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At least 55 killed in Nigeria oil tanker explosion

Victims were trying to collect oil from an overturned tanker

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Death toll rises to nine in Lagos school building collapse

Thirty-seven people were rescued alive Wednesday night

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Casualties feared after Boko Haram attack military base

Dozens of soldiers were feared dead after a Boko Haram attack on a military base in remote northeast Nigeria, security sources said on Monday, as search parties were sent into the bush to locate missing troops. Jihadists overran the base in Jilli village, in the Geidam area of Yobe state, on Saturday evening, a day…

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How the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018 unraveled

The group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup ended and defending champions Germany were eliminated from the tournament. The football world is guaranteed to have a new champion. Here is a recap of how the round-robin stage went. Here are in-depth highlights of the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018. Group A Teams:…

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Messi’s Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption

Lionel Messi’s Argentina face their World Cup day of destiny, needing a win to have any chance of progressing to the last 16 while the Video Assistant Referee system is questioned after a chaotic night of matches. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and 2010 winners Spain progressed from Group B in dramatic fashion on Monday, joining host…

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Messi on a mission as Argentina train with renewed hope

Lionel Messi and Argentina hit the training ground on Saturday with renewed hope of qualifying for the World Cup last 16. Argentina were on the brink of elimination after a humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia, but Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday offered the two-time world champions a lifeline. Victory over Nigeria in their…

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I can win Musa v Messi duel, declares Nigeria’s goal hero

Deadly Ahmed Musa struck two stunning goals to sink Iceland 2-0 on Friday and then promised to do the same to Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Tuesday’s Group D showdown. The Leicester City striker, currently on loan at CSKA Moscow, became the first Nigerian to score at two World Cups as the Super Eagles secured a…

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Musa’s double downs Iceland as Nigeria come alive

Ahmed Musa struck twice to become the first Nigerian to score at two World Cups Friday as the Super Eagles secured a crucial 2-0 win over Iceland, who missed a penalty. The African side will secure a spot in the knockout stage if they beat Argentina on Tuesday in Group D’s final round of fixtures….

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Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 in World Cup group match

Croatia earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over a young Nigerian side in both sides’ first group match at the World Cup in Kaliningrad on Saturday. An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo put Croatia ahead and a second-half Luka Modric penalty wrapped up the win.

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Nigeria lose to Czech Republic in World Cup warm-up

Nigeria suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic on Wednesday in Austria in their final friendly ahead of the World Cup. Defender Tomas Kalas, fresh from helping Fulham win promotion to the English Premier League, scored the only goal of the game in the first half in Schwechat, just outside Vienna….

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England beat Nigeria, Germany suffer shock loss to Austria in friendlies

England defeated Nigeria 2-1 and Germany suffered a historic loss to Austria in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up friendlies. Germany’s 2-1 defeat in Klagenfurt, which saw Manuel Neuer play his first game for club or country after a nine-month injury layoff, was their first against their smaller neighbors — who have not qualified for Russia —…

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World Cup 2018 factbox: Nigeria

Facts on Nigeria, who play in World Cup Group D: Country: Nigeria Honours: Africa Cup of Nations winners in 1980, 1994 and 2013; Olympic gold medallists in 1996 Past World Cup performance: Sixth participation. Best result: Round of 16 in 1994, 1998 and 2014 FIFA ranking: 47th Main clubs: Enyimba, Kano Pillars, Plateau United, Akwa United,…

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The world might be free of polio within a year, say experts

Despite stubborn presence in a handful of countries, experts are hopeful that the world might become free of polio by the end of the year. Polio virus travels in faecal material. It multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and can cause paralysis. The highly infectious childhood disease was once…

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram has abducted more than 1,000 children since 2013: UNICEF

ABUJA: The militants from Nigeria’s Boko Haram group have abducted more than 1,000 children in the northeast since 2013, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Friday. The militants regularly took youngsters to spread fear and show power, the agency said on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls…

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13 dead in Christian-Muslim violence in Nigeria: police

LAGOS: At least 13 people have been killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim youths in central Nigeria, police said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the region. Fighting broke out on Monday in Kasuwan Magani community in Kaduna state, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) by road from the state capital, Kaduna city….

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More than 100 girls ‘missing’ after Boko Haram school attack

NEWS DESK: More than 100 girls were missing on Wednesday, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world, reported AFP. Islamist militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on…

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‘Terrifying’ – Nigerian women fight fear to make Winter Olympics bobsleigh history

PYEONGCHANG: As they prepared to make Olympic history in Pyeongchang, Nigeria’s women’s bobsleigh team admitted battling demons every time they climbed onto the sled. Being billed as “Cool Runnings” reloaded in the West African country’s first Winter Games appearance, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga knelt in silent prayer Wednesday before hurtling down the track at…

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Two Americans, two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria: police update

Lagos:Two Americans and two Canadians have been kidnapped in an ambush in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, police said on Wednesday, in the latest abduction targeting foreigners. State police spokesman Mukhtar Aliyu said “unknown armed men” seized the four on the road to Abuja at 7:00  pm (1800 GMT) on Tuesday. “They engaged in a fierce…

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Two teenage girl ‘bombers’ shot dead in Nigeria

Two teenage girls wearing explosive vests were shot dead by soldiers in a town in north eastern Nigeria just days after a blast killed 14 worshippers, militia sources told AFP on Tuesday. Soldiers patrolling the town of Gamboru opened fire after the two girls, strapped with explosives, refused to remove the vests in the early…

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Nigeria can avail Pakistan’s cooperation in various sectors: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday said Pakistan could provide cooperation to Nigeria in various sectors including health, infrastructure, education and human resource management. “There is a lot of trade potential between the two countries that can be utilized for the benefit of the people of Pakistan and Nigeria,” he told High Commissioner of…

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