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25 killed in Nigeria fire attack

Twenty-five people were killed and their village set on fire on Tuesday in north-eastern Nigeria, according to officials.
Taraba state Governor Alhaji Garba Umar confirmed the attack in Andoyaku, in the Wukari area.
Several people were reported injured in the incident, which sent residents fleeing.
Reports attributed the attack to Fulani cattle raiders, despite attempts by Umar to broker peace between them and local farmers.
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Obama visit lifts lid on simmering Asia tensions

US President Barack Obama's Asian tour started in Japan yesterday, lifting the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities and exposing historical rifts.
Obama touched down in Tokyo after nearly 150 lawmakers paid homage at a controversial war shrine seen by neighbouring nations as a symbol of Japan's brutal imperialist past, and shortly after the prime minister made a shrine offering.
Days earlier, China seized a huge Japanese freighter over what a Shanghai court says are unpaid bills relating to Japan's 1930s occupation of vast swathes of the country.
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S. Sudan violence an 'abomination'

The White House expressed horror at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan's civil war, where rebels have been accused of massacring hundreds of civilians.
The rebels seized the town and oil-hub of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations.
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Catching more than fish

When you risk your life fishing on dangerous seas, a drink in the bars back on shore seem a welcome relief, but in Uganda, it has created a culture with staggering rates of HIV.
Exhausted from a night of hard fishing on the vast inland sea of Uganda's Lake Victoria, fishermen come off the boats as the first rays of light glimmer at dawn.
Once the fish is sold and the nets untangled, some go home to their families, but most head straight for the bars of the town and the sex workers who hang out there, despite HIV rates soaring to at least six times the national average.
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UN evacuates 100 Muslims from Bangui

The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials.
Supported by staff from Bangui the UN's refugee agency, 93 Muslims were transported east from to the town of Bambari, according to El Hadj Abacar ben Ousmane, senior official in the town some 300 kilometres from the capital.
Sectarian violence in the former French colony has killed thousands in the last year.
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I’m earning US$4 000, Mugabe claims

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly claimed that he earns a monthly salary of US$4 000 (N$40 000), the lowest for any head of state in southern Africa.
According to The Herald, the veteran leader disclosed his salary during an interview with Ghanaian-born British journalist and film-maker Roy Agyemang for a BBC documentary titled ‘Robert Mugabe @ 90’.
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Cyclone curtails search for MH370

The aerial search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was suspended yesterday due to a tropical cyclone, but not before several aircraft had departed on the mission, Australian officials said.
Up to 10 military aircraft had been scheduled to fly over the Indian Ocean in hopes of spotting clues as to the fate of the Boeing 777, which vanished on March 8 carrying 239 people.
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South Korea ferry crew say impossible to deploy life rafts

Crew members detained over South Korea’s ferry disaster said yesterday they had done their best to launch life rafts, and one suggested possible technical reasons for the ship capsizing.
The 6 825-ton Sewol had 29 crew, including its captain Lee Jeon-Sook.
Twenty of them escaped the ferry as it sank last Wednesday morning, and there has been public outrage at reports they were among the first to evacuate while hundreds remained trapped in the vessel.
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Somali lawmaker killed by Mogadishu car bomb

A Somali lawmaker was assassinated and another wounded yesterday by a car bomb in Mogadishu, the prime minister said, the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the conflict-ravaged capital.
“Somalia has today lost a committed parliamentarian who worked tirelessly to serve the people of Somalia and help rebuild our country,” Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement, referring to slain MP Isak Mohamed.
The attack comes as the government holds a security conference hoping to tackle continued attacks by Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents.
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Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning, increasing fear

With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.
The homegrown terrorist network Boko Haram on Saturday claimed responsibility for last week’s rush-hour explosion at a busy bus station in the capital, Abuja, and threatened more attacks.
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