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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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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1999
Re "Love It or Hate It, Nigeria's Lagos Is Never Dull," Dec. 25: Among all the cities in Africa, Lagos is the most vibrant in which to live and work. With the corruption and looting of the treasury by state officials in Lagos and at the federal level in Nigeria, Lagos and its inhabitants still dominate economic and social activities in West Africa. For your writer to point out the ills without adequately pointing out the trendy and urban life in Lagos does injustice to a well-researched piece.
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.
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.
WORLD
May 17, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Security forces in Nigeria have launched airstrikes against encampments of the Islamist militia Boko Haram as part of a major military operation in the country's northeast, military officials said Friday. The airstrikes hit one of the main rebel bases, in the Sambisa Forest Reserve south of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, according to military officials cited by news agencies. The Nigerian military have also sent several thousand soldiers to the area in recent days.
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.
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.
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, a U.S. official 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 immediately known.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
The state of Louisiana -  with its manicured plantations, moss-draped sycamores and creeping kudzu vines -  serves almost as a character itself in "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen's historical drama based on the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was drugged, kidnapped and enslaved in the antebellum South for a dozen years. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Northup, and Alfre Woodard, who plays a former slave married to a plantation owner, discussed how the film's powerful sense of place helped them get into character.
WORLD
October 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - More than 950 rebel suspects died or were killed in custody in the first half of the year in northern Nigeria, where security forces are confronting militant Islamists, according to Amnesty International. A briefing paper by the rights group on Tuesday described emaciated corpses delivered by the dozen to morgues, prison cells so crowded that detainees suffocated, inmates beaten so severely that they died or being taken out of the cells and shot. The dead were suspected of being members of Boko Haram, a rebel group believed to be linked to Al Qaeda that is seeking to implement sharia, or Islamic law, across Nigeria.
NEWS
June 28, 1986 | From Reuters
Two British engineers held in Nigeria for more than two years were released from prison Friday. Kenneth Clark, 39, and Angus Paterson, 41, won an appeal of their conviction and 14-year jail terms on charges of conspiracy and stealing a private jet.
WORLD
July 16, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- One day, President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir of Sudan was walking down the red carpet in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, flanked by the presidential guard, on an official visit to attend an African Union summit on AIDS. The next day, after a flurry of legal threats and calls for his arrest, he was gone. Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court, has become perhaps Africa's most embarrassing guest. In many African countries, the protests against Bashir begin even  before he arrives.
OPINION
June 29, 2013 | By Jonathan Zimmerman
ACCRA, Ghana - On Thursday, my students and I visited a high school here in Ghana. When the headmistress told us that her students were "losing their culture" and "becoming too Western," we asked for an example. "Homosexuality," she said. "To us, it is an abomination. It comes from elsewhere. " That morning, coincidentally, President Obama was addressing the same issue at a news conference in Senegal. Asked about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions in support of gay marriage, Obama acknowledged that Africans have "different customs" and "different traditions" about homosexuality.
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