Nigeria’s Boko Haram Claims Abduction Of Over 200 Schoolgirls: AFP

ABUJA (Reuters) – The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls during a raid in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria last month, the French news agency AFP reported, citing a video it had obtained. “I abducted your girls,” Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau … Read more

China signs deals with Ethiopia as Premier starts Africa tour

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA¬†(Reuters) –¬†China¬†signed a raft of agreements with¬†Ethiopia¬†on Sunday as Premier¬†Li Keqiang¬†arrived for the first leg of his four-nation¬†Africa¬†tour aimed at shoring up burgeoning Sino-Africa¬†ties that saw their trade top $200 billion last year. This is Li’s first visit to¬†Africa¬†since he became premier last year, and follows a trip to the continent … Read more

United States pushes Congo on presidential term limits, pledges aid

By Phil Stewart KINSHASA (Reuters) – The¬†United States¬†urged Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to stick to its constitution that sets terms limits for the president, as speculation grows that¬†Joseph Kabila¬†may seek a third term. Highlighting an issue that exists in several African countries where leaders have sought to extend their rule beyond constitutional limits, … Read more

Kenya launches electronic system to cut trade red tape

NAIROBI (Reuters) –¬†Kenya¬†on Friday launched a single electronic system for processing imports and exports, to simplify red tape blamed for holding up trade in the trading hub of the region. Kenya¬†is the main trade gateway to¬†east Africa, through its¬†Indian Ocean port of Mombasa, but traders say it takes too long to get goods cleared and … Read more

Nigeria’s “African Davos” to go ahead amid terrorist attacks

By Pascal Fletcher ABUJA¬†(Reuters) – Delegates to the¬†World Economic Forum¬†on¬†Africa (the African Davos) next week in the Nigerian capital¬†Abuja¬†will be in the right place to reflect on the rising continent’s problems, as well as its undoubted potential. Participants, including Chinese Premier¬†Li Keqiang¬†and African leaders, meet as the continent’s largest economy grapples with a surging Islamist … Read more

Death toll up to 19 in latest Nigerian attack

Police say the toll has risen to at least 19 killed in a car bomb that exploded on a busy road in Nigeria’s capital, just days before the city is to host a major international conference. The bomb exploded where traffic built up near a checkpoint across the road from a busy bus station where … Read more

Suspected bomb on edge of Nigerian capital kills at least 15

By Isaac Abrak and Afolabi Sotunde ABUJA¬†(Reuters) – A suspected car bomb exploded on the outskirts of¬†Nigeria‘s capital¬†Abuja¬†on Thursday, killing at least 15 people a week before the city was to host a conference of leaders and business executives focused on¬†Africa’s growth prospects, witnesses said. The explosion hit the suburb of Nyanya, close to the … Read more

Personal power struggle destroying South Sudan: U.N. rights chief

By Carl Odera JUBA (Reuters) – A personal power struggle between South Sudan’s leaders is driving Africa’s newest nation to “catastrophe”, the U.N. rights chief said on Wednesday. The visit by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay was prompted by a rebel attack on the South Sudanese oil hub of Bentiu this month … Read more

China says Li Keqiang’s Africa visit about more than just oil deals

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to visit four African countries, including oil-rich Angola and Nigeria, but will not be going simply for energy deals as China increasingly aims to boost African living standards, officials said on Wednesday. Trips by Chinese leaders to Africa are often marked by big natural … Read more

Abducted girls forced to marry extremist- Reports

A civil society group says villagers are reporting that scores of girls and young women who were recently kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry Islamic extremists. A federal senator for the area in northeast Nigeria wants the government to get international help to rescue the more than 200 missing girls … Read more