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More than 200 child soldiers freed in South Sudan

One hundred and twelve boys and 95 girls, some as young as 14, were freed at a special 'laying down of arms ceremony' organized by UNICEF Tuesday in the town of Yambio, in the south west of the country. The UN agency said it hoped to release around 1,000 more child soldiers in coming
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New tech revolutionizes fight against old diseases

The case contained what appeared to be three ordinary iPhones. But the California researchers believed these phones could do something extraordinary — help quell river blindness, the second-leading cause of preventable blindness in the world.There is already an effective treatment, a medication that can kill the baby worms that cause the blindness. And when nearly everyone
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Nigeria’s President Buhari to meet Trump April 30

Trump will discuss ways of combating terrorism, promoting economic growth and building Nigeria's role as a leader in West Africa at the April 30 meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement Sunday."President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and
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Gunmen kill 26 in northern Nigeria’s Zamfara state

Armed bandits stormed a mining site in a remote village late Wednesday shooting at residents, Mohammed Shehu, a spokesman for the Kaduna State police told CNN."They ambushed 16 illegal gold miners and shot at them. Four people who heard the gunshots and ran to the site to assist were killed. They attacked another village and killed six people," Shehu said.Dozens of armed
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UNICEF: Boko Haram has kidnapped more than 1000 children in Nigeria

The statement came as Nigeria prepares to make the four-year anniversary of the Chibok abductions on April 14, 2014. "Since 2013, more than 1000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, including 276 girls taken from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in 2014," the statement said. The Chibok abduction sparked global outrage and reignited
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Deadly bomb attack targets Somalia soccer crowd

Hundreds of fans were watching the match when Thursday's blast occurred, District Commissioner Hersi Barre told CNN.Al Qaeda-linked terror group Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the bombing and said it had targeted district and regional officials who were watching the match.Barawe, a former Al-Shabaab stronghold, lies in Somalia's Lower Shabelle
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Opinion: Why Winnie Mandela must be celebrated as an African feminist icon

Apartheid was battled predominantly on the streets of South Africa, and the fight was led by the fearless Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, then the young wife of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.It was Madikizela-Mandela who reminded the nation and the world of the urgency to resist racial injustice toward Africans. She remained on the front lines to demand freedom, not just for
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Crowds celebrate Winnie Mandela’s life at Soweto memorial service

The memorial in Soweto comes ahead of a funeral service to be held on Saturday.Madikizela-Mandela died in a Johannesburg hospital on April 2 at the age of 81, after what her family said was a long illness. She was known as the "Mother of the Nation" because of her struggle against white minority rule in South Africa. Singing echoed round the Orlando Stadium in Soweto
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Nigeria’s President Buhari to seek second term

President Buhari will seek a second term as a candidate for the All Progressives Congress party, (APC) presidential aide Garba Shehu told CNN Monday.Buhari has faced intense speculation about his health and whether he is fit to contest for elections next year. The 75-year-old was away from the country for more than three months on a 'medical vacation' in London