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Over 4,000 migrants rescued off Libya’s coast since Friday

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Since Friday May 29, 2015 more than 4,200 migrants have been rescued off Libya’s coast while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. According to VOA, Italy's coast guard said it has coordinated the rescue of a total of 4,243 people from fishing boats and motorized rubber dighies.

Reports indicate that the 22 operations took place Friday and involved ships from a host of European nations including Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Britain. Rescued migrants were taken to southern Italian harbors, including Sicily.

Nigeria: President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to be sworn in Friday

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Nigeria’s President elect, General Muhammadu Buhari is set to be sworn in Friday 29 May in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, a spokesman for Mr. Buhari has said. According to VOA reports, the spokesman for the ex-Army General who defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan said Nigerians are in an expectant and joyous mood ahead of the event where preparations have been finalized to ensure there is a smooth power transfer from President Goodluck Jonathan to General Buhari.

Egypt: 17 suspected Islamist militants killed in province of North Sinai

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Egypt’s the armed forces on Friday killed at least 17 suspected Islamist militants in the Egyptian province of North Sinai, An Egyptian official security source  reportedly told Xinhua that Apache raids on a camp of the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) group have killed ten militants southern Rafah city. Another seven were killed in fire exchanges with the security forces in Sheikh Zuweid city, the source added on conditions of anonymity.

Nigeria: Suicide bomber kills 8 outside supermarket in northeast Nigeria

(By Estera Popowska)

At least eight people were killed Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a livestock market in northeast Nigeria, a local lawmaker and a resident told AFP.

State assembly lawmaker Jerry Kundusi and witness Abdullah Musa reportedly said the blast happened at about 1:15 p.m. in the village of Garkida in Adamawa state.

"We don't know the identity of the assailant but it's obvious it's the work of Boko Haram insurgents," said Kundusi.

Nigeria: Incoming president accuses outgoing president for poor handover

(By Estera Popowska)

Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari has accused the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan of lack of cooperation in the handover process, saying Goodluck’s government was not cooperating with the transition committee he set up ahead of the May 29 handover.

Libyan militia holding hostage 172 Tunisian nationals-AFP

(By Estera Popowska)

Some 172 Tunisian nationals are being held by a Libyan militia as bargaining chips for one of its commanders detained in Tunis, AFP reported saying Tunisia said Monday that it was negotiating for the release of hostages.

According to AFP, the foreign ministry's Arab and African affairs chief Touhami Abdouli said the Tunisians had been detained in western Libya by a militia that is part of the Libya Dawn alliance which controls the capital Tripoli and third city Misrata.

Egypt: U.S condemns death sentence for Egyptian former president

(By Estera Popowska)

A United States State Department official said on Sunday that the U.S is “deeply concerned” about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohamed Mursi, Reuters reported.

On Saturday an Egyptian Court sentenced the deposed Egyptian president and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011 attracting condemnations from Amnesty International and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Gunmen shoot dead 2 Egyptian judges after former president sentenced to death

(By Estera Popowska)

Just hours after an Egyptian court sentenced former president Mohamed Morsi to death for his role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising, gunmen reportedly  killed two Egyptian judges and a prosecutor Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula, sources quoting AFP said Sunday.

South Sudan: 300,000 in need of emergency relief- says UN as it pulls out workers

(By Estera Popowska)

The United Nations said Monday that more than 300,000 South Sudanese civilians are without "life-saving aid" in the northern battleground state of Unity, AFP reported.

 Meanwhile, UN and aid agencies have reportedly pulled out of South Sudan due to heavy fighting where violence is some of the worst in the country's 17-month-old civil war.