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The region in Niger quietly piloting a Boko Haram amnesty

In mid-December 2016, in rural Diffa region on Niger’s southern border with Nigeria, fourteen men gave themselves up to authorities. The group said that they were former fighters of Boko Haram and that they had abandoned their weapons in the bush.

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Op-Ed: Emerging US Africa Policy focuses on security issues

American support for democracy, development and health may no longer be policy cornerstones as they have been for all post-Cold War presidents, Democratic and Republican. At the White House, a former Pentagon Africa counterterrorism director has been chosen as senior Africa policy aide. No choice has yet been made for the post of Assistant Secretary of State for Africa in the State Department. By R. Kramer for AllAfrica.com

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Former Boko Haram Abductees Speak Out

Though still fearful for her life and the safety of her family, one of the girls who escaped abduction by Boko Haram in Nigeria has appealed to global leaders to intervene and help bring back 195 schoolgirls still being held by the terrorist network. Next month it will be three years since the Nigerian militants abducted more than 270 girls from the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria.

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Kenya-Somalia border fencing on course

The fencing of three kilometres of the Kenya-Somalia border is complete after the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) took over its construction over two months ago. The project, initiated by the Ministry of Interior in 2015, has since been switched to wire fencing along the porous border.

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What Trump means for Africa

Donald Trump is the next president of the United States of America, the world’s most powerful country, and no corner of the globe will be immune from the consequences. As crazy as it might seem, this is no time for schadenfreude: his election is bad news – very bad news – for Africa too.

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Trump’s isolationism: Threats and opportunities for Africa

Donald Trump’s ascension to the US Presidency has stunned many across the globe due to his strange views and prejudices. The Conversation Africa business and economy editor Sibonelo Radebe asked Professor Patrick Bond to unpack implications for Africa.

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