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World Cup child trafficking plot stopped in Nigeria

The traffickers were attempting to exploit relaxed entry rules into Russia ahead of the 2018 World Cup, according to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Nine young girls and one boy were rescued and each child was in possession of a FIFA Fan ID, to take advantage of the fact that Russia is allowing travelers to enter the country with
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Cameroon security forces torturing English speakers, Amnesty says

The human rights group says it has spoken to more than 150 victims and eyewitnesses to gather evidence of escalating violence in the northwest and southwest region of the country. The report stated that English speakers in the country were being targeted by both the Cameroon military and armed Anglophone separatists in waves of violence that Amnesty describes as "unlawful,
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US Embassy warns of ‘imminent attacks’ in Mozambique

The warning, issued Friday, applies to the Palma district of Cabo Delgado province, where a string of beheadings reportedly occurred last month. The government envisions the region as being a major industrial center for mining and the development of liquified natural gas."In light of information pointing to the likelihood of imminent attacks on government and commercial
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Experimental drugs approved for use in Congo Ebola outbreak

The treatments were allowed Monday by a Congo ethics committee on the grounds of compassionate use. Such treatments have never before been widely available or used during an Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said Wednesday; at least one of the drugs was used on a limited basis in the 2014 West Africa outbreak.There have been 58 cases of Ebola reported,
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…lifts state of emergency two months early

The country's council of Ministers approved a draft law on Saturday to lift the current state of emergency which started in October 2016, following months of protests from Oromo groups in the country. It was reinstated in February of 2018 following the unexpected resignation of then prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The nation has been in an official state of
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Uganda activists dump coffins outside parliament to protest murders

More than 20 people, mostly women and children have been abducted for ransom in recent months in the country. And rights groups say they have had enough. Uganda has experienced a rise in kidnapping for ransom this year, increasing panic among residents who say security agencies are not doing enough to protect them.Norman Tumuhimbise, founder of youth activist group The
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Nigeria’s army frees 148 Boko Haram hostages, half of them children

Soldiers rescued the hostages during an operation Sunday as members of the terror group fled "troops' onslaught in the Lake Chad Islands and fringes of the northern borders of Borno state," according to a statement. The captives were freed in the large but remote town of Bama, about 45 miles southeast of Maiduguri. Borno state in northeast Nigeria borders Niger, Chad