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Head-on bus crash kills 29 in Nigeriaupdated: Fri Aug 31 2012 16:59:00

At least 29 people died in a head-on crash involving two buses Friday in northeastern Nigeria, national police said.

Pirates hijack Greek-operated tanker off Togo coastupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 15:33:00

Pirates traded gunfire with Togo security forces early Tuesday from a hijacked oil tanker off the west coast of Africa, the International Maritime Bureau said.

Golfing in the 'People's Paradise'updated: Wed Aug 22 2012 05:44:00

A look into the development and investment of golf courses across Nigeria.

Growing golf in Nigeria's 'People's Paradise'updated: Wed Aug 22 2012 05:44:00

Nigeria is not renowned for its golfers, or its golf clubs.

Olympics: Why Africa fell by the waysideupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 05:44:00

Two weeks ago I visited the Africa Village at London's Kensington Gardens, to appear on a radio show being broadcast from there. After the interview, I lingered, wandering around the national stands, savoring the Nigerian hip-hop that blared from the speakers. I stood in line to receive an inscription -- carefully traced out on paper by a cheerful, elderly man wielding a quill pen -- of my name in English and Arabic.

Human to Hero: Oscar Pistoriusupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 05:44:00

South Africa's "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius talks to CNN about his life and plans for the London 2012 Olympics.

Nigerian troops kill 20 suspected militantsupdated: Sun Aug 12 2012 19:22:00

Security forces killed 20 suspected members of the militant Islamic group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, an army captain said.

Can Ghana's economy prosper against the odds? updated: Fri Aug 10 2012 12:12:00

The sudden death of Ghana's president, John Atta Mills, on July 24 did not come as a rude surprise. Most Ghanaians already knew his health was failing; he was losing his eyesight and voice.

19 killed in attack on Nigerian churchupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 10:07:00

Gunmen attacked a church in the central Nigerian state of Kogi, killing at least 19 people, a military official said Tuesday.

Gunmen kidnap foreigners in Nigeria; kill two sailorsupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 11:31:00

Gunmen attacked a barge belonging to an oil service company near the coast of Nigeria on Saturday, killing two sailors and taking four foreigners hostage.

Nigeria's first Olympic canoeist bids for London gloryupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 09:38:00

Fifty-three determined men and women will sport Nigeria's green and white colors during the London Games -- the second-biggest Olympic team hailing from Sub-Saharan Africa -- carrying the nation's hopes for the first gold medal in 16 years.

Heavy rains kill 21 in Nigeriaupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 14:50:00

Heavy rains in central Nigeria triggered a flood that washed away houses and killed at least 21 people, government officials said Monday.

In Nigeria, dozens of bodies recovered after fireupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 09:26:00

At least 95 bodies were recovered after a fire that followed a gasoline tanker spill Thursday in Nigeria, government officials said.

Nigerian author wins Caine Prize with 'darkly humorous' prose updated: Thu Jul 05 2012 10:37:00

Nigeria's Rotimi Babatunde has won the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Bombay's Republic.

'Netflix of Africa' brings Nollywood to worldupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 10:29:00

When Jason Njoku graduated from his UK-based university in 2005, he was filled with high hopes of entrepreneurial success.

The evolution of African cinemaupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 10:29:00

New York African Film Festival founder Mahen Bonetti looks at the evolution of filmmakers in Africa.

Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nigeria church bombingsupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 08:04:00

A militant Islamist group claimed responsibility Monday for bombings the day before that the Nigerian Red Cross said left 50 people at three Christian churches in Nigeria.

5 dead in Nigeria blast, 3 in clashesupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 08:04:00

Three people died in clashes with police in Jos, hours after a car bomb killed five people during services at a church.

At least 50 dead in three Nigeria church bombings, reprisal attacksupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 20:32:00

Three church bombings and retaliatory attacks in northern Nigeria killed at least 50 people Sunday and injured more than 130 others, the Nigerian Red Cross Society said.

Nigeria crash victim's husband sues Boeing, pilot's estateupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 18:23:00

A Nigerian man whose wife was among 153 people killed Sunday when a MD-83 aircraft crashed in Lagos, Nigeria, has filed suit against the manufacturer of the plane and its engines, and against the estate of the American who was piloting the aircraft.

