arms against Boko Haram

HUNDREDS DEAD, INJURED. Relatives talk to one of the victims of twin suicide blasts at Kano central mosque in the accident and emergency ward of the Nassarawa Specilist Hospital in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano on November 28, 2014. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP

Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'

Nov 01, 2014 - 11:36 AM

The Islamist group s leader Abubakar Shekau also denied claims by Nigeria s government that it had agreed to a ceasefire and apparently ruled out future talks

NO CEASEFIRE. An image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. Photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Triple bombing at north Nigeria bus station leaves 8 dead

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Multiple witnesses say the men entered the station in one vehicle and then dropped bags packed with explosives between the buses which were filling up with travelers

TRIPLE BOMBING. Locals inspect the site of a bomb blast at a bus station in Gombe, northeastern Nigeria, October 31, 2014. STR/EPA

Cameroon army kills 39 Boko Haram fighters

Oct 26, 2014 - 8:39 PM

The Cameroonian army regularly issues updates on the number of Boko Haram fighters it has killed

27 Chinese, local hostages released in Cameroon – gov't

Oct 11, 2014 - 4:42 PM

UPDATED They were kidnapped earlier in raids blamed on the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram

West African force vs Boko Haram operational 'from November'

Oct 08, 2014 - 8:57 AM

The leaders agree to speed up the creation of a headquarters for the force and have military battalions deployed to our respective borders by November 1

A screengrab taken on August 24, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows alleged members of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram during fighting at an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO/BOKO HARAM

Boko Haram under scrutiny over foreign fighters claim

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:33 PM

Cameroon s claims that two Tuareg fighters were among the dead when troops bombarded Boko Haram positions spark fresh interest in the group s links to the wider jihadi network

Cameroon army 'kills more than 100 Boko Haram fighters'

Sep 09, 2014 - 8:32 AM

The Cameroonian army dealt a severe setback to Boko Haram during clashes in the north of the country the government claims