Nigeria

Extremists kill 12 in Nigerian Christian villages

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists targeted two Christian villages in mainly Muslim northeast Nigeria and killed at least 12 civilians including guests at a wedding reception, witnesses said Monday. The soldiers fighting to […]

12/30/2013

In this image made available Tuesday Dec. 3, 2013, Harrison Odjegba Okene looks in awe as a rescue diver surfaces into the air pocket which has kept Okene alive for nearly three days, recorded by the diver's headcam. (AP Photo/DCN Diving)

Man survives 60 hours at bottom of Atlantic

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat and dressed only in boxer shorts, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle. A video of the Nigerian […]

12/03/2013

Pirates kidnap Americans from commercial ship

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pirates attacked a commercial ship near the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two U.S. mariners, a U.S. defense official said Thursday. The captain and an engineer were taken away from the offshore […]

10/24/2013

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Nigerian cleric describes “open season on Christians”

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria says his nation’s 80 million Christians are being terrorized by an Islamist sect whose name means “Western education is sacrilege.” Boko Haram and its […]

07/26/2013

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author. (AP Photo)

Chinua Achebe, who wrote of Nigeria’s ills, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinua Achebe, internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident, died at age 82 after a brief illness. He lived through and helped define revolutionary change in Nigeria.

03/22/2013

Gates hopes polio will be eradicated by 2018

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Software magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates, who is helping spearhead a global campaign to eradicate polio, said Thursday he hopes that by 2015 no child in the world will be paralyzed […]

09/28/2012

Soldiers open fire to disperse Nigeria protesters

JOS, Nigeria (AP) – Soldiers opened fire Friday to drive away young Muslims in central Nigeria protesting a film critical of the Prophet Muhammad, witnesses and authorities said, as demonstrators elsewhere in the county’s Muslim […]

09/14/2012