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South Africa: Police detains 450 foreigners, mostly ‘illegal’ foreign nationals

(By Bonny Apunyu)

At least two people were arrested and 470- mostly undocumented foreign nationals-are being detained by South Africa’s Home Affairs Ministry in a nearby prison.

This follows a raid by South African police and soldiers on Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg, known for sheltering displaced foreigners, during the early hours of Friday morning.

Egypt: Freed Ethiopians from Islamic militant kidnappers arrive in Cairo

(By Estera Popowska)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday received a group of Ethiopians freed from Islamic militant kidnappers  at Cairo International Airport, state-run Nile TV reported.

According to reports, Egyptian president said "we were concerned about our Ethiopian brothers, after news reported brutal beheadings." The Egyptian leader was referring to the slaughter of 28 Ethiopians by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya in April.

Egypt: Government forces kill 21 militants in Sinai province

(By Estera Popowska)

Egyptian armed forces on Wednesday killed at least 21 militant during air raids on their cells in Rafah border city of North Sinai province, a security source told reporters.

According to Xinhua, the security source said the Egyptian forces used Apaches in the operation which belonged to Sinai-based   Al- Qaida inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) group.

Libya: 10 migrants dead as over 4,000 rescued near coast of Libya

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 10 migrants have died after drowning in the Mediterranean near the coast of Libya over the last two days, authorities said Sunday. According to reports,  at least 4,100 were rescued as people smugglers took advantage of calm seas to attempt the often perilous crossing to Europe's southern shores.

VOA reported on Sunday that all of those rescued were ferried to Italian ports, with some arriving on Italy's southernmost island, Lampedusa, and others taken to Sicily and Calabria.

Libya: Over 3,400 migrants rescued at sea as Europe seeks new solutions for immigration

(By Estera Popowska)

More than 3,400 migrants were rescued at sea on Saturday just weeks after Europe embarked on searching ways to deal with influx of thousands of people trying to reach Europe.

AFP says a total of 3,427 people were picked up during the operation coordinated by the Italian coast guard who rescued 3,791 migrants on April 12 and another 2,850 the following day.

Nigeria: Military rescues more 234 women from Boko Haram rebel stronghold

(By Estera Popowska)

In what brings to a total of 500 women and children rescued in just over a few days, the Nigeria the military said Friday that its  troops have freed another 234 women and children from Boko Haram's stronghold in the Sambisa forest.

The hostages were rescued on Thursday through the Kawuri and Konduga end of Sambisa forest, Nigeria’s defence headquarters  reportedly said in a statement.

Libya: 2 hostage Tunisian journalists killed by Islamic State gunmen-Libyan officials

(By Estera Popowska)

Libyan officials said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants in Libya have killed two Tunisian journalists kidnapped last year, adding that the Tunisian government will immediately send a delegation to Libya to discuss the case.

VOA reported that Tunisian officials however could not confirm the deaths of the two Tunisian journalists; Sofian Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari who were kidnapped about eight months ago.

Uganda to repatriate over 1300 Kenyan Refugees-Ministry official

(By Estera Popowska)

A Ugandan commissioner for refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr Apollo Kazungu, has said Kenyans who sought refuge in Uganda during the 2007 and 2008 post-election violence will be repatriated to Kenya next.

Mr Kazungu reportedly told Daily Monitor since there is calm in Kenya, there is no need for the refugees to stay in Uganda. The refugees, numbering about 1,350, all of Kenyan origin, have been living in a camp in Kiryandogo refugee settlement in Masindi District for the last seven years.

Mali: Rebels kill two soldiers and a child at national guard camp

(By Estera Popowska)

Two government soldiers and a child were killed after gunmen attacked a national guard camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, security sources told AFP.

A Malian security source reportedly said the gunmen struck at 5:00 a.m. local time  in the town of Goundam, 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the ancient city of Timbuktu,  confirming that “two soldiers and a child were killed,” the source told AFP.

Nigeria: Military says it rescued 200 girls and 93 women near Boko Haram area

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 200 girls and 93 women have been rescued by the Nigerian army from an area where the  rebel group Boko Haram is known to be active, BBC reported late Tuesday.

A Nigerian army spokesman  confirmed the report but reporedly stressed that  the army could not confirm whether the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were among those rescued, adding that the girls were now being interviewed.