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Stories with place: Nigeria
  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:55 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

  • Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 6:58 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

  • Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:28 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

  • Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader? 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:40 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.

  • Officials: 24 more abducted Nigerian students free 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:46 pm
  • MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Twenty-four more Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped and 85 still are missing, an education official said Friday.

  • Thugs with machetes attack Nigerian party congress 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:43 pm
  • KADUNA, Nigeria - Nigerian officials say machete-wielding thugs have attacked delegates at a meeting of Nigeria's main opposition coalition, wounding scores in the northern city of Kaduna.

  • AP names Nigeria chief of bureau 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:34 pm
  • JOHANNESBURG - The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria.

  • Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:52 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital - a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising.

  • Nigeria complains about Mugabe calling it corrupt 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:56 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - The official News Agency of Nigeria reports Zimbabwe's envoy has been called in for a complaint about President Robert Mugabe's remarks about corruption in Nigeria.

  • Child bride forced to marry poisons groom 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 11:10 am
  • KANO, Nigeria - A child bride forced into marriage in Nigeria killed a groom and three of his friends with a poisoned meal, police said Thursday.

  • Nigeria better-placed than ever for a World Cup? 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:09 am
  • Nigeria may be better-placed than ever to go far at the World Cup - if the problems posed by an overbearing football federation stay away.

  • Stephen Keshi is Nigeria's 'Big Boss' 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:09 am
  • Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi lifted Africa's fallen giant to the continental title after two decades of underachievement, and lived up to his "Big Boss" nickname by retaining control even after the national federation threatened to fire him midway through the tournament.

  • 5 Nigeria players to watch at the World Cup 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:09 am
  • Powered by forwards Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, Nigeria won its first African Cup title in nearly two decades last year. The next step is to achieve something at the World Cup.

  • Nigeria human rights advocate hails progress 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:05 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Two generals and top officials of Nigeria's feared State Security Service had to testify at the National Human Rights Commission's hearing on the killings of unarmed civilians - a "quantum leap" in accountability in Nigeria, according to the country's top rights advocate.

  • Nigerian Air Force buying new fighters, choppers 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 12:08 pm
  • ABUJA, Nigeria - The chief of Nigeria's air force says it is buying new fighter jets and helicopters.

  • Nigeria commission fines agency in killings 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 12:41 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission finds security agents responsible for the unlawful killings of eight civilians in a September raid in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

  • Nigeria: Economy $510 billion, biggest in Africa 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 12:20 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's recalculated economy is worth $510 billion, by far the biggest in Africa, officials announced Sunday using long overdue revised data that gives the West African nation continental bragging rights but does little for the 70 percent of its citizens living in poverty.

  • 2 priests, Canadian nun abducted in Cameroon 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 11:37 am
  • ROME - Armed groups on Saturday abducted two Italian priests and a Canadian nun working as missionaries in northern Cameroon, Italy's government and Catholic church officials said.

  • Fuel shortages dog Africa's biggest oil producer 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 11:08 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - The man in the large SUV forces his way to the front of the line at the gas station, ignoring the blaring horns and threats of fisticuffs from drivers who have slept in their cars and waited for more than 12 hours for the scarce fuel.

  • No help for refugees of Nigeria Islamic uprising 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 10:30 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - An American university professor says hundreds of refugees from northeast Nigeria's Islamic uprising are worrying where their next meal will come from as are the equally impoverished families that have taken them in.

  • Nigeria court rewards damages to top banker 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 12:49 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - A Federal High Court has ordered Nigeria's government to pay damages of about $300,000 to the ex-Central Bank governor who was suspended after revealing an estimated $20 billion in missing oil revenues.

  • Nigeria's Nollywood: most prolific movie machine 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 12:09 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - A 15-second drum roll and the title of the film, "Deceptive Heart," comes crashing onto the screen in a groovy 1970s font.

  • 1968 Olympic champ Evans given doping ban 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 10:12 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Lee Evans, the double Olympic champion whose world track records at the 1968 Games stood for 20 years, has been banned from coaching for four years for providing a minor in Nigeria with performance-enhancing substances, the country's athletics federation said.

  • 2 freed of gay charges in Nigerian Shariah court 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 8:19 am
  • BAUCHI, Nigeria - A Nigerian Shariah court has freed two men accused of gay sex and belonging to a homosexual club, saying the prosecution failed to prove its case.

  • Catholic church in north Nigeria set aflame 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 1:39 pm
  • KANO, Nigeria - Witnesses and an official say angry Muslim youths set ablaze a Catholic church and tried to destroy an attached school in northern Nigeria over an alleged insult to the Prophet Muhammad.