Search ends for victims of Nigeria plane crash updated: Wed Jun 06 2012 06:56:00

The search for bodies of those killed in a plane crash in Nigeria's major city of Lagos has ended, authorities said Wednesday.

2 sisters from Texas, family from Connecticut perish in Nigeria crashupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 15:55:00

Josephine and Jennifer Onita were returning from the wedding of a close friend in Nigeria.

Airline's license suspended in Nigeria crash; data recorder foundupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 14:42:00

Nigerian aviation authorities suspended Dana Air's operating license Tuesday as torrential rain hampered recovery efforts after a deadly weekend plane crash.

Lagos residents tell of chaotic sceneupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 14:42:00

Lagos residents recount the moment the plane crashed with 153 people on board. CNN's Vladimir Duthiers reports.

How do you know your airline is safe?updated: Mon Jun 04 2012 17:23:00

Beyond a vague familiarity with the world's major airlines, most travelers know little about the hundreds of carriers transporting passengers across the globe. Sunday's deadly air crash in Nigeria raises questions about the safety of international airlines. So how do passengers find safety information?

'No survivors' in Nigerian plane crashupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 17:23:00

None of the 153 people on a Nigerian airplane survived the crash into a Lagos neighborhood. Vladimir Duthiers reports.

Official: 153 on plane, at least 10 on ground dead after Nigeria crashupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 21:15:00

The search for bodies and, hopefully, survivors in Nigeria's most populated city continued through the night and into Monday, hours after an airliner crashed killing all 153 passengers and crew on board and at least 10 people on the ground.

Church blasts kill 15, wound dozens in Nigeriaupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 09:54:00

Two church bombings in northern Nigeria killed at least 15 people and wounded 38 others Sunday morning, the Red Cross said.

Jailed for stealing $250 millionupdated: Wed May 09 2012 08:04:00

James Ibori, the former Governor of Nigeria's oil region, pleaded guilty to stealing $250 million over eight years

How corrupt Nigerian politician was brought to justice in the UKupdated: Wed May 09 2012 08:04:00

The arrest of a Nigerian politician who deposited millions of dollars of stolen money in UK accounts has raised questions about the role of British banks in corruption.

Official: Dozens killed, injured in Nigeria cattle market attackupdated: Thu May 03 2012 11:10:00

Thirty-four people were killed and 30 wounded in an attack on a cattle market in Nigeria's northern Yobe state, a government official briefed on the investigation said Thursday.

11 dead in suicide attack in Nigeriaupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 14:52:00

A suicide attack on Monday in northeastern Nigeria killed 11 people and wounded another 26, a spokesman for the Nigerian Red Cross in Abuja told CNN.

Witness: Gunmen attack Nigeria university campusupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 12:50:00

Gunmen attacked Christians worshipping on a Nigerian university campus on Sunday, with witnesses reporting multiple explosions and gunfire.

Bombs target newspapers in Nigeriaupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 06:58:00

A managing director of a newspaper targeted in Nigeria believes Boko Haram is responsible. CNN's Vlad Duthiers reports.

Rise of the 'repats': Africans shun crisis-hit West for jobs back homeupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 08:22:00

For decades, many African countries saw some of their most skilful young people take their talents to other parts of the world, lured by the financial prospects outside the continent.

Africans leaving Europe for jobsupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 08:22:00

Nkepile Mabuse reports from Nigeria where "repats"are leaving cash-strapped Europe to return to Africa for work.

25 killed in Easter Sunday bombing in northern Nigeriaupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 08:42:00

Dead bodies littered a road in northern Nigeria on Sunday after a massive explosion that an official said killed 25 people and a witness said shattered windows of a nearby church where worshipers were celebrating Easter.

Religious tension in Nigeriaupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 08:42:00

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports on how Muslim efforts to impose Sharia law on Nigeria are causing conflict.

Nigerian min. wants to lead World Bankupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 21:11:00

CNN's Richard Quest talks to Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about her bid to lead the World Bank.

