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Nigerian troops celebrating their hard won retake of GworzaFinally, Nigerians troops have recaptured Gwoza town in Borno State. The town, which was captured by the Boko Haram insurgents last year and converted into their caliphate, served as the last vestige of the terrorists’ stronghold after all the other captured towns in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states were retaken.

Director General of Home Affairs, Mkuseli Apleni, Photo: Johann HattinghThe Supreme Court of Appeal has severely criticised Home Affairs for ignoring repeated court orders and gave the department until 1 July to reopen the refugee reception office (RRO) in Port Elizabeth.

The court also ordered Home Affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni to report in writing once a month to the Somali Association of South Africa and the Project for Conflict Resolution and Development about the progress made to ensure compliance with the court order.

South African Department of Home affairsTwo foreigners married to South Africans can remain in the country with their families for now after the Constitutional Court told the Department of Home Affairs it cannot appeal a temporary High Court order.

The court ruled on Tuesday on the department's application for leave to appeal a Western Cape High Court decision granting temporary relief to two families separated by a new immigration regulation that came into effect at the end of May last year.

Germanwings AiroplanePARIS—A Germanwings Airbus A320 flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf with 150 passengers and crew aboard crashed in a remote part of the Alps in southern France on Tuesday, in one of the worst plane accidents in Western Europe in decades. All aboard were feared dead.

King Zwelintini of the Zulu NationZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has called for the deportation of foreign nationals living in the country, saying it was unacceptable locals were being made to compete with people from other countries for the few economic opportunities available.

Starving Children provided with foordThe Federal Government of Nigeria last week donated 300 tonnes of rice, 700 tonnes of maize and three tonnes of fish fillets to Namibia as part of a food consignment to help drought-stricken families.

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.