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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...

Nigeria claims it has degraded extremists. New suicide bombings suggest they remain potent

Jul. 06, 2024 04:05 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — For the first time since 2020, three female suicide bombers attacked the Nigerian border town of Gwoza, where Boko Haram extremists declared a short-lived caliphate 10 years ago, signaling that the world's longest war on militancy is still ongoing. This...

Millions in Nigeria have little to no electricity. It's straining businesses and public services

Jul. 01, 2024 11:26 AM EDT

IBADAN, Nigeria (AP) — Dimly lit and stuffy classrooms stir with life every morning as children file in. Rays of sunlight stream through wooden windows, the only source of light. Pupils squint at their books and intermittently the blackboard as teachers try to hold their attention. ...

Female suicide bombers kill at least 18 in coordinated attack in Nigeria, authorities say

Jun. 30, 2024 16:01 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Female suicide bombers targeted a wedding, a funeral and a hospital in coordinated attacks in northern Nigeria that killed at least 18 people, local authorities said Sunday. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the the attacks in Borno state,...

West African defense chiefs propose a $2.6 billion security plan that analysts say might not work

Jun. 27, 2024 09:36 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Defense chiefs of West Africa on Thursday proposed an ambitious plan to deploy a 5,000-strong “standby force” to fight the region’s worsening security crises, a measure that analysts say might not work due to challenges of funding and division within the regional bloc....