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Nigeria's Buhari vows to keep pressing for release of kidnapped girls BERLIN: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said his government would continue working to free the remaining girls kidnapped by the militants group Boko Haram in 2014 after the group on Thursday released 21 girls on Thursday. "About 100 more (girls) are still in the hands of the terrorists," Buhari told reporters in Berlin after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We hope we'll get some intelligence to go about securing the balance." Buhari dismissed criticism voiced by his wife, Aisha Buhari, in a BBC interview published on Friday, saying that he had "superior knowledge" about running the government. The wife had said she might not back her husband in the next election unless he shakes up his government. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Egypt's Sisi says Saudi oil stoppage not related to differences on Syria CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday that a suspension of Saudi petroleum aid to Egypt was not related to his country's vote on Syria at the UN Security Council and the motives for the stoppage were unclear. "Some observers imagine that the stoppage of petroleum cargoes from Saudi Arabia was a response to this but this is not true because the oil cargoes come as part of a commercial agreement signed in ...

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South African finance minister to be prosecuted for fraud JOHANNESBURG: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will be prosecuted for fraud, officials said Tuesday, in a move that sent the rand tumbling over concerns about political rivalry and the country's fragile economy.Gordhan, an internationally-respected technocrat, was appointed only last year to calm panicked investors after President Jacob Zuma sacked two finance ministers within four days.Since then, Gordhan has regularly clashed with Zuma loyalists after vowing to battle poor governance and graft in a government ...

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South Africa's Zuma asks court to block anti-graft report JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma has asked a court to stop the release of results of an anti-corruption investigation into alleged political interference by his wealthy friends, the presidency said on Thursday. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was due on Friday to release her preliminary findings in a probe into the Guptas, an Indian-born family accused of using their close ties with Zuma to influence cabinet appointments."I can confirm that the president has applied for ...

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South Sudan weekend road ambush leaves 21 dead: police NAIROBI: A road ambush blamed on South Sudanese rebels left 21 people dead over the weekend in a fiercely contested region in the south of the country, a police spokesman said Monday.Their lorry, travelling from the capital Juba to the city of Yei on Saturday, "fell into ambush and it was burnt down with some families. We lost something like 21 people," said spokesman Dominant Kawcgwok. He said most of the dead were women and ...