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Terrorists Bomb Ancient Mosque, Killing 81

The most important mosque in north Nigeria’s biggest city, Kano, came under attack Friday, just as worshipers were gathering to pray.

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CDC: First Person to Test Positive for Ebola in U.S. Is in Dallas

Ebola has officially come to the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is attempting to contain Americans’ anxieties along with the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

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WHO Puts Kenya on Notice for Ebola Outbreak

Kenya is the next African nation to be put on alert by the World Health Organization, which has categorized the country as a “high-risk” site for a potential Ebola outbreak.

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Concern Spreads With Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Nigeria is looking like the next frontier for the Ebola outbreak that has Liberia on lockdown, after a man infected with the virulent virus flew to Lagos from Liberia before succumbing to the disease late last month.

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The West African Food Staple That Isn’t Helping the Ebola Crisis

Where food is scarce, creative measures are taken for the sake of survival, and that’s why bush meat persists as a source of sustenance in African countries vulnerable to the Ebola virus.

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Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars

The world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts that appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics—notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

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Beyond Boko Haram: Long-Term Justice for Nigeria Lies in Economic Empowerment and Social Change

Although an international campaign drawing attention to the hundreds of kidnapped girls this past April under the social media banner of #BringBackOurGirls has gathered serious momentum, little attention has been paid to the conditions that have nurtured a group like Boko Haram.

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Kerry Says Nigerian Offensive to Rescue Schoolgirls ‘Risky’

Secretary of State John Kerry warned that a Nigerian offensive to go after Boko Haram and attempt to free 219 kidnapped schoolgirls “could be very risky.”

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Missing Girls Found, Nigerian State Media Reports

The chief of Nigeria’s defense staff was quoted by state media saying hundreds of missing girls kidnapped by Islamist militants have been found, but force is not an option for their rescue.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



‘The Failed State Chick’ on Boko Haram

“The abduction of the girls is, of course, an extremely grave crime,” journalist Corinne Dufka says. “But to focus exclusively on the girls lacks an appreciation of the wide and systematic crimes committed by Boko Haram in recent years, and also by the Nigerian army since the state of emergency was declared almost a year ago.”

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U.S. Steps Up Effort to Find Nigerian Girls

The United States deployed 80 military personnel to Chad on Wednesday to help find 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, as Nigeria probed its deadliest attack ever, two car bombings in the city of Jos, with the militant group the main suspect.

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Nigerian President Sparks Outcry by Canceling Visit to Abducted Girls’ Town

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday canceled a visit to the hometown of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants, provoking fresh criticism of his handling of the crisis.

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U.S. General in Nigeria to Aid Search for Schoolgirls

The commander of U.S. forces in Africa held talks Tuesday in Nigeria as Washington sought to help the government in Abuja trace more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: D.C. Drama, Nigeria, the Return of Monica Lewinsky

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss House Republicans’ preference for bunk scandals, the congressional vote to hold former IRS commissioner Lois Lerner in contempt, Boko Haram’s holding of more than 200 kidnapped girls, and Monica Lewinsky in Vanity Fair.

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Boko Haram Attack Kills Hundreds as Nigeria Offers Reward for Girls

A new Boko Haram massacre has killed hundreds in Nigeria’s northeast, a senator said Wednesday, as police offered $300,000 for information leading to the rescue of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by the Islamists.

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Boko Haram and Lord’s Resistance Army: Hunted Children and Fundamentalism in Africa

The horrific story of the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from their school in Borno Province, northeastern Nigeria, by the Boko Haram terrorist group has again underlined the problem of violent fundamentalism in Africa.

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Obama Calls for United Action Against Boko Haram

President Barack Obama Tuesday urged global action against Nigerian Islamic militants, as Washington sent in military experts to help track down more than 200 girls seized in a “heartbreaking” kidnapping.

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Nigerian Parents Say Boko Haram Video Confirms Worst ‘Fears’ About Abducted Girls

Nigerian parents on Tuesday said their worst fears about their daughters’ fates had been confirmed after Boko Haram, which kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month, threatened to sell the hostages as “slaves.”

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Canada Is a Terrifying Place to Be HIV-Positive

Arrests and prosecutions of Canadian residents who don’t disclose they’ve been infected with the HIV virus are commonplace; Nigeria’s first lady condemns those protesting her government’s ineffectiveness in dealing with the abduction of 236 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram group; meanwhile, a smartgun’s been developed that will work only for its owner, but a New Jersey law is keeping it off the market. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Has Anyone Noticed That 234 Girls Were Abducted From Their School?

About two weeks ago, hundreds of Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their secondary school, but we’ve hardly heard a peep about it in U.S. media.

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Gunmen Reportedly Kill At Least 69 in Nigeria

Gunmen on motorbikes in northwest Nigeria’s Katsina state killed at least 69 people and torched several homes in attacks on four villages, a local lawmaker told the news agency AFP on Thursday.

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A Chance to Reimagine the European Union

The EU’s flaws have come into high relief during the recession, but it may be an opportunity to change them; an Israeli contractor wants to build a residential project where only Jews can live; meanwhile, cat cafes are spreading throughout the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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And the Olympic Medal for the Most Homophobic Country in the World Goes To…

“The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart brings to our attention a lesser known competition happening concurrently with the Sochi Winter Olympics: the Homophobic Olympics. Can you guess who’s winning?

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Anti-Gay Bill Becomes Law in Nigeria

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan trampled gays and lesbians on Monday when he signed a bill criminalizing same-sex marriages. The law bans homosexual “amorous relationships” and membership in gay rights groups and carries penalties for marriage of up to 14 years in prison.

