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  • Five months later, Nigerian officials again negotiating release of abducted schoolgirls

    It has been five months since nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and more than 200 of them are still missing. In mid-August, four months after the girls were abducted, Nigerian government officials tried again to negotiate with Boko Haram for...

  • Nigeria's ruling party wants Jonathan as president

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's ruling party says President Goodluck Jonathan is its candidate for February 2015 elections. Jonathan has been criticized for a 5-year-old Islamic uprising and the government's failure to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic extremists. His...

  • Amnesty: Nigerian police routinely use torture

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria's police and military routinely torture women, men and children as young as 12 with beatings, shootings, rape, electric shocks and pliers used to pull out teeth and nails, Amnesty International charged Thursday. Most of those detained are denied access to the outside...

  • 200,000 from Ebola countries have visas to enter U.S.

    There are about 200,000 Africans from countries hosting the deadly ebola virus who hold temporary visas to visit the United States, greatly raising the stakes it could spread to America, according to a group following the immigration issue.

  • Soldiers defeat Islamic fighters in north Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — An officer and other witnesses say soldiers killed scores of Islamic extremists in a rare victory as the insurgents advanced on a town near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri. One officer said a feared Boko Haram commander was among some 200 militants killed in a...

  • People flee advancing Islamic militants in Nigeria

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Residents who feared for their lives and fled from Nigeria on Tuesday said that Boko Haram fighters are patrolling 50 kilometers (32 miles) of road between two of several towns the Islamic extremists have seized alongside northeast Nigeria's border with Cameroon. Mubi, the...

  • Islamic extremists grab towns in northeast Nigeria

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram, has seized more towns along Nigeria's northeastern border with Cameroon and is adopting a strategy of encouraging civilians to stay, witnesses said Sunday, as the militants pursue their new aim to carve out an "Islamic...

  • Nigeria: Officials reassure as extremists rampage

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian officials are trying to reassure citizens panicked about a spreading Islamic insurgency in the northeast even as fleeing residents report the extremists are urging people to join their fight and take their children out of school. The Nigerian Defense Ministry...

  • Hundreds fear extremists, flee north Nigerian city

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lacking confidence in government military forces, hundreds of people are fleeing Nigeria's northeast state capital of Maiduguri as Islamic extremists close in, residents said Friday. One prominent resident said soldiers have been evacuating their own families from Maiduguri...

  • US plans major border security program in Nigeria

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The United States is preparing to launch a "major" border security program to help Nigeria and its neighbors combat the increasing number and scope of attacks by Islamic extremists, a senior U.S. official for Africa said Thursday. Nigerian insurgents have begun attacking...

  • Islamic fighters besiege Nigerian city: Senator

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian senator says thousands of people are fleeing a northeastern city amid conflicting reports that it has been seized by Boko Haram Islamic militants. Sen. Ali Ndume said Tuesday the military is claiming it has repelled the insurgents in fierce fighting for the...

  • Nigerian forces clash with Boko Haram fighters

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian military officials say they killed about 70 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamic extremists attacked the northeastern town of Bama Monday morning. The militants arrived Monday morning in armored tanks and trucks and tried to take over the town, said the...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram claims it is Islamic Caliphate

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebel group, said it controls the northeastern city of Gwoza and has added it to an Islamic state that it claims it has established in Nigeria. Gwoza, in Borno state, is now part of its "Islamic Caliphate" asserted Boko Haram's...



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