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This photo taken by a camera trap shows a group of Cross River gorillas in the Mbe Mountains of Nigeria on Monday, June 22, 2020. Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in the Mbe mountains of Nigeria, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts. (WCS Nigeria via AP)

Rare gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies

Jul. 8, 2020 3:12 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria's Mbe mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts. Only around 300 Cross River gorillas were known to be...

Suspected jihadists fire on UN aid copter in Nigeria; 2 dead

Jul. 5, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire on a U.N. aid helicopter in northeastern Nigeria over the weekend, killing two civilians in an escalation of hostilities in the long troubled region. President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the attack on militants linked to the extremist group Boko...

Nigerian man charged with cyber fraud against US companies

Jul. 3, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Nigerian national appeared in federal court in Chicago Friday accused of orchestrating an international cyber fraud scheme that federal prosecutors say defrauded U.S. businesses in six states out of tens of millions of dollars. Olalekan Jacob Ponle, 29, originally of Lagos, Nigeria, was...

Residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus line up for COVID-19 test outside the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Test sites have sprung up through the Chinese capital as test have become a daily normal after the latest outbreak of the coronavirus, (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: SKorea weighs listing churches as 'high risk'

Jun. 30, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as “high risk” venues for the spread of COVID-19 following a slew of transmissions tied to church gatherings. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun...

In this undated photo issued by Christie's auction house, two Igbo statues on display. The pair of sacred statues, that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war fetched 212,500 euros ($239,000) at auction in Paris on Monday, June 29, 2020. Christie's auction house, which defended the sale and said the artworks were legitimately acquired. (Christie's via AP)

Sale of sacred statues riles Black Lives Matter campaigners

Jun. 29, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A pair of sacred statues that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war fetched 212,500 euros ($239,000) at auction in Paris on Monday. The Igbo statues were sold by the Christie’s auction house, which defended the sale and said...

This photo taken Saturday, June 13, 2020 shows the aftermath of an attack by Islamic extremists in Monguno, northeastern Nigeria. Three attacks by Islamic extremists, including an assault on Monguno, a military garrison town, killed more than 40 people in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state. (UNDSS via OCHA, via AP)

In Nigeria, an Islamic State-linked group steps up attacks

Jun. 26, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — An Islamic State-linked group appears to be regaining strength in northeastern Nigeria and is now warning it will target civilians who help the military or even humanitarian organizations. The Islamic State in West Africa Province, which broke away from Boko Haram in 2016, had...

Islamic extremists attack 3 towns in northeastern Nigeria

Jun. 14, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Three attacks by Islamic extremists, including an assault on Monguno, a military garrison town, have killed more than 40 people in Nigeria’s notheastern Borno state. The extremists from the Islamic State West Africa Province on Saturday attacked Monguno, where there are an...

FILE - In this Monday, April 13, 2020 file photo, medical students test a self-designed computer-controlled ventilator prototype at the Chandaria Business and Incubation Centre of Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. More than two dozen international aid organizations have told the U.S. government they are

Aid groups 'alarmed' by little US coronavirus assistance

Jun. 12, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than two dozen international aid groups have told the U.S. government they are “increasingly alarmed” that “little to no U.S. humanitarian assistance has reached those on the front lines” of the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of new cases picks up...

Nigeria declares emergency after rapes triple under lockdown

Jun. 12, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Governors across Nigeria have declared a state of emergency over rape and other gender-based violence against women and children as officials said rapes have tripled during the country's coronavirus lockdown. The commitment by governors of all 36 states to impose tougher measures...

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill 81 in Nigeria's northeast

Jun. 10, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram have killed at least 81 people in Nigeria’s northeast, the state governor and residents said Wednesday. Tuesday’s attack in Foduma Kolomaiya village in the Gubio area of Borno state likely was in...