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NBA, FIBA announce plans for pro league in Africa

Feb. 16, 2019 7:35 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa. The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport's global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is...

Nigeria's candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

Feb. 16, 2019 2:58 PM EST

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's top candidates on Saturday condemned the surprise last-minute decision to delay the presidential election for a week until Feb. 23, blaming each other but appealing to Africa's largest democracy for calm. The decision, announced five hours before polls were to open, is a...

The Latest: Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 4 civilians

Feb. 16, 2019 12:11 PM EST

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's postponed presidential election (all times local): 6 p.m. Nigeria's military says four civilians are dead in an extremist attack in the northeast that targeted a mosque during morning prayers. A statement Saturday says troops repelled the attack in the Jere...

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

Feb. 16, 2019 7:23 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them. "The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released...

Nigeria delays its election; candidates rush back to capital

Feb. 16, 2019 6:07 AM EST

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians awakened on Saturday to find the presidential election delayed a week until Feb. 23 because of what the electoral commission called unspecified "challenges." The top candidates condemned the decision and blamed each other but appealed to Africa's largest democracy for calm,...

The Latest: Nigerian president 'disappointed' by poll delay

Feb. 16, 2019 5:19 AM EST

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's postponed presidential election (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Nigeria's president says he is "deeply disappointed" by the last-minute delay of Saturday's election until Feb. 23 and says he is going back to the capital to hear the electoral commission's...

Nigeria delays election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

Feb. 15, 2019 11:53 PM EST

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's electoral commission delayed the presidential election until Feb. 23, making the announcement a mere five hours before polls were set to open Saturday. It cited unspecified "challenges" amid reports that voting materials had not been delivered to all parts of the country....

The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential vote until Feb. 23

Feb. 15, 2019 8:58 PM EST

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's election (all times local): 2:50 a.m. Nigeria's electoral commission says the presidential election is delayed until Feb. 23 over unspecified "challenges" amid reports that voting materials have not been delivered to all parts of the country. Commission chairman...

Nigeria's electoral commission delays presidential election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

Feb. 15, 2019 8:50 PM EST
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's electoral commission delays presidential election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

66 killed in Nigerian state before presidential election

Feb. 15, 2019 1:33 PM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities in Nigeria's Kaduna state are reporting at least 66 deaths in a wave of violence just before the country's presidential election. Samuel Aruwan, a spokesman for Kaduna state's governor, said Friday that the victims include 22 children. He blamed a "criminal element" for...