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UPDATE 1-Islamic State cites 69 casualties from Nigerian army and African troops

(Adds details) By Hesham Hajali CAIRO, April 18 (Reuters) – Islamic State (IS) has recorded 69 casualties from the Nigerian Army and troops from an African anti-militant force in attacks over the past week, the Jihadist group said in its weekly paper on Thursday. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which split from Nigeria-based Boko […]

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Islamic State claims its first Congo attack

GOMA, Congo, April 18 (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed its first attack in Congo on Thursday, and declared it the “Central Africa Province” of the “Caliphate,” after two Congolese soldiers and a civilian were killed in a shootout. The three died in clashes on Tuesday in Bovata, near the town of Beni, a source at […]

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Pope’s Good Friday service focuses on sex trafficked girls

LONDON, April 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The suffering of children sold for their organs and young African girls prostituted on Rome’s streets will dominate Pope Francis’ Good Friday service, led by an Italian nun who has devoted her life to helping sex trafficking victims. Sister Eugenia Bonetti has won multiple awards for her work […]

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Islamic State says records 69 casualties from Nigerian army and African troops over past week

CAIRO, April 18 (Reuters) – Islamic State (IS) has recorded 69 casualties from the Nigerian Army and troops from an African anti-militant force in attacks over the past week, the Jihadist group said in a weekly paper on Thursday. In its newspaper Al-Nabaa, it said the attacks took place in the northeastern Nigerian state of […]

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Fighters for women, LGBT+ rights, climate make most-influential lists

NEW YORK, April 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Feminists, fighters for LGBT+ rights and foes of climate change took the public spotlight on Thursday, named to annual lists honoring leadership and influence compiled by U.S. publications Time and Fortune. Named to both lists were Sweden’s Greta Thunberg, a climate change student activist who inspired global […]

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Nigeria’s Buhari signs minimum wage bill into law -special assistant

ABUJA, April 18 (Reuters) – President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law a bill to increase Nigeria’s minimum wage with immediate effect, a special assistant said on Thursday. The change means the minimum monthly wage will rise to 30,000 naira ($98) from 18,000 now, said Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the president on the […]

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UPDATE 1-Nigeria’s Buhari signs law to increase minimum wage – aide

(Adds details, quote) By Felix Onuah ABUJA, April 18 (Reuters) – President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law a bill to increase Nigeria’s minimum wage with immediate effect, an aide said on Thursday. The change means the minimum monthly wage will rise to 30,000 naira ($98) from 18,000 now, said aide Ita Enang, a senior […]

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W. Africa Crude-Scarcer Angolan cargoes sell fast, Nigeria selling prices lower

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – Angolan crude was already selling rapidly and at sky-high prices after the preliminary loading programme for June showed the lowest volumes in over a decade. Meanwhile new Nigerian official selling prices showed markdowns from relatively high levels the month before which buyers were loath to meet. ANGOLA * Angolan crude […]

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UPDATE 1-Nigerian chief justice sacked for false asset declaration

(Add quotes, details) By Camillus Eboh ABUJA, April 18 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s most senior judge was sacked on Thursday by a tribunal that convicted him of falsely declaring his assets. Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari in January, weeks before a presidential election, in a move that triggered accusations of interference […]

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Nigerian tribunal rules suspended chief justice guilty of violating asset declaration rules

ABUJA, April 18 (Reuters) – The suspended chief justice of Nigeria violated the country’s asset declaration rules, a tribunal ruled on Thursday. Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, the country’s top judge, was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari in January. The action led to accusations that the head of state was meddling with the judiciary. The Code […]

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Nigeria unlikely to change forex policy, information minister says

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s current policy of multiple exchange rates for its currency, the naira, is working well, and the central bank is unlikely to change it anytime soon, the government’s information minister said. Nigeria has maintained multiple exchange rates since currency controls were introduced in 2015 to counter the impact of falling […]

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UPDATE 1-Nigeria has no intention of cutting fuel subsidy at this time -fin min

(Adds details, changes slug) ABUJA, April 17 (Reuters) – Nigeria has no intention of removing subsidies on petroleum products, its finance minister said on Wednesday after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) advised the country to eliminate them to protect public finances. Africa’s top oil producer and biggest economy heavily subsidises gasoline and relies on imports […]

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