Eight dead following Boko Haram attack in southeastern Niger

Insurgents from the Islamist group Boko Haram killed four soldiers and four civilians in an attack on Niger’s southeastern desert town of Diffa, the defence ministry said. At least six militants were killed in the raid on Friday, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The insurgents attacked Diffa in the late afternoon, riding… Read More Eight dead following Boko Haram attack in southeastern Niger

Gunmen abduct students at Islamic school in north-central Nigeria

An armed gang abducted students from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger on Sunday, police and state government officials said. Armed groups carrying out kidnapping for ransom are blamed for a series of raids on schools and universities in northern Nigeria in recent months, abducting more than 700 students for ransom… Read More Gunmen abduct students at Islamic school in north-central Nigeria

Pope Francis to meet with Lebanon Christian leaders over nation’s crisis

Pope Francis, who has promised to visit Lebanon if fractious politicians agree on a new government, said on Sunday he would meet its Christian leaders to discuss the country’s worst crisis since its civil war that ended in 1990. He told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing that the meeting… Read More Pope Francis to meet with Lebanon Christian leaders over nation’s crisis

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson weds fiancee in low-key ceremony

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his fiancee Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, capping a week of political drama with a wedding kept so under wraps that his office did not confirm it until the following day. The event was not announced in advance and media reports on Saturday evening said guests were… Read More UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson weds fiancee in low-key ceremony

Kidnappers release fourteen university students abducted in northwestern Nigeria

Kidnappers have released the remaining 14 students who had been held captive after being abducted last month from a northern Nigerian university, a senior member of the teaching staff said on Saturday. Armed groups have repeatedly attacked schools and universities in northwest Nigeria in the last few months, abducting more than 700 students for ransom… Read More Kidnappers release fourteen university students abducted in northwestern Nigeria

At least six dead, several injured as mortar shell hits wedding in northern Afghanistan

At least six Afghan civilians were killed and several more were wounded when a mortar shell hit a house during a wedding ceremony in northern Kapisa province, security officials said on Sunday. The explosion on Saturday evening was in the Tagab district, which has seen fighting between the Afghan government forces and the Taliban insurgents.… Read More At least six dead, several injured as mortar shell hits wedding in northern Afghanistan

Israeli, Egyptian officials meet to build up on Gaza truce

Egypt’s foreign minister stressed during a meeting with his Israeli counterpart on Sunday the need to build on a truce between Israel and Hamas by stopping all practices that lead to escalation, the Foreign Ministry said. Egypt helped broker the May 21 truce to halt the worst fighting in years between Israel and Hamas, the… Read More Israeli, Egyptian officials meet to build up on Gaza truce