Nigerian World Bank hopeful promises changeupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 21:11:00

The Nigerian contender to head the World Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said Wednesday she is ready to lead from day one and would make it a nimbler, more responsive organization.

Failed hostage rescue under reviewupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 09:36:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir reports on a failed Nigeria hostage rescue and families looking for answers from their governments.

Jonathan: Nigeria takes share of blame for failed hostage rescueupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 09:36:00

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday he takes some of the responsibility for a failed hostage rescue attempt in which an Italian and a British man died.

Reports: Italian hostage shot four times during failed rescueupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 16:39:00

An Italian who was killed during a failed hostage rescue attempt in Nigeria was shot four times, a doctor told reporters.

Nigerian church hit by suicide attackupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 14:54:00

A suicide car bomber targets worshippers at a Catholic church in the central Nigerian city of Jos.

Six dead in car bomb attack at Nigeria churchupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 14:54:00

Tensions ran high in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday in the aftermath of an explosion outside a Catholic church that left six people dead, according to hospital and government officials.

Local journalists brave danger to cover Nigeria's Boko Haram militantsupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 05:46:00

A group of local journalists in northern Nigeria has become the most crucial communication link between the militant Islamist terror group Boko Haram and the rest of the world.

Who are Boko Haram?updated: Sun Mar 11 2012 05:46:00

Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram have killed more than 100 people in the past week, but what are their aims?

Britain cites 'imminent danger' in failed rescue in Nigeriaupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 20:51:00

In a meeting Friday with his Italian counterpart, British Foreign Secretary William Hague sought to explain why Rome had not been consulted before a failed rescue attempt that resulted in the deaths Thursday in Nigeria of two hostages -- an Italian and a Briton.

Abducted Briton, Italian killed as rescue attempt launchedupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 01:33:00

The suspected killers of Italian and British hostages who had been held in Nigeria have been arrested, an adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday in a statement, according to the government-run Nigerian Television Authority.

Justices debate corporate responsibility for human rights abusesupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 14:44:00

Human rights groups met a somewhat skeptical Supreme Court on Tuesday as they presented arguments on whether foreign victims of torture and other crimes against humanity can sue corporations and other organizations in U.S. federal courts.

Latest attack on Nigerian church kills 4updated: Sun Feb 26 2012 12:17:00

Fear and anxiety gripped churchgoers in Nigeria on Sunday after four people were killed in the latest church attack.

Introducing Bino and Fino, Africa's answer to Dora the Explorerupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 07:31:00

Move over Disney -- a Nigerian animator has produced an educational cartoon to teach youngsters about African culture.

Police capture dozens of inmates freed by gunmen in Nigeria updated: Fri Feb 17 2012 05:32:00

Police captured 25 inmates freed when gunmen stormed a prison in central Nigeria, spraying bullets and emptying cells in a brazen evening attack, officials said Friday.

Inmates freed in Nigeria jailbreakupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 13:38:00

About 25 gunmen attacked a prison in Nigeria's central Kogi state and freed a number of inmates, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Folorunsho Alakija: Shaped by her rootsupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 06:40:00

Nigerian billionaire Folorunsho Alakija talks about her upbringing and how those early days shaped her future.

Nigerian billionaire takes on cause of 'mistreated widows' updated: Thu Feb 16 2012 06:40:00

From shaking up Nigeria's fashion scene to striking it rich in the oil business, Nigerian billionaire Folorunso Alakija has tasted success in all walks of life.

Bombing suspect arrested again in Nigeriaupdated: Sat Feb 11 2012 00:27:00

Nigerian authorities say they have arrested a terror attack suspect who recently escaped police custody under suspicious circumstances.

Who are Nigeria's Boko Haram?updated: Sat Feb 11 2012 00:27:00

CNN's Max Foster talks to Northwestern University professor Richard Joseph about the escalating violence in Nigeria.

Source: Nigeria police arrest militant group's spokesmanupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 06:30:00

The spokesman for Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has been captured after a months-long surveillance operation, a spokesman for Nigerian police said Wednesday.

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president updated: Mon Jan 30 2012 09:17:00

He is the son of a canoe-carver, a mild-mannered academic who wears a fedora but eschews the flowing robes and bombastic brashness that often characterize Africa's "Big Man" leaders.

