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A French soldier leaves with his backpack at the Operational Desert Platform Camp (PfOD) during the Operation Barkhane in Gao, Mali, August 1, 2019. On Sunday, Mali's foreign ministry called objections from Niger to the prospect of a deal with Wagner "unacceptable, unfriendly and condescending". read moreThe French army started redeploying troops from its bases in Kidal, Tessalit and Timbuktu in northern Mali at the start of the month, French army sources have said. The European force in the Sahel so far comprises about 600 troops from nine countries. Reporting by John Irish in Paris; Editing by Bate Felix and Kevin LiffeyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Benoit Tessier, Wagner, Parly, Mali, John Irish, Bate Felix, Kevin Liffey Organizations: REUTERS, France's Armed Forces Minister, Reuters, Russian Wagner Group, ECOWAS, Islamic, French Armed Forces Ministry, Thomson Locations: Gao, Mali, NIAMEY, Niger, Sahel, French, France, al Qaeda, Islamic State, Germany, Paris, Western Sahara, Kidal, Tessalit, Timbuktu
Malian opposition leader Choguel Maiga named transitional prime minister attends the inauguration ceremony of Colonel Assimi Goita the new interim president in Bamako, Mali, June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Amadou Keita/File PhotoDAKAR, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Mali has the right to seek military support from whoever it wants, the prime minister said, after France and other foreign powers expressed alarm at a report that Bamako was approaching Russian mercenaries for assistance. The sources said Russia's the Wagner Group would supply mercenaries to train Mali's military and protect senior officials, based on the deal being negotiated. There are not enough troops," he said, without mentioning specifics about what plans Mali might have or which other parties might be involved. "We can't be stopped from sending trained people to a given country," the prime minister added.
Persons: Choguel Maiga, Assimi Goita, Amadou Keita, Maiga, Mali's Le, they're, Bate Felix, John Irish, Alessandra Prentice, Edmund Blair Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Wagner, U.N, Islamic, Economic, West African States, ECOWAS, Thomson Locations: Bamako, Mali, DAKAR, France, Malian, Russian, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Paris, West Africa's, Germany, West, Kidal, Tessalit, Timbuktu, Sahel, Niger
PARIS — The French government is done mincing words. The United States has stabbed France in the back. What irritates French leaders just as much is that Blinken himself was supposed to be a confirmed francophone and a sharp contrast to predecessor Mike Pompeo. Blinken was raised in Paris and educated at the premier bilingual school in Paris, the École Jeannine Manuel, before heading off to Harvard. But the move undermined the unified Western front that is as important as any weapon in keeping the threat of China at bay.
Persons: Donald Trump, France, Blinken, Mike Pompeo, Biden, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Antony Blinken, , Jeannine Manuel, Philippe Étienne, , Gérard Araud, Macron, Adnan Abu Walid al Organizations: PARIS, United, NATO, Trump, Australia, Harvard, Embassy, , Biden, Capes, American, U.S, Islamic Locations: United States, Australia, Britain, scuppering, France, China, U.S, Europe, America, Élysée, Afghanistan, Iran, Paris, Washington, ” France, Asia, Beijing, Greater Sahara, Niger, French
PARIS — France killed the leader of the Islamic State group in the Greater Sahara, French officials said Thursday, calling him “enemy No. This undated image provided by Rewards For Justice shows a wanted posted of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, leader of Islamic State group in the Greater Sahara. She did not disclose details of the operation or where al-Sahrawi was killed, though ISIS is active along the border between Mali and Niger. The extremist leader was born in the disputed territory of Western Sahara and later joined the Polisario Front. But in 2015, al-Sahrawi released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Persons: PARIS —, Emmanuel Macron, Adnan Abu Walid al, France’s, Florence Parly, , Jean, Yves Le Drian, Jeffrey Woodke, MUJAO Organizations: PARIS, Islamic, Nigerien, Niger, Rewards, Justice, AP, French, RFI, ISIS, NBC, Polisario Locations: PARIS — France, Greater Sahara, Greater, Mali, Niger, , France, African, Western Sahara, Algeria, Gao, al, Sahrawi, Iraq, Syria
France said Thursday it had killed Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the Islamic State leader who led the killing of four U.S. servicemen in Niger in 2017 and was the architect of one of the terrorist outfit’s most successful franchises following the group’s loss of its Middle East territories. “This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” French President Emmanuel Macron said, referring to the vast semiarid region south of the Sahara that has become home to some of the world’s most deadly jihadist cells. He didn’t provide details on when or where precisely al-Sahrawi had died.
