West Africa

DAKAR, Senegal - An international aid agency says 400 children have died from lead poisoning in northwestern Nigeria and contamination has spread to two more villages.

UNITED NATIONS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday pledged to boost aid to the world's poorest by 20 percent over the next three years and issued a plea for other developed nations to join him in meeting U.N.

LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's electoral commission asked Sunday to delay the upcoming presidential election in Africa's most populous nation by several months, warning that the January poll date wouldn't give workers enough time to conduct a new voter registration drive.

UNITED NATIONS - At the dawn of the new millennium, world leaders pledged to tackle poverty, disease, ignorance and inequality - and went beyond generalities to commit themselves to specific goals.

ABUJA, Nigeria - President Goodluck Jonathan announced Wednesday on Facebook that he will run in the oil-rich nation's January election, ending months of speculation over his plans after he assumed power following the death of Nigeria's elected leader.
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