Nigeria on edge as Islamist group extends campaign of violence updated: Mon Jan 30 2012 08:50:00

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has suddenly shifted his attitude toward the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, as violence spreads across northern Nigeria.

Nigerian police battle new attacksupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 08:50:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir reports on Boko Haram militant threats and attacks on police and civilians in Nigeria.

Militants hit police station in Nigeria's northupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 08:32:00

Militants launched a fresh attack Monday in Nigeria's second largest city, Kano, which is already reeling from a series of bombings and shootings that killed more than 200 people earlier this month.

11 Boko Haram militants killed in Nigeriaupdated: Sat Jan 28 2012 13:10:00

Nigerian security forces killed 11 suspected Islamic militants Saturday in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

Nigerian iReporters discuss uncertain present, and futureupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 12:59:00

As the rest of the world rang in 2012, Nigerians awoke to an unpleasant New Year's Day surprise: Their government announced the removal of a longstanding fuel subsidy that had helped to hold down gas prices in the largely impoverished country. Almost overnight, the price of fuel more than doubled, plunging the West African nation into mass unrest and bringing commerce to a standstill.

Nigerian police battle new attacksupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 22:30:00

Nearly a week after a spate of bombings and shootings in northern Nigeria killed more than 200 people, authorities are fighting to stay ahead of the militants blamed for the attacks.

German worker kidnapped in Nigeriaupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 10:28:00

A German worker was kidnapped Thursday in Kano, a northern Nigerian city wracked by violence, police said.

Nigeria police official fired amid violenceupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 13:17:00

The inspector general of police in Nigeria has been fired, aides to the Nigerian president said Wednesday.

Death toll climbs after Nigeria attacksupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 10:48:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir says some of the Kano attack victims were too scared to go to the hospital.

Nigerians arrest Islamist militant suspects, sources sayupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 10:48:00

A joint military task force in Nigeria arrested 158 suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, security sources told CNN Tuesday, three days after a spate of bombings and shootings left more than 200 people dead in Nigeria's second-largest city.

Nigeria's president visits city where bombings killed at least 157 updated: Mon Jan 23 2012 07:05:00

Nigeria's president toured his nation's second largest city Sunday after blasts there killed at least 157 people, and left the police headquarters and other government buildings in charred ruins.

Atmosphere tense after Kano attacksupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 07:05:00

A night-time curfew has been imposed in the Nigerian city of Kano, days after a deadly series of attacks.

Scores dead as assailants target northern Nigerian cityupdated: Sat Jan 21 2012 21:02:00

Nigeria imposed a 24-hour curfew Saturday in the northern city of Kano after assailants killed scores of people and wounded others in a hail of gunfire and coordinated bombings of eight government sites.

Cameroon region concerned about Islamist militantsupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 17:29:00

The governor of Cameroon's Far North Region on Thursday said threats posed by militant Islamist group Boko Haram were "very critical."

Minister: Nigeria police have 24 hours to find terror suspectupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 09:52:00

The head of Nigeria's police has been given 24 hours to produce a terror attack suspect who escaped police custody under suspicious circumstances, a government minister said Thursday.

Nigeria police chief suspended over terror suspect escapeupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 07:06:00

A police commissioner in Nigeria has been suspended after the escape of a suspected terror group member, Nigerian police confirmed Wednesday.

Boko Haram's terrorizing of Nigeriaupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 07:06:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir reports on the deteriorating situation in Nigeria amid attacks by Boko Haram.

Nigerian unions suspend strikeupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 06:21:00

Nima Elbagir reports on Nigerian labor groups suspending their nationwide strike after hearing from the president.

Uncertainty troubles Nigeria after fuel subsidy strike is haltedupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 06:21:00

An uneasy calm returned to Nigeria's cities Tuesday, a day after two Nigerian labor groups suspended their nationwide strike over the elimination of the country's fuel subsidy.

Business slows amid Nigeria protestsupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 09:46:00

Vladimir Duthiers samples the somber mood in Nigeria's biggest city as protests over fuel prices grow.

