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Cameroon forces search region where priests, nun kidnapped

Cameroon's security forces Sunday were sweeping the remote northern region where two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram gunmen, a local government official said. "We are everywhere. We have been on the ground since the abduction," local governor Awa Fonka Augustine told AFP without elaborating. The attack occurred overnight Friday in the small parish of Tchere, in the far north of Cameroon across the border from an area of northeastern Nigeria that serves as a base for the Islamist Boko Haram group.

Two priests, nun seized in latest Cameroon kidnapping

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have seized two Italian priests and a Canadian nun in northern Cameroon in the latest kidnapping of Westerners in the remote, insurgency-wracked corner of west Africa. The attack occurred overnight Friday in the small parish of Tchere, in the far north of Cameroon across the border from an area of northeastern Nigeria that serves as a base for the Islamist Boko Haram group. A group of armed men pulled up at the parish shortly before midnight, according to Henri Djonyang, the region's head cleric, which was confirmed by police.

Priests, nun seized in latest Cameroon kidnapping

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen seized two Italian priests and a Canadian nun in northern Cameroon overnight Saturday, in the latest kidnapping of Westerners in the remote, insurgency-wracked corner of west Africa. The attack occurred overnight in the small parish of Tchere, which lies about 40 miles (60 kilometres) from the corner of northern Nigeria that serves as a base for the Islamist Boko Haram group. A group of armed men pulled up at the parish shortly before midnight, according to Henri Djonyang, the region's head vicar, information that was confirmed by police.

Two Italian priests kidnapped in Cameroon

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon, Italy's foreign ministry and media reports said on Saturday. The attack occurred overnight in the north of the west African country, which borders violence-wracked Nigeria, according to Italy's Ansa news agency. The Italian foreign ministry said that two priests from Italy's northern Vicenza region had been seized, but gave no other details.

7 dead in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon: security source

Seven people were killed on Sunday when Boko Haram militants launched an assault in northern Cameroon, a Cameroonian security source said. "Boko Haram killed a (Cameroonian) soldier. Our soldiers killed six of their guys" and "captured" two others near the Nigerian border, the source told AFP on Monday, requesting anonymity. A local Cameroonian NGO confirmed the assault and said there were "victims" without specifying the number.

7 dead in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon: security source

Seven people were killed on Sunday when Boko Haram militants launched an assault in northern Cameroon, a Cameroonian security source said. "Boko Haram killed a (Cameroonian) soldier. Our soldiers killed six of their guys" and "captured" two others near the Nigerian border, the source told AFP on Monday, requesting anonymity. A local Cameroonian NGO confirmed the assault and said there were "victims" without specifying the number.

Nigeria seeks help from French west Africa to fight Islamists

Nigeria on Tuesday issued an appeal to France and Abuja's Francophone neighbours, especially Cameroon, to help it in the battle against Islamists, two days before a planned visit from French President Francois Hollande. On the day suspected Boko Haram Islamists slaughtered 43 students as they slept, Nigeria's information minister warned the attacks could harm French and other Western interests in West Africa if left unchecked.

US warns against certain Caribbean flights from Guyana

The United States has warned its nationals, in a rare, highly detailed public alert, not to travel on US-bound Caribbean Airlines flights originating in Guyana Monday through Wednesday. In an unusually specific warning, the US embassy in the capital Georgetown issued the appeal because it had "received unconfirmed threat information" on Caribbean Airlines flights departing Monday.

US warns against certain Caribbean flights from Guyana

The United States has warned its nationals, in a rare, highly detailed public alert, not to travel on US-bound Caribbean Airlines flights originating in Guyana Monday through Wednesday. In an unusually specific warning, the US embassy in the capital Georgetown issued the appeal because it had "received unconfirmed threat information" on Caribbean Airlines flights departing Monday.

World Bank eyes $1 billion African resource mapping fund in July

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The World Bank wants to launch a $1 billion fund in July to map the mineral resources of Africa, using satellites and airborne surveys to fill geological gaps across the continent where a lack of adequate data hampers mining investments. The World Bank has committed $200 million to the five-year fund, and was meeting with mining companies and governments from sub-Saharan Africa who have expressed interest, a senior bank official told Reuters on Wednesday.
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