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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 05:53 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...

Pelé buried at cemetery in Brazilian city he made famous

Jan. 04, 2023 02:48 AM EST

SANTOS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil said a final farewell to Pelé on Tuesday, burying the legend who unified the bitterly divided country. Newly inaugurated President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva paid his respects at Vila Belmiro, the stadium where Pelé played for most of his career. ...

Car bomb hits convoy in Nigeria's southeast; 4 killed

Jan. 03, 2023 08:17 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Four security officials were killed in a car bomb targeting a former government official in southeast Nigeria, authorities said Tuesday. Three police officers and a paramilitary official were killed in the attack in Imo State on a convoy carrying the former...

Brazilians mourn Pelé at the stadium where he got his start

Jan. 02, 2023 23:02 PM EST

SANTOS, Brazil (AP) — Thousands of mourners, including high school students and supreme court justices, began filing past the body of Pelé on Monday on the century-old field where he made his hometown team one of Brazil's best. The soccer great died on Thursday after a battle...

Pelé, Brazil’s mighty king of ‘beautiful game,’ has died

Dec. 29, 2022 17:21 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Pelé, the Brazilian king of soccer who won a record three World Cups and became one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century, died Thursday. He was 82. The standard-bearer of “the beautiful game” had undergone treatment for colon cancer since...