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Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigeria opposition presidential primary LAGOS: Nigeria's main opposition party on Thursday chose former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari to challenge Goodluck Jonathan in next year's presidential elections.The 71-year-old beat four other candidates to win the nomination for the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a party convention in the financial capital, Lagos."Congratulations General Buhari. The delegates have spoken, you fully deserve the victory," his most prominent challenger, former vice-president Atiku Abubakar, said on Twitter.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Sierra Leone diamond zone hit by largely hidden Ebola outbreak FREETOWN: Health officials in Sierra Leone fear a major Ebola outbreak may have gone largely unreported until now in a remote district where the World Health Organization (WHO) said scores of bodies piled up in a hospital.The WHO said on Wednesday that it had sent a response team to the diamond-rich Kono district following a worrying spike in reported Ebola cases in the district, which lies along the country's eastern border with Guinea. "They uncovered ...
Mugabe's vice president, ministers fired in Zimbabwe purge HARARE: Zimbabwe's vice president, once seen as Robert Mugabe's heir apparent, has been fired along with eight cabinet allies, the government said Tuesday as the veteran leader purged his foes.As the elderly head of state sought to quell infighting over his successor, the chief secretary to the cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, said in a terse statement that Joice Mujuru had been fired.Also sacked were her allies in the ministries of energy, public service, and half a ...
Egypt's Sisi to visit China CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is to travel to China for the first time since he won a May election, in the wake of European and US tours, his office said Tuesday.Sisi has made several overseas trips as president, aiming to rebuild Egypt's damaged international standing after he toppled his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi last year.The former army chief, who has overseen a deadly crackdown targeting Morsi's supporters, will be in China on December ...
Egypt court sentences seven jihadists to death in Sinai case CAIRO: An Egyptian court has sentenced to death seven men, including prominent Islamist militant Adel Habara, over the killing of 25 policemen last year in an attack near the border with Israel, judicial sources said on Saturday.The attack took place in August 2013 following the government's violent clearing of two protest camps in Cairo, where supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had gathered to demand his reinstatement.The court sentenced 25 others on related charges ...
Toll from twin bomb attack in Somalia rises to 15 MOGADISHU: The toll from a twin bomb attack in the central Somali town of Baidoa has risen to 15, police said on Saturday, as the president decried what he called a desperate strike."The number of people who were confirmed dead are fifteen," said Somali police official Osmail Mohamed.Friday's blast was the latest in a string of attacks and saw a suicide bomber detonate his explosives among a crowd of people drinking at a busy teashop ...
UN urges int'l support for recovery of Ebola-affected countries ISLAMABAD: Senior UN officials warned Friday that economies of the Ebola-hit countries have experienced significant setbacks, and called for enhanced and coordinated international support for the recovery efforts."The international response to date has been unprecedented in its speed and generosity, but much more will be asked before this emergency is over," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a special meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on " Ebola: A threat to sustainable development" Xinhua ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln