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Violence erupts in Burkina Faso after militants overthrow president
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Violence erupts in Burkina Faso after militants overthrow president

Violence struck Burkina Faso’s capital after protestors and a group of soldiers mounted a coup and announced on state television it overthrew its president. Flanked by several soldiers, made the announcement Friday night that Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba was overthrown -- just under nine months after he led a coup also in the West African country. Damiba overthrew the democratically-elected president in January. Capt. Ibrahim Traore was announced as the country's new leader. Damiba's whereabouts were still unknown Saturday. Traore reportedly said the militants did not seek to harm Damiba, and are working on behalf Burkina Faso. The group says its coup is a response to a lax intervention from the government to address increasing violence in the country by Islamic extr...
Horn of Africa on the brink of famine; countries step up aid
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Horn of Africa on the brink of famine; countries step up aid

On Wednesday, several countries pledged to contribute hundreds of millions of dollars of more aid for the Horn of Africa after the United Nations warned that the region could soon face a devastating famine. The United Nations said Somalia and nearby countries will experience famine in at levels more severe than 2011, when more than 25 million people died. Hundreds of thousands of Somalians are currently starving and the UN has warned growing hunger will lead to “large-scale deaths” by December without intervention. Even with aid, the prospects are grim for many in the Horn of Africa. In #Somalia, families like Ayan's have lost their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones. WFP is reaching record numbers of people in the face of the #HornofAfrica drought and #FoodCrisis. Help us #F...
Benin bronzes to be returned to Nigerian officials from German museum
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Benin bronzes to be returned to Nigerian officials from German museum

Dozens of bronzes stolen by Europeans from the Kingdom of Benin will be on display on last time in Berlin on Saturday before they are returned to Nigeria. The items will be shown at Humboldt Museum in Berlin where the have remained for decades. The repatriation of these artifacts is the latest attempt by German officials to take responsibility for their involvement in colonialism. RELATED: London museum agrees to return collection of stolen Benin Bronzes and art to Nigeria Thousands of Benin bronzes and African artifacts are still in the possession of European museums. Britain currently has the vast majority of the artifacts and has not returned them after being requested by Nigerian officials. More about the repatriation of Benin bronzes can be found here.
Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally
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Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally

About 20 million children in Nigeria are out of school, the highest figure in the world for a single country, according to newly-released data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Three countries were identified as having the highest number of children out of school: India, Nigeria and Pakistan. In other parts of Africa, Ethiopia has 10.5 million children out of school, the Democratic Republic of Congo has 5.9 million, and Kenya has 1.8 million, according to UNESCO. The number of children out of school in Nigeria have fluctuated between 10.5 million and about 15 million for more than a decade. UNESCO said there are "244 million children and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 worldwide (who) are still out of school.” UNESCO announce...
Report: Plane crash that killed 20 people departing DRC caused by loose crocodile
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Report: Plane crash that killed 20 people departing DRC caused by loose crocodile

An investigation into a plane crash that claimed the lives of at least 20 people after it departed the Democratic Republic of Congo 12 years ago was reportedly due to a crocodile that got loose on the plane. According to Jeune Afrique, the plane crashed on Aug. 25, 2010 after most of the weight in the cabin shifted when frightened passengers tried to get away from the crocodile. The crocodile was believed to have been smuggled on board the plane in a carry-on bag but got free. One person survived the crash, as well as the crocodile, which was later killed by authorities. More about the deadly plane crash can be found here.
Catholic nuns kidnapped in Nigeria released, officials say
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Catholic nuns kidnapped in Nigeria released, officials say

Four Catholic nuns who were kidnapped earlier this week at gunpoint in the state of Imo have been released, police said. Imo state police announced on Wednesday that the nuns were released by their abductors the day before. Officials reportedly said the nuns were returned unharmed. They did not disclose if they were returned in exchange for ransom. RELATED: Four nuns kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria Kidnappings by militant groups and gangs have increased in Nigeria. It has been speculated ransom paid for kidnapped religious leaders has fueled abductions. More about the abduction and religious violence in Nigeria can be found here.
At least 20 dead after militant group attacked hotel in Somalia
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At least 20 dead after militant group attacked hotel in Somalia

At least 20 people were reportedly killed and 40 wounded after militants linked to al-Qaeda stormed a hotel in Somalia's capital on Friday evening and opened fire on civilians. Dozens of civilians were taken hostage and some locked themselves inside hotel rooms during a standoff at the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu. The attackers reportedly shot and killed civilians who who tried to flee, as well as 10 security personnel with guns and grenades. Three of the attackers were killed by Somali forces during the standoff, which lasted more than 3o hours. The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group  claimed responsibility for the attack. The group has been waging battles to overthrow the Somalian government for more than a decade. More about the attack can be found here.
WHO official says “color of the skin” may be reason the crisis in Ethiopia ignored unlike Ukraine
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WHO official says “color of the skin” may be reason the crisis in Ethiopia ignored unlike Ukraine

An official with the World Health Organization (WHO) said the province of Tigray in Ethiopia is the worst ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the remarks on Wednesday, saying that more than 6 million people in Tigray have endured attacks for nearly two years at the hands of Ethiopian and Eritrean forces. "The humanitarian crisis in Tigray is more than Ukraine without any exaggeration. And, I said this many months ago, maybe the reason is the color of the skin of the people in Tigray." Ghebreyesus, who is a native of Tigray, said the province has been forced into isolation from the rest of the world without electricity, banks, and limited fuel. He added that limited food and medicine have been delivered to to Tigray ...
Flooding in state of Jigawa, Nigeria leaves at least 50 dead
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Flooding in state of Jigawa, Nigeria leaves at least 50 dead

At least 50 people are reportedly dead and hundreds more have been displaced since heavy rain brought flash floods submerging the state of Jigawa in Nigeria. About 1,600 people are homeless and many structures, including homes, have been damaged as a result of floods from heavy rain that began in May, according to the State Emergency Management Agency for Jigawa, reported Daily Post in Nigeria. Flooding this past weekend left 17 people dead in two villages in Jigawa. Another 68 people were injured due to the floods. On Sunday, a spokesperson for the State Emergency Management Agency reportedly said the recently displaced people are living in some of the 11 temporary camps set up. Some of the displaced individuals are living with family. More about the massive flooding in Ni...
Study: Nigeria tops list of English-speaking countries interested in cryptocurrencies
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Study: Nigeria tops list of English-speaking countries interested in cryptocurrencies

A new study released this week indicates Nigeria has shown more interest in cryptocurrencies than any other English-speaking country. Nigeria received a score of 371 in the study which analyzed Google Trends data for multiple cryptocurrency-related searches. The study, which was released by price tracker CoinGecko, combined the search terms to rank every English-speaking nation. The United Arab Emirates and Singapore followed behind Nigeria on the list. Among 15 English-speaking countries, the United States ranked at number 12 on the list. For comparison, Canada and the United Kingdom, came in at 6 and 5, respectively. More about the cryptocurrency study can be found here.