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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-BaghdadiIn an audio message purportedly from an ISIS spokesman, the group announced that a pledge of allegiance from Nigerian-based Boko Haram has been accepted by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The 28-minute message, which cannot be independently authenticated by CNN, was posted online by ISIS supporters.

Gardener Tsepho Mahola shows his "green card". (Denvor de Wee, Netwerk24)The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) may launch its own investigation into allegations of workers being forced to apply for a green card to access certain parts of Worcester, it said on Wednesday.

The commission's Western Cape manager had delegated a number of staff to travel to Worcester to see whether there were grounds for an own initiative investigation, spokesman Isaac Mangena said.

sa-mecenaryThe first South African has been killed in north-eastern Nigeria, where he was participating in the fight against Boko Haram. Leon Lotz, an apartheid-era Koevoet operative, was reportedly killed in a friendly fire incident when a Nigerian tank destroyed the wrong target.

Chadian troops participate along with Nigerian special forces in an exercise in Mao, Chad on March 7, 2015/ Photo-Jerome DelayEven if the allies hit Boko Haram hard militarily, it will still have the potential to launch terrorist attacks

With army trucks bristling with weapons, and soldiers boasting that they would catch Boko Haram militant leader Abubakar Shekau alive, military forces from Niger and Chad crossed into northeastern Nigeria on Monday to open new fronts in a war against an insurgent group that has wreaked havoc in the region for several years

Demostrators march against the recent wave of xenophobic attacks, in Khayelitsha township near Cape Town, May 31, 2008. REUTERS/Mark WesselsSouth Africans could learn a thing or two from Nigeria about tolerance and treating foreigners well, says Nigerian consul general Uche Ajulu-Okeke.In fact, her consulate is busy establishing a cultural centre where South African wives can learn to say “I love you” to their Nigerian spouses in that country’s many languages.

In fact, her consulate is busy establishing a cultural centre where South African wives can learn to say “I love you” to their Nigerian spouses in that country’s many languages.

During a discussion about xenophobia on Tuesday night, the consul general, who is based in Johannesburg, said: “Nigeria is the one country in Africa where you will not be asked for your papers.”

shekauA message allegedly from the head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group Saturday pledged his group’s allegiance to Islamic State.

The pledge to IS came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring service.

boko-haram-fighters-01Residents and an intelligence officer say Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces.

Former President Thabo Mbeki addressing the 2015 Obafemi Awolowo Prize for leadership Award in Lagos. Picture via Thano Mbeki facebookFormer President Thabo Mbeki of the Republic of South Africa- Mr Thabo Mbeki yesterday received the Obafemi Awolowo Prize for leadership Award in Lagos, Nigeria. He is this year recipient of the coveted award won previously by writer and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka.

Friday, 06 March 2015 10:08

Ex-SANDF soldiers fighting Boko Haram

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E-South Africa Defence Force soldiers in trainingFormer South African Defense Force soldiers are reportedly playing a major role in fighting terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria.

The soldiers are reportedly part of a multi-national task team who have been hired by Nigeria to help train their soldiers to fight Boko Haram.

Nigerian forces have been struggling to contain the Boko Haram insurgencyBoko Haram fighters have killed 68 people, many of them children, in northeast Nigeria, as militants begin amassing in the strategic town of Gwoza against a possible assault by government forces.

The atrocity in Njaba, 50 kilometres from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, happened at dawn on Tuesday and also saw attackers raze the village, witnesses and vigilantes said.

Dead Boko Haram CombatantsThe military on Friday made further gains in its offensive against the terrorist Boko Haram sect by routing them from Bara, the headquarters of Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State and Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Boko Haram's female bombersA crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze Sunday, according to police and witnesses at a northeastern Nigerian market.

A second suspect, also a teenage girl, was arrested at Muda Lawal, the bigge