Persons: Adnan Abu Walid al, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: Islamic, servicemen Locations: France, Niger
(CNN) French forces have killed Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS), French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Twitter early Thursday. French minister for the armed forces, Florence Parly, tweeted Thursday that military and intelligence agents had contributed to a "long-term hunt" for the ISIS-GS leader, which she described as a "decisive blow" for the group. "This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel," President Macron tweeted. ISIS-GS was established in 2015 after al Sahraoui, broke from the al Qaeda associated al-Murabitun group -- another splinter group based in Africa. In 2017, al Sahraoui claimed responsibility for the ambush of United States forces in Niger that killed four American soldiers.
Persons: Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, Emmanuel Macron, Florence Parly, Macron, al Sahraoui, Read Organizations: CNN, French, Islamic, Twitter, ISIS Locations: Islamic State, Africa, United States, Niger
The head of the Islamic State's deadly group in the Sahara was killed by French troops. Multiple reports said Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui led the killings of four US servicemen in formed the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara in 2015. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi had led the killings of four US soldiers in Niger in 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The killing of al-Sahrawi was "another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel," French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted. French forces have been fighting insurgencies in the region for years, the BBC said.
Persons: Adnan Abu Walid al, Sahraoui, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: Islamic, Service, Wall Street, BBC, Nigerien, United Nations Locations: Sahara, Sahrawi, Islamic State, Greater Sahara, Niger, West, France
“It’s unclear to what extent the leadership structure is irrevocably damaged,” said Hannah Armstrong, senior analyst for the Sahel region at the International Crisis Group. “They’ve definitely cut off the head and the chest.”Image Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui Credit... U.S. State DepartmentMr. al-Sahraoui created I.S.G.S. with a band of followers in 2015, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. But the outfit recently lost much of its power in the face of French airstrikes, as well as from clashes with rival jihadist groups. In January, French and Malian forces killed about 100 jihadists in central Mali, though it was not clear from which group or groups.
Persons: , Hannah Armstrong, “ They’ve, Adnan Abu Walid al, Sahraoui, “ It’s, Rida, Organizations: Crisis, . State Department, Islamic, Center Locations: ., Islamic State, Iraq, Mali, Niger, Malian, Moroccan
East Libyan forces and Chadian rebels clash in southern Libya
  + stars: | 2021-09-15 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar gestures as he speaks during Independence Day celebrations in Benghazi, Libya December 24, 2020. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori/File PhotoTRIPOLI, Sept 15 (Reuters) - The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar clashed with Chadian rebel forces in the south of Libya on Tuesday and Wednesday, both sides said. Statements from the LNA, which holds most of eastern and southern Libya, said it was engaged in military operations against what it called terrorist groups and the Chadian opposition. The French army said it had no forces on the ground or in the air in that area. The U.S. military has said that Russia flew jets to Libya last year to support LNA operations.
Persons: Khalifa, Omran, Khalifa Haftar, Idriss Deby, John Irish, Bate Felix, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Libyan National Army, Chadian, United Arab, Russian Wagner Group, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Benghazi, Libya, TRIPOLI, Sahel, Chadian, Concord, Chad, Haftar, Libyan, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, UAE, Tripoli, U.S, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Reuters Libya, Paris, Dakar
From Libya to Nigeria, Ethiopia to Mali, Moscow has been building key strategic military alliances and an increasingly favorable public profile across Africa in recent years. Via the U.N., Russia has also provided aid in the form food and medical assistance alongside its growing commercial, economic and military support across the continent. Russia's bilateral push In the past two months alone, Russia has signed military cooperation agreements with Nigeria and Ethiopia, Africa's two most populous nations. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates that Africa accounted for 18% of Russian arms exports between 2016 and 2020. This will focus on counterterrorism, special forces operations and humanitarian support, along with safeguarding U.S. commercial interests in the face of growing Chinese and Russian presence.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Wondimu, Muhammadu, DIMITAR DILKOFF, Abiy Ahmed, Donat Sorokin, GERD, Louw Nel, Nel, John Bolton, Biden, Antony Blinken, Muhammadu Buhari, LEAH MILLIS, Robert Besseling, Comfort, NKC's Nel, Emmanuel Macron, Idriss Deby, GEORGES GOBET Organizations: Anadolu Agency, Getty Images, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Central African, Kremlin, Wagner, UN, Reuters, Hunter, Aviation, Salon, Zhukovsky, Africa, Sirius, of Science, Art, Getty, Tigray Defence Force, Addis Ababa, CNBC, U.S, Africa Command, State Department, Cape Verdean Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Turkish, Tigray, Getty Images Russia, Africa, Libya, Nigeria, Mali, Moscow, Russia, Sochi, Stockholm, Central African Republic, Russian, MOSCOW, AFP, Getty Images SOCHI, RUSSIA, Afar, Amhara, Addis, U.S, Washington, Horn of Africa, Gulf, Guinea, Washington , DC, West, Cape, France, Sahel France, Burkina Faso, Niger, Paris, Chad, PAU, Sahel, French, Pau
Why are coups making a comeback in Africa?
  + stars: | 2021-09-12 | by ( Analysis Remi Adekoya | For Cnn | )   time to read: +7 min
Different decade, same problemsIn the early postcolonial decades when coups were rampant, Africa's coup leaders virtually always offered the same reasons for toppling governments: corruption, mismanagement, poverty. Threat to democratic gainsWhat is clear is that these coups pose a serious threat to the democratic gains African countries have made in recent decades. We should, unfortunately, prepare ourselves for the eventuality of more coups in Africa in the coming years. As are Mali, Niger, Chad and now Guinea where coups and coup attempts have recently occurred. This increasing probability of coups will make Africa in general less predictable and stable, a negative for investors that could end up worsening the economic situation.
Persons: Mamady Doumbouya, Alpha Conde, Omar al, Bashir, Robert Mugabe, Guineans, Joseph Sany, I'm, Conde, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, Alassane Ouattara, Rawlings, Ghanaians Organizations: CNN, Sudanese, Africa Center, United States Institute of Peace, African, Democratic Locations: Africa, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Africa's
National security journalist Spencer Ackerman spoke with Insider about his new book "Reign of Terror." Spencer Ackerman is a national security reporter who most recently was a staff correspondent for The Daily Beast and now has his own Substack called, "Forever Wars." Over the two decades since, he's won a Pulitzer Prize (along with many other awards) and is renowned as one of the US' foremost reporters on national security. Liberal architects of the War on TerrorHow did liberals sell the concept of the War on Terror? The pandemic, climate change, and the wages of the War on Terror's disaster being on display demonstrate that real security for real people is not national security.
Persons: Spencer Ackerman, Ackerman, he's, Anthony Fisher, Trump, Fisher, , Bill Clinton, Marty Peretz, repressively, George W, Bush, Alex Wong, It's, Bill, Barr, that's Organizations: Daily, The New, Liberal, New, Pentagon, Trump Locations: China, New Yorker, The New Republic, Afghanistan, United States, New Republic, America, Niger
Donald Trump contacted families of US troops killed in Kabul attack, per The Washington Post. It came as Trump criticized Biden over the chaotic US exit from Afghanistan. Trump, The Washington Post reported, sought to speak with several families of the 13 US service members killed in the August 26 suicide bombing at Kabul airport. Trump has sought to damage Biden politically by criticizing the manner of the US withdrawal. But with the Afghanistan withdrawal denting Biden's poll rating, according to a survey by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist last week, Trump appears to see political advantage in continuing to push the attacks.
