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UNICEF: Boko Haram use of child bombers soars

The number of children, mainly girls, used by the Nigerian armed group Boko Haram as “human bombs” has quadrupled this year, according to UNICEF. The UN’s children agency said on Tuesday that since January 1, 2017, 83 children have been used by the group to carry out bomb attacks in north-eastern

Guinea: Several buried alive in rubbish dump collapse

At least eight people have died and dozens more injured in Guinea when a rubbish dump on the outskirts of the capital, Conakry, collapsed after heavy rain. Five bodies, including those of two children, were taken to a morgue in Conakry following Tuesday’s incident, according to senior police official Boubacar Kasse. The

The (very near) future of insurance: the digital transformation imperative

By Darrel Orsmond, Financial Services Industry Head at SAP Africa Darrel Orsmond , Financial Services Industry Head at SAP Africa LAGOS, Nigeria, 22 August 2017, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The insurance industry is facing its very own Kodak moment. Forty years after the once heart-warming 1970s ad slogan became part of

Get Rich or Die Trying: a case study on the real identity behind a wave of cyberattacks on energy, mining and infrastructure companies

NAIROBI, Kenya, 22 August 2017, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Over the past 4 months, over 4,000 organisations globally have been targeted by cyberattacks which aim to infect their networks, steal data and commit fraud. Many of these companies are leading international names in industries such as oil & gas, manufacturing,

Sierra Leone mudslide survivors angry as hundreds remain missing

It has been a week since mudslides buried large areas of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and hundreds of people are still missing. The number of confirmed deaths is soon expected to exceed 500 as recovery efforts continue in the West African nation.   Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Freetown, where survivors’ grief

Italy and France are playing a dangerous game in Libya

After the United Nations lifted sanctions imposed on Libya in 2003, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi set off to improve relations with Europe. He knew that the two most important cards he held were oil money and migration. He knew that France was looking for yet another market for its arms

Muhammadu Buhari addresses nation on return from UK

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the nation after spending more than three months in London for medical treatment. In a televised address, Buhari on Monday thanked Nigerians for their prayers and said he was pleased to be “back on home soil among my brothers and sisters”. Buhari returned to Nigeria Saturday

S Africa remains silent as Grace Mugabe leaves country

The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from South Africa on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg. A report by Zimbabwean state broadcaster ZBC showed Grace Mugabe greeting government and military officials at the Harare airport

Sierra Leone mudslides: More evacuations expected as death toll rises

At least 450 people are now confirmed dead after a massive mudslide in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. Another 600 are still missing and hopes of finding them alive are fading. Humanitarian aid has started to arrive in makeshift camps for survivors. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Regent, Sierra Leone. Source: AMA

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