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Nigeria's new ministers brainstorm roles after Buhari shake-up ABUJA: Speaking from a cramped and makeshift office, a top Nigerian civil servant says his minister, Udoma Udo Udoma, has spent much of the fortnight since his appointment in meetings trying to work out his team's remit. Udoma's new Ministry of Budget and National Planning reduces the power of the finance ministry - previously responsible for allocating spending - and, the civil servant says, will "help ministries to synergise". That is no small task. Since President Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29, and in the months of campaigning beforehand, projects - including roads and other infrastructure initiatives - and foreign aid have been put on hold in the absence of a cabinet. Critics say that the power vacuum has exacerbated an economic crisis caused by plunging oil prices. And even though the former military ruler swore in his cabinet on Nov. 11, work may not get under way until ...

Algeria sees energy earnings, reserves dropping sharply in 2016 ALGIERS: Algeria's energy earnings are forecast to fall to $26.4 billion next year while foreign exchange reserves will dip to $121 billion after low oil prices cut into the OPEC nation's economy, Finance Minister Abderrahmane Benkhalfa said on Sunday. The North African state, a major gas supplier to Europe, has already said energy earnings will fall by 50 percent this year to about $34 billion. Oil and gas sales make up 95 percent of its ...
Egyptians vote in second round of parliament elections dogged CAIRO: Egyptians voted on Sunday in the second phase of elections that are meant to restore parliament after a more than three-year gap but which critics say have been undermined by widespread repression. The elections have been hailed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a milestone on the army's roadmap to democracy but voter turnout has been low, with only a quarter of the electorate casting ballots in the first phase on Oct. 18-19. Sisi ...
Obama condemns 'appalling' Mali militant attack KUALA LUMPUR: US President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned what he called the "appalling" militant hostage seige in Mali that left at least 27 people dead, including an American citizen."This barbarity only stiffens our resolve to meet this challenge," he said during a visit to Malaysia, referring to the global threat of extremist violence.Gun-toting militants took more than 100 people hostage for around nine hours at a top hotel in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday.The ...
Mali in mourning after at least 27 killed in hotel attack BAMAKO: Mali on Saturday began three days of national mourning and declared a state of emergency after a nine-hour siege by militant gunmen at a top hotel in the capital left at least 27 people dead.The assault, claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliate the Al-Murabitoun group led by notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, ended after Malian and international troops stormed the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.The attack came as fears are mounting about terrorist threats ...
One new confirmed case in previously Ebola-free Liberia: WHO GENEVA: The World Health Organization on Wednesday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September."There is one confirmed case," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP, without providing further details.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Guinea president sacks minister, officials over violence CONAKRY: Guinean President Alpha Conde on Thursday sacked his interior minister and two other government officials for "gross misconduct," for their handling of deadly violence that broke out at a religious gathering last weekend.Interior Minister Mahmoud Cisse, Secretary of State for Religious Affairs El Hajd Abdoulaye Diassy and his deputy Aboubacar Fofana were dismissed, according to orders from Conakry, which gave no further explanation and did not name any replacements.A source in the presidency told ...


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