7-year-old bomber killed UNIMAID professor and 4 others

A seven year-old suicide bomber detonated the explosive at the senior staff quarters mosque of the University of Maiduguri that killed 5 people including the Director of Veterinary Medicine of the university and injured 15 others.

The attack took place at about 5:45 a.m local time on Monday.

Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, condemned the attack saying  “despicable acts of terrorism are cowardly, criminal, unjustifiable and punishable before God almighty and the laws of the land’’.

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Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow’s son killed by dog

Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow

The son of Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by a dog.

Eight-year-old Habibu Barrow is reported to have died on the way to the hospital on Sunday in Manjai near the Gambian capital Banjul.

Mr Barrow missed his son’s funeral as he was advised to remain in Senegal for his safety.

Mr Barrow won the election last year but outgoing President Yahya Jammeh does not accept the result.

Deadline

The regional body Ecowas, which earlier set a deadline for Jammeh to relinquish power, has asked Mr Barrow to stay in Senegal until Thursday – the planned date of the inauguration.

It also says it is considering military intervention to force Mr Jammeh to relinquish power.

Thousands of people have been leaving the country, some telling the BBC it was not safe.

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Trump playing with fire, China says

A Chinese state-owned paper has blasted US President-Elect Donald Trump for “playing with fire” after the US president-elect appeared to question the One China policy again.

Highlights

Donald Trump has described the One China policy as negotiable

Under the longstanding policy, the US recognises Beijing as the only Chinese government, while maintaining an unofficial relationship with Taiwan

Mr Trump stunned observers in December when he accepted a phone call from Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen, the first involving a US president or president-elect in decades.

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Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect captured

The main suspect in the New Year’s Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul has been arrested in the Turkish city.

Highlights

The attack left 39 people dead

Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims

Police reportedly found the suspect along with his four year-old son at the home of a Kyrgyz friend in the city.

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Five killed in Mexico club shooting

Five people have been killed and 15 injured after a gunman opened fire in a nightclub in Cancun, Mexico, during a music festival.

Highlights

The shooting broke out at an electronic music festival

Two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian were among the dead

A woman was trampled to death in the stampede

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