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Blasts at Nigeria bus park kill at least 20 KANO: A series of blasts targeting buses full of passengers in Nigeria's second city of Kano killed at least 20 people on Monday, but the toll was expected to rise, a rescue official and a security source told AFP.Initial reports indicated that two suicide bombers rammed a car packed with explosives into a bus at the New Road station in Sabon Gari, a predominantly Christian neighbourhood in the majority Muslim city. Several explosions were heard following the initial blast, sparking panic as bloodied bystanders including some with serious injuries fled the scene as soldiers arrived to cordon off the area. Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north, has been repeatedly targeted by Islamist group Boko Haram, blamed for killing hundreds in the region since 2009. "I saw three buses on fire. One of them was fully loaded with passengers waiting to leave the station at the time of ...

Wanted DR Congo rebel surrenders to US embassy in Kigali KIGALI: Democratic Republic of Congo rebel Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court for a string of alleged atrocities, has surrendered to the US embassy in Kigali, US and Rwandan officials said Monday.Ntaganda asked to be sent to the ICC, the world's permanent independent war crimes court, said US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland."I can confirm that Bosco Ntaganda... walked into the US embassy in Kigali this morning. He specifically asked to be transferred ...
IMF talks didn CAIRO: Talks between the Egyptian government and an International Monetary Fund official did not produce agreement on anything specific, but paved the way for the arrival of an IMF technical team soon, government spokesman Alaa El-Hadidi said on Monday. Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil met visiting IMF official Masood Ahmed on Sunday. Egypt is seeking a $4.8 billion IMF loan to ease an economic crisis rooted in more than two years of political turmoil. Copyright ...
Nigeria to take action to slash local debt this year: minister LAGOS: Nigeria will take action this year to slash its domestic debt from around 6.35 trillion naira ($39.8 billion) because the cost of servicing debt is high due to double-digit interest rates, the finance minister of state said on Monday.Addressing delegates at a conference on the business environment in Lagos, Minister of State for Finance Yerima Lawan Ngama said it cost 699 billion naira to service the debt last year. Interest rates are high at ...
Zimbabwe moves toward elections NORTON: Zimbabweans look set to endorse a new constitution curbing the presidency, early results showed on Sunday, in a step toward elections to determine whether Robert Mugabe adds to three decades in power. While the vote on the constitution, which will limit the number of times a president can serve, was largely free from violence, police raided an office of Mugabe arch-rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and arrested five people. Early results posted outside polling ...
South Sudan pulls troops from border with Sudan JAU: South Sudan began pulling its army out of a buffer zone with its old civil war foe Sudan on Sunday and thousands of troops streamed out of this border garrison town.The creation of a demilitarised buffer zone is seen as a crucial first step in resuming landlocked South Sudan's oil exports through Sudan, which Juba shut off in January last year during a row with Khartoum over fees.On Thursday, South Sudan's petroleum minister said ...
Somali court frees reporter jailed for interviewing rape victim MOGADISHU: A Somali judge on Sunday freed a journalist who was jailed last month for interviewing an alleged gang-rape victim in a case that sparked international condemnation over how Somali authorities treat victims of sexual violence and press freedom. Human rights groups said the February trial of gang rape victim Luul Ali Osman and freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur was politically motivated, aimed at covering up rampant sexual abuse of women by the security forces. Abdinur ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
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Reserves $16.818 bln