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August 3, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
As if the U.S. needed to shoot well too. They're already the top men's basketball team in the Olympics, able to drive and dunk and put on a display better than anybody. So they drove a stake through Nigeria in a preliminary game, 156-73, making massive numbers of three-pointers Thursday and smashing the Olympic record for points in a game. Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, the most ever for a U.S. player in the Olympics, and set another U.S. Olympic record by making 10 three-pointers (he needed only 12 attempts)
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April 26, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
 When a small group of Nigerian Islamist militants attacked two police stations and killed an officer, government security forces moved in swiftly, announcing they had "crushed" the revolt. Ten months later, the militants attacked two more stations, slaying four officers. This time Nigerian security forces killed dozens of fighters, and the state police commissioner announced that it was just "a matter of hours before [all] the militants will be flushed out. " More than a decade later, that hasn't happened.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1999
Re "Oil Firms Accused in Nigerian Abuses," Feb. 24: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has done well to call for a federal investigation of the role of American oil companies in Nigeria. It is time we Americans took a good look at our effect on that country and its struggle for democracy and human rights. American oil money has long supported the dictators there, a fact that the European media have been spotlighting for years. I know the situation firsthand. My seven years of missionary service were cut short in 1996 when the Nigerian government denied my residency permit in order to punish the Catholic bishops for speaking out. Thank you for bringing our attention to Nigeria with your reports on the national elections and the oil industry.
WORLD
April 14, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
An early morning explosion that ripped through a bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, killed at least 71 people and injured 124, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which happened during the morning rush hour. But suspicion was focused on Boko Haram , an Islamist militant group active in the northeast of the country that has been threatening to attack the capital. The explosion at the Nyanya transit park destroyed 16 high-capacity buses and 24 minibuses, many of which were loaded with passengers, police said.
SPORTS
April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: NIGERIA FIFA ranking: 22 Overall World Cup record: 4-6-1 Coach: Lars Lagerback Best performance: Second round, 1994, 1998 Overview: The Super Eagles have turned to Lagerback for help, recognizing that the Swedish coach has a proven, albeit modest, track record of tournament success. Lagerback's problem is that Africa's most populous country expects to win it all and its soccer federation is chronically interference-minded. The team does not have anyone remotely as inspiring as former star Jay-Jay Okocha, but Ayegbeni Yakubu, John Mikel Obi and Obafemi Martins will do. Nigeria could cause a stir if its fans travel in numbers to South Africa.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By SHEHU SAULAWA
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) - Police in northern Nigeria say gunmen have kidnapped seven foreign workers from a construction company. The attack happened in Bauchi state overnight Saturday. Police spokesman Hassan Muhammed told The Associated Press that the attack first targeted a prison in the area. Muhammed said Sunday the attackers then went to the construction company Septraco, where they killed a guard and kidnapped the foreign workers. Local government chairman Adamu Aliyu told the AP that those kidnapped were from Britain, Italy, Greece and Lebanon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1994
I entirely agree with the analysis of Nigeria's importance to the United States in the article by Adonis Hoffman, "Nigeria Heads Towards Civil War, and the World Looks Elsewhere" (Opinion, Aug. 7), but accusing Gen. Sani Abacha of retreating from democracy is unfair. The political situation in Nigeria is vastly more complex than what the article portrays. The legal authority, which organized the June 12, 1993, election, annulled it before announcing the results and then stepped down.
WORLD
February 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Two radio journalists have reportedly been charged in northern Nigeria on suspicion of airing a broadcast that incited the slayings of women vaccinating people against polio. The case centers on a program aired days before the shootings last week. Police said at least nine immunization workers were killed by gunmen Friday in the northern city of Kano, where suspicion toward vaccines has thwarted the campaign against polio. It is still unclear who was behind the attacks; no arrests have been reported.
WORLD
October 2, 2010 | Reuters
? Eight people were killed and three were injured Friday in car bombings that hit Nigeria's capital near a parade marking the 50th anniversary of independence, police said. The two explosions occurred an hour after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Nigeria's biggest rebel group, issued an e-mail warning saying it had planted several bombs and telling people to evacuate the area. A Reuters cameraman said security forces and firefighters in the capital, Abuja, had been trying to douse a fire in a car after the first explosion when the second blast struck.
