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Nigeria Swears in 14 Ministers

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has sworn in 14 members of his Cabinet, asking them to get straight to work. Twelve of the appointees who took the oath of office Saturday served in Jonathan's previous Cabinet in the same ministries.  Two are new appointees; Jonathan says they will receive their assignments on Monday. The president's Cabinet...

Nigerian Workers Threaten to Strike

Workers in some of Nigeria's biggest unions are threatening to walk off the job unless the government implements a year-old agreement to raise their pay.Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) President Abdulwaheed Omar issued an ultimatum Friday saying public and private sector workers were prepared to launch a nationwide strike in two weeks.The NLC and...

Nigerian Capital Under Limited Curfew Following Maiduguri Bombings

Nigeria's capital is under a limited curfew following a series of bombings in the city of Maiduguri. Nigeria's military is asking civilians to come forward with information that might help lead to the capture of those responsible for the attacks.Beer halls, night clubs and movie theaters in Abuja must now close by 10:00 p.m. local time, everyday...

Nigeria Imposes Curfews in Abuja

Nigeria has imposed curfews on nightclubs, bars, movies theaters and parks in the capital, Abuja, following several deadly bombing attacks.The Federal Capital Territory Administration has ordered parks and gardens to close by 6:00 p.m. while nightclubs, bars, and movie theaters are allowed to stay open until 10:00 p.m. daily.The agency said the...

Nigeria Government Fighting Corporate Corruption

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says fighting corruption is one of the driving goals of his new administration. President Jonathan says the fight against corruption "must enlist the overwhelming force of Nigeria's collective determination" to ensure that the country's limited resources are best used for the common good.As the president...

Analysts: Warrant for Gadhafi Could Complicate His Possible Departure

With the International Criminal Court's arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and a trusted ally, some analysts say avenues could close for Mr. Gadhafi, should he want to leave Libya in defeat and find a safe haven. The streets of rebel-held Misrata erupted in jubilation when news came Monday that the International Criminal...

Nigerian Sect Targets Security Forces, Non-Muslim Civilians

Islamic militants in Nigeria belonging to the Boko Haram group are being blamed for a series of attacks in the city of Maiduguri including bombings on Sunday and Monday that killed at least 28 people. Boko Haram began in 2004 as a gathering of fundamentalist, middle-class university students united behind the meaning of the group's name, which in...

Nigerian Military Takes Control of Maiduguri Following Blast

Nigeria's military has taken control of security in the northern city of Maiduguri after bombs Sunday killed at least 25 people. The bombing is believed to be the work of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Two men on motorbikes threw bombs into a beer garden in the capital of Borno State and fired gunshots into the crowd before escaping.Boko...

Bombing of Nigerian Beer Garden Kills 25

Suspected Islamic militants threw a bomb into a beer garden in northeastern Nigeria Sunday, killing 25 people and wounding at least 12 others.Police and witnesses say the attackers drove up to the open-air pub in Maiduguri on motorcycles and tossed a bomb into the crowd of drinkers. Some witnesses say the attackers also fired gunshots into the...

Bombing of Nigerian Beer Garden Kills 25

Suspected Islamic militants threw a bomb into a beer garden in northeastern Nigeria Sunday, killing 25 people and wounding at least 12 others.Police and witnesses say the attackers drove up to the open-air pub in Maiduguri on motorcycles and tossed a bomb into the crowd of drinkers. Some witnesses say the attackers also fired gunshots into the...

Nigeria's Boko Haram Threatens Broader Attacks

Nigerian security forces are cracking down on the militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for Thursday's bombing in Abuja. Nigerian authorities and analysts say the extremist group, once confined to the country's northeast, is becoming a nationwide security threat.  The explosion struck the parking lot of a police station...

Nigeria's President Visits Site of Police Headquarters Bombing

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has visited the site of what is believed to be the country's first suicide bombing, which killed a policeman and wounded at least seven other people.After his inspection Friday, the president urged Nigerians not to panic, saying "terrorist attacks" are affecting countries all over the world.The radical Islamist...

Swiss Firm Seeks Carbon Credits in Kenya with Clean Water

The purchase and sale of carbon credits are relatively new concepts in Africa, accounting for less than three percent of the $144 billion global carbon credit trade. The system is designed to reduce carbon emissions worldwide by allowing projects that that produce low carbon emissions to sell credits to projects that want to reduce their carbon...

Blast Hits Nigeria Police Headquarters

A powerful bomb has exploded outside Nigerian police headquarters in the capital, Abuja, killing at least one person.Officials with Nigeria's emergency management agency say they suspect a suicide bomber carried out the attack and died in the blast.In an interview with VOA, a spokesman for the Islamic militant group Boko Haram claimed...

Clinton to Meet African Union Officials

A university professor says he expects U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to urge the African Union [AU] to be proactive in resolving conflicts on the continent at a meeting scheduled for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today [Monday]. “I expect that is going to be one of the central messages that Mrs. Clinton is likely to take to the...