Suspected militants kill 42 in northeast Nigeria: police

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Suspected Islamist militants dressed as soldiers rounded up and killed at least 42 villagers in Nigeria’s northeast, the centre of an escalating insurgency increasingly targeting civilians, a police source said.The assault in Bardari late on Wednesday came a day after officials and witnesses said raiders killed scores of people in three other villages in the Borno region, where Boko Haram insurgents first launched their campaign to carve out an Islamist state.The gunmen in military uniform called the Bardari villagers together, then opened fire, the police source told Reuters. “The people couldn’t identify them in time as terrorists.”The militants then fled, crossing a river and setting fire to houses in the neighbouring village of Kayamla, close to the regional capital Maiduguri, added the source.

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Drone strike kills three suspected militants in Yemen: sources

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A drone strike killed at least three suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen on Wednesday night, tribal sources said.The strike targeted a vehicle in which the suspected militants were travelling in the Wadi Abida district of the central Maarib province, east of the capital Sanaa, the sources told Reuters.Yemen is the main stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the Islamist militant group’s most active wings. The United States acknowledges using drones in Yemen but does not comment publicly on the practice.

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Ebola kills 208 people in Guinea: WHO

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A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) says at least 208 people have died from the highly contagious Ebola virus in Guinea.The UN health agency said on Wednesday it has registered 328 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola, including 208 deaths, in the West African country.The WHO added that the figure includes 21 deaths only between May 29 and June 1. This makes Guinea one of the worst-ever places hit by the outbreak of the deadly fever.The organization warned that the virus has also growingly affected neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, despite claims by Guinean officials that they have stopped it from spreading to other regions.

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China takes more assertive line in South Sudan diplomacy

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China is swapping its reserved diplomacy for a hands-on approach to help resolve a more than five-month-old rebellion in South Sudan that threatens Beijing’s oil investments.The subtle change has been evident in months of faltering peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, where Chinese officials have been in regular contact with Western diplomats to help regional African mediators push for a halt to fighting.Diplomats say the permanent Chinese presence at the Addis Ababa talks and their frequent lobby chats and closed-door consultations with diplomats from the United States, Britain and Norway – the main Western backers of newly independent South Sudan – shows China’s more proactive approach.When a first ceasefire deal was reached on Jan. 23, a month after fighting erupted, a senior Western diplomat said China’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Xie Xiaoyan, joined other envoys by giving a speech at the signing that set the tone for Beijing’s involvement.

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Gunmen kill Red Cross official in Libya, fire grenade at PM’s office

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Gunmen in Libya shot dead a Swiss national working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), fired a grenade at the prime minister’s office and tried to kill a renegade general in a series of attacks on Wednesday.Anarchy is spreading in the North African oil-producing country where turmoil and political infighting have reigned since the 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. A plethora of armed militias operate at will beyond state authority.In the east outside Benghazi, ex-general Khalifa Haftar survived an assassination attempt. In Sirte, a central city where the government has little control, gunmen killed a Swiss ICRC official. And in the capital Tripoli, gunmen fired a rocket propelled grenade at the office of Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq.

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Gunmen kill nine in northeast Nigeria church attack

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Gunmen opened fire on a church service in a remote village in northeastern Nigeria, killing nine people as worshippers fled into the bush, police and a witness said on Monday.A member of the congregation said people jumped through windows to escape Sunday’s attack in Attangara in the Gwoza hills – the main stronghold of Boko Haram militants who are mounting an escalating campaign to carve out an Islamist state.”As we were holding the service, we started hearing gunshots and everybody fled,” Matha Yohana told Reuters.”More than 10 of them (the gunmen) were riding motorcycles and one car,” she said, adding some local people had pursued the attackers, killing four of them and capturing three. A police source said nine people were killed in the assault on the church.

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At least 20 killed, dozens wounded in clashes in Libya’s Benghazi: medics

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At least 20 people were killed and almost 70 wounded when the Libyan army and forces of a renegade general fought Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday, medical sources said.Combat helicopters belonging to forces loyal to former army general Khalifa Haftar – who wants to purge the North African state of Islamist militants he says a weak government has failed to control – supported the army in the worst fighting in months.At least 20 people were killed and 67 wounded in Benghazi alone, hospital doctors said. Some 18 wounded were reported in al-Marj, a town east of Benghazi, where fighting also broke out, medical sources said.Libya is in protracted turmoil three years after the NATO-backed war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, with Islamist, anti-Islamist, regional and political factions locked in conflict.

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