Nigeria opens long-awaited battle of ideas

2014-07-30 18:18

In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram.

Suicide bombers attack 2 mosques in Nigeria

2014-07-30 07:49

Suicide bombers believed to be linked to Boko Haram have attacked two mosques in northeast Nigeria, killing at least six people and injuring several others, according to witnesses.

Nigeria isolates Lagos Ebola hospital

2014-07-28 20:32

The Nigerian city of Lagos has shut down and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa's most populous country.

Americans, Freetown resident latest Ebola victims

2014-07-28 15:16

An American doctor and a missionary have contracted Ebola in Liberia, and the death of the first victim coming from Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

Nigerian city of Kano cancels Eid festivities

2014-07-27 19:42

Nigeria's biggest northern city of Kano has cancelled Eid festivities after a deadly church bombing and a female suicide bomber's attempt to attack a university.

Nigeria to screen airline travellers for Ebola

2014-07-27 07:18

Nigerian officials say they are screening passengers arriving from foreign countries for symptoms of Ebola after a traveller from Liberia died of the contagious disease in Lagos.

Blast rocks bus station in Kano

2014-07-24 18:09

A blast has ripped through a bus station in Kano, northern Nigeria, as passengers boarded buses out of the city.

Suicide bomber in Kaduna kills 25

2014-07-23 16:27

A suicide bomb in the north Nigeria city of Kaduna has killed at least 25 people, in what appeared to be an assassination attempt.

Jonathan: We'll bring all kidnapped girls alive

2014-07-23 10:18

Nigeria's president has reportedly vowed to bring back the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, saying his government is doing everything possible to secure their release.

Parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

2014-07-22 20:16

Some parents of Nigeria's kidnapped girls have died from attacks and stress as their home town is besieged.

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

2014-07-22 11:48

At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have died from stress and attacks, as their hometown, Chibok, continues to be under siege from Boko Haram militants, residents say.

Cameroon villagers live in terror of Boko Haram

2014-07-22 09:07

Cameroonians in villages that line the border with Nigeria are living in fear of Boko Haram Islamists, particularly when night falls.

Nigerian media fears crackdown over Boko Haram

2014-07-21 11:43

After 15 years of democracy, Nigerian journalists believe the state is trying to tame the country’s vibrant, prolific media, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram.

Boko Haram kill +40, burn down houses

2014-07-21 07:40

Suspected Islamists have raided the remote northeast Nigerian town of Damboa, shooting dead more than 40 residents and burning down houses.

Nigeria to hold rates - poll

2014-07-20 12:27

Nigeria's central bank will leave interest rates unchanged as it tries to balance controlling inflation and supporting the naira, according to a poll.

Boko Haram kill many, set homes ablaze

2014-07-18 19:49

Survivors say Boko Haram gunmen have invaded a north-eastern Nigerian town just 85km from Maiduguri city, killing many villagers and setting homes ablaze.

Nigeria seeks to borrow $1bn for military

2014-07-17 08:44

Nigeria's president says he wants to borrow $1bn from abroad for equipment and training for the military fighting an Islamic insurgency.

Kidnappings: Jonathan blasts activists

2014-07-16 07:40

Nigeria's leader Goodluck Jonathan has accused activists of playing politics, saying they cancelled a meeting between him and family members of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Jonathan snubbed by parents

2014-07-15 19:01

Parents of the schoolgirls abducted by extremists have refused to meet Nigeria's president.

Nigerian leader: Missing girls to be home soon

2014-07-15 09:34

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has promised that more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants would soon return home, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai says.

Malala asks Jonathan to meet girls' parents

2014-07-14 22:10

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has urged Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to meet with parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped three months ago.

Boko Haram demands fighters swap for girls

2014-07-14 11:38

A new video shows the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram crowning over the recent victories including two explosions at a fuel depot in Lagos that the government tried to cover up.

Boko Haram Islamists claim Abuja, Lagos attacks

2014-07-13 12:08

The leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists has claimed responsibility for a June 25 bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack on the same day at a fuel depot in Lagos.


Suicide blast rocks Kano college campus

2014-07-30 18:18

A suicide bomber has targeted students at a technical college in Nigeria's second city of Kano as the campus reopened following a Muslim holiday.

