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Correction: AF--Nigeria-Aid Workers Slain story

Jul. 23, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists released a video showing the slayings of five aid workers who were abducted last month in northeastern Nigeria. Their abductions came around the same time that a Boko Haram splinter group said it would begin targeting Nigerians who work for international aid...

Islamic State group says it killed 5 aid workers in Nigeria

Jul. 23, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Militants from an Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility Thursday for killing five aid workers who were kidnapped last month in northeastern Nigeria. The Islamic State West Africa Province, which broke away from Boko Haram several years ago, warned in June that it would target...

American woman freed after being held captive in Nigeria

Jul. 13, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An American woman who was lured to Nigeria by a man she met on Facebook has been rescued after spending more than a year in captivity, authorities said. Police spokesman Frank Mba said that the 34-year-old man had persuaded the woman to come to Nigeria “under the pretext of...

People gather at the site of a collapsed building in Lagos Nigeria, Saturday July 11, 2020. A building has collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria and scores of people have gathered at the scene. Local reports say two people are dead. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Building collapses in Lagos, Nigeria; 2 dead including child

Jul. 11, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A building collapsed Saturday in Lagos, Nigeria and killed an adult and a child. Ibrahim Farinloye with the National Emergency Management Agency said eight people were rescued. Associated Press video showed emergency tape separating the mound of rubble from murmuring onlookers. Such...

Nigeria anti-corruption chief suspended, accused of graft

Jul. 10, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency has been suspended from office following corruption allegations against him. President Muhammadu Buhari approved the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission “in order to allow...

This photo taken by a camera trap shows a group of Cross River gorillas in the Mbe Mountains of Nigeria on Monday, June 22, 2020. Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in the Mbe mountains of Nigeria, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts. (WCS Nigeria via AP)

Rare gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies

Jul. 8, 2020 3:12 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria's Mbe mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts. Only around 300 Cross River gorillas were known to be...

Suspected jihadists fire on UN aid copter in Nigeria; 2 dead

Jul. 5, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire on a U.N. aid helicopter in northeastern Nigeria over the weekend, killing two civilians in an escalation of hostilities in the long troubled region. President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the attack on militants linked to the extremist group Boko...

Nigerian man charged with cyber fraud against US companies

Jul. 3, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Nigerian national appeared in federal court in Chicago Friday accused of orchestrating an international cyber fraud scheme that federal prosecutors say defrauded U.S. businesses in six states out of tens of millions of dollars. Olalekan Jacob Ponle, 29, originally of Lagos, Nigeria, was...

Residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus line up for COVID-19 test outside the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Test sites have sprung up through the Chinese capital as test have become a daily normal after the latest outbreak of the coronavirus, (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: SKorea weighs listing churches as 'high risk'

Jun. 30, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as “high risk” venues for the spread of COVID-19 following a slew of transmissions tied to church gatherings. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun...

In this undated photo issued by Christie's auction house, two Igbo statues on display. The pair of sacred statues, that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war fetched 212,500 euros ($239,000) at auction in Paris on Monday, June 29, 2020. Christie's auction house, which defended the sale and said the artworks were legitimately acquired. (Christie's via AP)

Sale of sacred statues riles Black Lives Matter campaigners

Jun. 29, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A pair of sacred statues that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war fetched 212,500 euros ($239,000) at auction in Paris on Monday. The Igbo statues were sold by the Christie’s auction house, which defended the sale and said...