Nebraska GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry charged with lying to feds hours after he denied crime in YouTube video

A federal grand jury indicted Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry on charges of lying to federal investigators and another crime in connection with a probe about illegal campaign donations provided by a foreigner, prosecutors said. The announcement of the indictment in Los Angeles federal court came hours after Fortenberry, in an unusual YouTube video featuringContinue reading “Nebraska GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry charged with lying to feds hours after he denied crime in YouTube video”

Shell to pay $111m over decades-old oil spills in Nigeria

Company maintains oil spills in 1970 were caused by third parties during civil war Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay around €95m (£80.4m/$111.6m) to communities in southern Nigeria over crude oil spills in 1970, lawyers involved in the case have said. The decision is the latest involving Opec-member Nigeria’s oil-producing south where communities haveContinue reading “Shell to pay $111m over decades-old oil spills in Nigeria”

Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap 140 school students in northwest Kaduna State

Gunmen attacked a boarding school in northwestern Nigeria’s Kaduna state on Sunday night. Some 140 students were kidnapped, presumably to exchange them for ransom, a member of the school said. “Attackers took 140 students with them, 25 managed to escape,” details Emmanuel Paul, who teaches at the Bethel Secondary School boarding school. Some 165 studentsContinue reading “Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap 140 school students in northwest Kaduna State”

If One Finger Brought Oil – Things Fall Apart Part 1: Crash Course Literature 208

In which John Green teaches you about Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart. You’ll learn about Igboland, a region in modern day Nigeria, prior to the arrival of the British Empire. Achebe tells the story of Okonkwo, an Igbo villager who has worked his way up from life as a sharecropped and become aContinue reading “If One Finger Brought Oil – Things Fall Apart Part 1: Crash Course Literature 208”

UN says global food prices have reached their highest mark in a decade

Global food prices were at their highest level in nearly a decade in May, soaring 40 per cent above costs a year ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said. The FAO’s food price index has now risen for 12 consecutive months to reach its highest value since September 2011, driven by theContinue reading “UN says global food prices have reached their highest mark in a decade”

Almost 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria are free, says state governor

Government officials had been in talks with kidnappers after third school attack in less than three months All 279 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped from their boarding school in the north-western state of Zamfara last week have been released and are on government premises, the governor of the state has said. “It gladdens my heart to announce the releaseContinue reading “Almost 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria are free, says state governor”

Gunmen abduct 317 schoolgirls in northwest Nigeria as security collapses

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 317 schoolgirls from the town of Jangebe in northwest Nigeria on Friday, police said, the second such kidnapping in little over a week. A surge in armed militancy has led to a breakdown of security in the north of Africa’s most populous country, where school kidnappings are becoming endemic. “The Zamfara StateContinue reading “Gunmen abduct 317 schoolgirls in northwest Nigeria as security collapses”

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