NEWS
April 16, 1985
Nigeria announced that 700,000 aliens illegally living in the country must get approval by May 10 to remain or get out. African diplomats quoted in Lagos, the capital, said the move appears to be a veiled expulsion of thousands of people who flocked to Nigeria to escape the ravages of drought elsewhere. Two years ago, Nigeria expelled at least a million aliens, most from Ghana, who it said were a burden on an ailing economy suffering from a drop in world oil prices.
WORLD
April 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan blamed Boko Haram for an explosion that killed scores of people Monday at a bus station outside the capital, Abuja, calling the Islamic militant group an “unnecessary distraction” and a temporary problem. Jonathan, whose leadership has been under intense pressure over his failure to curb the rebellion of Boko Haram in the north of the country, called on Nigerians to be more vigilant about terror attacks. Police confirmed that at least 71 people were killed and 124 injured in the early morning blast.
OPINION
March 27, 2014 | Sarah Chayes
On Feb. 20, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan fired his respected central bank governor, who was trying to discover what had happened to an estimated $20 billion that disappeared from the nation's oil revenue over an 18-month period. Four days later, across the country in the parched northeast, members of the Boko Haram extremist group attacked a public boarding school, shooting children in their sleep and setting school buildings afire. It was the latest in a string of massacres by the group, whose statements call for an Islamic state ruled by sharia law in Nigeria.
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March 26, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Vice President Joe Biden has never lacked for passion. And his occasional failure to restrain his enthusiasm has sometimes gotten him in trouble. But his over-the-top rhetoric was right on point when he gave the keynote address Saturday evening at the Human Rights Campaign's gala in downtown Los Angeles.  Biden told a story I had never heard, about the first time he saw two men kissing (at minute 14 of the video above). He was in junior high, and his father was driving him to apply for a lifeguard job. “We stopped at a red light and I looked over to my left and there were two men kissing goodby.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. national team will play friendlies against Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria before heading off to Brazil for the World Cup in June. The first match, against Azerbaijan at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, will be played May 27, following the team's two-week World Cup training camp at Stanford. The game will be the first between senior teams from the U.S. and Azerbaijan. The Americans will then head for the East Coast, where they will play Turkey on June 1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The farewell match will take place June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla., against Nigeria, the only one of the three opponents who have also qualified for the World Cup. The U.S. will fly to Brazil after that game.
OPINION
February 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
A disturbing new law in Nigeria establishes sweeping restrictions on homosexuality and has already led to dozens of arrests. Even before the law went into effect, it was illegal to engage in same-sex relations. But the new law goes further, prohibiting civil unions and same-sex marriages and threatening to slap a 10-year prison sentence on anyone who officiates at such a marriage. The law bans public displays of affection between people of the same sex, outlaws gay support organizations and makes it illegal for gay groups to meet.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The protagonist of Okey Ndibe's unforgettable new novel, "Foreign Gods Inc.," is a failed immigrant. Ike (pronounced EE-kay ) is a New York City cab driver who brings in lots of cash but can't hold on to it for very long. His mother back home in Nigeria lives with the shame of having an American son who doesn't send her any money. An article in New York magazine offers Ike hope. He reads about an art gallery in lower Manhattan that specializes in statues of foreign deities, with the most impressive specimens commanding six-figure prices.
WORLD
October 5, 2009 | Reuters
Nigeria's last prominent militant leader agreed to halt fighting in the oil-producing Niger Delta and surrendered his weapons Sunday in return for an unconditional pardon. Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, whose gunmen were behind many attacks on the oil industry in the western Niger Delta, handed over rocket launchers, machine guns and explosives to Defense Minister Godwin Abbe at his camp in Oporoza in Delta state. "It is an act of patriotism that Tompolo and his group surrendered their arms," Abbe said at the ceremony.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Now here's something you don't see every day: A circle of African men chanting Hebrew prayers while wearing tallitot (prayer shawls) and yarmulkes (skull caps) along with their dashikis - not to mention scenes of African women lighting Sabbath candles and diligently preparing a kosher meal using such native crops as yam and cassava. But for the estimated 3,000 Igbo people of Nigeria who practice Judaism, these are common sightings, all part of a unique way of life portrayed with joy and grace in the captivating documentary "Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria.
WORLD
October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, U.S. officials said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't released.
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