Boko Haram militants kill 15 in southern Niger: sourcesBoko Haram militants attacked a village in Niger's southern border area of Diffa on Thursday, killing 15 people, two security sources said. The guerrillas arrived in the village of Gogone on foot and opened fire indiscriminately on residents, the sources said, adding that Niger troops had pursued them. Niger's Diffa region has suffered dozens of cross-border strikes this year by the Islamist militant group whose stronghold in northeast Nigeria lies just a few kilometres away.
Pope offers lesson in humility to flashy African leaders
By Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - In actions and words on his first tour of the world's poorest continent, Pope Francis has sent a message to African leaders that they could do with less pomp and a bit more humility. In a region where presidents speed past slums in cavalcades of luxury vehicles and the public complain about corruption in high office, the pope was cheered as he drove in a small Honda and told national leaders to act with integrity. Kenya's prolific Twitter users were quick to notice the contrast.
Pope, in Africa, says failure of climate summit would be catastrophic
By Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - World leaders must reach a historic agreement to fight climate change and poverty at coming Paris, facing the stark choice to either "improve or destroy the environment", Pope Francis said in Africa on Thursday. Francis chose his first visit to the world's poorest continent to issue a clarion call for the success of the two-week summit, known as COP21, that starts on Monday in a French capital still reeling from Nov. 13 attacks by Islamic State militants that killed 130 people. In a long address in Spanish at the United Nations regional office, Francis said it would be "catastrophic" if particular interests prevailed over the common good of people and the planet or if the conference were manipulated by business interests.
Suspected Boko Haram attack kills 16 in Niger villageNIAMEY, Niger (AP) ? Witnesses say suspected militants from the Boko Haram extremist group have killed 16 people in a Niger village not far from the border with Nigeria.
Kenya says ready to leave global court over case against VP
By Thomas Escritt BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Kenya said on Thursday it was ready to quit the International Criminal Court if it did not get assurances about the handling of the trial of its vice president, hardening a rift between African powers and the tribunal. Vice President William Ruto is facing charges of crimes against humanity including murder, deportation and persecution linked to an outburst of ethnic killings after the 2007 presidential election. Two senior Kenyan government lawyers told Reuters that Nairobi wanted promises that a new rule allowing the court to use testimony from witnesses who had since decided to withdraw could not be applied retrospectively to cases like Ruto's. ?Withdrawal (from the global court) is one of the options available to us if we can?t secure what we have asked for,? one of the legal adviser said.
Troopers on food stamps, taking second jobs amid pay fightRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ? State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state's broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps.
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Pope says 'catastrophic' if interests derail climate talks
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) ? Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of make-or-break climate change talks in Paris.
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