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UPDATE 3-Soccer-Two penalties see lacklustre Norway seal last 16 spot

(Adds quotes) (.) By John Irish REIMS, France, June 17 (Reuters) – Norway booked a ticket to the last 16 at the women’s World Cup after an uninspiring 2-1 victory against a battling South Korea side thanks to a penalty in each half from Caroline Graham Hansen and Isabell Herlovsen. Norway, the 1995 champions, join […]

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UPDATE 2-Soccer-Two penalties see lacklustre Norway seal last 16 spot

(Adds quotes) (.) By John Irish REIMS, France, June 17 (Reuters) – Norway booked a ticket to the last 16 at the women’s World Cup after an uninspiring 2-1 victory against a battling South Korea side thanks to a penalty in each half from Caroline Graham Hansen and Isabell Herlovsen. Norway, the 1995 champions, join […]

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UPDATE 2-Soccer-France maintain perfect record with Renard’s VAR penalty

(Adds detail, quotes) RENNES, France, June 17 (Reuters) – Already-qualified hosts France preserved their perfect record to top Group A at the women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win against 10-woman Nigeria thanks to Wendie Renard’s 79th minute penalty awarded after a VAR review on Monday. Renard’s first attempt hit the outside of the post […]

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Soccer-Norway sweat after playmaker Hansen suffers ankle injury

REIMS, France, June 17 (Reuters) – Norway playmaker Caroline Graham Hansen said on Monday she was confident of being fit for their last 16 match on Saturday after sustaining an ankle injury in a 2-1 win over South Korea. Hansen appeared in discomfort after a late challenge by Kang Chaerim when she won a penalty […]

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Soccer-Penalties see lacklustre Norway beat Korea to seal last 16 spot

REIMS, France, June 17 (Reuters) – Two penalties were enough to book Norway’s ticket to the last 16 at the women’s World Cup after an uninspiring 2-1 win against a feisty South Korea team that restored some pride after losing their first two games. Barcelona-bound Caroline Graham Hansen slotted home a penalty in the fourth […]

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Soccer-France maintain perfect record with Renard penalty

RENNES, France, June 17 (Reuters) – Already-qualified France preserved their perfect record to top Group A at the women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win against 10-woman Nigeria thanks to Wendie Renard’s 79th minute penalty on Monday. Renard’s first attempt hit the outside of the post but the kick had to be retaken because Chiamaka […]

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UPDATE 1-Soccer-France maintain perfect record with Renard’s VAR penalty

(Adds detail, quotes) RENNES, France, June 17 (Reuters) – Already-qualified hosts France preserved their perfect record to top Group A at the women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win against 10-woman Nigeria thanks to Wendie Renard’s 79th minute penalty awarded after a VAR review on Monday. Renard’s first attempt hit the outside of the post […]

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UPDATE 3-Triple suicide attack kills at least 30 in northeast Nigeria

* At least 42 others wounded in Sunday attack * Islamist militants targeted people watching soccer * Over 30,000 dead from Islamist insurgency since 2009 (Adds presidency, Amnesty International comments) MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, June 17 (Reuters) – At least 30 people were killed in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno, state emergency […]

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W. Africa Crude-Angolan programme appears, some Nigerian sellers bullish

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) – Angolan crude exports are scheduled to be slightly higher in August, a loading programme issued on Monday showed, while some sellers of Nigerian crude offered cargoes at higher levels. ANGOLA * The August programme includes 45 cargoes, one more than originally planned in July, a source said. The schedule from […]

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Sahel must tackle child marriage for peace, says population expert

DAKAR, June 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – West Africa’s Sahel region must reduce rates of child marriage to end spiralling ethnic and jihadist conflict, the regional head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Monday. Marrying girls off as teenagers leads to them having more children, and explosive population growth is one of […]

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Nigerian consumer inflation edges up to 11.4% in May –stats office

LAGOS, June 17 (Reuters) – Annual inflation in Nigeria stood at 11.4% in May, compared with 11.37% in April, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday. A separate food price index showed inflation at 13.79% in May, compared with 13.70% the previous month. (Reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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UPDATE 2-Triple suicide attack kills at least 30 in northeast Nigeria

(Adds quotes from emergency service official, more background) MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, June 17 (Reuters) – At least 30 people have been killed in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno, state emergency officials said on Monday, in the biggest mass killing this year by suicide bombers. No group has yet claimed responsibility for […]

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