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, Biden, Joe Biden, Darin Hoover, Hoover, SAUL LOEB, Getty Images Hoover, Shana Chappell, Kareem, Shana, Confederate, Robert E Lee, Robert E, Lee, LaDavid Johnson, denting Organizations: Washington, Service, The Washington Post, Post, Dover Air Force Base, Getty Images, Dover Air, Associated Press, NPR, PBS, Marist Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Dover , Delaware, Virginia, Iraq, Niger
Libya frees Saadi Gaddafi, son of former leader
  + stars: | 2021-09-05 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Saadi Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi, sits behind bars during a hearing at a courtroom in Tripoli, Libya February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/File PhotoTRIPOLI, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Libyan authorities have released Saadi Gaddafi, a son of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi who was ousted and killed during a 2011 uprising, a Libyan official source and a unity government source said on Sunday. Saadi Gaddafi fled for Niger during the NATO-backed uprising, but was extradited to Libya in 2014 and has been imprisoned since then in Tripoli. He immediately departed on a plane to Istanbul, the official source said. In 2018 the Justice Ministry said Saadi Gaddafi had been found not guilty of "murder, deception, threats, enslavement and defamation of the former player Bashir Rayani".
Persons: Saadi Gaddafi, Muammar Gaddafi, Ismail Zitouny, Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, Fathi Bashagha, Bashir Rayani, Saadi's, Saif al, Gaddafi, Ahmed Elumami, Hani Amara, Angus McDowall, Sandra Maler Organizations: REUTERS, Libyan, NATO, of National Unity, Ministry, New York Times, Thomson Locations: Tripoli, Libya, TRIPOLI, Niger, Istanbul, Zintan
“It all went bad.”Shaken, Mrs. Agbani and her team left and did not return to Yaataah for months. “Something’s sizzling round my legs,” said Mrs. Agbani, 45, laughing, leaning on a stick, and struggling to get a foothold in the mud. But Mrs. Agbani had arranged for villagers to clear a large patch of the palms. “Carry me dey go-o,” one of the women, Jessy Nubani, sang, bobbing up and down as she worked, adapting a popular call-and-response song. The other women sang back in harmony: “Martha, carry me dey go, dey go, dey go.”
Persons: , Agbani, Martha, dey, Jessy Nubani Locations: Yaataah, Bodo, Niger Delta, Nigeria
Journalist Spencer Ackerman spoke with Insider about his new book "Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump." He says the resources used in the War on Terror could shift to focus on China or domestic extremists. Spencer Ackerman is a national security reporter who most recently was a staff correspondent for The Daily Beast and now has his own Substack called, "Forever Wars." Over the two decades since, he's won a Pulitzer Prize (along with many other awards) and is renowned as one of the US' foremost reporters on national security. The pandemic, climate change, and the wages of the War on Terror's disaster being on display demonstrate that real security for real people is not national security.
Persons: Spencer Ackerman, Trump, Ackerman, he's, Anthony Fisher, Fisher, , Bill Clinton, Marty Peretz, repressively, George W, Bush, Alex Wong, It's, Bill, Barr, that's Organizations: Daily, The New, Liberal, New, Pentagon, Trump Locations: China, New Yorker, The New Republic, Afghanistan, United States, New Republic, America, Niger
Joy as parents reunited with kidnapped Nigerian students
  + stars: | 2021-08-27 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
The kidnappers had initially said six had died, but this proved to be a lie to scare parents into paying the ransom. Parents had sent a total of 65 million naira ($160,000) and six motorbikes as ransom, three parents told Reuters. read moreThe government has implored states not to pay ransoms, but desperate parents and communities often raise the funds themselves. "We have put in place all necessary measures to hunt down and prosecute those involved in this heinous act." ($1 = 411.0000 naira)Reporting By Maiduguri newsroom Writing by Libby George Editing by Peter GraffOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Tegina's Salihu, Stringer MAIDUGURI, Ali Gimi, Ahmed Mohamed, Parents, Abubakar Sani Bello, Libby George, Peter Graff Organizations: Tegina's, Islamic, REUTERS, Authorities, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Minna, Nigeria, Niger, Zamfara
MINNA, Nigeria, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Gunmen have released students abducted three months ago from an Islamic school in north-central Nigerian state of Niger, two parents told Reuters on Thursday. Around 136 school children were taken from the school in Tegina town in May but on Monday the school's owner said that six had died of illness. One parent, Mallam Saidu Tegina, said by phone the students have been released. Armed groups carrying out kidnapping for ransom are blamed for a series of raids on schools in northern Nigeria in recent months, abducting more than 1,000 students since December. Abubakar Garba Alhasan, whose seven children are held by the gang, said the students were on their way to the capital city in Minna.
