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Nigeria arrests men suspected of deadly church attack

Aug. 09, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The suspected gunmen who killed dozens of worshippers during a church service in southwestern Nigeria in June have been arrested, Nigeria's top military officer said on Tuesday, two months after the attack which shocked many in the West African nation. “We...

UK museum agrees to return looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Aug. 07, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A London museum agreed Sunday to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria as cultural institutions throughout Britain come under pressure to repatriate artifacts acquired during the colonial era. The Horniman Museum...

Role of race contested in killing of Nigerian man in Italy

Aug. 06, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

CIVITANOVA MARCHE, Italy (AP) — Two marches Saturday in a well-to-do Italian Adriatic beach town both sought justice in the brutal daylight killing of a Nigerian man at the hands of an Italian stranger but were divided by one word: Racism. One march by Nigerians living in Italy's...

WHO Africa sees 10-year growth in healthy life expectancy

Aug. 04, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Africa recorded a ten-year growth in its healthy life expectancy from 2000 to 2019, the World Health Organization Africa office said Thursday, exceeding the global average and progress seen in any other region over the same period. The healthy life expectancy...

Africa sees some artifacts returned home but seeks far more

Jul. 31, 2022 04:14 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Apollo John Rwamparo speaks forlornly of the eight-legged stool, a symbol of authority for his ancient kingdom in Uganda, now glimpsed through a glass barrier at a museum thousands of miles away in Britain. The wooden stool is permanently exhibited at the...

Nigerian leader faces impeachment threats amid insecurity

Jul. 28, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Nigeria have threatened to impeach the country’s president Muhammadu Buhari over accusations he has failed to implement recommendations to end rising violence in the West African nation. The lawmakers in the Nigerian House of...

UN projects world population will reach 8 billion on Nov. 15

Jul. 12, 2022 01:32 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations estimated Monday that the world’s population will reach 8 billion on Nov. 15 and that India will replace China as the world’s most populous nation next year. In a report released on World Population Day, the U.N. also said global...

Nigeria jailbreak raises more questions over insecurity

Jul. 11, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities on Monday admitted shortcomings in security at a jail in the nation's capital after an attack that resulted in the escape of hundreds of inmates last week. The jailbreak in the Kuje area of Abuja led to the escape of 879 inmates,...

Nigeria's troubled northwest battles child malnutrition

Jul. 10, 2022 04:23 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Four years ago gunmen attacked Halima Musa's village in northwestern Nigeria, killing her husband and the oldest of their seven children. The family fled to the safety of a camp for displaced people, but now they are hungry, she said. “It’s...

Extremists claim responsibility for Nigerian prison attack

Jul. 07, 2022 07:26 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a prison in Nigeria’s capital which freed nearly 900 inmates including 60 of its members. Nigerian security forces on Thursday continued to search for at least 400 escaped prisoners who are...