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US warns Africa that extremists threaten economic rise

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks as he attends the Ghana Compact Signing Ceremony, August 5, 2014, at the Department of State in WashingtonUS Secretary of State John Kerry warned African leaders Tuesday that extremists threaten the continent’s economic boom, with African youth particularly vulnerable to their pull. He pointed specifically to the extremist Islamist groups Boko Haram in Nigeria and Shebab in Somalia and Kenya, saying countries were in danger of losing their fragile social and economic gains. “In Africa, there are some 700 million people under the age of 30, a staggering youth bulge unknown at any time on the face of this planet,” Kerry warned. “On the other side, we all know too well there are extremists, too many radical religious extremists who distort theology, religion, and even ideology.

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