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Letter from Africa: Should Nigerians shout louder?

13 May 2014 Last updated at 13:10 In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene argues that the public’s response to the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria on 14 April could be louder. I cannot remember the last time ...

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May 14th, 2014

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Exactly what does the phrase Boko Haram mean?

13 May 2014 Last updated at 11:21 Magazine Monitor A collection of cultural artefacts Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has gained notoriety with the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. What precisely does the group’s name mean? The official name of ...

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May 14th, 2014

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Why Nigeria cannot defeat Boko Haram

14 May 2014 Last updated at 01:33 By Andrew Walker Nigeria analyst Exactly a year after Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a “state of emergency” in north-eastern Nigeria, it seems to have had little effect in curbing the Islamist insurgency. Attacks ...

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May 14th, 2014

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Sugar Man director Bendjelloul dies

14 May 2014 Last updated at 00:28 Malik Bendjelloul was a child actor before finding success as a documentary filmmaker Oscar-winning Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul has died at the age of 36. His body was found late on Tuesday in the Stockholm area, police say. They ...

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May 14th, 2014

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Five facts about #BringBackOurGirls

13 May 2014 Last updated at 14:50 By BBC Trending What’s popular and why The hashtag #BringbackourGirls has become a huge global phenomenon after the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. Here are five facts about the trend. 1. When did it start? 2. How ...

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May 13th, 2014

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Nigeria abductions: Will publicity hinder negotiations?

13 May 2014 Last updated at 15:39 By Farouk Chothia BBC Africa While the Nigerian government says it is ready to hold talks with the Islamist group Boko Haram, the chances are that intermediaries are already involved in behind-the-scenes efforts to secure the release of the ...

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May 13th, 2014

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Kenya bans buses with tinted windows

13 May 2014 Last updated at 19:09 Buses have been targeted by militant Islamists in the capital, Nairobi Kenya’s police chief David Kimaiyo has ordered the seizure of commuter buses with tinted windows. The move was intended to prevent attacks by militant Islamists ...

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May 13th, 2014

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French journalist killed in CAR

13 May 2014 Last updated at 20:11 Ms Lepage had been working in CAR for several months French photojournalist Camille Lepage has been murdered while working in the Central African Republic, presidential officials in Paris say. The body of Ms Lepage, 26, was found when a ...

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May 13th, 2014

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Nigeria ‘ready’ for Boko Haram talks

13 May 2014 Last updated at 18:21 Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau called for the released of jailed militants Nigeria is ready to talk to Islamist militants to negotiate the release of more than 200 abducted girls, cabinet minister Tanimu Turaki has said. Boko Haram leader

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May 13th, 2014

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Nigerian Enyeama thrilled by award

Vincent Enyeama has spoken of his great pride at becoming the first goalkeeper to be named French Ligue 1 African Player of the Season. He is also the first Nigerian to win the Marc-Vivien Foe prize, named after the Cameroon international midfielder who died aged 28 of a ...

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May 13th, 2014

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