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Nigeria starts oil production outside of Niger delta LAGOS: A Nigerian firm has said it has started oil production from an offshore field in the commercial city of Lagos, the first output outside the country's oil hub in the Niger delta. "Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Co. Ltd (YFP) is pleased to announce that it has commenced production of crude oil from its Aje field located in block OML 113 offshore Lagos," it said late Tuesday. YFP did not disclose the volume of current output from the field but said the company has capacity to produce 40,000 barrels per day. "Oil produced from the Aje field will be stored on the Front Puffin which has production capacity of 40,000 barrels of oil per day and storage capacity of 750,000 barrels," it added in a statement. Production began after more than 25 years of exploratory, appraisal and developmental activities in the field, making Lagos -- Nigeria's commercial capital -- an oil-producing ...

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COAS orders probe into MQM’s Aftab Husain death KARACHI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the death of a political activist in custody of the paramilitary force Rangers, the first known inquiry since 2013 when Rangers launched a major crime crackdown in Karachi.The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), has accused the Rangers of having carried out dozens of extra-judicial killings of party members since 2013, something the Rangers deny.Aftab Husain, a prominent activist and aide to Farooq Sattar, MQM ...

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Trump 'presumptive' White House nominee as Cruz crashes out WASHINGTON: Donald Trump seized the mantle of Republican standard-bearer for the 2016 presidential election late Tuesday, sending his only serious challenger Ted Cruz crashing out of the White House race.After charging to victory in Indiana, the unorthodox, anti-establishment candidate embraced the role of de facto nominee and trained his sights on the Democrat most likely to face him in the battle for the White House."We're going after Hillary Clinton," the billionaire real estate mogul told ...

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Indian parliament rejects tycoon's resignation NEW DELHI: India's upper house of parliament has rejected Vijay Mallya's resignation of his seat, saying a letter the embattled tycoon sent from Britain did not conform to "procedures" or carry an original signature.The 60-year-old multimillionaire left India for Britain in March owing more than $1 billion in unpaid loans, and is under investigation by a parliamentary ethics committee.India's government has revoked his passport and asked Britain to deport him, but Mallya told the Financial ...

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Kerry warns Assad as truce talks shift to Berlin BERLIN: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria's Bashar al-Assad of "repercussions" if his regime flouts a new truce being negotiated, as talks to halt the violence shifted to Berlin Wednesday.Russia has said a new ceasefire to halt fighting in Aleppo could be imminent, with Syria's divided northern city hit by a wave of violence that has killed more than 270 people since April 22. With the UN Security Council to hold urgent talks ...