Baby Francesca 'Princess of Migrants', Symbol of Hope
Baby Francesca 'Princess of Migrants', Symbol of Hope

Dubbed "the princess of migrants", a Nigerian baby born on the Italian ship that rescued her mother in the Mediterranean has become a symbol of hope for those braving the perilous crossing in search of a new life.

Boko Haram says leader Abubakar Shekau is alive in new video
Boko Haram says leader Abubakar Shekau is alive in new video

 Boko Haram said in a new video on Wednesday that its elusive leader Abubakar Shekau was alive and still in charge of the Nigeria-based Islamist group whose six-year insurgency has killed thousands.

Nigeria: Suicide bombers kill 40 including in 2 mosques

Suicide bombers, some screaming "God is great," have killed at least 40 people in two northeastern Nigerian states, including explosions in two mosques, officials and witnesses said.

Multiple blasts heard near NE Nigeria's Maiduguri

Multiple explosions were heard on Sunday on the outskirts of Maiduguri, a city in northeastern Nigeria that has repeatedly been attacked by Boko Haram jihadists, locals said.

18 killed in blasts blamed on Islamists near Nigerian capital

Two explosions that ripped through the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja left 18 people dead and 41 wounded.

15 killed, 41 hurt in blasts near Nigerian capital: Officials

Two bomb blasts that ripped through the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja have left at least 15 people dead and 41 wounded, the National Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday.

Nigerian president to become oil minister in new Cabinet

President Muhammadu Buhari will hold Nigeria`s oil portfolio in his new Cabinet, rather than trust anyone else with the source of most of Nigeria`s revenue, he told Reuters on Tuesday.

Nigeria warned about fresh violence in oil-rich south

 Nigeria was on Tuesday warned that violence could resume in the oil-producing south, exacerbating pressure on already stretched resources by Boko Haram in the north,and reduced crude revenues.

German sailors work round the clock to rescue migrants

On the hunt for people-smugglers in the Mediterranean, a German Navy ship is sailing off the coast of Libya when it gets a report of an unidentified boat adrift.

15 civilians killed in Boko Haram attack in SE Niger: TV

Fifteen civilians were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a border village in southeastern Niger, state television reported late Friday.

WHO takes Nigeria off global list of polio-endemic countries

The World Health Organization on Friday took Nigeria off the list of polio-endemic countries, hailing a "historic achievement" more than a year after the last recorded case of the disease in Africa`s most populous nation.

Over 200 Boko Haram militants surrender in Nigeria

More than 200 Boko Haram militants on Friday surrendered to Nigerian troops in the state of Borno, a media report said.

Boko Haram fighters kill at least 15 in Niger village raid: Report


Naimey: Islamist Boko Haram militants operating out of Nigeria raided a village across the border in southern Niger and massacred at least 15 civilians, Niger security sources said on Friday.

Nigeria claims rescue of 241 women, girls from Boko Haram

Nigeria`s military on Wednesday said troops had rescued 241 women and children during operations against Boko Haram Islamist militants in the country`s restive northeast.

Nigeria call up Arsenal youngster Iwobi
Nigeria call up Arsenal youngster Iwobi

Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has included Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi in his squad for next month`s friendlies against DR Congo and Cameroon in Belgium.

Deposed Burkina president to be returned to office Wednesday: Coup leader

Burkina Faso`s interim president Michel Kafando, who was deposed last week during a coup, will be returned to office on Wednesday, putsch leader General Gilbert Diendere told AFP on Tuesday.

Death toll hits 117 after NE Nigeria bombings: Medics

The death toll from a series of bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram in Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria has risen to at least 117, hospital sources said on Tuesday, more than twice the official tally.

At least 100 killed in Sunday blasts: Nigeria defence group

Members of a civilian defense group say more than 100 people were killed in coordinated bombings by Islamic extremists in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday.

At least 54 people killed in bomb blasts in Nigeria's Maiduguri

At least 54 people were killed and 90 wounded in multiple bomb attacks in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday evening, a police spokesman said on Monday.

Twin blasts hit restive Nigerian city of Maiduguri: Locals

 Twin blasts rocked a densely-populated area of the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday, the stronghold of Boko Haram Islamists, locals said, but there was no immediate report of casualties.