Chess victory is ticket out of shelter for 8-year-old boy

U.S. 03/19/19, 13:29

An 8-year-old boy's victory as New York state chess champion will be his family's ticket out of a homeless shelter.The New York Times reported that Tani Adewumi (TAH'-nee ah-deh-WOO'-mee) won the state chess title for his age group this month even though he learned to play only about a year ...

A look at Nigeria’s president as he secures a 2nd term

Africa 02/26/19, 23:36

He is a former military dictator who briefly seized power in the 1980s and now says he regrets his ruthless past. Spare in charisma and physique, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari faces new pressure to deliver after securing a second term in Africa's most populous nation. The 76-year-old Buhari won Saturday's election ...

Gunfire heard in cities as Nigerians finally go to the polls

Africa 02/23/19, 02:52

Gunfire opened Nigeria's delayed election day on Saturday as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in Africa's most populous nation.Police said the blasts in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, shortly before polls opened were for "security purposes" in a show of force to deter the Boko Haram extremists that ...

Attacks reported in Nigeria before polls open

Africa 02/23/19, 02:30

Explosions were heard Saturday in the northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri, just hours before election polls were scheduled to open. The source of the blasts was not immediately clear, but Boko Har

A look at Nigeria’s top 2 presidential contenders

Africa 02/22/19, 09:16

Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.Here is a look at the ...

In Nigeria, Boko Haram violence disenfranchises many voters

Africa 02/22/19, 06:27

Mariam Musa gestured with her hand toward her mouth, twisting her face as she told of her main problem: not enough to eat or drink.In the makeshift camp for Nigerians who have fled Boko Haram violence, the 32-year-old widow says that the upcoming presidential vote isn't a topic of conversation. ...

Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls

Africa 02/12/19, 04:03

Baba Inuwa was pleased to move back to his vegetable farm in Nigeria's northeast, encouraged by the military's offensive against Boko Haram, the country's homegrown Islamic extremist rebels and by President Muhammadu Buhari's claim that the insurgency had been crushed."We thought all was over and Boko Haram can never return," ...

US cuts military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns

Africa 02/06/19, 18:18

The United States said Wednesday it is cutting some military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns after growing allegations of abuses by security forces, a significant step against a solid ally in central Africa that is gripped by fighting between the government and Anglophone separatists. The U.S. decision comes after ...

Nigeria top female candidate drops out of presidential race

World 01/24/19, 05:39

The woman who led the global campaign to free Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists said Thursday she was dropping out of the race for Nigeria's presidency to form an opposition coalition ahead of next month's election.The 55-year-old Oby Ezekwesili had been the most prominent woman to seek the ...

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