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Two Western Hostages Killed During Attempted Rescue in Nigeria

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- A Briton and an Italian man, who were kidnapped by militants in Nigeria last year, were killed in a rescue attempt on Thursday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan confirmed the deaths in a rescue operation conducted by forces from both countries. The two leaders say the decision was made to rescue Christopher McManus, 28, and Franco Lamolinara, 47, because they believed the men were in imminent danger, reports BBC News. Italian authorities say they were unaware of the military action that left one of their citizens dead.

The men were working as engineers on a building project for the Central Bank in Birnin Kebbi, a city in northern Nigeria, when they were kidnapped in May by Boko Haram militants. Boko Haram has been responsible for several bombings in the country, with the worst one occurring on Christmas Day at multiple locations, resulting in dozens dead. The Islamic group, whose name means "Western education is a sin," are said to have killed McManus and Lamolinara during the rescue attempt.

The captors were reportedly caught after a heavy gun battle.

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Former Biafra Leader Ojukwu Buried in Nigeria

ABC News Radio(NNEWI, Nigeria) -- Thousands of mourners including politicians attended the funeral of the former leader of the Republic of Biafra in Nigeria.

Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, 78, died in the United Kingdom last year after a long illness. The leader declared independence in 1967, of the oil rich southeastern region inhabited by the Igbo people, in an attempt to secede from the rest of the country.

After three years of civil war and blockades which crippled Biafra resulting in at least a million dead, Biafrans surrendered. Ojukwu went into exile for a decade before returning after receiving a full pardon.

Among the attendees at Ojukwu’s funeral were Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, Nobel Poet laureate Wole Soyinka and Ghana’s former President Jerry Rawlings as well as local politicians, reports BBC News.

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Oil Union Threatens to Stop Production in Nigeria

STR/AFP/Getty Images(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- Nigeria's largest oil union met with President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday to discuss resolving the removal of the fuel subsidy which has sparked protests nationwide and in the Diaspora.
On Jan. 1 Nigeria ended a fuel subsidy, doubling gas prices from about $1.70 a gallon to $3.50 a gallon causing a ripple effect in a nation where an average citizen survives on less than $2 a day.
The Nigeria Labor Congress had threatened to stop oil production on Sunday if the government did not reinstate the fuel subsidy.
Protests, dubbed Occupy Nigeria, drew hundreds of thousands in the most populous nation. Solidarity protests have been held in London, Washington D.C., Ghana and Atlanta. In New York, a protest was held in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street, where protestors marched to the Nigeria Consulate.
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Occupy Nigeria Protesters Rail Against Removal of Fuel Subsidy

STR/AFP/Getty Images(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- As protests spread across the country, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan faces his biggest test since he came to power in 2010.

On Jan. 1 the government ended its fuel subsidy, more than doubling gas prices from $1.70 per gallon to more than $3.50 per gallon. The domino effect of the increase in fuel has caused anger amongst citizens of the country.

A movement dubbed "Occupy Nigeria" began last week in several cities and resulted in the death of a 23-year-old protester who was shot by police. On Monday three more protesters died after being shot by security forces in Lagos.

The "Occupy Nigeria" protests spread to the Diaspora, including London, where former presidential hopeful and journalist Dele Momodu made a surprise appearance. On Monday protesters marched to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and on Tuesday, a protest was held in New York City at the Nigerian consulate, while in Atlanta a protest is planned for Wednesday at the Nigerian consulate.

President Jonathan is scheduled to speak live on Tuesday on the deregulation of the petroleum industry.

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20 Killed in Nigerian Sectarian Violence

ABC News(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- Nearly 20 people were killed in new attacks from Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria.

BBC News reports that the attack occurred at a townhall in Mubi in Adamawa state where Christian members of the Igbo group were meeting on Friday. Boko Haram is also believed to have killed six people during a church service in Gombe on Thursday.

The Islamist group have escalated attacks around the country over the past few months with the most deadly being the coordinated Christmas Day attacks on churches across the country resulting in the death of over 40 people and injuring dozens.

Following the Christmas day bombings, the radical sect warned Christians living in the northern part of Nigeria and considered mainly Muslim areas, to leave and return to the south. The group also called Muslims living in the south to return to the north.

The attacks come a week after President Goodluck Jonathan issued a state of emergency in Yobe and Borno states as well as other states where Boko Haram is believed to be operating from.

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