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  • Nigeria: troops rescue 178 people, destroy extremist camps
    Nigeria: troops rescue 178 people, destroy extremist camps 16 hours ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — 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. More »

  • Nigeria's army says rescued 178 captives of Boko Haram 18 hours ago

    Nigeria's army said late on Sunday that it rescued 178 people held by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria's Borno state, the heartland of the insurgency. Spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau said in an emailed statement that 101 of the those freed were children, 67 were women and the rest were men. Boko Haram has been waging a six-year insurgency in the northeast of Africa's biggest economy in an attempt to establish an Islamist state adhering to strict sharia law. More »

  • Boko Haram fighters kill 13 in attack in NE Nigeria: witnesses
    Boko Haram fighters kill 13 in attack in NE Nigeria: witnesses 19 hours ago

    Boko Haram fighters killed 13 people in an attack on Malari village in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state early Sunday, witnesses said. More »

  • Nigeria: Review of soldiers condemned in Boko Haram war
    Nigeria: Review of soldiers condemned in Boko Haram war 23 hours ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — 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. More »

  • Benin pledges 800 troops to anti-Boko Haram force Sun, Aug 2, 2015

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

  • Nigeria attacks kill 16 as force chief promises to crush Boko Haram
    Nigeria attacks kill 16 as force chief promises to crush Boko Haram Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    A female suicide bomber and Boko Haram gunmen killed 16 people in Nigeria as the commander of a new multinational force tasked with fighting the Islamists pledged on Friday to crush the insurgency "very soon". More »

  • Suicide bomber kills six, injures 11 in Nigeria market - NEMA Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber struck a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Friday, killing six people, the national Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, has been often been targeted by Boko Haram in its campaign to carve out an Islamic "caliphate" in Nigeria's northeast. Eleven people were wounded in the attack, the latest in a spate of bombings and shootings that have killed more than 600 people across the north, according to a Reuters tally, since President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated on May 29. More »

  • Nigeria suicide bomber kills six as military hit Boko Haram hard
    Nigeria suicide bomber kills six as military hit Boko Haram hard Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    A female suicide bomber on a tricycle killed six people Friday in a new attack on a market in Maiduguri, witnesses said, as Nigeria and its neighbours finalise a force to fight Boko Haram. More »

  • Suicide bomber kills 10 at Maiduguri market in north Nigeria
    Suicide bomber kills 10 at Maiduguri market in north Nigeria Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide bomber killed about 10 people at a crowded market early Friday in a blast that thundered across the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said. More »

  • Nigeria names head of regional force to fight Boko Haram
    Nigeria names head of regional force to fight Boko Haram Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Nigeria named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped. More »

  • New Nigerian general to head multinational Boko Haram fight
    New Nigerian general to head multinational Boko Haram fight Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's Defense Ministry has appointed a new general to head the multinational army it is hoped can defeat the Boko Haram Islamic uprising that has killed 20,000 people and driven nearly 2 million from their homes. More »

  • Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram
    Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — 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. More »

  • Nigeria army frees more than 50 women, children held by Boko Haram
    Nigeria army frees more than 50 women, children held by Boko Haram Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Nigeria's army said Thursday it had set free 59 people held by Boko Haram, among them 29 women and 25 children, amid an ongoing offensive against the Islamist group in the country's restive northeast. More »

  • Chad says killed 117 Boko Haram fighters in two-week campaign Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said on Thursday its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram insurgents during a two-week military campaign aimed at clearing islands on Lake Chad used by the militants as hideouts and bases to launch attacks. Chad has deployed thousands of soldiers alongside troops from neighbours Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger to tackle the militant group whose six-year insurgency has killed thousands. "We killed 117 Boko Haram fighters during the two-week operation. More »

  • Leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon try to forge closer effort against Boko Har …
    Leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon try to forge closer effort against Boko Har … Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Sylvain Andzongo YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The presidents of Nigeria and Cameroon tried to overcome differences in their efforts to crush the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in two days of talks but they failed to announce a breakthrough on issues such as the right of cross-border pursuit. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, making his first trip to Cameroon since winning power in March, and Cameroonian leader Paul Biya voiced support for a planned multinational task force to fight Boko Haram but they provided no specifics on when it would become operational. When the talks wrapped up on Thursday, the made vague pledges to improve intelligence-sharing on Boko Haram and security cooperation along their long border. More »

  • Boko Haram 'slits throats of 10 fishermen' near Lake Chad
    Boko Haram 'slits throats of 10 fishermen' near Lake Chad Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday. More »

  • Three of Nigeria's refineries restart production: official
    Three of Nigeria's refineries restart production: official Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Three of Nigeria's four refineries have resumed production and are performing at between 60 and 80 percent of their installed capacities, state-run oil firm NNPC said More »

  • Does Boko Haram have the upper hand?
    Does Boko Haram have the upper hand? Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Nigeria's new president Muhammadu Buhari travels to Cameroon to bolster a cross-border campaign. More »

  • Buhari in Cameroon seeks closer partnership against Boko Haram
    Buhari in Cameroon seeks closer partnership against Boko Haram Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Sylvain Andzongo YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The leaders of Nigerian and Cameroon met on Wednesday in a bid to soothe fractious ties between the West African neighbours and strengthen cooperation against Islamist insurgents Boko Haram. Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari's first visit to Cameroon President Paul Biya since Buhari's election in March comes as the Nigerian militant group, which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, has launched a fresh wave of attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. More »

  • India set to become world's most populous country by 2022 - U.N.
    India set to become world's most populous country by 2022 - U.N. Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India is set to overtake China and become the world's most populous country in less than a decade - six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Fast-growing Nigeria is on course to outstrip the United States by about 2050 to become the country with the third largest population, the United Nations predicted. The current global population of 7.3 billion is forecast to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, slightly above the last set of U.N. projections. More »

  • Nigeria president visits Cameroon to discuss militant threat
    Nigeria president visits Cameroon to discuss militant threat Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The president of Nigeria made his first official state visit to neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday, as the two former enemies struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants carrying out suicide bombings across the region. More »

  • Jamaican author makes Man Booker long list with Bob Marley novel Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - The long list of 13 titles for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for fiction written in English, published on Wednesday, features the first Jamaican author in contention for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) prize. Marlon James is nominated for his third novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings," the story of the attempted assassination of reggae singer Bob Marley and its aftermath in the Jamaica of the 1970s and early 80s. Also in contention are 2007 winner Anne Enright and writers from Nigeria, India, New Zealand, Ireland, the U.S. and Britain. ... More »

  • Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram
    Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast. More »

  • At least 25 people killed by militants in Nigeria's northeast Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    At least 25 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants in raids on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning on three communities in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, military and police sources said. Fighters in pick-up trucks attacked the town of Dille and two smaller communities in the Askira/Uba area in Borno state about 250 km (160 miles) south of Maiduguri the capital of Borno state and the epicentre of the insurgency. The raids were the latest in a string of attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants who, a Reuters tally showed, have killed more than 600 people since President Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration on May 29. More »

  • Nigeria target German model in bid to revive fortunes Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - Nigeria are seeking to forge closer links with Germany in an attempt to revive the country's football fortunes and hasten the national team's development, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) said on Tuesday. "Germany is not only the reigning champions of the world in football, it is also a very strong economic power," NFF president Amaju Pinnick said on the NFF website (www.thenff.com) following a meeting between federation delegates and Germany's ambassador to Nigeria, Dietmar Kreusel. More »

  • Nigerian leader visits Cameroon as Boko Haram attacks
    Nigerian leader visits Cameroon as Boko Haram attacks Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari is set to make his first official visit to one-time enemy Cameroon Wednesday to ease tensions and bolster support for a multinational army to fight the Boko Haram uprising that has spilled across borders. More »