Persons: MINNA, Mallam Saidu Tegina, Abubakar Garba Alhasan, Chijioke, Grant McCool Organizations: Reuters, Thomson Locations: Nigeria, Nigerian, Niger, Tegina, Minna
Boko Haram attack kills 16 soldiers in southern Niger
  + stars: | 2021-08-25 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
NIAMEY, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Boko Haram militants attacked a military post in southern Niger overnight, killing 16 soldiers and wounding nine more, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. About 50 of the Islamist militants were killed in the resulting combat in the West African country's Diffa region and significant quantities of weapons were recovered, the ministry said in a statement. The Boko Haram insurgency broke out in northeastern Nigeria in 2009, but violence frequently spills over into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon in the Lake Chad Basin. In December, an attack blamed on Boko Haram killed 28 people and burned 800 homes in the Diffa region. Reporting by Boureima Balima, writing by Aaron Ross, editing by Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Haram, Boureima Balima, Aaron Ross, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Thomson Locations: NIAMEY, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Lake Chad Basin, Diffa
The coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the world's population, and China and the US are facing demographic declines. ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty ImagesCOVID-19 will only make a dent in the evolution of the world's population. In contrast, the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed about 50 million, reduced the world's population by 1% to 5%. Centuries earlier, the Black Death may have killed half of the world's population at the time. It's hard to say, because the world's population cannot be projected beyond 2100 in a useful way.
Persons: Deng Xiaoping, Stephen Smith, Smith, midcentury, Pius Utomi Ekpei, Yang Jianzheng, ATTILA KISBENEDEK, James Pasley, Elijah Nouvelage, Paul Morland, Bruno Tertrais Organizations: Service, Census Bureau, National Assembly Research Service, REUTERS, Duke University, UN, World Food, Getty Images, China's, Bund, United, Getty, Washington State University, United Nations ' Department of Social, Economic Affairs, Institute for Applied Systems, University College, pour la Recherche Strategique, Strategic Research, Defense, National Security Locations: China, United States, Beijing, Asia, East Asia, Japan, South Korea, Tohoku, Korean, India, Caucasus, Soviet, Skrunda, Latvia, Europe, Eastern Europe, Georgia, Lithuania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Russia, Central Asia, Africa, Mexico, Southern Europe, Lagos, Nigeria, AFP, Getty Images Nigeria, America, Saharan Africa, Niger, Maradi, Shanghai, Budapest, COVID, Hungary, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Waiheke, Oneonta , Alabama, Vienna, Nigerian, Japanese, Paris, pour la
Kidnappers have taken more than 1,000 students since December amid a rash of abductions across the impoverished northwest. Around 300 of the children have still not been returned, according to a Reuters tally of reports. President Muhammadu Buhari has told states not to pay anything to kidnappers, saying it will only encourage more abductions. He declined to give details, citing the need for secrecy around ongoing operations, but said all levels of government are working to free the children. "We are winning the war against insurgency and we are winning the war against banditry," Mohammed said.