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You’ve Heard of BRIC, but What About MINT?

A new acronym has arisen in the world of economics for up-and-coming countries: MINT. Can you guess what each letter stands for?

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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The U.S. Military and the Unraveling of Africa

A careful examination of the security situation in Africa suggests that it is in the process of becoming Ground Zero for a veritable terror diaspora set in motion in the wake of 9/11 that has only accelerated in the Obama years. U.S. “stability” operations in Africa have increased, militancy has spread, insurgent groups have proliferated and the continent has become more unsettled.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Death Toll Expected to Rise in Nigeria Plane Crash (Video)

New details are emerging Monday after a plane crash killed at least 153 people in Nigeria over the weekend. All passengers aboard the Dana Air plane were killed, but rescue officials are concerned that more deaths will be reported on the ground.

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Plane Crashes in Nigeria’s Largest City

An emergency management official says none of the 147 passengers survived after a Dana Air plane flew into a two-story building in the Iju neighborhood of Lagos on Sunday.

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Abdulmutallab Pleads Guilty, Sounds Warning Note in Detroit Court

It’s a busy week in homeland security here in the U.S., what with the news of an alleged Iranian attempt on the life of a key Saudi diplomat (a case that wasn’t exactly news to select members of the Obama administration), and now a new chapter to an even older story with a prepackaged, media-generated catchphrase you may recall: “underwear bomber.”

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500 Dead in Nigerian Postelection Violence

Nigeria’s most credible election in decades has come to a close, but the legitimacy of the process has failed to stem the violence. A local human rights group believes more than 500 people have been killed in postelection fighting.

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Postelection Violence Rocks Nigeria

As the results from Nigeria’s presidential election last weekend rolled in and it became clear that the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan had won again, his most pressing task was to try to contain outbreaks of violence in the Muslim north part of his country.

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38 Dead in Christmas Attacks

Attacks in the Philippines and Nigeria have killed at least 38 people as anti-Christian violence came in the form of a series of bomb attacks against churches during Christmas festivities.

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Nigeria Drops Charges Against Cheney

The Nigerian government has officially dropped charges against former U.S. veep Dick Cheney over his alleged involvement in a 1990s bribery scandal while he was chief executive at Halliburton.

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Cheney May Face Nigerian Bribery Charges

Before he was vice president, Dick Cheney ran oil giant Halliburton, a subsidiary of which once dropped $180 million in bribes on Nigerian officials. Now Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency plans to charge Cheney over the affair.

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Nigerian Flooding Displaces 2 Million

The Nigerian government may or may not have warned residents that it would open up the floodgates of two dams in the northern part of the country last month, unleashing a deluge of water that has displaced more than 2 million people.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua Dies at 58

Speculation about the health of Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua ended Wednesday with the announcement of his death at age 58. Late last year, Yar’Adua’s position was assumed by his second-in-command, acting President Goodluck Jonathan, but not without controversy.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Nigeria’s Unholy War

You may have heard about the city of Jos, the capital of Plateau state in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, and wondered why it is a flashpoint of unspeakable violence. On Jan. 17, mobs killed about 400 residents of Jos. The second round of attacks, on March 7, was even more vicious.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


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One Nation, Two Presidents

Now, what was the interest of the Saudi authorities in keeping Yar’Adua, the president of a sovereign nation, incommunicado and out of his people’s reach for three months? And if the Saudi authorities had nothing to do with the president being out of reach, who kept him away from his officials and his people?

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Nigerian Leader to Assemble New Cabinet

Nigeria’s interim President Goodluck Jonathan will hopefully live up to his name after sacking his entire Cabinet on Wednesday. Given that he’s got less than a year before the next national election, Jonathan has to work fast to pick a new lineup, and many members may be familiar faces.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Internet Fraud Losses Doubled in 2009

From Nigerian “millionaire” plans to “FBI agent” schemes, millions of dollars have been lost to scams on the Internet. Last year saw reported losses from Internet fraud more than double, rising from $264.6 million in 2008 to $559.7 million in 2009.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Nigerian Governor Says Army Ignored Massacre Warnings

On Sunday, hundreds of people were killed in three Nigerian villages near the city of Jos in a retaliatory massacre that might have been thwarted, according to a local governor, had the military paid attention to warning signs before it began and distress signals once it was under way.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


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The Mutallab Challenge

Christmas 2009 was not particularly cheery in Nigeria. A poor economic climate, an epileptic power supply and scarcity of petroleum products ensured that the celebrations were low-key. As if these challenges were not enough, news of an attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner by a Nigerian filtered in on Christmas Day. The nation’s heart sank.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


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White House Releasing Details of Flight 253 Security Issues

The White House’s decision to release information that points to why U.S. intelligence agencies failed to nab the foiled underwear bomber before he boarded Northwest Flight 253 on Dec. 25 may have something to do with publicly shaming those agencies ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Cheney in Winter

I had promised myself that I would treat Dick Cheney’s nonsensical outbursts like the pearls of wisdom one hears from homeless people sitting in bus shelters, but my resolution will have to wait.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE


Northwest flight 253
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The Global War on Stealth Underwear

There is no “war” against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveler’s underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Yemeni Official: More Counterterrorism Support Needed From West

The Christmas Day incident on Northwest Flight 253 has brought Yemen further onto the U.S. radar, and now Yemen’s foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, is calling for more help from the West to deal with what he considers to be a sizable al-Qaida network operating within his country.

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