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Blast rocks pipeline feeding Forcados terminal in Nigeria's Delta LAGOS: A blast rocked a pipeline operated by Nigeria's state-run oil company that feeds the Forcados terminal in the restive southern Niger Delta energy hub, a community leader and security source said on Tuesday. They said the attack happened while repairs were taking place on the pipeline at Batan, near the southern city of Warri, after it was attacked last week. A spokesman for Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) had no immediate comment. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Climate change making extreme weather events worse: UN MARRAKESH: Climate change has made deadly heatwaves and hurricanes, along with droughts and flooding, both more frequent and more intense in recent years, according to a UN report released Tuesday.More than 50 percent of major extreme weather events from 2011 to 2015 showed the telltale fingerprint of human-induced global warming, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on the sidelines of United Nations climate talks in Marrakesh.The last half-decade was the warmest five-year stretch on record, ...

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At least 25 soldiers dead in Somalia fighting MOGADISHU: At least 25 soldiers died in weekend fighting between rival Puntland and Galmudug regional forces in the divided Somali town of Galkayo, military officials on both sides said Monday."We have lost 12 men and there are more than 10 wounded," said Puntland commander Jumale Jama Takar, while his Galmudug counterpart Abdirahman Qoje said: "We have lost 13 soldiers and nearly 20 others wounded."The commanders blamed each other for starting the fight.The disputed town, about ...

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Sudan arrests more opposition activists over fuel prices KHARTOUM: Sudanese security agents have arrested several opposition politicians over the past two days to prevent any likely protests against Khartoum's decision to hike fuel prices, their parties said Sunday.Sudan's all-powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested on Friday the deputy chief of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party, Khaled Omar, from his home in Khartoum.Omar was arrested after he delivered a speech criticising the hike in prices of petrol and diesel by about 30 ...

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Nicaragua vote set to cement Ortega rule, despite autocracy fears MANAGUA: Former Marxist guerrilla leader Daniel Ortega is expected to easily clinch a third consecutive term as president of Nicaragua on Sunday, buoyed by steady economic growth that has trumped fears he is trying to install autocratic family rule. Ortega and his running mate, his wife Rosario Murillo, have nearly 70 percent support, according to a recent poll, tapping into strong voter approval for a drop in poverty in one of the poorest countries in ...

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Boko Haram razes village near Chibok, kill 2 soldiers: locals KANO: Boko Haram jihadists killed two soldiers and razed a village adjoining the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the group kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls two years ago, residents said Sunday.The Nigerian army meanwhile said it had retaken some villages from the Islamist group in the Lake Chad region in operations on Friday and Saturday and "rescued" 85 people, including women and children. It also claimed nearly 40 Islamists were killed in other operations.A ...

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IS claims killing of Tunisian soldier TUNIS: The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for the killing of a Tunisian soldier at his home in a central region that is a major hideout for militant groups."A Tunisian soldier was assassinated in his home yesterday at the hands of Islamic State fighters in Mount Mghilla," the IS-affiliated Amaq news agency said.Public television reported late Saturday that a soldier had been killed at his home by unidentified attackers.Citing defence ministry spokesman Belhassen ...