Persons: Abubakar Adam, TEGINA, Abubakar Adam's, Muhammadu Buhari, Aminu Salisu, Tegina, Bulama Bukarti, Tony Blair, Bukarti, Buhari, Lai Mohammed, Mohammed, Adam, Abraham Achirga, Libby George, David Lewis, Camillus, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Reuters Graphics, SBM Intelligence, Tony Blair Institute for Global, Government Science Secondary School, Unit, Maiduguri, Thomson Locations: Tegina, Niger State, Nigeria, Lagos, Katsina, Chibok, Niger, Camillus Eboh, Abuja
ABUJA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Gunmen killed two Nigerian military personnel and abducted another in an attack on an army training college in the northern state of Kaduna on Tuesday, a spokesman said, highlighting the authorities' loss of control over escalating violence. "The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen who gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka," said the academy's spokesman, Major Bashir Muhd Jajira. "During the unfortunate incident, we lost two personnel and one was abducted," he said in a statement, adding that various army units and security agencies were pursuing the attackers and trying to rescue the kidnap victim. The Nigerian government says it is winning the battle against the criminals it describes as bandits. read moreReporting by Camillus Eboh and Ardo Hazzad, writing by Estelle Shirbon, editing by Giles ElgoodOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Major Bashir Muhd Jajira, Camillus Eboh, Ardo Hazzad, Estelle Shirbon, Giles Elgood Organizations: Nigerian Defence Academy, Academy, Thomson Locations: ABUJA, Kaduna, Nigeria, Afaka, Kaduna State, Abuja, Niger, Zamfara, Katsina
In 2018, she helped New Jersey raise the minimum marriage age to 18, making it the second state to do so. “This story just touched my heart and it moved me to come up with legislation to outlaw child marriage,” Ramos said. Naila Amin protesting child marriage with Unchained At Last at Rutgers University located in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 2018. “The age of marriage needs to be higher to eliminate child marriage,” Fraidy Reiss, Unchained's founder and executive director, said. Most of the top 20 countries with the highest prevalence rates of child marriage are in Africa, with Niger having the highest child marriage rate in the world.
Persons: Naila Amin, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Naila Amin Amin, Amin, Philip Ramos ’, ” Ramos, , ” Amin, wasn’t, , Tariq, , ” Fraidy Reiss, Unchained's, ” Naila Amin, ” Reiss, Kathleen Rice’s, it’s, Casey Swegman, I’ve Organizations: Gov, UNICEF, Amin Foundation, New York, Citizenship, Immigration Services, Child Protective Services, Rutgers University, U.S . Embassy, Pew Research Center, New York Rep, Tahirih Justice Center, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Pakistan, New York, U.S, New Jersey, Brentwood, Long, New, New Brunswick , New Jersey, South Asia, Bangladesh, India, America, Caribbean, Africa, Niger, Arkansas , Idaho , Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma
(CNN) The coronation of a dashing monarch in the oil-rich Delta region has sparked a resurgence in royalty, tradition and ancestry among some young Nigerians. Thousands thronged the streets and dignitaries and well-wishers flew in from around the world as the Itsekiri people of Iwere Kingdom in Delta state crowned a new king, Ogiame Atuwatse III. Many have expectations on the new Olu of Warri to set things in motion to rewrite the narrative of the region. 'Women no longer invisible'The Olu of Warri also pledged that women would be given agency to play an active role in the community. As is common in monarchies, he also bestowed new titles on his mother and wife to be known as Iye Olu Atuwatse III and Olori Atuwatse III.
Persons: Ogiame Atuwatse III, Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, Oritsema Jemide, Warri, Prince Tsola Emiko, Tara Fela Durotoye, Durotoye, Olusegun Obasanjo, Olu Erejuwa Organizations: CNN, behemoth Locations: Iwere Kingdom, Delta, Niger, Niger Delta, Warri, Ife, Ile, South West Nigeria, Nigeria
MINNA, Nigeria, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Six of the 136 students kidnapped from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger have died of illness, the school principal told Reuters on Monday. Criminal gangs carrying out kidnappings for ransom are blamed for a series of raids on boarding schools in northern Nigeria in which more than 1,000 students have been abducted since December. Abubakar Adam, whose seven children are held by the gang, said the abductors called the principal to demand a ransom. Kidnappers on Sunday released 15 more students taken last month from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, after parents paid an undisclosed ransom to free them. read morePresident Muhammadu Buhari in February called on state governments to stop paying kidnappers, and Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai publicly refuses to pay.
Persons: MINNA, Abubakar Garba Alhasan, Abubakar Adam, Muhammadu Buhari, Nasir El, Rufai, Chijioke Ohuocha, Peter Cooney Organizations: Reuters, Sunday, Baptist, Maiduguri, Thomson Locations: Nigeria, Nigerian, Niger, Tegina, Kaduna
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