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Chad says hundreds of Boko Haram militants, nine soldiers killed in clash

N'DJAMENA - Chad's army said its forces had killed hundreds of Boko Haram militants and lost nine of its own troops in clashes in northern Nigeria on Wednesday.

World, Africa 4:20pm EDT

Nigeria's Buhari says to 'spare no effort' in squashing Boko Haram


ABUJA - A day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to succeed a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari promised on Wednesday to "spare no effort" to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram. | Video

World, Africa 3:16pm EDT

Boko Haram uses children as human bombs, commits 'heinous crimes': U.N.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Boko Haram Islamist militants in northern Nigeria are using children as human bombs and targeting women and girls for particularly horrific abuse, including sexual slavery, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday.

With Jonathan, Africa's list of good losers gets longer


ABUJA - Graciously conceding defeat is not something candidates in African elections have traditionally been very good at.

World, Africa 12:33pm EDT

In Nigeria, 'Buharism' will need to modernize fast


NALYSISABUJA - As Muhammadu Buhari sat in front of the TV watching his election victory unfold, Nigeria's future president took care to be photographed beside a Muslim elder and a bishop, a choreographed statement of unity in a religiously mixed nation.

World, Africa 11:46am EDT

Nigeria's Buhari says to 'spare no effort' in fighting Boko Haram

LAGOS - Nigeria's newly-elected President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday his government would "spare no effort" to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

World, Africa 10:11am EDT

Shells launched at U.N. base in north Mali: sources

BAMAKO - Unknown attackers fired shells at a United Nations base on the outskirts of a town in northern Mali early on Wednesday, residents told Reuters.

Foreign brewers battle for Ethiopia's beer drinkers


ADDIS ABABA - International brewers are helping transform Ethiopia's business landscape as it slowly sells the assets of the former communist state and opens up to foreigners drawn to one of Africa's fastest growing economies.

World, Africa 8:13am EDT

Obama commends Nigerian leaders, urges peaceful transition

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday commended Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and current President Goodluck Jonathan following the African nation's first democratic transfer of power, and he praised the country's commitment to democracy.

Africa, World 7:39am EDT

UK's Hammond says transition to new Nigeria government must stay peaceful

LONDON - Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan, the outgoing president, must ensure the transition to a new government remains peaceful, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday.

Africa, World 5:44am EDT

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.