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  • Abducted females escape extremists in Nigeria

    July 7, 2014 4:57 AM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Officials say 63 girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have escaped. Nigerian security forces and federal government officials had denied reports of another mass abduction from three villages in the northeast on June 22. Small-scale kidnappings by Boko Haram extremists had been going... more »
  • More women and boys abducted in Nigeria

    June 24, 2014 4:01 AM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Witnesses say Islamic extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria. Security forces denied the kidnappings. Nigeria's government and military have been widely criticized for their slow response to the abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped... more »
  • Car bomb kills at least 14 at illegal World Cup viewing site

    June 18, 2014 9:10 AM

    DAMATURU, Nigeria - Police in Nigeria say the explosion that killed at least 14 people at an illegal World Cup viewing site was the result of a car bomb. More than two dozen other people were injured in the blast as soccer fans were watching the Brazil-Mexico match. Police say... more »
  • Explosion rocks World Cup viewing venue in Nigeria

    June 17, 2014 6:18 PM

    DAMATURU, Nigeria - Witnesses say a suicide bomber in tricycle taxi triggered an explosion that blasted a World Cup viewing center in northeast Nigeria, killing several people. Hospital workers say the death toll likely will rise with 15 people critically wounded and casualties still coming in at Damaturu, state capital... more »
  • Impasse in rescue of girls abducted by extremists

    May 27, 2014 6:15 AM

    ABUJA, Nigeria - There is apparent disagreement between Nigeria's military chiefs and its president over how to rescue nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, with the military saying use of force could get the hostages killed and the president ruling out demands for a prisoner exchange. Defense chief Air... more »
  • 80 US Air Force personnel on ground in Chad

    May 22, 2014 10:24 AM

    NAIROBI, Kenya - A U.S. military spokesman says that the 80 personnel deployed to Chad to help find nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls are from the Air Force and have already begun their mission. Chuck Prichard, a spokesman at the U.S. military's Africa command in Germany, said Thursday that... more »
  • Obama: 80 US troops in Chad seeking abducted girls

    May 21, 2014 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help locate more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria. Obama has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and to the Senate notifying lawmakers about the steps underway to assist in the return... more »
  • Nigerian leader visiting town of abducted girls

    May 16, 2014 3:22 AM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - A community leader of the town from which Islamic extremists abducted more than 300 schoolgirls a month ago say an expected visit from Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is "better late than never." Chibok residents have expressed anger at the failure to rescue the girls whom the militants... more »
  • US military drones being used over Nigeria

    May 14, 2014 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says the U.S. is using surveillance drones to aid in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls, and almost 300 Marines have been moved to a naval air station in Sicily in response to the growing unrest in Africa. A senior U.S. official says at least... more »
  • Extremist video shows abducted girls praying

    May 12, 2014 8:40 AM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen until the government frees his detained fighters. A new video from Nigeria's homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network purports to show some of the girls and young women, covered in hijab and reciting prayers in... more »
  • Pentagon: No military ops planned yet for Nigeria

    May 7, 2014 11:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is sending fewer than 10 military troops to Nigeria as part of the U.S. effort to help find nearly 300 girls kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. A Pentagon spokesman says officials have no plans now to launch any military operations. Pentagon spokesman Col.... more »
  • 2 kidnapped Nigerian girls reported dead

    May 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Three weeks after Islamic militants kidnapped more than 300 girls from a school dormitory in Nigeria, 276 remain missing. An intermediary who is in communication with their captors says at least two of the girls have died of snakebite and about 20 are ill. The extremist group... more »
  • Nigerian extremist threatens to sell kidnapped girls

    May 5, 2014 12:48 PM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader is threatening to sell hundreds of teenage schoolgirls abducted from a school in the remote northeast of the country three weeks ago. Abubakar Shekau for the first time also claimed responsibility for the April 15 mass abduction, in a video received by The... more »
  • Police: 39 killed in Nigerian ethnic clash

    May 4, 2013 4:50 PM

    YOLA, Nigeria - Police say at least 39 people have been killed in ethnic violence in a rural town in Nigeria. The attack happened Friday in Wukari, a town in Nigeria's Taraba state. A state health official and residents said Saturday that others were also injured in the violence that... more »
  • Nigeria: Cocaine-stuffed roasted chicken found

    September 3, 2012 12:29 PM

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Authorities in Nigeria say they arrested a man at an international airport who was bringing in roasted chicken with unusual stuffing: $150,000 worth of cocaine. National Drug Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Mitchell Ofoyeju said Monday that suspect Vincent Chegini Chinweuwa arrived at Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International... more »
  • Customs: Nigerian woman swallowed 5 lbs. of heroin

    March 22, 2012 12:39 PM

    STERLING, Va. - Customs officials at Dulles International Airport say a Nigerian woman set an unfortunate record when she tried to smuggle almost five pounds of heroin into the country. Authorities say 52-year-old Bola Adebisi ingested 180 thumb-sized pellets filled with $150,000 worth of heroin. She is charged with drug... more »
  • Muslim group claims new Nigeria attacks

    December 25, 2011 1:21 PM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - A radical Muslim group that has killed nearly 500 people this year in Nigeria has struck again on Christmas Day. It's claiming responsibility for an explosion that ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital, killing at least 25 people. The group also... more »
  • Miss. man reportedly taken hostage in Nigeria

    November 9, 2010 12:00 PM

    A Mississippi man reportedly is one of seven people taken hostage during an attack on an oil rig off the coast of Africa. WLOX-TV reported that James Robertson of Silver Creek, Miss., was taken by gunmen early Monday from the rig about seven miles off the coast of Nigeria.... more »
  • Tuesday World Cup scores

    June 22, 2010 4:17 PM

    Four World Cup games were in action today. Tournament host South Africa was first in action defeating France 2-1. However despite the victory, South Africa became the first host nation to be knocked out of the World Cup during the group stage. In game 2, Uruguay edged a win... more »
  • 15 Injured in World Cup Stampede

    June 6, 2010 2:45 PM

    15 people were injured, including a police officer, when thousands of soccer fans stampeded a stadium in South Africa before a World Cup exhibition game. Several people fell under the rush of people. Many were wearing Nigeria jerseys. The stadium in Johannesburg seats about 12,000 people. Authorities say the police... more »

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