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New visa rules set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities

After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw’s brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave Myanmar to join him in Massachusetts and work at his restaurant.

Nigerian police raid frees scores of beaten, starved boys

Beaten. Starved. Sexually assaulted. Chained. For the second time in a month, police in northern Nigeria have raided a building where hundreds of boys were held in dehumanizing conditions, officials said Tuesday.

Nigeria earns 4th World Cup win, 2-0 over South Korea

Asisat Oshoala became the second Nigerian player to score in two different Women’s World Cup tournaments with a late goal in a 2-0 victory over South Korea. Chidinma Okeke chipped the ball past the South Korean defense in the 75th minute and Oshoala chased it down, slipped past Hwang Bo-ram and drew the keeper off her line before sliding it into an open goal from a tight angle.

Norway opens World Cup with 3-0 win over Nigeria

Guro Reiten and Lisa Marie Utland scored, and Norway opened the Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Nigeria. The 1995 winners played without Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner who stepped down from the national team because of what she says are differences in the way the federation treats the men’s and women’s teams.

Boko Haram kills at least 60 in Nigeria attack: Amnesty

Boko Haram has killed at least 60 people in a “devastating” attack on the northeastern Nigeria border town of Rann, Amnesty International said Friday, calling it one of the deadliest assaults by the extremist group in its nearly decade-long insurgency.

Extremists seize Nigerian town and key military base

Extremists have seized a Nigerian town and a key base for a multinational force fighting Boko Haram insurgents, raising their flag and sending many people fleeing, residents and military sources said Friday.

Breanna Stewart leads USA past Nigeria

Breanna Stewart scored 19 points and the United States rallied to beat pesky Nigeria 71-40 in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball World Cup on Friday.

Angela Merkel wraps up Africa visit in Nigeria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday was wrapping up a three-day Africa visit in Nigeria with a meeting between the leaders of Europe’s and Africa’s largest economies focusing on migration.

Nigeria complains about video review call against Argentina

After going out of the World Cup, Nigeria complained about not being awarded a second penalty in a 2-1 defeat to Argentina on Tuesday. There were about 15 minutes of a tense game remaining, and Nigeria was enjoying a strong spell of pressure at St. Petersburg Stadium, when the latest video review talking point of the tournament came.

Lionel Messi, Argentina get going, beat Nigeria 2-1 at World Cup

Lionel Messi finally scored a goal at this year’s World Cup and Argentina staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria. The exquisite strike from the Argentina great sparked the first of several celebrations from an animated Diego Maradona. Marcos Rojo scored the late winner to set up a match against France in the round of 16.

Nigeria: ‘Deeply unfortunate killings’ as 86 reported dead

Nigeria’s presidency late Sunday announced a “deeply unfortunate killings across a number of communities” in central Plateau State as one report cited police as saying 86 people were dead in clashes between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers.

Ahmed Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two of second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia. Nigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. Nigeria will advance to the round of 16 if it wins. But Argentina can still advance if it wins and the other match between Croatia and Iceland goes its way.