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  • Nigeria: troops rescue 178 people, destroy extremist camps 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 7:23 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigerian troops rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in attacks that destroyed several camps of the Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country, an army statement said Sunday.

  • Nigeria: Review of soldiers condemned in Boko Haram war 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 1:23 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's army is reviewing the courts-martial of more than 600 soldiers and officers, including dozens condemned to death for allegedly deserting the battle against Islamic extremists, according to an order received by The Associated Press on Sunday.

  • Benin pledges 800 troops to anti-Boko Haram force 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 11:01 am

    COTONOU, Benin - Benin's president has vowed to contribute 800 troops to a regional force intended to combat the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

  • Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:51 pm

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday.

  • Nigeria celebrates 1 year with no new polio cases story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 11:07 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Once stigmatized as the world's polio epicenter, Nigeria on Friday celebrates its first year with no reported case of the crippling disease, having overcome obstacles ranging from Islamic extremists who assassinated vaccinators to rumors the vaccine was a plot to sterilize Muslims.

  • Police: Suicide bombers kill 20 in northern Cameroon 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 12:31 pm

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - At least 20 bodies have been found in northern Cameroon's regional capital of Maroua after two suicide bombers blew themselves up on Wednesday in a busy marketplace and a popular neighborhood.

  • Nigerian leader: Forces ready soon to take on Boko Haram story has photos
    Updated: Jul-21-15 2:36 pm

    WASHINGTON - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday a multinational African force will be in place within 10 days to take the fight to the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram that has killed thousands and was behind the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls.

  • Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill 23 in north Cameroon 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 6:07 pm

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed more than 20 people including multiple children in their latest attack on northern Cameroon, easily overwhelming the few soldiers posted at the targeted village, residents said Monday.

  • Obama praises Nigerian leader for pursuing safety, security story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-20-15 4:28 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama welcomed Nigeria's new president to the Oval Office on Monday and praised him for working to bring "safety, security and peace" to a nation challenged by economic strains, a history of corruption and violence unleashed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

  • Boko Haram tops agenda for Nigerian leader meet with Obama 
    Updated: Jul-19-15 9:43 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari travels to the United States on Sunday for a meeting with President Barack Obama to mend relations battered by his predecessor's failures to fight an Islamic uprising and corruption in Africa's biggest oil producer.

  • Plan to launch Brazil's only slave memoir, revisit dark past story has photos
    Updated: Jul-17-15 12:13 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Taken from Africa and sold into slavery in Brazil, Mahommah Baquaqua's tale of escape to freedom in New York is the only known story of its kind, an in-depth, firsthand account of slavery in the South America country.

  • Nigeria blocks Radio Biafra station aimed at breakaway state 
    Updated: Jul-16-15 11:09 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's government says it has banned Radio Biafra because it is unlicensed but the station dedicated to creating a breakaway state remained on the airwaves Thursday.

  • Northern Cameroon announces ban on burkas and face veils 
    Updated: Jul-15-15 11:35 am

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Cameroon's north region has banned women from wearing burkas and face-covering veils after suicide bombings by females in burkas killed at least 14 people in a northern town on Sunday, a government official said Wednesday.

  • Nigeria investigating Boko Haram attack in remote northeast 
    Updated: Jul-13-15 9:33 am

    BAUCHI, Nigeria - Nigerian police say they're investigating reports that dozens of people were killed in attacks by Boko Haram Islamic extremists in a remote region in the country's northeast.

  • Boko Haram attack in Nigeria leaves at least 10 dead 
    Updated: Jul-11-15 11:44 am

    BAUCHI, Nigeria - Police say at least 10 people were killed in northeast Nigeria when a large commando of Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked their village and took over a major highway in the region.

  • Suicide attack rocks market in Chad's capital; 14 killed 
    Updated: Jul-11-15 10:17 am

    N'DJAMENA, Chad - A man disguised as a woman wearing a burqa detonated a bomb outside the main market in Chad's capital Saturday morning, killing 14 people, a police spokesman said. It was the third attack in N'Djamena in less than a month - a spate of violence widely believed to have been organized by Nigeria-based Islamic extremists.

  • New African art wows international collectors 
    Updated: Jul-10-15 11:34 am

    ILE-IFE, Nigeria - Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars.

  • T.B. Joshua's church rejects coroner's call for prosecution 
    Updated: Jul-09-15 4:56 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - A Nigerian televangelist's church on Thursday rejected a coroner's report recommending prosecution of the church and two structural engineers in last year's collapse of a building that killed 116 people, most of them visitors from South Africa.

  • Sunday Oliseh in line to be new Nigeria coach 
    Updated: Jul-08-15 3:03 pm

    ABUJA, Nigeria - Former captain Sunday Oliseh is in line to take over as coach of Nigeria after the national federation said Wednesday the two parties have reached an "understanding."

  • $2 billion bailout for Nigerian states to pay workers 
    Updated: Jul-07-15 10:05 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a bailout of more than $2 billion for states to resolve a crisis that has left hundreds of thousands of workers unpaid for months.

  • Nigeria fires Stephen Keshi as coach of national team 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 9:14 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's football federation has fired national coach Stephen Keshi amid charges he applied for a job with the Ivory Coast team.