Where in the world ... ?updated: Mon Jan 16 2012 16:31:00

[Updated 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 16] The photo above shows thousands of people gathering at Gani Fawehinmi Park in Lagos, Nigeria, to protest the government's elimination of the country's fuel subsidy.

Nigeria reinstates fuel subsidiesupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 13:11:00

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan addresses his nation as the national strike over soaring fuel prices continues.

Two Nigerian unions suspend strike after president cuts fuel pricesupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 13:11:00

Two Nigerian labor groups suspended their nationwide strike Monday over the elimination of the country's fuel subsidy and urged demonstrators to go home "in order to save lives and in the interest of national survival.

Nigerian union to suspend fuel protests this weekend updated: Fri Jan 13 2012 21:33:00

Nigeria's national strike entered its fifth day Friday as union officials called for a weekend suspension to allow protesters to go home and stock up on food and water.

No deal in Nigeria as protests widenupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 08:22:00

Negotiations between labor unions and the Nigerian government ended late Thursday without an agreement to restore fuel subsidies, and a union official expressed resolve, in the absence of an accord, to halt oil production in the eighth-largest petroleum-exporting nation.

Protests over fuel price rise in Nigeriaupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 06:34:00

Unrest and unhappiness over a sudden spike in fuel prices consumes Nigeria. Vladimir Duthiers is there.

Addressing Nigeria's infrastructureupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 02:34:00

Aging infrastructure struggles to keep up with Nigeria's economy growth. CNN's John Defterios reports.

Nigeria's oil economics fuel deadly protestsupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 02:34:00

On the streets of Nigeria, we bear witness to what many see as a bold decision on fuel subsidies is also uncovering decades of frustration and corruption.

Nigeria rocked by 2nd day of nationwide protestsupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 15:34:00

Nigerians took to the streets for the second day of a nationwide strike Tuesday, showing their anger over a government decision that has more than doubled fuel prices in the largely impoverished country.

Nigerians hold strikes over fuel costsupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 13:08:00

Mass strikes bring Nigeria to a standstill, as Vladimir Duthiers reports.

Nigeria's government squeezed by subsidy protests, militant movementsupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 09:37:00

Nigeria's government is facing rising religious violence in the north, a long-simmering separatist movement in the oil-rich south and now a nationwide strike fueled by widespread anger over the end of fuel subsidies seen by many as one of the few benefits of living in the largely impoverished state.

Nigerians strike over gas price increaseupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 09:37:00

Furious Nigerians protest fuel prices with violent rallies and a nationwide strike. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.

Underwater cables bring faster internet to West Africa updated: Tue Jan 10 2012 05:10:00

Stretching some 7,000 kilometers along the West African coastline, a submarine fiber-optic cable emerges off the coast of Nigeria to help bridge the digital divide in the continent.

Tensions high over Nigerian fuel pricesupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 12:44:00

Trade unions in Nigeria are calling for a general strike after a government decision prompted gas prices to double.

Nigerians protest end of fuel subsidyupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 12:44:00

Police and protesters clashed across Nigeria on Monday amid a nationwide strike and widespread protests over a government decision that more than doubled fuel prices in the largely impoverished country.

What is behind Nigeria fuel protests? updated: Mon Jan 09 2012 06:01:00

Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, ended oil subsidies on New Year's Day that had kept gasoline prices artificially low.

Nigerian state under curfew after violence against Christiansupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 18:28:00

A northeastern Nigerian state was under a 24-hour curfew Saturday following three days of violence that left more than 30 Christians dead.

Religious violence escalates in Nigeriaupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 18:28:00

Islamic militants claim credit for attacks that left 25 dead in violence against Nigeria's Christian minority.

Q&A: Islamic group spreading terror in Nigeriaupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 06:44:00

Nigeria's president has declared a partial state of emergency to contain a wave of attacks by an Islamic militant group across the country's northeast.

25 killed in northern Nigeria as sectarian violence surgesupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 06:13:00

An Islamic militant group in northern Nigeria has claimed responsibility for attacks that killed at least 25 people in a rash of violence against the country's minority Christians, officials said, after it issued an earlier ultimatum that gave Christians three days to leave the area.

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