Africa

Nigeria's Boko Haram releases beheading video echoing Islamic State

ABUJA - Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques similar to footage from Islamic State.

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Uganda denies massing troops along Sudan border 1:04pm GMT

KAMPALA - Ugandan troops based in South Sudan are not massing along the Sudan border, Ugandan military officials said on Tuesday, after Sudan's state news agency reported 16,000 Ugandan soldiers were due to arrive near the frontier.

Rival to Burundi's president escapes from jail - ministry 11:27am GMT

BUJUMBURA - A prominent political rival of Burundi's president has escaped from prison where he was serving 13 years on charges of endangering state security, the justice ministry said on Tuesday.

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Tanzania president pledges crackdown on albino killings 11:15am GMT

DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete promised to end a wave of killings of albinos, saying the witchcraft-related murders were shaming his east African nation.

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Insight - Nigeria stalls Chad, aims to beat Boko Haram before election 8:42am GMT

N'DJAMENA/YAOUNDE - When battle-hardened Chadian troops overran a Boko Haram camp in northern Nigeria last week, they wanted to press deep into territory controlled by the Islamist group but Nigeria refused to let them.

Chad troops seize Nigerian town of Dikwa from Boko Haram 02 Mar 2015

DIKWA, Chad - Chadian troops have driven Boko Haram militants out of the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa, losing one soldier in the battle, an army spokesman said on Monday.