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June 30, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Host Germany and rising power France swept into the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup on Thursday with shutout victories that eliminated Nigeria and Canada, respectively, from advancing in the 16-nation tournament. Les Bleus were the first to reach the final eight, brushing aside the Canadians, 4-0, in Bochum to the delight of French fans in the crowd of 16,951. Two goals by forward Gaetane Thiney, one in each half, and a goal apiece from midfielder Camille Abily, a former Los Angeles Sol player, and forward Elodie Thomis were more than enough in the highest-scoring match of the competition so far. "I said after the first match [a 1-0 defeat of Nigeria]
June 5, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Lagos, Nigeria — The white house on Gbemisola Street has a circular grave with a granite pyramid instead of a headstone and no name. It isn't needed. Everyone here knows Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigeria's revered protest musician arrested by Nigeria's military rulers some 200 times for his defiant lyrics, jailed and beaten on countless occasions. He's been dead 14 years, but Nigerians still go misty-eyed at Fela's name. He's loved not just for his music but because he was one of the few brave enough to attack the country's loathed military rulers.
May 12, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of angry and dejected illegal immigrants milled around this border post Saturday, 24 hours after the expiration of the Nigerian military government's deadline for them to leave the country. It appeared that less than one-fourth of Nigeria's estimated 700,000 illegal aliens had left by Friday, and tens of thousands waited at posts like this one, 60 miles west of the capital of Lagos and on the border with Benin.
The jumping-off point is the Mreznica River, or at least it is one of them, one of dozens, really, where the line is drawn most visibly not by the clear water running below a bridge and represented by the thin blue line on the map, but by the wrecked and burned-out trucks shoved into the bridge's right-hand lane, and then by the shattered houses just beyond.
November 22, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Nigerian businessman was invited to a holiday dinner at the White House last year after contributing $460,000 to the Vote Now 96 voter registration group, supported by the Democratic National Committee, a party spokesman said. Gilbert Chagoury was at the Dec. 21 dinner with President Clinton for top DNC donors, even though he was not a party contributor.
March 12, 2010 | Times Wire Services
Nearly 3,000 people have fled to a neighboring state since hundreds were slaughtered in several mostly Christian villages over the weekend, aid officials said Thursday. Residents have accused the Nigerian police and military of failing to provide adequate security to the villages in Plateau state, where attackers managed to violate a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Police said they had arrested about 200 people. On Thursday, thousands of women took to the streets, singing and waving branches, a traditional sign of protest.
September 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Nigerians stand a 1-in-9 chance of being killed in road accidents, which claim 66 lives each day in Nigeria, according to a government report released last week.
May 14, 1992 | Associated Press
Anti-government mobs looted stores and burned gas stations and cars Wednesday to protest skyrocketing transport costs and demand the resignation of Nigeria's military ruler, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
April 26, 1998 | Associated Press
By the millions, Nigerians didn't vote Saturday in legislative elections billed as the first step toward ending the country's military rule. Opponents of Gen. Sani Abacha's military regime urged voters to stay away to show disapproval of his presidential nomination by all five political parties. They accuse Abacha of manipulating both the presidential nomination process and the legislative elections.
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