Aug 22, 2016

Boko Haram burns village again near Chibok, murders 10, abducts 13

Boko Haram Islamists have killed 10 people and abducted 13 others in a raid on a village near the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the militants kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014, locals told AFP Sunday. Armed jihadis on motorcycles invaded Kubrrivu at ...

Aug 18, 2016

Nigeria starts emergency polio vaccinations

Nigeria said Wednesday it has launched a mass campaign of emergency polio vaccinations after reporting two new cases of the disease earlier in August. Both new cases were diagnosed in the northeastern state of Borno, which has been ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents, highlighting ...

Nigeria wrestles with 'suddenly poor' status amid series of oil crises

Aug 14, 2016

Nigeria wrestles with 'suddenly poor' status amid series of oil crises

First it was falling oil prices that plagued Nigeria, then came inflation, power shortages, and a humanitarian crisis in the north. “Suddenly, we’re a poor country,” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. “Before we came to office, petroleum sold ...

Hunger a weapon of war in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria

Aug 11, 2016

Hunger a weapon of war in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria

While grain silos in many Western countries may overflow this winter, tens of millions of people risk going without food as hunger is being used more than ever as a weapon of war. More than 50 million people living in 17 conflict-ridden countries are ...

Teguramori set to lead Japan in quest for elusive medal

Aug 3, 2016

Teguramori set to lead Japan in quest for elusive medal

Yuya Kubo is out and Musashi Suzuki is in and with that, the makeup of Makoto Teguramori’s Japan for the Rio Olympics is finally set. But is the team ready? That remains to be seen based on Saturday’s schooling at the hands of Brazil, ...

Team USA routs Nigeria in final Olympic tuneup

Aug 2, 2016

Team USA routs Nigeria in final Olympic tuneup

There were no bumps on this road to Rio. Next up for the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team is the trip to Brazil, where the Americans think they can play even better now that they’re done having to go place to place. “As a ...

Teguramori issues challenge to players before South Africa match

Jun 28, 2016

Teguramori issues challenge to players before South Africa match

Japan’s Rio Olympic coach Makoto Teguramori urged his team to give him a selection headache with one, final captivating home performance against South Africa on Wednesday. Ahead of Friday’s announcement of Japan’s 18 for the Summer Games, Teguramori said Tuesday he expects to see ...

Food, safety elude Nigerians who fled Boko Haram attack

Jun 17, 2016

Food, safety elude Nigerians who fled Boko Haram attack

Tens of thousands of Nigerians who fled a deadly Boko Haram attack are in “great distress,” with many lacking food and health care, Niger’s interior minister said during a visit to the displaced Thursday. Boko Haram attacked a military post in Bosso in Niger’s ...

Jun 8, 2016

Nigerian soccer icon Keshi dies at 54

Former Nigeria defender Stephen Keshi, who won the African Nations Cup as both a player and a coach, died of a suspected heart attack on Wednesday, the country’s soccer association has confirmed. The 54-year-old coached Nigeria to the Nations Cup title in South Africa ...