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  • Boko Haram kill at least 43 in Nigeria's Borno state - witnesses Tue, May 26, 2015

    By Lanre Ola GUBIO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants have killed at least 43 people in a five-hour assault on the town of Gubio in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state, witnesses said on Tuesday. Thousands of people have been killed and several million displaced in a six-year Boko Haram insurgency that once saw the group control an area the size of Belgium in the northeast of Africa's biggest oil producer. The latest attack, which a military source said involved a convoy of around 50 Boko Haram members storming Gubio, lasted for around five hours on Saturday afternoon and ended about 9.30 p.m., local resident Malam Yusuf Mohammed said. More »

  • Nigeria fuel distribution resumes but disruption persists Tue, May 26, 2015

    Fuel supplies slowly resumed in Nigeria on Tuesday after a strike by fuel marketers was called off, but long queues at petrol stations and interruptions to businesses persisted in Africa's biggest economy and oil producer. The dispute, which ended on Monday, brought much of Nigeria to a standstill as private generators that produce most of the electricity for the nation's 170 million inhabitants ran out of fuel, days before the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as the new president on May 29. Nigeria subsidizes gasoline and must import the bulk of the 40 million litres a day that it consumes owing to a neglected refining system. More »

  • Exclusive - Captured video appears to show foreign fighters in Nigeria's … Tue, May 26, 2015

    By Julia Payne ABUJA (Reuters) - Video footage found in captured Boko Haram camps by Nigeria's military and seen by Reuters seems to give some of the clearest indication that foreign fighters hold positions of power within the Nigerian Islamist militant group. Reuters viewed four separate videos. More »

  • Herdsmen kill at least 96 people in Nigeria's Benue state Tue, May 26, 2015

    At least 96 people were killed in Benue state in Nigeria's middle belt region when several villages were attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen, a state police spokesman and an army source said on Tuesday. Hundreds are killed each year in clashes pitting the semi-nomadic, cattle-herding Fulani people against more settled communities that practice a mix of farming and cattle rearing, driven by disputes centred around land use. Police spokesman Austine Ezeani said a mobile police unit was deployed to the area. More »

  • MTN says Nigeria services still impacted despite end to fuel strike
    MTN says Nigeria services still impacted despite end to fuel strike Tue, May 26, 2015

    Africa's largest telecoms operator, MTN Group, said on Tuesday that its Nigerian services continued to be hampered despite the end of a fuel strike on Monday. Nigeria, its biggest market, has been suffering acute gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel shortages for the last few weeks due to a strike by marketers and distributors over non-payment of subsidies by the government. Africa's biggest oil producer and economy subsidizes gasoline and must import the bulk of the 40 million litres a day that it consumes owing to a neglected refining system. More »

  • Deal reached to end crippling Nigeria fuel crisis
    Deal reached to end crippling Nigeria fuel crisis Tue, May 26, 2015

    Agreement was reached to end a crippling fuel crisis in Nigeria that had left the country at a virtual standstill just days before a new government is installed. More »

  • Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges
    Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges Mon, May 25, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's federal high court Monday ordered drug agents to release a newly elected senator and suspend its extradition proceedings on 20-year-old drug charges related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black." More »

  • Boko Haram hacks 10 to death in NE Nigeria: local official
    Boko Haram hacks 10 to death in NE Nigeria: local official Mon, May 25, 2015

    Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a local government official told AFP. More »

  • Correction: Nigeria-Fuel Crisis story
    Correction: Nigeria-Fuel Crisis story Mon, May 25, 2015

    In a story May 25 about Nigeria's fuel crisis, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the country produces more than 2 billion barrels of oil a day. The correct figure is more than 2 million barrels ... More »

  • Nigerian cellphone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down
    Nigerian cellphone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down Sun, May 24, 2015

    Nigeria's leading cellphone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide — the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa's biggest oil producer. ... More »

  • Chinese dominance worries Nigeria's textile traders
    Chinese dominance worries Nigeria's textile traders Sun, May 24, 2015

    Cheap Chinese textile imports are a boon for Nigeria's consumers but traders say they have been disastrous for the industry More »

  • Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis
    Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis Sat, May 23, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday and radio stations were silenced as a months-long fuel shortage aggravated by striking oil tanker drivers worsened in Africa's biggest oil producer. More »

