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Meta takes down thousands of Facebook, Instagram accounts running sextortion scams from Nigeria

Jul. 24, 2024 13:18 PM EDT

Meta said Wednesday that it has taken down about 63,000 Instagram accounts in Nigeria running sexual extortion scams and has removed thousands of Facebook groups and pages that were trying to organize, recruit and train new scammers. Sexual extortion, or sextortion, involves...

Lawmakers in Nigeria try to resolve rift between authorities and Africa's richest man

Jul. 22, 2024 21:21 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian legislators on Monday began an investigation into the alleged importation of contaminated fuel into the country, part of efforts to resolve issues causing a rift between an oil refinery owned by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote and the industry regulator. ...

Nigeria fines Meta $220 million for violating data protection and consumer rights laws

Jul. 19, 2024 15:48 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government on Friday announced a fine of $220 million on Meta, saying its investigations found “multiple and repeated” violations of the country's data protection and consumer rights laws on Facebook and WhatsApp. A statement from Nigeria’s...

Nigeria more than doubles the minimum wage for government workers after strikes and negotiations

Jul. 19, 2024 06:40 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Public sector workers in Nigeria on the minimum wage will see their salaries double after the government reached an agreement on Thursday with labor unions that have been threatening further strikes as the cost of living spirals. The new minimum monthly wage...

The collapse of a school in northern Nigeria leaves 22 students dead, officials say

Jul. 13, 2024 14:26 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A two-story school collapsed during morning classes Friday in north-central Nigeria, killing 22 students and sending rescuers on a frantic search for more than 100 people trapped in the rubble, authorities said. The Saints Academy college in Plateau state’s...

Police say 22 students were killed when a school collapsed during morning classes in Nigeria

Jul. 12, 2024 20:01 PM EDT
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Police say 22 students were killed when a school collapsed during morning classes in Nigeria.

World population is projected to grow from 8.2 billion to a peak of 10.3 billion in 2080s, UN says

Jul. 11, 2024 21:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world’s population is expected to grow by more than 2 billion people in the next decades and peak in the 2080s at around 10.3 billion, a major shift from a decade ago, a new report by the United Nations said Thursday. The report — released on World...

US women's basketball team looks to continue Olympic dominance, seeking 8th straight gold in Paris

Jul. 11, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

The U.S. women's basketball team is on a historic run, winning seven straight Olympic gold medals. While no one has come close to ending that streak, the rest of the world is getting better. The Americans, who haven't lost an Olympic contest since 1992, won by an average of 16...

Senegal’s leader wasn't born when ECOWAS was founded. He's asked to reunite the bloc split by coups

Jul. 08, 2024 08:41 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Senegal’s President Basirou Diomaye Faye, Africa's youngest, is suddenly faced with a huge challenge of reuniting a weakened regional bloc that is older than him. The 44-year-old Faye was tasked on Sunday with getting the military junta-ruled Mali, Niger and...

A weakened West Africa bloc asks Senegalese leader to try to convince breakaway states to return

Jul. 07, 2024 14:41 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West Africa’s divided regional bloc Sunday asked Senegal’s President Basirou Diomaye Faye to have a dialogue with the three military junta-led member states to try to reunite the region whose stability has been under threat following their decision to leave the group in...