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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Nigeria
Three people have been arrested after a second investigation into football match-fixing was launched following reports that a player agreed to rig a game in the second-tier of English football in return for cash.
Defending champion Spain will play its opening 2014 World Cup game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the ill-tempered 2010 final, while host Brazil faces a relatively easy path to the knockout stage after Friday's draw.
One of the worst finals in World Cup history _ Spain vs. the Netherlands _ will be reprised in one of the first games of the 2014 edition.
Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat and dressed only in boxer shorts, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle.
U.S. authorities officially has designated the shadowy Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, ending what has been a heated debate in the past year within the State Department on the status of the group, which is believed to have ties to al Qaeda affiliates in Africa.
A growing number of terrorist groups in Africa are turning to the illegal trade of elephant tusks to finance their operations, cashing in on a massive demand for ivory spurred by a burgeoning, wealthier middle class in Asia.
Two American sailors who were kidnapped by pirates last month off the coast of Nigeria have been released and are heading home, U.S. officials said.
The State Department says two American mariners kidnapped last month off the coast of Nigeria have been released.
A stampede at an all-night church vigil disrupted by politicking over a contentious gubernatorial election killed 24 people and injured 17 in Nigeria's southeast Anambra state, the Red Cross and government officials said Sunday.
The president of an oil transportation company said Friday morning that the two Americans who were seized by pirates off the coast of Nigeria are probably safe and not likely facing much danger.
Pirates have kidnapped the captain and chief engineer — both Americans — from an oil supply ship as it passed through a point off Nigeria's coastline, a defense spokesman said on Thursday.
Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Lithuania and Chile all won coveted seats on the U.N. Security Council Thursday, after there were no contested races for the first time in several years.
A plane carrying 13 passengers and seven crew members crashed just seconds after taking off Thursday from Lagos Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Nigeria, and authorities have confirmed that 14 are dead.
Nigerian army fighter jets bombed camps belonging to suspected Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria in response to Sunday's attack on an agricultural college, an army spokesman said.
Suspected members of Boko Haram, a terrorist Islamic group, snuck into a college dormitory and gunned down dozens of students while they slept, torching classrooms on their way out, the provost of the Nigerian facility said on Monday.