  • Nigerian senator-elect wanted for US drug deal 'arrested'
    Nigerian senator-elect wanted for US drug deal 'arrested' Sat, May 23, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian drug agents Saturday surrounded the house of a senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the alleged basis for the TV hit "Orange is the New Black." More »

  • Nigeria military says 'scores' of Islamists killed, 20 hostages res …
    Nigeria military says 'scores' of Islamists killed, 20 hostages res … Sat, May 23, 2015

    Nigeria's military on Saturday claimed the killing of scores of Boko Haram insurgents and the rescue of 20 more hostages during an operation in the notorious Sambisa forest, an Islamist stronghold. More »

  • West, Africa trade barbs on U.N. appeal against illicit small arms Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western and African members of the U.N. Security Council criticized each other on Friday after the 15-nation body narrowly passed a resolution calling for global action against illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. The resolution, which was drafted by this month's council president, Lithuania, passed with nine votes, the minimum needed for adoption. Six countries - Russia, China, Angola, Chad, Nigeria and Venezuela - abstained, citing a failure of the resolution to address the issue of non-state actors. More »

  • Nigerian Muslims set court ablaze over 'insult' to Muhammad Fri, May 22, 2015

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of rioting Muslims set a Shariah court ablaze Friday in Nigeria's northern Kano city, protesting its decision to free a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed. More »

  • Former Boko Haram captives still held _ by Nigerian military
    Former Boko Haram captives still held _ by Nigerian military Thu, May 21, 2015

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from fellow former captives during a group counseling session. More »

  • ICRC steps up aid in Lake Chad area as Boko Haram conflict goes on Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Julia Payne ABUJA (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it was stepping up its work in the Lake Chad region, where more than a million people have been forced from their homes by the Boko Haram insurgency. Red Cross programmes in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, the countries adjoining Lake Chad, will be expanded, Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, told a news conference during his first official visit to Nigeria. More »

  • Hundreds saved from Boko Haram now in military custody
    Hundreds saved from Boko Haram now in military custody Thu, May 21, 2015

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — All 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram and taken to the safety of a northeast Nigerian refugee camp have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists, a camp official and a Nigerian military intelligence officer said Wednesday. More »

  • Nigeria: 579 soldiers and officers on trial
    Nigeria: 579 soldiers and officers on trial Wed, May 20, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly 600 Nigerian officers and troops faced charges before a court-martial Wednesday, the army said. An unprecedented number of soldiers is believed to be on trial for alleged offenses related to the ongoing fight against an Islamic uprising in the northeast. More »

  • Chadian lawmakers extend mandate of troops fighting Boko Haram
    Chadian lawmakers extend mandate of troops fighting Boko Haram Wed, May 20, 2015

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chadian lawmakers voted on Wednesday to indefinitely extend the mandate of troops participating in a regional effort to combat Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants until the joint mission was completed. Chad has deployed some 2,500 troops to Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger in a joint operation aimed at tackling the Islamist group whose six-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, had threatened the stability of countries in the Lake Chad region. Boko Haram fighters, who had seized large swathes of northern Nigeria and carried attacks in neighbouring countries including raids and kidnappings, have been beaten back by the joint military campaign. More »

  • Suspected Boko Haram bomber kills at least six at Nigeria cattle market - p … Tue, May 19, 2015

    A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber killed at least six people on Tuesday at a cattle market in the rural town of Garkida, in Nigeria's northeastern Adamawa state, police said. Witnesses put the figure higher, saying up to 10 had been killed in the busy market when the blast stuck at shortly before 2 p.m. "The suicide bomber killed six people in Garkida market," said Osman Abubakar, a spokesman for Adamawa police. Thousands have been killed in Boko Haram's six-year insurgency that at its height saw the militant Islamists control an area the size of Belgium, but the group has been pushed from most of the territory it controlled in the past few weeks. More »

  • Investment to Nigeria down by a third in first quarter Tue, May 19, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Foreign investment to Nigeria fell by nearly a third with the United States a "key driver" of the decline in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same period last year, the National Bureau of Statistics said. More »

  • Suicide bomber kills 8, wounds 14 at NE Nigerian market Tue, May 19, 2015

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a rural market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing eight people and wounding at least 14, witnesses said. They blamed Boko Haram extremists. More »

  • Investment flows to Nigeria down by a third in first quarter Tue, May 19, 2015

    The National Statistics Bureau says foreign investment to Nigeria fell by nearly a third with the United States a "key driver" of the decline in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same ... More »

