Pistorius granted bail after four-day hearing

PRETORIA (AFP): Iconic paralympian Oscar Pistorius was granted bail by a South African magistrate on Friday, pending trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pretoria magistrate Desmond Nair ruled Pistorius was not a flight risk and did not pose a danger to society after an emotionally charged four-day bail hearing. Prosecutors say Pistorius is guilty […]

Benin Republic celebrates voodoo day

MALAWI, Benin (AFP) The West African nation of Benin Thursday held sacrifices and ceremonies for its annual celebration of voodoo, the traditional religion that spread to the Americas with the slave trade. Benin is considered a voodoo heartland, particularly the city of Ouidah, which was a major slave trading port, and traditional beliefs often mix […]

Nigerian police arrest over 100 ‘Biafran separatists’

AFP – Nigerian police on Monday arrested 101 alleged members of a secessionist movement based in the country’s southeast in the latest such sweep in the region, authorities said. According to police, the alleged members of the “Biafra Zionist Movement” (BZM) were found in possession of secessionist emblems. They had staged a march in the […]

Sucide Bomber hits Church in Kaduna, kills three.

(AFP) A suspected suicide attacker attempted to slam a car bomb into a Catholic church during services Sunday in the Nigerian city of Kaduna, killing at least three people, including himself, officials said. “At least three people are confirmed dead,” the rescue official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to give […]

Attacks in Plateau state Nigeria kill 14

AFP: Two gun attacks in Nigeria’s flashpoint Plateau state, which has been racked by sectarian violence, have left 14 people including three children dead since the weekend, police said Wednesday. Plateau falls in Nigeria’s ‘Middle Belt,’ where the mainly Muslim north and mostly Christian south meet. The state has seen scores of attacks involving the […]

Yobo doubtful for Nigeria’s Liberia showdown

AFP: Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo is a major doubt for his side’s decisive 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Liberia on Saturday on account of a knee injury. “Yobo is most likely to miss Saturday’s game after he suffered a knee injury while in action for his club, Fenerbache,” said Ben Alaiya, press […]

Nigerian security officers arrested for Boko Haram links

Nigeria’s military said Friday it had arrested a number of security personnel over links to Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, whose insurgency has killed hundreds of people. The arrests came after soldiers from a special military unit deployed in the northeastern city of Maiduguri arrested an immigration officer, Grema Mohammed, for allegedly being an active […]

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