Boko Haram Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group working out of Nigeria, whose purpose is to institute Sharia, or Islamic law. Originally, Boko Haram was referred to locally as the Nigerian Taliban because of their religious similarities to the Taliban. Boko Haram does not engage in Nigeria’s political system out of an adherence to a fundamentalist form of Islam, which forbids participation unless the system is based on Sharia, or Islamic law. Timeline:2002 – The group, which may have existed since the late 1990s, organizes under the Muslim cleric Mohammed Yusuf. It is centered in Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern state of Borno. December 2003 – The first known attack by Boko Haram includes roughly 200 militants, …

South Africa elections: Incoming results suggest ruling ANC set to win diminished majority

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN)Despite years of corruption allegations, a sluggish economy and sustained electricity blackouts, South Africa’s ruling ANC looks set to win a substantial majority in a critical national election. In the previous election, in 2014, the ANC won with 62% of voter support. The election year before that — 2009 — the party won 66% of the vote. In 2004, it got close to 70% of the vote. The partial results show the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), trailing with just under 22% of the vote — at this stage, their support looks to remain flat — a disappointment result for the official opposition. The election has not been without its hitches. The commission on Thursday …