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  • Panapress reports indicated that Nigeria signed a cease-fire with Islamist group Boko Haram, although Boko Haram leaders deny such an agreement ever existed. The military says it has uncovered mass graves and weapons caches during raids in Maiduguri, the largest city in Borno State, according to the 
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Nigeria

  • Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgent group operating in northeastern Nigeria, has agreed to a cease-fire agreement, ending its campaign of violence and murder while it negotiates with the Nigerian government. Mobile phone service in Adamawa, one of the three states where the clashes were occurring, has been restored after being cut off by the government. In an interview, Acting Assistant Secretary for
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The following is a round-up of President Obama’s recent six-day, three-country visit to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

  • While in Cape Town on Sunday, President Obama announced a $7 billion program to develop electricity infrastructure across the continent. Dubbed Power Africa, it will be funded largely by the U.S. Import-Export Bank and U.S. Overseas Primary Investment Corporation. Countries involved in the initial phase of the project include Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique,
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  • The U.S. foreign policy spotlight is on President Obama’s African voyage to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, the first to the continent during the President’s second term in office. The White House highlighted U.S. trade and investment efforts ahead of the trip and is bringing along key members of Obama’s economic team. Analysts have had a diverse range of reactions to the trip, but most agree that the Obama administration is playing catch-up after largely overlooking Africa thus far during his tenure. Read
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