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Nigeria's Buhari misses second cabinet meeting in a row

Abuja - Nigeria's president has missed the last two meetings of his cabinet, a senior minister said on Wednesday, in comments likely to fuel fresh speculation about the head of state's health.

Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria

Abuja - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic.

Nigeria marks third anniversary of schoolgirl kidnap

Lagos - Nigerians rallied Friday to mark the third anniversary of the mass abduction of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, as their parents cling to the hope that they can be safely returned.

Rise in Boko Haram child suicide bombers 'alarming': UNICEF

Lagos - An "alarming" number of children, most of them girls, have been used by Boko Haram as suicide bombers in the first months of 2017, UNICEF said Wednesday.

Nigeria sees 'massive spike' in death sentences: Amnesty

Lagos - Nigeria handed down an astonishing 527 death sentences in 2016, three times more than the previous year, in what Amnesty International described Tuesday as a "massive and worrying spike".

Two Turkish nationals kidnapped in Nigeria: police

Port Harcourt - Gunmen have kidnapped two Turkish nationals from their hotel in southern Nigeria's oil-rich Akwa Ibom state, police said Tuesday in the latest unrest to hit the restive Niger Delta.

Boko Haram faction seeks grassroots support in NE Nigeria

Kano - A Boko Haram faction led by the son of the group's founder is trying to win over civilians by shunning the indiscriminate violence of its longtime figurehead that has alienated locals.

Nigeria's vice-president and a fragile peace in the delta

Warri - While Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari was receiving treatment in London for an undisclosed illness, his energetic deputy Yemi Osinbajo was wooing the country's oil heartland.

Three killed as suicide blasts rock migrant camp in Nigeria

Kano - At least four suicide bomb blasts rocked a camp for migrants fleeing Boko Haram insurgents in restive northeastern Nigeria Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 20, officials said.

Boko Haram splinter group head charged with foreign kidnappings, murders

Abuja - The leader of Boko Haram splinter group Ansaru appeared in court in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday charged with the abduction and murder of 10 foreigners.

Nigerians told to avoid non-essential travel to US

Abuja - Nigeria is advising its citizens against all but essential travel to the United States because of the lack of clarity on new immigration rules, the government said on Monday.

Multiple blasts rock Nigerian city: emergency service

Maiduguri - Multiple explosions rocked the outskirts of Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri early Friday, killing three suicide bombers, the emergency service and police said.

Nigerians head to church to find earthly love

Ibafo - Thousands of people began to arrive at the Nigerian megachurch just after dawn on a cool morning, looking for love and hot tips on how to avoid "dating devils".

Gunmen kidnap two Germans in northern Nigeria: police

Kano - Two German archaeologists have been kidnapped in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, police said on Thursday, stoking fears of more abductions in a region hit by rising violence.

Logistics nightmare: helping the Boko Haram displaced

Yal - Not a single car remains in the town of Dikwa in northeast Nigeria and there's no way to communicate to the outside world, as all the telephone lines have been blown up.

Nigeria's Buhari to stay in London for 'further rest'

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari needs "further rest" so will extend his month-long medical stay in London, but there is "no cause" for worry over his health, his office said Tuesday.

Buhari's health sparks fresh debate on leadership in Nigeria

Lagos - The protracted absence on medical grounds of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has stoked fears of a full-blown political crisis at the heart of Africa's most populous nation.

'Strange black soot' blankets Nigeria's oil hub

Port Harcourt - The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as "The Garden City" because of its soaring palm trees and green open spaces.

Boko Haram ambushes, kills troops in NE Nigeria

Kano - Nigeria's military on Friday said seven of its soldiers were killed and 19 others injured in a Boko Haram ambush, in the latest incident against troops and the security services in the country's northeast.

Nigeria politician returns home after 4 years in UK jail

Lagos - One of Nigeria's most powerful men, who was jailed in Britain for money laundering and fraud in a landmark anti-corruption case, has returned home, his aides told AFP on Saturday."Chief James Ibori has arrived.
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