Tag: Nigeria

George Floyd’s Killing Prompts Africans to Call for Police Reform at Home

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan and American protesters knelt outside the United States Embassy in Nairobi one morning last month, outraged at George Floyd’s killing and the racism and brutality they saw across the Atlantic. But they were also furious about police abuses at home, in Kenya. Protests sprang up all over town. In the large […]

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Disputed African Artifacts Sell at Auction

“These artworks are stained with the blood of Biafra’s children,” wrote Chika Okeke-Agulu, an art history professor at Princeton, in an impassioned Instagram post three weeks ago calling for a halt to the sale of two wooden statues made by the Igbo people of Nigeria. Mr. Okeke-Agulu believes the items were looted in the late […]

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Coronavirus Is Battering Africa’s Growing Middle Class

NAIROBI, Kenya — James Gichina started out 15 years ago as a driver shuttling travelers from the airport, worked his way up to safari guide, and with the help of some bank loans, bought two minivans of his own to ferry vacationers around. His clients were, as he is, members of Africa’s growing middle class […]

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

As the coronavirus pandemic hits more impoverished countries with fragile health care systems, global health authorities are scrambling for supplies of a simple treatment that saves lives: oxygen. Many patients severely ill with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, require help with breathing at some point. But now the epidemic is spreading rapidly in […]

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Why Is Trump attacking the International Criminal Court?

THE HAGUE — In the United States and the wider world, seismic discussions are raging about the need to see justice done when fundamental human rights are violated. This is no time for any government to exert coercion against an international court that was created to do justice when there is nowhere else to turn […]

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This Country Fought Ebola. It May Beat Another Disease.

The coronavirus has struck the world’s most powerful economies first, leading countries in Europe, North America and East Asia to carry out an array of strategies to help control its spread. But as the virus picks up speed across the global south, those policies may not be applicable there. Low- and middle-income countries like Bangladesh, […]

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As Energy Prices Tumble, Developing Countries Trim Subsidies

The coronavirus pandemic has sent economies into recession and reduced government revenue, so some countries are taking a politically perilous path: removing restraints on electricity and petroleum prices. Nigeria and Tunisia have lowered fuel subsidies in recent weeks, and India has raised taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. Sudanese officials plan to replace some subsidies […]

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Viral Sensations Young T & Bugsey Don’t Plan on Rushing Their Journey to the Top

Young T (left) and Bugsey, the rappers whose song “Don’t Rush” is featured in the viral challenge of the same name.Photo: Epic Records If you’re a fan of trying to keep up with what’s hot on social media right now, odds are you know about TikTok. The video-creation app has been all the rage for […]

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Covid-19 Outbreak in Nigeria Is Just One of Africa’s Alarming Hot Spots

DAKAR, Senegal — In the northern Nigerian city of Kano, some people say they now get four or five death notices on their phones each day: A colleague has died. A friend’s aunt. A former classmate. The gravediggers of the city, one of the biggest in West Africa, say they are working overtime. And so […]

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Feds Suspect Vast Fraud Network Is Targeting U.S. Unemployment Systems

SEATTLE — A group of international fraudsters appears to have mounted an immense, sophisticated attack on U.S. unemployment systems, creating a network that has already siphoned millions of dollars in payments that were intended to avert an economic collapse, according to federal authorities. The attackers have used detailed information about U.S. citizens, such as social […]

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Tony Allen, Drummer Who Created the Beat of Afrobeat, Dies at 79

Tony Allen, the drummer who created the steadfast, subtle beat of the Nigerian protest funk known as Afrobeat, died on Thursday in Paris. He was 79. His manager, Eric Trosset, said the cause was an abdominal aortic aneurysm. From 1964 to 1978, Mr. Allen worked with the bandleader Fela Ransome-Kuti, who became known worldwide simply […]

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10 African Countries Have No Ventilators. That’s Only Part of the Problem.

DAKAR, Senegal — South Sudan, a nation of 11 million, has more vice presidents (five) than ventilators (four). The Central African Republic has three ventilators for its five million people. In Liberia, which is similar in size, there are six working machines — and one of them sits behind the gates of the United States […]

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U.S. Military Cutting Medevac Flights for Troops in West Africa

WASHINGTON — The United States military is sharply reducing its emergency casualty evacuation services in West Africa, raising concerns that American troops on missions there could be left vulnerable if they run into trouble at a time when violence is surging in that corner of the continent. The action by the Pentagon’s Africa Command comes […]

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What Happened When a Times Reporter Traded Brooklyn for Dakar

IN PURSUIT OF DISOBEDIENT WOMEN A Memoir of Love, Rebellion, and Family, Far Away By Dionne Searcey Dionne Searcey grew up in Wymore, Neb., a child of a young widow who prayed that her daughters would stay out of trouble and go to a Christian college. Their mother wanted Dionne to find a “nice minister-in-training” […]

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Coronavirus: Live Coverage and Updates

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Nigeria Confirms First Case in Sub-Saharan Africa

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe almost empty courtyard of the Pinacoteca di Brera, in Milan. A traveler from Milan, the source of an outbreak, tested positive for the virus in Nigeria. Credit…Andrea Mantovani for The New York Times Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, records the first infection in sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria on Friday confirmed […]

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Ghost DNA Hints at Africa’s Missing Ancient Humans

Scientists reported on Wednesday that they had discovered evidence of an extinct branch of humans whose ancestors split from our own a million years ago. The evidence of these humans was not a fossil. Instead, the researchers found pieces of their DNA in the genomes of living people from West Africa. Arun Durvasula and Sriram […]

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Trump Posts Another ‘Keep Out’ Sign for Immigrants

On Friday, with Americans focused on President Trump’s impeachment trial, the coronavirus and the upcoming Iowa caucuses, the Trump administration announced it was adding six more countries to the list of those whose citizens face travel restrictions to the United States. The given reason was that those nations were not sufficiently screening people who sought […]

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New U.S. Travel Ban Shuts Door on Africa’s Biggest Economy, Nigeria

The newlyweds had already been apart for half their yearlong marriage. Miriam Nwegbe was in Nigeria. Her husband was in Baltimore, and until she could join him, everything was on hold: finding a home together, trying for their first baby, becoming an American family. Then, on Friday, their lives were thrown into disarray by the […]

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OK Trump, We Get It, You Hate Muslims: Nigeria is Unhappy to be Among Six New Countries Banned From U.S. Travel

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) The Trump administration announced Friday that it is adding six new countries to the existing travel ban, joining the seven already on the list. Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania all made the new list of nations President Donald Trump is cutting off travel to and from citing security […]

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Nigeria to address issues that led to visa restrictions

LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigeria’s government is pledging to address the security issues the Trump administration cited in its decision to stop granting immigration visas to people from Africa’s most populous nation. The White House says immigrants from Nigeria and three other countries won’t be eligible for visas allowing them to live in the United States […]

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Trump Administration Adds Six More Countries to Travel Ban

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday added six countries to the nations facing stringent travel restrictions, virtually blocking immigration from Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, and from Myanmar, where refugees are fleeing genocide. Beside Nigeria, varying degrees of restrictions will hit three other African countries, Eritrea, Sudan and Tanzania, and one former Soviet state, […]

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This Art Was Looted 123 Years Ago. Will It Ever Be Returned?

In 2004, Steve Dunstone and Timothy Awoyemi stood on a boat on the bank of the River Niger. The two middle-aged men, both police officers in Britain, were taking part in a journey through Nigeria, organized through the Police Expedition Society, and had reached the small town of Agenebode, in the country’s south. Their group […]

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