  • Nollywood
    Nollywood Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The story behind Nigeria's domestic movie industry, the second biggest producer of films in the world. More »

  • Nigeria approached by group offering talks on behalf of Boko Haram - presid … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Nigeria's government has been approached by a group that says it is a faction of the Islamist Boko Haram with an offer to hold peace talks, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday. Suspected members of the militant Islamist group have killed more than 600 people in Africa's most populous nation in a spate of bombings and shootings since Buhari was inaugurated as president on May 29, according to a Reuters tally. "A faction of the Boko Haram group came forward claiming to have the mandate to negotiate with the government," said presidential spokesman Garba Shehu, adding that efforts were under way to "verify their claims" of having such authority. More »

  • At least 16 killed in Boko Haram raids on Lake Chad villages Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - At least 13 suspected Boko Haram militants and three civilians were killed in separate attacks over the weekend after the insurgents raided several remote localities around Lake Chad, Chadian security sources said on Monday. The hostages were taken onboard four speedboats to an unknown destination, one of the security source said, asking not to be named. Boko Haram, which calls itself the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) since pledging allegiance to the militant group that controls large areas of Syria and Iraq, is fighting to establish an emirate in northeast Nigeria. More »

  • Nigeria: Child suicide bomber kills 19 in suspected Boko Haram attack
    Nigeria: Child suicide bomber kills 19 in suspected Boko Haram attack Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    A child girl suicide bomber, aged about 10, has killed at least 19 people in north-eastern Nigeria. The bombing was carried out in a crowded market area in the Nigerian city of Damaturu in Yobe state. The suspect set off her device just when security personnel were screening people before letting them enter the market area. More »

  • Female suicide bomber kills 19 at northern Nigeria market Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    By Joe Hemba DAMATURU, Nigeria (Reuters) - A blast set off by a female suicide bomber tore through a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu on Sunday, killing 19 people and wounding 47, the emergency response agency said. No one claimed responsibility for the explosion but it is the latest attack in the last few weeks that bear the hallmarks of militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Hundreds of people have been killed in bombings and shootings across northern Nigeria since Muhammadu Buhari, who has promised to crush the group, was inaugurated as president on May 29. More »

  • Female suicide bombers kill dozens in Cameroon, Nigeria
    Female suicide bombers kill dozens in Cameroon, Nigeria Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    A 12-year-old girl suicide bomber killed 20 people in an attack on a bar in Maroua in Cameroon, while in a crowded market in neighbouring Nigeria a "mentally handicapped" female attacker killed 14. More »

  • At least 14 killed in suicide attack in north Cameroon Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    At least 14 people were killed, including the suicide bomber, in an attack in the northern Cameroonian town of Maroua on Saturday, a local official said, just three days after twin bombings there suspected to have been carried out by Boko Haram. "So far, there are already 14 dead including the woman herself," said the local government official, who was at the scene of the bombing with police and military officers. Twin suicide bombings on Wednesday killed at least 13 people and wounded 32 others in what appeared to be Boko Haram's deepest incursion from neighbouring Nigeria. More »

  • Boko Haram blamed for killing 'at least 25' in NE Nigeria
    Boko Haram blamed for killing 'at least 25' in NE Nigeria Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    At least 25 people were killed in new suspected Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria, with many villagers also forced to flee their homes, residents said Saturday. More »

  • Gas inhalation kills eight and 100 hospitalized in Nigeria's Jos Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Eight people were killed and around 100 needed hospital treatment after inhaling chlorine gas following an explosion at a water treatment plant in Jos, a city in central Nigeria, the state government said on Saturday. A chlorine cylinder exploded at the Lamingo Water Board treatment plant around 4 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Saturday, Plateau state spokesman Samuel Nanle said. "Eight people have been confirmed dead as a result of the inhalation of the contaminated air," he said, adding that 101 people had received hospital treatment for chlorine inhalation. More »