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Why rebels kidnapped 80 children in Cameroon

International | The students have returned home, but fighting continues over representation
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/13/18, 04:09 pm

Kidnappers in Cameroon have released 80 children and two staff members who were taken from a Presbyterian boarding school, but the violent separatist unrest in the country’s Northwest Region persists.

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‘I’m holding my death certificate’

International | Shiite Muslims fear extermination in Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/06/18, 03:15 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—Nigerian security forces last week shot and killed 42 members of a Shiite Islamic movement during a violent crackdown on protests in the nation’s capital. The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) staged a religious procession to coincide with a three-day protest demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky.

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Cameroonians losing faith in seven-term president

International | Paul Biya’s electoral victory fuels separatist tensions among English speakers
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/30/18, 01:55 pm

Cameroonian President Paul Biya, Africa’s longest-serving leader, secured a seventh term in a landslide electoral victory earlier this month. But the vote took place amid accusations of fraud and an increasingly deadly separatist crisis in the bilingual nation.

Biya received 71 percent of the vote in the Oct. 7 election, while lead opposition candidate Maurice Kamto garnered just 14 percent, according to the Constitutional Council.

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