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Nigeria’s ex-oil minister Alison-Madueke arrested in London

Reuters—Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday, a source from Nigeria’s presidency circle and another with links to her family said. Alison-Madueke was minister from 2010 until May 2015 under former president Goodluck Jonathan, who was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari at the polls in March. Buhari took office in May promising to root out corruption in Africa’s most populous country, where few benefit from the OPEC member’s enormous energy resources. ADVERTISING A police spokesman in London said he had no record of such an arrest….

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Liberia Decleared Ebola Free For Second Time

Reuters—Liberia was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for a second time on Thursday and entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance aimed at preventing a future re-emergence of the disease, the World Health Organization said. Over 11,000 people have died in West Africa since the worst Ebola epidemic on record began over 18 months ago. Liberia has been the country hardest hit with over 4,800 deaths, though it has also had the most success in bringing the outbreak under control. “WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission…

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2 soldiers killed in attack on military posts near Liberia border

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – State media in Ivory Coast says two soldiers have been killed in a raid on military posts in the southwest of the country. The Ivorian Press Agency said the attack began early Saturday morning in the town of Grabo, near the border with Liberia. The soldiers were killed in the village of Dahioke, 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside the town. One assailant was also killed. Western Ivory Coast was hit hard during Ivory Coast’s 2010-11 postelection violence, which erupted after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to…

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Kenya coffee earnings jump 17 Percent

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s earnings from exports of its coffee rose 17 percent to $254.2 million during the 2013/14(Oct-Sept) crop season due to improved production and higher prices, the industry regulator said on Thursday. The east African nation is a relatively small coffee grower compared with other producers, but its speciality beans are known for their quality, attracting demand from roasters. Kenya’s Coffee Directorate said farmers benefited from subsidised fertiliser from the government during the period, helping them to raise production by a quarter to 49,475 metric tonnes. Kenyan growers…

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Gambian coup attempt foiled say officials

(Reuters) – Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh said he was returning home from Chad late on Tuesday, after gunfire erupted around the presidential palace in the Gambian capital of Banjul last night. The government denied reports of an attempted coup, but a diplomat said unknown gunmen had attacked Gambia’s State House. Although shooting had died down, a senior West African diplomat told Reuters gunmen controlled parts of the capital on Tuesday afternoon. Jammeh was abroad, either in France or Dubai, when the violence broke out. Callers on opposition online radio stations…

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Liberia sees surge in new Ebola cases in border county

MONROVIA – An outbreak of Ebola cases in a western Liberia county threatens the country’s goal of recording no new cases of the disease by the end of the year. From Dec. 1 to 25, some 49 cases of Ebola were reported in Grand Cape Mount County. This included 27 confirmed cases, nine probable and 13 suspected, said Tolbert Nyensuwah, assistant minister for preventive services and the head of Liberia’s Ebola response. The government had set a Dec 31 target for recording no new Ebola infections. The Grand Cape Mount…

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Nigerian Elections: Buhari Picks Christian Lawyer As Running Mate

W O R L D/nigeria Reuters—Nigeria’s main opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari has picked southern Christian lawyer Yemi Osinbajo to be his running mate in elections set for February 2015, the party leader said on Wednesday. Choosing a Christian from the south to run for the number two job alongside a Muslim northern presidential candidate fits a pattern in Nigerian elections of trying to balance ethnic and religious sentiments to maximise voter appeal. President Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Christian who will seek re-election in the polls, picked his current vice president…

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