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Protests over cash shortage as Nigeria banknote switch looms

Feb. 07, 2023 15:14 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — New clashes Tuesday between protesters and security forces in southern Nigeria left at least one person injured, amid demonstrations against a cash shortage caused by the West African nation's push to rapidly phase out its old currency notes. Protesters...

Sub-Saharan Africa is 'new epicenter' of extremism, says UN

Feb. 07, 2023 04:43 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The new global epicenter of violent Islamic extremism is sub-Saharan Africa where people are increasingly joining because of economic factors and less for religious ones, says a new report by the U.N.'s international development agency. A significant increase...

Nigeria sees cash shortage amid push for redesigned currency

Jan. 31, 2023 05:55 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's push to replace its paper money with newly designed currency notes has created a shortage of cash, leaving people unable to buy what they need and forcing businesses to close across the West African nation, experts and business groups said. The...

Trucks crash into commuters in Nigeria's south; 20 dead

Jan. 29, 2023 16:30 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Two separate road crashes involving trucks in southern Nigeria left 20 people dead including children, authorities said Sunday, with many of the victims burned beyond recognition. In Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos, a truck carrying a heavy container...

Witnesses: Drone strike kills 21 civilians in north Nigeria

Jan. 25, 2023 12:30 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A weapon fired from the air in Nigeria killed at least 21 members of a civilian defense group as they responded to an attack by gunmen in the country's volatile north, witnesses said Wednesday. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the strike,...

Nigeria bets on Chinese-funded port to drive economic growth

Jan. 24, 2023 06:37 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has marked the opening of a $1.5 billion, Chinese-funded deep seaport in the commercial hub of Lagos that authorities hope will help grow the West African nation's ailing economy. The Lekki Deep Sea Port is one of the...

Nigeria confirms diphtheria outbreak; 25 dead in one state

Jan. 20, 2023 08:41 AM EST

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian health authorities confirmed an outbreak of diphtheria Friday and reported that 25 people, most of them children, have died so far in one of the worst-hit states in the country's north. The total number of confirmed cases and deaths is not yet known....

Nigeria presidential hopeful Obi pledges to fight corruption

Jan. 16, 2023 14:01 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian leading presidential candidate Peter Obi pledged Monday to rid Africa's most populous nation of endemic corruption and widespread insecurity if he wins next month's election. Obi, who is one of 18 seeking Nigeria’s highest office, described his...

Catholic priest burned alive in Nigeria's hard-hit north

Jan. 15, 2023 15:00 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian priest was burned alive in his home in the country's north on Sunday, police said. Rev. Isaac Achi was killed in the Paikoro area of Niger state after gunmen failed to break into his house and instead set it on fire, said Wasiu Abiodun, the police...

Gunmen abduct passengers at train station in Nigeria’s south

Jan. 08, 2023 07:18 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen abducted several passengers at a train station in southern Nigeria, according to police. Armed men attacked the station in Igueben town in Edo State kidnapping an unknown number of people waiting to board, said Chidi Nwabuzor, the police spokesman for...