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The Embraer passenger plane crashed just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal this morning

Richard Dowden: Ordinary Nigerians might do better without a government at all

No one would deny that the absence of the President has caused problems for Nigeria. It provoked a constitutional crisis. Under what circumstances should the Vice-President take over? Who should decide: the Attorney General, the courts or Parliament? Should he be an acting or a permanent President? Would he need a Vice-President?

Nigerian president returns from Saudi hospital

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua arrived back in Abuja on today after three months in a Saudi Arabian hospital, renewing uncertainty over the leadership of Africa's most populous nation.

Sick leader 'loses power' in Nigeria

Nigeria's parliament recognised Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as acting head of state yesterday, more than two months after its ailing President, Umaru Yar'Adua, was admitted to hospital in Saudi Arabia with a heart condition.

Nigerian ministers back absent President

Nigeria's cabinet rallied around ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua yesterday, passing a unanimous resolution that he remains capable of holding office despite a two-month absence for medical treatment.

Vice-President of Nigeria in charge

A Nigerian federal court has ruled that Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan can perform the executive duties of President Umaru Yar'Adua, who is in hospital in Saudi Arabia, without a formal transfer of power.

'I'm not dead', says Nigerian President

Nigerians fear power crisis with their leader stuck in hospital in Saudi Arabia

Al-Qa'ida trains 20 more plane bombers

Other young Muslim men like Abdulmutallab are prepared in Yemen for terror attacks

The plane took off – and then they realised who was in seat 19A

New details reveal the moment US analysts finally managed to 'join the dots'

Airports face mounting pressure to introduce hi-tech scanners

The ease with which Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was able to smuggle an incendiary device through security checks in two separate countries has increased pressure on airport operators to introduce scanners to detect what lies under a person's clothing.

Bomber warns: there are more like me in Yemen

Al-Qa'ida claims responsibility as inquest into airport security begins

Nigerian in aircraft attack linked to London mosque

Probe into bomber's contact with UK radical groups and visits to East London mosque / Suspect had attempted to obtain British visa in time for potential Christmas attack

Erinle: Unlike Shane I'm not going out to razzle-dazzle

Whatever the Nigerian-born centre Ayoola Erinle brings to the England midfield on his first Test start this weekend, it is unlikely to be a kicking game that will leave some of the world's more rounded No 12s – Berrick Barnes of Australia, Luke McAlister of New Zealand, Felipe Contepomi of Argentina – wondering where they went wrong. "What makes you think Ayoola will have to kick the ball?" asked Martin Johnson when asked about the newcomer's lack of an educated right foot. Erinle's fellow centre, Dan Hipkiss, put it another way. "I've kicked twice in my Premiership career," he said with a smile, "so I guess that makes me the one with the boot."

Gani Fawehinmi: Lawyer and activist who fought for human rights in Nigeria

Gani Fawehinmi who has died aged 71, was one of the most famous figures in Nigeria. Fondly referred to as "the people's lawyer" and "Senior Advocate of the Masses", he used his legal training and resources in fighting for justice for the Nigerian people.

Militants declare 60-day Niger Delta ceasefire

Nigeria's main militant group has declared a 60-day ceasefire in its offensive against the country's oil industry to provide a chance for peace talks with the government.

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