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boko-haran01Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram has released photos purportedly showing a training camp for child soldiers.

The images show kids dressed in blue and black clothing aiming automatic rifles.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:58

SA troops ‘not going to Nigeria’

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Mashabane 01The South African government has deplored reports that ex-SADF members are heading for Nigeria to help that country fight the growing menace of Boko Haram.

How to fight the Islamist terrorists group which has killed

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:13

SA Veteran Musician slams Xenophobia

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sipho htxa-2World-famous musician and Soweto resident Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse has attributed the xenophobic attacks in the township to "self-hatred".

john-kerryConcerned that Nigeria could face postelection turmoil, Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged President Goodluck Jonathan and his principal political rival to respect the results of next month’s presidential vote and to discourage their supporters from carrying out violent protests.

queen-of-africa-dollsWhile Black parents globally remain frustrated with the lack of Black dolls for their children, a Nigerian businessman has tapped into the growing toy industry and created a line of African dolls that fill an important void in the market.

A-Looted Foreign_owned_shopSouth African police said Thursday they arrested 92 people after mobs went on a looting spree of grocery stores owned by foreign nationals in Johannesburg s Soweto township.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 21:08

No excuse for Soweto violence - Cosatu

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Soweto Xenophobic_lootersThere is no excuse for assault, killings and looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto, Cosatu said on Thursday.

"The police must take action, but in an even-handed way, treating all people equally," the Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

State-of-emergencyPresident Goodluck Jonathan is to ask the country's national assembly to extend a state of emergency in three northeastern states hit by fighters when it expires this week, the justice minister has said.

Jonathan ordered troops into Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in May last year.

Boko-HaramThe Nigerian army says it has recaptured the north-eastern town of Chibok, which was seized by Boko Haram militants on Thursday.

Boko Haram fighters kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the village in April, sparking global outrage.

TB-Joshua-SCOANThe bodies of 74 South Africans, killed when a church guesthouse collapsed in Nigeria in September, arrived home on Sunday, with South Africa looking to ease diplomatic tensions that flared after the disaster.

Muhammad-SanusiThe Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has urged Nigerians to brace up to defend themselves against the extremist Boko Haram sect which has mounted a bloody campaign against Nigerians; killing, maiming and overrunning territories.

Speaking on Saturday while making a closing remark at the weekly recitation of the Holy Quran as part of prayers for peace in the country, Mr. Sanusi urged religious and community leaders to undertake the immediate task of reinventing courage in their people, particularly the youth, in preparation for self defence against Boko Haram attacks.

Pastor TB_JoshuaTwo South Africans, who lost relatives when a guest house at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos collapsed, have told the BBC they intend to sue Nigerian evangelist TB Joshua.

The two men, who both lost sisters in the collapse, are appealing for more families to come together in bringing a case against the preacher.

At least 115 people, including 84 South Africans, died when the multi-storey building fell down earlier this month.