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British, Nigerian nationals shot dead in central Nigeria

Apr. 21, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police and the British High Commission say a British woman and a Nigerian citizen have been shot dead in north-central Nigeria. A High Commission statement says they were killed on Friday when gunmen attacked the Kajuru Castle holiday resort in Kaduna state. The statement identified...

Nigeria tribunal bans high court's chief justice from office

Apr. 18, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A tribunal in Nigeria has ordered the country's chief justice removed from the bench and banned him from holding public office for 10 years. Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen already had been suspended from the Supreme Court. Prosecutors charged him in January with failing to obey laws...

Busts in Asia reveal scales from 38,000 endangered pangolins

Apr. 10, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore seized more than 28 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered mammals in the past week, a global record that spurred calls for more protection for pangolins, whose scales are used in traditional medicine. The scales were linked to four species of...

FC Cincinnati's Fanendo Adi charged with impaired driving

Apr. 2, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — FC Cincinnati forward Fanendo Adi has been suspended while Major League Soccer investigates his citations for speeding and impaired driving. The Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped Adi for speeding in Butler County early Sunday. He also was cited for impaired driving. He is not allowed to...

US, Nigeria, other nations train navies in Gulf of Guinea

Apr. 1, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The United States Navy and 33 other countries recently carried out weeks of maritime training in the Gulf of Guinea, to improve safety against pirates and to improve the monitoring of the West Africa coastline. The Obangame Express training exercise, in its ninth year, this year...

Nigeria court revokes bail for missing separatist leader

Mar. 28, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigeria High Court has revoked bail for the leader of a separatist movement known as the Indigenous People of Biafra. Justice Binta Nyako made the ruling Thursday, saying that Nnamdi Kanu had violated bail terms. She issued a warrant for his arrest. Kanu, who faces five charges...

Records: Police paid for hotel for brothers in Smollett case

Mar. 27, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police provided a six-night hotel stay with separate rooms and 24-hour security to two brothers who said they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage a racist, anti-gay attack on him, according to investigative reports released Wednesday to several media outlets. The...

Pope Francis prays for Nicaragua, victims in African attacks

Mar. 24, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for the victims of attacks in Nigeria and Mali, and for the success of talks underway in Nicaragua aimed at solving a yearlong political crisis in the country. "Let's pray for the numerous victims of the recent inhuman attacks in Nigeria and Mali. May the...

Chess victory is ticket out of shelter for 8-year-old boy

Mar. 19, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An 8-year-old boy's victory as New York state chess champion will be his family's ticket out of a homeless shelter. The New York Times reported that Tani Adewumi (TAH'-nee ah-deh-WOO'-mee) won the state chess title for his age group this month even though he learned to play only about a...

20 dead, mostly children, in Nigeria building collapse

Mar. 15, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Twenty people are confirmed dead in the school building that collapsed in Nigeria on Wednesday, and most of them are children, an official said Friday. Forty-three other people were rescued, Lagos State Health Commissioner Jide Idris told The Associated Press. The disaster occurred in...