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Polling stations re-open in Nigeria after voting extension LAGOS: Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria's general election returned to the polls on Sunday, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.The country's electoral commission said some 300 of the 150,000 polling stations would be open from 0700 GMT to accredit voters after handheld devices to read biometric identity cards failed.Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) called the situation a "huge national embarrassment" after President Goodluck Jonathan was affected by the malfunction as he tried to register on Saturday.The ruling party said repeatedly throughout the campaign that the technology should not be used as it was untested and there were questions about officials' ability to use it.The main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) backed the new system as a way of curbing widespread vote-rigging that has hit previous elections.With the election closely fought, both parties looked set to keep ...

UN chief will discuss Yemen crisis with Arab leaders SHARM EL-SHEIKH: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told al-Arabiya television on Friday he would discuss the crisis in Yemen with Arab leaders attending a March 28-29 summit in Egypt. "I will discuss the Yemen crisis with Arab leaders in Sharm El-Sheikh including (Saudi Arabia's) King Salman," he said through an Arabic translator.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Egypt says air force, Navy join in Yemen intervention CAIRO: Egypt's air force and Navy are participating in a Saudi-led intervention against Shia Huthi rebels in Yemen, the presidency said in a statement on Thursday.The government had previously said it would be prepared to commit ground troops as well if required.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Chad's UN envoy says Boko Haram 'more dangerous' than IS UNITED NATIONS: Chad's UN envoy on Wednesday voiced frustration over Security Council inaction on endorsing a regional force fighting Boko Haram, arguing that the Nigerian extremists are "more dangerous" than Islamic State fighters.Ambassador Mahamat Cherif told reporters that a draft resolution circulated last week to the 15-member council had hit a wall over a key provision invoking chapter 7 of the UN charter."I think Boko Haram is more dangerous than ISIS," said Cherif, using the ...
S&P cuts Nigeria to B+ on weak oil, cites political risk ABUJA: Credit agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Nigeria's rating to B+ from BB- on Friday, saying the decline in oil prices in the past seven months had significantly affected the country's finances. Setting a stable outlook on the new rating, it also said political risk was a significant factor while the country's non-oil sector would support economic growth. Nigeria holds a presidential election on March 28 when Goodluck Jonathan will seek another term. He faces ...
DR Congo groups seek stronger UN presence ahead of polls KINSHASA: Nearly 180 civil society and rights groups have urged strengthened powers for the UN mission in DR Congo to ensure peaceful elections due in November and help end unrest in the country's volatile east. The appeal by the 179 groups came just ahead of the expiry of the UN mission's mandate at the end of the month, and in the wake of political unrest over fears President Joseph Kabila could seek to stay on ...
Egypt to end on-arrival visas for lone travellers: officials CAIRO: Egypt will stop issuing on-arrival visas to tourists travelling alone, officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at bolstering border security but prompting fears that tourism revenues could be harmed.Groups travelling with tour operators will be exempted from the measure, which goes into effect on May 15, but others will have to apply at consulates abroad, tourism and foreign ministry officials said.The country is trying to woo back tourists after almost four years of ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJanuary
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln