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Why Don’t We Care About the Slaughter of Nigerian Christians?

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 12:01 AM<p>Thousands of Christians are being butchered in Nigeria and whole villages being destroyed. Why are we so unconcerned? …

Africa

It's Harder to Become a Hair-Braider Than an EMT. Who's to Blame?

Last year, Jocelyn DoCouto stood before a handful of lawmakers at the Rhode Island capitol — and began to braid her daughter’s hair. Typically, the …

Cape Verde

Locals call Boko Haram ‘slave raiders.’ Here’s what that means, and why it matters.

Although widely understood as the Islamist terrorists that they are, Boko Haram insurgents in the borderlands between Cameroon and Nigeria are also slave raiders — at least that’s what many local residents call them. And there’s good reason to use that term. In many striking ways, Boko Haram’s …

Africa

Hundreds of schoolgirls flee suspected Boko Haram attackers in Nigeria

<b>Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) —</b> Hundreds of schoolgirls escaped possibly being kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram attackers who raided their school in northeast Nigeria on Monday, officials said.<p>The schoolgirls fled into the bush with their teachers after hearing gunfire as the militants descended on the …

Africa

Nigeria convicts 205 Boko Haram suspects

<b>Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) —</b> A Nigerian high court convicted 205 Boko Haram suspects for their involvement with the insurgent group, according to a Justice Ministry statement on Monday.<p>The suspects were sentenced to jail terms ranging from three to 60 years, the ministry said.<p>"Most of them were convicted …

Africa

Nigerian snake ate millions of naira, clerk says

<b>A Nigerian sales clerk has been suspended after she told auditors that a snake had eaten 36m naira.</b><p>That's the equivalent of $100,000 or £72,250.<p>The clerk, Philomena Chieshe, was working at an office for the Nigerian examination board which collects exam fees.<p>The exam board, the Joint Admissions and …

EFCC

President Buhari’s stumbles have opened the door for another major shift in Nigerian politics

If everything goes according to plan, Nigerians will be going to the polls to elect a president almost precisely a year from now, on Feb. 16 2019. As always with most election seasons, permutations are underway as to who the major players might be, how campaigns will be run and which candidates …

Africa

Kim's sister ends Olympic visit, leaving South to mull offer

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister headed home Sunday night after a whirlwind three days in South Korea, where she sat among world dignitaries at the Olympics and tossed a diplomatic offer to the South aimed at ending seven decades of hostility.<p>Kim Yo Jong and …

North Korea

PHOTOS: These Images Were Captured Nearly 3.8 Billion Miles From Earth

At first glance the images are unremarkable. They're grainy, ill-defined, seemingly more akin to television static or an 8-bit video game than they are to the high-resolution masterworks sent back by the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But take another look.<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured these …

Space

To Our Readers

<b>How we will continue to inform and inspire you in 2018</b><p>The world in 2018 will be full of dramatic change, improbable victories, and game-changing breakthroughs. Elections will be won and lost. Olympians will be hailed. Cryptocurrencies will rise and fall. And technology will continue to inexorably …

Flipboard

OPEC's Oil Price Nightmare Is Coming True

The latest surge in U.S. oil output will probably hasten the country's rise to the top of the producer pile. More important, it's starting to look as …

Oil

Minister: Iran will need ‘time to digest’ how Israel hit covert military sites

Israel Katz says Jewish state not seeking fight on northern border, indicates raids likely caught Tehran by surprise

Middle East

Over 5.5 million displaced across Horn of Africa by end 2017 - UN - Premium Times Nigeria

<i>Related News</i><p>The United Nations says 5.5 million people were displaced across the Horn of Africa by the end of December 2017, including around 4.1 …

Africa

How Nigerian Air Force raids communities, kills many - Amnesty International - Premium Times Nigeria

<i>Related News</i><p>Amnesty International has accused Nigerian security agencies of killing dozens of villagers in air attacks it deployed to quell communal …

Africa

Children suffering in Nigeria, other conflict-ravaged countries - UNICEF - Premium Times Nigeria

<i>Related News</i><p>Children are the most vulnerable in conflicts that have ravaged Nigeria and countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, South …

Africa

French Journalist to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Does Nigeria Have Bookstores?

In a nightmare let-me-google-that-for-you interview on Thursday evening, as part of France’s “Night of Ideas,” journalist Caroline Broué asked …

Feminism

Corruption could cost Africa 100 bln USD annually: AU

Corruption could cost Africa 100 bln USD annually: AU<p>The headquarters of the pan-African bloc, African Union, in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. …

Africa

West Africa wonders: What if the Ebola epidemic returns?

Diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever are highly contagious and life-threatening. Three years ago more than 11,000 people died of Ebola in West …

Disease

Israel will pay civilians $9,000 to capture African migrants

Israel is hiring civilian “immigration inspectors” to crack down on “illegal aliens and their employers,” marking a turning point in the Middle Eastern nation’s relationship with migrants and refugees.<p>In an advertisement this month, the Population and Immigration Authority said it would pay up to …

Africa
Africa

UN operating budget cut by $285M; US claims credit for it

The United Nations' budget is set to shrink by over $285 million next year — a 5 percent cut that the U.S. government says it negotiated.<p>The U.N. General Assembly voted Sunday to approve the nearly $5.4 billion regular operating budget for 2018-2019. The Secretary-General's office says the new …

China reduces tax on donkey skins despite population fears

<b>China is reducing the import tax on donkey skins for use in traditional medicine despite fears over a global reduction in the animal's population.</b><p>From Monday, the tax will fall from 5% to 2%, making imports cheaper.<p>Gelatine made from donkey skin is highly prized in China and purchases of hides have …

Extinction

Africa in 2018: The old generation remains at the helm

Throughout much of Africa, young people still have no say in politics. In 2018, elections will be held in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and Guinea. However, …

Nigeria: Trump Under Fire for Blaming AIDS On Nigerians

United States President Donald Trump addresses African leaders<p>Abuja — UNITED States President, Donald Trump, has come under criticism for alleging …

Some Nigerians yesterday expressed outrage over the inclusion of no fewer than eight dead Nigerians on the list of appointments into the governing boards of agencies and parastatals describing the gaffe as a reflection of how the APC-led government administers the country. A former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in a groupWhatsAppp post, queried the rationale behind the error, saying “You just appointed Donald Ugbaja as member of the Consumer Protection Council. You also appointed Chris Utovas a member of the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Some Nigerians yesterday expressed outrage over the inclusion of no fewer than eight dead Nigerians on the list of appointments into the governing …

Africa: Dear World, Africa Is Not a Country

Africa map.<p>opinion<p>The western media say things like: 'China, Britain, Italy and Africa.' The generalisation of Africa in 2017 is almost as amusing as …

Africa

In A Year Marked By Crisis, Let’s Not Forget Those Terrorised By Boko Haram

We are all at risk of forgetting one of the world’s most complex and urgent humanitarian crises<p>STEFAN HEUNIS via Getty Images<p>It has felt at times …

Africa in pictures: A look back at 2017

Zimbabwe and Gambia disposed of long-term rulers; Kenya and Liberia grappled with chaos after contested elections; terror attacks devastated Somalia …

Trump to make medical exam public after slurring words, White House says

President Donald Trump will have a physical exam early next year and will make the results public, the White House said Thursday, a day after the president appeared to slur his words in a public address.<p>Near the end of his policy remarks Wednesday on Israel, Trump, 71, began having difficulty with …

Donald Trump

Cameroon's anglophone crisis spills over into Nigeria

File: Cameroon was divided between French and British colonial rulers before independence in 1960 and English-speakers account for some 20 percent of …