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Nigeria’s President Meets With Security Chiefs On Curbing Violence

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has summoned his security chiefs for an emergency meeting to discuss growing violence blamed on radical Islamists. At the meeting Thursday in Abuja, the president urged security chiefs to go after the sponsors of radical groups, rather than those who only obey their command. The meeting Thursday in the capital Abuja […]

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Top Credit Rating Agency Revises Nigeria’s Outlook

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Credit rating agency Standard and Poors has revised Nigeria’s economic outlook from stable to positive. In a statement, the rating agency says the Nigerian government, under President Goodluck Jonathan, has undertaken several important reform initiatives and is tightening its fiscal and monetary stance. It says authorities have restructured and strengthened the banking sector, adding that […]

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Bomb Wounds 7 at Nigerian Arabic School

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Police in southern Nigeria say assailants have thrown a bomb into an Arabic school, wounding seven people days after a string of deadly church bombings across the country. Authorities in Delta state say the homemade bomb went off after it was thrown from a car late Tuesday. Six children were among the wounded. The attack […]

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Bomb Wounds 7 at Nigerian Arabic School

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Police in southern Nigeria say assailants have thrown a bomb into an Arabic school in the south, wounding seven people days after a string of deadly church bombings across the country. Authorities said the blast happened late Tuesday in Delta state when the homemade bomb was thrown from a car. Six children were among the […]

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Nigerian Supreme Court Upholds Jonathan’s Win

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s Supreme Court has upheld President Goodluck Jonathan’s election victory in April, rejecting challenges by the opposition who claimed the vote was marred by irregularities. The high court issued its ruling Wednesday, nearly two months after a lower court dismissed a petition to overturn the election filed by the opposition Congress for Progressive Change. Mr. […]

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Shell Says Nigerian Oil Spill Cleaned

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Royal Dutch Shell says an oil spill in the waters off Nigeria has been stopped and oil “largely dispersed” less than a week after the leak began, and before the oil reached the West African nation’s coastline. In a statement Monday, the oil giant said it will continue to monitor the area and clean up […]

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Memorial Service Held Outside Bombed Nigerian Church

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Surrounded by armed soldiers and bloodstained walls, hundreds of mourners attended a memorial service Monday for the victims of a deadly Christmas Day blast at a Catholic church in Nigeria. The priest of St. Theresa’s, Father Isaac Achi, told the crowd that Sunday’s attack made him cry for the first time in his life. The […]

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Pope Benedict: String of Nigeria Attacks ‘Absurd’

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has denounced as “absurd” a string of Christmas day bombings in Nigeria, including one that killed 35 people at a Roman Catholic church. Speaking on Monday from his window overlooking St. Peter’s square, the Pope said he learned with profound sadness about the attacks, and invited people to pray for the victims. At […]

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Pope Benedict: String of Nigeria Attacks ‘Absurd’

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has denounced as “absurd” a string of Christmas day bombings in Nigeria, including one that killed 35 people at a Roman Catholic church. Speaking on Monday from his window overlooking St. Peter’s square, the Pope said he learned with profound sadness about the attacks, and invited people to pray for the victims. At […]

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Christmas Day Bombings Sweep Nigeria, 39 Dead

Posted December 25th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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It was a bloody Christmas in Nigeria where at least four bomb blasts killed 39 people, including dozens at a Catholic church near Abuja. The radical Islamic group Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sinful,” claimed responsibility for what appeared to have been coordinated attacks. The deadliest bombing took place near Saint Theresa […]

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