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  • Nigerian leader visits Cameroon as Boko Haram attacks
    Nigerian leader visits Cameroon as Boko Haram attacks 12 hours ago

    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 »

  • 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 »

  • Asian, African megachurches overtaking US congregations Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    While the United States may have started the trend of megachuches, a new study shows that the future of super-size congregations lies abroad. A survey by the Leadership Network, a Christian nonprofit organization, reveals that the world’s biggest churches are not in the United States, but in Asia and Africa. According to a list compiled by the Leadership Network, attendance is high in western and eastern Africa, and at least 25 of Africa's megachurches are in Nigeria. More »

  • Nigeria celebrates 1 year with no new polio cases
    Nigeria celebrates 1 year with no new polio cases Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — 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. More »

  • U.S. condemns 'horrific' Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon
    U.S. condemns 'horrific' Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The United States on Friday condemned Boko Haram suicide attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria as "horrific and indiscriminate" and deplored the militant group's use of children as bombers. Multiple bomb blasts at two bus stations in Gombe, Nigeria, killed 37 people on Wednesday, while two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 13 people in northern Cameroon. The United States "strongly condemns the horrific and indiscriminate suicide attacks," the State Department said. More »

  • Nigeria marks one year since last polio case
    Nigeria marks one year since last polio case Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Nigeria on Friday marked one year since its last case of polio, raising hopes it will soon be taken off the list of endemic countries as the first step to being declared free of the disease. More »

  • Bombs kill 53 as Nigerian leader says US hampering fight
    Bombs kill 53 as Nigerian leader says US hampering fight Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram killed 29 people in Nigeria and 24 in Cameroon, officials said Thursday after Nigeria's new president warned that the U.S. refusal to sell his country strategic weapons is "aiding and abetting" the Islamic extremist group. More »

  • Blasts kill at least 29 in Nigerian city of Gombe Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    By Ardo Abdallah BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - At least 29 people died and 60 were wounded in multiple bomb blasts at two bus stations in the northern Nigerian city of Gombe on Wednesday evening, a Red Cross official said. There was no immediate claim for the bombings but they bore the hallmarks of Islamist jihadi group Boko Haram. Umaru Sani, a shopkeeper, said a second bomb went off at Nasarawo junction near the same bus station, where people were selling vegetables. More »

  • 50+ dead in Cameroon, Nigeria as Buhari warns US over Boko Haram
    50+ dead in Cameroon, Nigeria as Buhari warns US over Boko Haram Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Suspected Boko Haram attacks left more than 50 people dead on Wednesday, after Nigeria's president warned the United States that its policy was hitting the fight against Boko Haram. More »

  • Cameroon says two suicide attacks kill at least 13 in Maroua Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 13 people and injured 32 others in northern Cameroon on Wednesday, the president's office said, in what appeared to be the deepest incursion by Boko Haram militants from neighbouring Nigeria. The first explosion hit a market and the second a densely populated neighbourhood, both in the capital of Cameroon's Far North region, Maroua, a military source told Reuters. No one claimed responsibility, but Boko Haram has stepped up attacks on the countries bordering its northeast Nigerian stronghold - Chad, Niger as well as Cameroon. More »

  • Two girl suicide bombers kill 11 in north Cameroon
    Two girl suicide bombers kill 11 in north Cameroon Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Eleven people were killed on Wednesday when two girls blew themselves up in twin attacks in northern Cameroon, a region repeatedly targeted by Nigeria-based Boko Haram jihadists. More »

  • Nigeria's Buhari says US arms ban aids Boko Haram
    Nigeria's Buhari says US arms ban aids Boko Haram Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari warned Washington on Wednesday that a US refusal to arm his troops because of "so-called human rights violations" only helps Boko Haram. More »

  • Cameroon police say twin suicide bombs kill at least 20 in north of the country … Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Cameroon police say twin suicide bombs kill at least 20 in north of the country near Nigeria. More »

  • Boko Haram resurgence deepens humanitarian crisis in Niger Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    By Boubacar Mazou Abdel-Kader DIFFA, Niger, (Reuters) - A wave of attacks by Islamist insurgents Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and the islands of Lake Chad has forced tens of thousands across the border to Niger's arid southeastern region of Diffa, worsening a dire humanitarian situation. An estimated 150,000 people have fled to Diffa in the past two years, according to aid agencies, increasing by one-third the population of the remote region that is largely dependent on aid and suffers from perennial food shortages. In recent weeks, Boko Haram insurgents have stepped up suicide attacks and raids on villages in Nigeria and surrounding countries in reprisal for an offensive by regional governments against them this year. More »

