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US warns South Africa of possible terrorist attack following similar concerns for Nigeria
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US warns South Africa of possible terrorist attack following similar concerns for Nigeria

United States officials have warned South Africa's government of a possible terrorist attack at events with large gatherings -- days after alerting Nigeria of a similar attack. The U.S. embassy in South Africa posted an alert on its website today, warning of possible attacks in Johannesburg. The embassy warned citizens to avoid the Sandton area of Johannesburg this coming weekend. The U.S. embassy alert said: The U.S. government has received information that terrorists may be planning to conduct an attack targeting large gatherings of people at an unspecified location in the greater Sandton area of Johannesburg, South Africa, on 29 October 2022. There is no further information regarding the timing, method, or target of the potential attack. The U.S. Embassy has advised staff ...
Nigerian authorities searching for gunmen who killed mother and daughter in church attack
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Nigerian authorities searching for gunmen who killed mother and daughter in church attack

Nigerian authorities are searching for the assailants who killed a woman and her daughter, and injured three others during an attack on a church in Kogi state on Sunday. On Monday, government officials said the suspects arrived at Celestial Church on Sunday and shot the two victims before escalating on motorcycles. Authorities believe the suspects specifically targeted the church and its members. Sunday's attack was the latest example of violence aimed at houses of worship in Nigeria. In June, 40 people were killed in an attack on a Catholic Church in Ondo state during mass. More about the deadly church attack in Kogi state can be found here.
More than 600 people killed after floods sweep through Nigeria
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More than 600 people killed after floods sweep through Nigeria

Government officials said today that heavy flooding in Nigeria has left more than 600 people dead and more than 1 million people displaced from their homes. The government blamed the disastrous conditions on the heaviest rainy season in 10 years due in part to climate change water released from a dam. Government officials also said many states and local governments did not take proper precautions despite warnings. Rice-producing states and farmlands have been some of the worst affected areas. At least 33 of the 36 states in Nigeria have been impacted by the flooding. More about the deadly floods in Nigeria can be found here.
Benin bronzes to be returned to Nigerian officials from German museum
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Benin bronzes to be returned to Nigerian officials from German museum

Dozens of bronzes stolen by Europeans from the Kingdom of Benin will be on display on last time in Berlin on Saturday before they are returned to Nigeria. The items will be shown at Humboldt Museum in Berlin where the have remained for decades. The repatriation of these artifacts is the latest attempt by German officials to take responsibility for their involvement in colonialism. RELATED: London museum agrees to return collection of stolen Benin Bronzes and art to Nigeria Thousands of Benin bronzes and African artifacts are still in the possession of European museums. Britain currently has the vast majority of the artifacts and has not returned them after being requested by Nigerian officials. More about the repatriation of Benin bronzes can be found here.
Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally
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Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally

About 20 million children in Nigeria are out of school, the highest figure in the world for a single country, according to newly-released data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Three countries were identified as having the highest number of children out of school: India, Nigeria and Pakistan. In other parts of Africa, Ethiopia has 10.5 million children out of school, the Democratic Republic of Congo has 5.9 million, and Kenya has 1.8 million, according to UNESCO. The number of children out of school in Nigeria have fluctuated between 10.5 million and about 15 million for more than a decade. UNESCO said there are "244 million children and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 worldwide (who) are still out of school.” UNESCO announce...
Catholic nuns kidnapped in Nigeria released, officials say
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Catholic nuns kidnapped in Nigeria released, officials say

Four Catholic nuns who were kidnapped earlier this week at gunpoint in the state of Imo have been released, police said. Imo state police announced on Wednesday that the nuns were released by their abductors the day before. Officials reportedly said the nuns were returned unharmed. They did not disclose if they were returned in exchange for ransom. RELATED: Four nuns kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria Kidnappings by militant groups and gangs have increased in Nigeria. It has been speculated ransom paid for kidnapped religious leaders has fueled abductions. More about the abduction and religious violence in Nigeria can be found here.
Four nuns kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria
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Four nuns kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria

Four Catholic nuns were reportedly abducted on a highway in the state of Imo in Nigeria by gunmen. The nuns were abducted while travelling from Rivers state for a thanksgiving mass on Sunday. RELATED: Kidnapped Nigerian priest killed as religious violence surges Nigeria has seen an increase in religious violence and kidnappings. Armed gangs and militant groups have been kidnapping Catholic priests and religious leaders for ransom. The abductions are common in the northwest but has spread to other parts of the country. Nigeria's military is engaged in an air offensive to get rid of the groups responsible for violent kidnappings in the northwest. More about the recent abductions can be found here.
Flooding in state of Jigawa, Nigeria leaves at least 50 dead
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Flooding in state of Jigawa, Nigeria leaves at least 50 dead

At least 50 people are reportedly dead and hundreds more have been displaced since heavy rain brought flash floods submerging the state of Jigawa in Nigeria. About 1,600 people are homeless and many structures, including homes, have been damaged as a result of floods from heavy rain that began in May, according to the State Emergency Management Agency for Jigawa, reported Daily Post in Nigeria. Flooding this past weekend left 17 people dead in two villages in Jigawa. Another 68 people were injured due to the floods. On Sunday, a spokesperson for the State Emergency Management Agency reportedly said the recently displaced people are living in some of the 11 temporary camps set up. Some of the displaced individuals are living with family. More about the massive flooding in Ni...
Study: Nigeria tops list of English-speaking countries interested in cryptocurrencies
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Study: Nigeria tops list of English-speaking countries interested in cryptocurrencies

A new study released this week indicates Nigeria has shown more interest in cryptocurrencies than any other English-speaking country. Nigeria received a score of 371 in the study which analyzed Google Trends data for multiple cryptocurrency-related searches. The study, which was released by price tracker CoinGecko, combined the search terms to rank every English-speaking nation. The United Arab Emirates and Singapore followed behind Nigeria on the list. Among 15 English-speaking countries, the United States ranked at number 12 on the list. For comparison, Canada and the United Kingdom, came in at 6 and 5, respectively. More about the cryptocurrency study can be found here.
5 suspects arrested in connection with massacre at Nigerian Catholic church
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5 suspects arrested in connection with massacre at Nigerian Catholic church

Nigerian officials announced today that authorities have arrested five suspects who killed dozens of people during mass at a Catholic church in Ondo state in June. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is suspected of carrying out the attack on a congregation inside the St. Francis Catholic Church on June 5 which left at least 40 people dead. ISWAP, an Islamic militant insurgency group, is mostly associated with attacks in the northeast. There are concerns the group is expanding its influence in Nigeria as such attacks are uncommon in Ondo state. RELATED: At least 50 killed in Nigerian church massacre The governor for Ondo state reportedly said one person believed to have provided "accommodation" to the suspects before the massacre was also arrested. RELATED: State ...