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

2014-07-29 07:00

A US man infected with the Ebola virus who boarded a plane en route to Minnesota has revealed weaknesses in stopping the deadly disease's spread.

Boko Haram Cameroon raids kill 15

2014-07-28 16:24

At least 15 people have been killed in two attacks blamed on Boko Haram in northern Cameroon, with the wife of the country's deputy prime minister among a dozen people reportedly kidnapped.

Female suicide bomber targets Nigeria petrol station

2014-07-28 14:12

A female suicide bomber has blown herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano, killing one other person, a military source says.

Militants seize Cameroon vice PM's wife

2014-07-27 14:20

Boko Haram militants have attacked Kolofata, a town in Cameroon's Far North Region near Nigeria, and seized several people including the wife of Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, a military commander in the region says.

West African states pledge anti-Boko Haram force

2014-07-24 05:58

Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon have pledged to mobilise a joint force to tackle the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram Islamist militants operating mainly in Nigeria.

Second bomb in Nigeria's Kaduna kills 50

2014-07-23 16:59

A second bomb blast in Kaduna killed 50 in the north Nigerian city's crowded Kawo market.

Benin detains 10 in child trafficking probe

2014-07-23 11:20

Benin has detained 10 people on suspicions of child-trafficking just weeks after a group in neighbouring Niger was held for links to a “baby factory” ring, police sources say.

Boko Haram rule roost in Nigerian town

2014-07-23 05:58

A raid on an army base in northeast Nigeria and massacres of civilians in nearby villages at the weekend have left Boko Haram free to move unopposed.

Jonathan meets relatives of kidnapped girls

2014-07-22 14:56

Relatives of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 100 days ago have met with President Goodluck Jonathan for the first time since the girls were seized.

School offers hope to Nigerian children

2014-07-22 10:49

Children in Nigeria's north face immense challenges in accessing education, and for the fatherless, the obstacles are even tougher.

Boko Haram raid displaces 15 000

2014-07-22 05:52

A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa has displaced more than 15 000 people.

Cholera kills 6 in northern Nigeria

2014-07-21 09:01

A cholera outbreak in northern Nigeria’s Kano state has killed six people and infected scores, the state health commissioner says, although a local charity put the toll higher.

Nigeria's media fears crackdown over Boko Haram battle

2014-07-20 22:25

Nigeria's press is traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone - whether it's true or not, but reporters fear a government sensitive to criticism is now cracking down.

Extremists kill more than 100 in northeast Nigeria

2014-07-19 18:49

Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria's military, officials say.

Teachers targeted in Nigeria's north-east

2014-07-18 08:43

One hundred and seventy-six teachers have been killed and 900 schools destroyed in Nigeria's Borno state since Boko Haram militants intensified their violent attacks in 2011.

German teacher abducted in Nigeria

2014-07-16 18:05

A German citizen has been abducted by unknown gunmen on motorcycles in northern Nigeria, a report says.

Nigeria state impeaches governor

2014-07-16 05:00

The governor of Nigeria's northeast Adamawa state, one of three areas under a state of emergency since last year amid Boko Haram violence, has been impeached.

Nigeria arrests Boko Haram’s 'butcher'

2014-07-15 16:01

Nigerian police say they have arrested a senior Boko Haram Islamist commander known as "Chief Butcher" during a raid on an insurgent camp in the restive northeast.

At least 38 killed in raid on Nigerian village

2014-07-15 08:32

At least 38 people have been killed following a raid by suspected Islamist Boko Haram gunmen on a village in northeast Nigeria and military aerial bombardment of fleeing resident, villagers say.

Malala pledges to help free Nigerian girls

2014-07-14 13:01

Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai has pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants.

Malala in Nigeria for abducted girls

2014-07-13 21:04

Pakistani schoogirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, has held meetings with the parents of some of the girls kidnapped in Nigeria.

Nigeria police uncover major Abuja bomb plot

2014-07-12 16:03

Nigerian police have uncovered a plot to bomb the Abuja transport network, they say, using suicide bombers and devices concealed in luggage at major bus stations.

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