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  • IN TERRORISTS' WAKE: Boko Haram has burned buildings and inflicted other horror in northeastern Nigeria on its quest to spread Shariah law. An analyst says the governments in Cameroon and Niger "are scared to death." (Associated Press)

    Spread of brutal Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram alarms U.S.

    Boko Haram, the al Qaeda-inspired African terrorist group fighting to establish an Islamic state rooted in Shariah law, is expanding its operations from northeastern Nigeria into neighboring Cameroon and Niger, much to the alarm of U.S. officials.

  • In this photo taken on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, Guinean Sekouba Bambino performs at a music festival in Segou, Mali. Long before Mali captured the global spotlight as an al-Qaida training ground where French soldiers had to intervene, the West African nation was celebrated for producing some of the biggest stars in world music. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

    Mali music festival returns after end of war

    Long before Mali captured the global spotlight as an al-Qaida training ground where French soldiers had to intervene, the West African nation was celebrated for producing some of the biggest stars in world music.

  • ** FILE ** Pentagon press secretary George Little (center) takes part in an audio news conference with Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Clark of the Air Force Special Operations Command (pictured on a television top right) at the Pentagon on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Official: U.S. may set up drone base in Niger

    The Pentagon is moving toward setting up a military base in northwest Africa from which to operate surveillance drones to collect intelligence on Islamic militants in the region, several U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.

  • Algerian firemen carry a coffin containing a person killed during the gas-facility hostage situation at the morgue in Ain Amenas, Algeria, on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)

    2 Canadian militants involved in Algerian siege

    The Islamist militants who attacked a natural-gas plant in the Sahara included two Canadians and a team of explosives experts who had memorized the layout of the sprawling complex and were ready to blow the place sky-high, Algeria's prime minister said Monday.

  • ** FILE ** Malian soldiers from the 512th Motorized Infantry Company complete their training by U.S. Special Forces (top) in the desert near Timbuktu in Mali in March 2004 as part of the U.S. Pan-Sahel Initiative to secure the Sahel region from being used by terrorists. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Timbuktu, ancient Islamic city in Mali, under attack

    Booms from rocket launchers and automatic gunfire crackled Sunday around Mali's fabled town of Timbuktu, known as an ancient seat of Islamic learning, for its 700-year-old mud mosque and, more recently, as host of the musical Festival in the Desert, which attracted Bono in January.

  • Richard Arthur Opentil, captain of Black Challenge, Ghana's amputee football team, after defeating Niger in the 2011 Cup of Africa Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF). (Clair MacDougall/Special to The Washington Times)

    Africans united in amputee soccer match

    Sani Boubakar, 28, lost his right leg 10 years ago in an auto accident in his hometown of Doutchi, Niger.

  • **FILE ** Seif al-Islam Gadhafi talks to reporters at the ancient city of Cyrene, near al-Bayda, Libya, in September 2007. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    Libya says Gadhafi son to be tried at home

    Libya's new leaders said Sunday they will try Moammar Gadhafi's son at home and not hand him over to the International Criminal Court where he's charged with crimes against humanity. The government also announced the capture of the toppled regime's intelligence minister, who is also wanted by the court.

  • **FILE ** Seif al-Islam Gadhafi talks to reporters at the ancient city of Cyrene, near al-Bayda, Libya, in September 2007. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    Gadhafi son Seif al-Islam seized in southern Libya

    Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam — the only wanted member of the ousted ruling family to remain at large — was captured as he traveled with aides in a convoy in Libya's southern desert, Libyan officials said Saturday. Thunderous celebratory gunfire shook the Libyan capital as the news spread.

  • Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the late Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, is wanted by the International Criminal Court,  as well as by Libya's new leaders, who overthrew his father's regime. The younger Gadhafi fled the country. (Associated Press)

    Gadhafi's son on the lam

    A fugitive wanted by the International Criminal Court, Moammar Gadhafi's one-time heir apparent appears to have disappeared in the Sahara Desert's ocean of dunes and could remain hidden for months in an area more than twice the size of Texas.

  • A revolutionary fighter fires a rocket-propelled grenade at Gadhafi loyalists in downtown Sirte, Libya, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. About 1,000 Libyan revolutionary troops have launched a major assault on Moammar Gadhafi's hometown, surging from the east to try to capture the last area under loyalist control. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

    Libyans fight against last Gadhafi holdouts

    Libyan revolutionary forces fought building by building Wednesday against the final pocket of resistance in Moammar Gadhafi's hometown — the last major city in Libya to have been under the control of forces loyal to the fugitive leader.

  • SAfrica soccer team celebrates, misses African Cup

    South Africa's soccer team did a lap around the stadium and danced in front of cheering fans to celebrate making the African Cup of Nations.

  • ** FILE ** In this undated photo made available Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, al-Saadi Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, watches a military exercise by the elite military unit commanded by his brother, Khamis, in Zlitan. (AP Photo/Abdel Magid al-Fergany, File)

    Gadhafi son denies Interpol allegations

    Moammar Gadhafi's son, al-Saadi, denied allegations of corruption and intimidation and called Interpol's decision to put him on the equivalent of its most-wanted list political, according to an email sent Sunday.

  • Rebel fighters practice shooting at a checkpoint between Tarhouna and Bani Walid, Libya, on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Libyan fighters have surrounded the ousted dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi, and it is only a matter of time until he is captured or killed, a spokesman for Tripoli's new military council said. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

    Confusion in Libya over Gadhafi's whereabouts

    Tripoli's military commander said Wednesday that Col. Moammar Gadhafi is cornered and the days before he is captured or killed are numbered, but another senior defense official contended that Libya's new rulers have no idea where the fugitive former leader is.

  • Libyan rebel fighters have positioned several outposts along the Mediterranean coast, some 37 miles south of Misrata, Libya, on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. Troops are patrolling the coastal area to prevent incursions by Gadhafi supporters still in the towns that separate Misrata from Sirte. (AP Photo/Gaia Anderson)

    Tribal elders hold talks over Gadhafi stronghold

    Tribal elders from one of Col. Moammar Gadhafi's last strongholds were trying to persuade regime loyalists holed up there to lay down their arms, the elders said during talks Tuesday with rebel negotiators, hours after a large convoy of heavily armed Gadhafi soldiers crossed the desert into neighboring Niger.

  • Men suspected of being mercenaries for Moammar Gadhafi are held in a district sports center next to the medina, set up as provisory jail in Tripoli, Libya, on Aug. 30, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Libyan rebels round up black Africans

    Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa, accusing them of fighting for ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi and holding them in makeshift jails across the capital.

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