  • Nigeria's Buhari vows to recover 'stolen' oil money
    Nigeria's Buhari vows to recover 'stolen' oil money Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to recover "mind-boggling" amounts of stolen oil money and bring those responsible to book, his spokesman said on Wednesday. More »

  • Biafra casts long shadow over Nigeria, nearly 50 years on
    Biafra casts long shadow over Nigeria, nearly 50 years on Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Its name is synonomous with the declaration of independence and updates on the brutal conflict that followed, but nearly 50 years after Nigeria's civil war, Radio Biafra is again making headlines. More »

  • Two killed in Boko Haram raid on army chief's village: residents
    Two killed in Boko Haram raid on army chief's village: residents Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have raided the village of Nigeria's army chief in northeast Borno state, killing two residents and setting fire to several homes, residents said. More »

  • Boko Haram militants attack Nigerian army chief's home Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Suspected Boko Haram militants burned down houses, including the family home of Nigeria's new army chief, in a village in the northeast of the country on Tuesday, a policeman, military source and witnesses said. At least two people were killed and eight injured in Buratai in Borno state, resident Adamu Talba and the military source said, but Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Baratai, was not present at the time of the attack in the early hours. Boko Haram has waged a deadly campaign to carve out a state adhering to strict Islamic law in Nigeria's northeast for the past six years. More »

  • Nigeria's Buhari says will name cabinet in September
    Nigeria's Buhari says will name cabinet in September Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will not appoint his cabinet until September, more than three months after taking office, he wrote in an article, explaining that he needed time to root out corruption before naming his ministers. Buhari won March elections and became president on May 29, after campaigning against corruption and pledging to quash an insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists, but critics have asked why Africa's biggest economy still has no cabinet ministers. "Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place," Buhari wrote in the Washington Post on Monday, confirming speculation that the cabinet would not be appointed before September. More »

  • Obama praises Nigerian leader for pursuing safety, security
    Obama praises Nigerian leader for pursuing safety, security Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. More »

  • Obama woos Nigeria's Buhari after historic election
    Obama woos Nigeria's Buhari after historic election Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Barack Obama welcomed Nigeria's freshly elected president to the White House on Monday, lending a personal endorsement after the country's first ever democratic transition. More »

  • Eight killed in suicide bomb on edge of Nigeria's Damaturu city Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Joe Hemba DAMATURU, Nigeria (Reuters) - Three policemen and five militants were killed on Monday by a car suicide bomb at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Damaturu, capital of Yobe state in northern Nigeria, a police spokesman said. The checkpoint is on a highway that connects the city with Borno state capital Maiduguri. The road and villages along it are frequently hit by bombs or raids by suspected members of Islamist jihadist group Boko Haram. More »

  • Obama endorses Nigerian leader's agenda for defeating Boko Haram
    Obama endorses Nigerian leader's agenda for defeating Boko Haram Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday offered strong support for Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, saying he had a "clear agenda" for defeating the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and was working to root out corruption. Speaking as he greeted Buhari on his first visit to the White House since his election in March, Obama said the two leaders would discuss ways to cooperate against the group, which has wreaked havoc in parts of the West African country. Obama told reporters in the Oval Office that Buhari has integrity and "a very clear agenda in defeating Boko Haram extremists of all sorts inside his country." Boko Haram has carried out multiple attacks in northern Nigeria, most notably the April 2014 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian school girls who are still missing. More »

  • Boko Haram tops agenda for Nigerian leader meet with Obama Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — 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. More »

  • U.S. to trace Nigerian stolen assets, boost military help Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will offer to help Nigeria's new leader track down billions of dollars in stolen assets and increase U.S. military assistance to fight Islamic militants, U.S. officials said, as Washington seeks to "reset" ties with Africa's biggest economy. Next week's visit to Washington by President Muhammadu Buhari is viewed by the U.S. administration as a chance to set the seal on improving ties since he won a March election hailed as Nigeria's first democratic power transition in decades. More »

  • Nigerian megachurch faces prosecution over guesthouse collapse Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    By Alexis Akwagyiram LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian authorities said they would sue a megachurch run by one of Africa's best known preachers, TB Joshua, for negligence after its guesthouse collapsed last year, killing 115 worshippers, most of them South Africans. The Sept. 12 disaster opened up a diplomatic rift with South Africa which accused Nigeria of not doing enough to rescue the injured and dragging its feet on launching an investigation. More than 10 months on, the Lagos state government said the contractor that built the guesthouse would be prosecuted for professional negligence. More »

  • Multiple suicide bombs blamed on Boko Haram kill 64 people in northeastern Nigeria: … Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) — Multiple suicide bombs blamed on Boko Haram kill 64 people in northeastern Nigeria: officials. More »