  • Ethiopia's newest party takes on ruling juggernaut Tue, May 19, 2015

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia's newest opposition party hopes discontent among urban youth will win him support in a weekend election that could otherwise be a clean sweep for the ruling party in Africa's most populous nation after Nigeria. Over 36 million people have registered for the May 24 polls, the country's first election since long-serving leader Meles Zenawi died in 2012. Yilekal Getinet, chairman of the three-year old Blue Party, or Semayawi in Amharic, says it originally put forward 400 candidates but electoral authorities cut the list to 139. More »

  • Nigerian military: 10 Boko Haram camps destroyed in forest Mon, May 18, 2015

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian military says it destroyed 10 Boko Haram forest camps over the weekend, but the Islamic extremists killed a man and abducted several women as they attacked a recently recaptured town, according to witnesses. More »

  • Nigerian military says it destroyed 10 Boko Haram camps Sun, May 17, 2015

    Nigeria's military destroyed 10 Boko Haram camps in the country's remote northeast on Sunday as it pressed on with an offensive against militant Islamist fighters now confined to a final hideout there, the army said. A military statement said troops had killed many Boko Haram militants in the Sambisa forest and captured several armoured vehicles and anti-aircraft guns. Thousands of people have been killed and several million displaced in a six-year Boko Haram insurgency that at its height saw the group control an area the size of Belgium. Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates as 'Western education is sinful' in the Hausa language, has hit back with a series of raids over the last week, including two assaults on the regional capital Maiduguri. More »

  • Young female bomber kills seven in Nigeria's Damaturu
    Young female bomber kills seven in Nigeria's Damaturu Sat, May 16, 2015

    Girl aged about 12 detonates explosives belt at a bus station in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses and medial sources say. More »

  • Suicide bomber explodes at Nigerian bus station, kills 8
    Suicide bomber explodes at Nigerian bus station, kills 8 Sat, May 16, 2015

    POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — A teenage suicide bomber blew herself up and killed seven other people Saturday outside a bustling bus station in the northeast Nigerian town of Damaturu, the state medical director said of the latest in a string of attacks this week by Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram extremists. More »

  • Suicide bomber in northern Nigeria kills at least seven - witnesses Sat, May 16, 2015

    A young female suicide bomber blew herself up in Damaturu, the capital of northern Nigeria's Yobe State, killing at least seven people on Saturday, witnesses said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but it bore the hallmark of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has been fighting a six-year insurgency in a bid to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram took over a territory larger than Belgium last year, killing thousands of people and displacing some 1.5 million. The militants overran most of Borno state and parts of Adamawa and Yobe. More »

  • Girl suicide bomber kills seven in northeast Nigeria
    Girl suicide bomber kills seven in northeast Nigeria Sat, May 16, 2015

    A girl aged about 12 carried out a suicide attack at a bus station in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday, killing seven people and injuring 31, witnesses said, shortly after officials revealed Boko Haram Islamists had recaptured a strategic town. More »

  • Boko Haram members attack village in Nigeria's Adamawa state Fri, May 15, 2015

    YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Kojiti in Nigeria's northeastern Adamawa state on Thursday evening, killing seven people, two residents said. It was the first reported attack in the state since the army cleared the Islamist jihadi group out of the Madagali local government in late February. Musa John, a resident, said the insurgents opened fire on the main road when residents were about to go to bed. (Reporting By Emma Ande; Writing by Julia Payne; Editing by Toni Reinhold) More »

  • Official: Boko Haram retakes Nigerian border town
    Official: Boko Haram retakes Nigerian border town Fri, May 15, 2015

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram fighters seized back the border town of Marte in northeastern Nigeria and attacked outlying villages Friday, weeks after the military said it had contained the Islamic extremists in a forest stronghold, an official said. More »

  • Boko Haram crisis pushes poor of western Chad to brink of hunger, says UNIC … Fri, May 15, 2015

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Under the shade of a wooden shack in the western Chadian town of Bagasola, heavily pregnant Zara Gayi sells mangoes and vegetables, hoping to earn enough money to feed her four children. "My husband used to ride boats to Nigeria. In the past, he could earn 100,000 Naira ($500) a month," she told the United Nations children's agency UNICEF. Disruptions to trade and an influx of refugees fleeing Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria have made life more difficult for people already struggling with a poor harvest in western Chad. More »