Erik Benkelmann

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Reports of deadly Boko Haram raid in Nigeria

Scores reportedly killed in Shani town in Borno state by attackers who came riding on motorcycles.<p>Scores of people have reportedly been killed after suspected Boko Haram fighters, who arrived on motorcycles throwing bombs, raided a town in Nigeria's northeast Borno state.<p>The Reuters news agency, …

Anti-Balaka group to lay down arms in CAR

Christian group which carried out reprisal attacks against Muslim civilians says it will become a political movement.<p>The 'anti-Balaka' armed group in Central African Republic (CAR) has announced that it would lay down its weapons and become a political movement.<p>The armed Christian group, which was …

Kurds blame Turkey as suicide bombers hit Kobani

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey’s main Kurdish party accused the government of turning a blind eye to Islamic State militants on its soil on Saturday after suicide bombers attacked the town of Kobani along its southern border with Syria.<p>Four Islamic State militants blew themselves up in Kobani, …

Death toll from Ebola outbreak nears 7,000 in West Africa: WHO

DAKAR (Reuters) - The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has reached nearly 7,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.<p>A newly-built Ebola treatment center is pictured in Beyla, Guinea, November 25, 2014. Picture taken November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Fabien …

Egyptian court drops case against Mubarak over 2011 protest deaths

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court has dropped its case against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule and symbolized hopes for a new era of political openness and accountability.<p>Mubarak, 86, was sentenced to life in prison in …

Friday's mosque attack killed 100, wounded 135 in Nigeria's Kano: state governor

KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - A total of 100 people were killed in Friday’s coordinated attack on the central mosque of north Nigeria’s biggest city of Kano and 135 people were wounded, the governor of Kano state said on Saturday.<p>Rabiu Musa Kwankaso was speaking to reporters after visiting one of the …