Lack of regulations likely to increase crimes linked to virtual currencies

These include terrorism financing, money laundering and trade in illicit goods and services.

Research carried out in eight member countries indicates that legitimate use of virtual currencies is widespread across a spectrum of different industries ranging from selling handbags in Nigeria to providing plumbing services in New Zealand. But findings also demonstrate an absence of legal and regulatory frameworks is increasing the threat of criminal exploitation.

Rescuers pull 2 bodies from lagoon in Nigerian chopper crash

Marine police and fishermen calling for body bags raced to a dock on Thursday. A rescue official confirmed they are carrying two bodies but spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to give information to journalists.

Four bodies were recovered on Wednesday after the crash of a U.S.-made Sikorsky S-76C+ belonging to the Houston, Texas-based Bristow Group.

Bomb at Nigerian market kills 24, extremists attack Cameroon

These are the latest in a string of bombings and village raids that have killed hundreds in recent weeks as officials promise the deployment of a regional army to halt the Nigerian-born Islamic uprising that has killed some 20,000 in six years and spilled across the West African nation's borders.

In Cameroon, troops repelled an attack on Ashigashia, killing 10 and forcing the insurgents to retreat, said military spokesman Col. Jaco Kodji. Two soldiers were wounded but no civilians were reported injured, he said.

Cameroon forces kill 10 Boko Haram fighters, arrest several


Col. Jacob Kodji said Tuesday that hundreds of fighters entered the border town of Ashigashia in Cameroon early Tuesday, shooting into the air. He said the insurgents retreated when reinforcements arrived to back the Cameroonian soldiers.

Col. Kodji said two soldiers were seriously wounded and 10 attackers were killed. He said some arrests were made. He said no civilian casualties were reported.

Attackers from Nigeria kill 9, kidnap dozens from Cameroon

Heavily armed attackers came from Nigeria into the villages of Tchakarmari and Kangaleri early in the morning on trucks, said Tchakarmari village chief Kadzamare Amin.

"They burned at least 15 houses and slaughtered six men and three women whose corpses we are still to bury," he told The Associated Press from the area that is less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Nigeria's Borno State, where Islamic extremist group Boko Haram regularly stages attacks. He said that he saw dozens being taken.

VIDEO: US ready to give training to combat Boko Haram

Republican Darrell Issa said Nigeria's military is not outgunned by Boko Haram, it needs training, not arms, to defeat the insurgents blamed for the deaths of thousands in three countries.

Issa spoke at a news conference after his four-person, bipartisan delegation met with President Muhammadu Buhari and military service chiefs.

The news conference was also attended by members of the campaign 'Bring Back Our Girls'.

New Nigerian general to head multinational Boko Haram fight

Thursday's appointment comes as the West African nation's new president promised deeper collaboration with neighboring states in the fight against Islamic extremism.

President Muhammadu Buhari headed home Thursday after two days of talks in Yaounde, Cameroon, focused on Boko Haram.

Its attacks have spread across Nigeria's borders and forced tens of thousands of refugees to flee to neighboring states.

Boko Haram offers to swap kidnapped girls for detainees

A human rights activist confirmed the development to the Associated Press.

The activist said Boko Haram's current offer is limited to the girls from the school in northeastern Nigeria whose mass abduction in April 2014 ignited worldwide outrage and a campaign to "Bring Back Our Girls" that stretched to the White House.

Day of extremist violence across Nigeria kills more than 60

Militants from Boko Haram were blamed for the bombings Sunday night at a crowded mosque and a posh Muslim restaurant in the central city of Jos; a suicide bombing earlier at an evangelical Christian church in the northeastern city of Potiskum, and attacks in several northeastern villages where dozens of churches and about 300 homes were torched.

Suicide bomber explodes at northeast Nigeria church, 5 dead

It is the latest bombing in a string of attacks blamed on Islamic extremist group Boko Haram that's killed some 200 people in the past week.

Nearly 100 men and boys praying in mosques were gunned down on Wednesday, and a local official said Sunday that 21 more bodies have been recovered from burnt-out houses since then.

On Friday, the military said six women suicide bombers caused explosions that killed scores of people including a soldier at Zabamari Muna village outside Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria and the birthplace of Boko Haram.