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NIGERIA/BOKO HARAM: Nigerian security forces are cracking down on the militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for Thursday's bombing in Abuja. Nigerian authorities and analysts say the extremist group, once confined to the country's northeast, is becoming a nationwide security threat.
NIGERIA ATTACKS: Witnesses in Nigeria say gunmen attacked a police station in the northern part of the country late Monday, killing several police officers.
WEST AFRICA DRUGS: UN anti-drug officials believe cocaine bound for Europe is being smuggled in submarines through West African waters.
CHINA/SUDAN: China is defending its decision to host Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes.
US /AFRICA FIRST LADY: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's nearly week-long trip to Africa gets formally underway Tuesday as she heads to Johannesburg.
SUDAN TALKS: Negotiators for north and south Sudan have reached a landmark agreement on the future on the disputed oil-rich region of Abyei less than three weeks before the south is to gain its independence.
UN/DISEASES: A U.N. study says non-infectious diseases are responsible for nearly two-thirds of all deaths across the globe. The study says over 36 million people die each year from noncommunicable diseases, the deadliest of which are lung and heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
US FIRST LADY/SAF: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is due to meet with President Jacob Zuma and visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Apartheid museum at the start of her trip to South Africa. The highlight of her stay will be a speech to young women leaders Wednesday.
UN/SOMALIA: The UN Security Council discusses proposals for establishing a specialized court system to prosecute Somali pirates.
LIBYA/NATO: NATO said Monday it carried out an airstrike on a "high-level" command center in Libya, while the government said the strike destroyed a large family compound belonging to a close associate of leader Moammar Gadhafi.