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U.S. ‘Underwear bomber’ trial to open in Detroit

A young Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a packed airliner bound for the United States on Christmas Day 2009 was due in court Tuesday to stand trial for one of Al-Qaeda’s biggest plots. Jurors will be chosen this week before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, popularly known as the “underwear bomber,” contests…

‘Underwear bomber’ trial to open in Detroit

DETROIT, Michigan — A young Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a packed airliner bound for the United States on Christmas Day 2009 returns to court Monday to stand trial for one of Al-Qaeda’s biggest plots. Jurors are to be selected this week before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, popularly known…

Nigerian jailed for Facebook insult of governor

KANO, Nigeria – Nigerian police detained a man for 10 days after he insulted a state governor on Facebook, traumatising him to such a degree that he has been hospitalised, his father said on Thursday. Mukhtar Ibrahim Aminu, 24, posted a message on his own Facebook page on January 9…

Halliburton reportedly agrees to pay Nigeria $250 million to drop bribery charges against Cheney, firm

The massive industrial conglomerate Halliburton has reportedly offered to pay $250 million to settle charges against its former chief executive, ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, in a multi-million dollar bribery case. Nigeria filed charges against Cheney last week in an investigation of alleged bribery estimated at $180 million. Prosecutors named both…

Arlington, Texas couple get years in prison for enslaving Nigerian, mother of six

A US federal judge sentenced a Texas couple Friday for forcing a widowed Nigerian mother of six to serve in domestic servitude, holding her as a slave for over eight years. Prosecutors said the victim was recruited in Nigeria and lured to the United States with promises she would receive…

Nigerian militants attack Shell oil pipeline

LAGOS — Nigerian militants calling themselves the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) said Sunday they had attacked a major Shell oil pipeline in the volatile Niger Delta, in a statement obtained by AFP. The group said the overnight attack “successfully disabled the trunk line belonging to Shell in the swamp of…

Alleged Christmas day bomber pleads not guilty

Hobbled by leg irons, a young Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a US plane on Christmas Day pleaded not guilty during his first court appearance amid heightened security. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, spoke softly from the dock Friday to confirm his name, how it was spelled and his…

Stephen Colbert: TSA should give all young Muslims involuntary colonoscopy

In a desultory rant Tuesday night, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert jabbed conservatives who are promoting racial profiling and more radical techniques after the failed Christmas bomb plot against a commercial jetliner. “Every time a young Muslim man arrives at the airport, the TSA should respectfully take him aside and give…

Nigerian man attempted to blow up US airliner

Updated: Police raid premises connected to alleged bomber The FBI probed Saturday an attempt to blow up a US airliner landing in Detroit as British police raided premises linked to the Nigerian suspect and airport security was stepped up worldwide. Questions mounted over how the suspect, identified in the US…

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