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Nigerian Lawmakers Boost Funding for Fight Against Boko Haram

In Nigeria, federal lawmakers are establishing a special security fund to help the military fight the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

Senate leaders say the special security fund will enable Nigerian armed forces to better combat violence blamed on the Boko Haram sect. Several joint military task forces have been established in northern states over the last year in response to a series of bombings and shootings

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense, Rivers State Senator George Sekibo, says spending on those task forces was not part of the budget.

Jimenez Replaces Cano as Colombian Rebel Leader

Colombia's FARC rebels announced Tuesday that Timoleon Jimenez, better known as Timochenko, was named their new leader earlier this month.

Timochenko replaces former FARC leader Alfonso Cano, who was killed November 4 in a battle with government troops. Cano had led the group since 2008.

FARC rebels have been at war with the Colombian government since the 1960s. Their numbers have dwindled over the years, but some analysts estimate the group has as many as 9,000 fighters.

Security Lapses Threaten Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Complex

The United Nations refugee agency says insecurity continues to affect aid efforts in Kenya's Dadaab refugee complex, more than a month after the kidnapping of three aid workers. It says heavy rains and the risk of waterborne diseases are worsening conditions in the camps.

The U.N. refugee agency reports nearly 100 additional Kenyan police have been deployed in the Dadaab camps over the last month. Nevertheless, it says the situation in the Dadaab camps remains unstable. The agency says refugees and aid workers are uneasy because of what it calls security incidents.

Somali Pirates Capturing Fewer Ships

International piracy monitors say Somali pirates have seized fewer ships this year, despite a record number of attempted hijackings.

The European Union's anti-piracy force said Tuesday that pirate attacks are up about 15 percent this year, but the number of ships actually seized is down by half.

The International Maritime Bureau, which tracks pirate attacks, has reported a similar trend. The IMB says Somali pirates seized six ships in October of 2010. But in October of this year, the pirates were unable to hijack any vessels, despite launching at least 14 attacks.

Bomb Targets Police Vehicle in Northern Nigeria

Police in northeastern Nigeria say a bomb targeting a police vehicle exploded in the city of Maiduguri as a governor's motorcade approached from the airport.

The blast happened Monday after the governor of Borno state, Kasim Shettima, arrived from the capital, Abuja, where he won a legal challenge to his election.

No one claimed responsibility for the bombing, but members of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram are suspected of throwing the device at a police vehicle.

The state police commissioner said there were no injuries from the explosion.

British Police Arrest 4 More in Terror Plot

British police have arrested four more men in connection with a major terrorism operation linked to Pakistan.

The four men were arrested in their Birmingham homes Tuesday on suspicion of raising funds to finance terrorism and traveling to Pakistan to be trained as terrorists. The men are between 19 and 24 years of age.

Police say the arrests were pre-planned and were not in response to any immediate threat to public safety.

UN Monitoring Group to Recommend al-Shabab Sanctions

The United Nations special envoy for Somalia says a Security Council-appointed monitoring group will recommend sanctions against the al-Qaida linked militant group al-Shabab. Six East African countries involved in the fight against al-Shabab are appealing for more international support as they seek to defeat the rebels.

Explosion Hits Militant-Held Area in Somalia

Witnesses in Somalia say a large explosion has hit near an area held by al-Shabab militants outside of Somalia's capital.

The witnesses said the blast happened Sunday near Afgoye, about 30 kilometers from Mogadishu. They described a light in the sky followed by a heavy explosion.

Kenya's military has threatened to carry out airstrikes on rebel areas in Somalia, but did not immediately comment on the blast.

Bomb Kills 10 in Burma’s Kachin State

Sources in Burma say 10 people, some of them children, have been killed in a bomb blast in the capital of northern Kachin state.

The sources, who spoke on condition they not be identified, said Monday the explosion late Sunday set fire to three houses and injured at least 23 people in the city of Myitkyinar. Many of those living in the homes were orphans.

There was no immediate indication of who planted the bomb or why. However the state-controlled New Light of Myanmar newspaper said two other bombs exploded harmlessly in the same city on Saturday.