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At least 23 killed in central Nigeria communal clashes: police LAGOS: At least 23 villagers have died in clashes between two mainly fishing and farming communities in central Nigeria's Benue state, police said Sunday."Some 23 corpses have been recovered following the fighting between Ologba and Egba communities in Agatu local government area of the state," state police spokesman Austin Ezeani told AFP.He said several villagers were also injured, adding that the latest clashes in the region centred on a dispute over fishing rights in the area."The two neighbours were fighting over ownership of a fish pond. The violence broke out on Friday and continued until Saturday with many people also injured," he said.Ezeani said the Egba people were also accusing the Ologba villagers of aiding Fulani herdsmen to attack them last month, killing 82 villagers."The Egba people believed the Fulani herdsmen could not have entered their community without passing through Ologba. So they believed the Ologba villagers must have aided ...

Brazil executive says he paid $36.1 million to Petrobras: media WASHINGTON: A top construction company executive has told investigators he paid $36.1 million in bribes to executives at state oil giant Petrobras, which is being rocked by Brazil's biggest ever corruption scandal, local media reported Saturday.Eduardo Leite, vice president at the construction firm Camargo Correa, told prosecutors the bribes stretched from 2007-2012. He is cooperating with authorities in exchange for a potential future reduction of his sentence, G1 news portal reported.The construction firm is allegedly ...
Thousands of farmers rally against Modi in Indian capital NEW DELHI: India's beleaguered opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday led thousands of angry farmers in a protest in the capital against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial overhaul of laws on land-buying.Congress leader Gandhi accused Modi of being beholden to big business at the expense of struggling farmers during the protest in New Delhi against the government's contentious land bill."The Modi government wants to weaken farmers to such an extent that they are rendered helpless ...
Weedkiller likely cause of Nigeria 'mystery disease': WHO GENEVA: Pesticide poisoning was the likely cause of the mysterious deaths of at least 18 people in a southwestern Nigerian town earlier this week, the World Health Organization said Sunday.The "current hypothesis is cause of the event is herbicides", WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in a Tweet."Tests done so far are negative for viral and bacterial infection," he added. The victims began showing symptoms early last week in what Ondo state spokesman Kayode Akinmade called ...
Car bomb near US consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan: witnesses ARBIL: A car bomb exploded Friday near the US consulate in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, but it was not immediately clear whether there were casualties, witnesses said.The explosion at around 5:40 pm (1440 GMT) was heard across Arbil, the Kurdish regional capital to which the mostly Christian town of Ainkawa is contiguous, and sent a large plume of black smoke into the sky.Local television showed a burning vehicle near the entrance of the US consulate.The ...
Hollande to meet Putin in Armenia on April 24: president's office PARIS: French President Francois Hollande will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24, a source in his office said on Friday.The two leaders are attending a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and will discuss the Ukraine crisis, the source said. The meeting comes in the wake of France's decision to suspend the delivery of two Mistral warships to Russia.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

 



 
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