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45 percent of Nigerian graduates unemployed: survey LAGOS: Nigeria needs to ramp up training and job creation schemes for university graduates, a leading recruitment agency said on Monday, after a survey indicated nearly half of those with a higher education qualification were unemployed. A total of 41,032 (45.72 percent) of the 89,755 people who responded to the survey on jobberman.com said they were unemployed graduates, the Lagos-based firm said in an emailed statement. The results demonstrated the "need for urgent actions on both public and private sector operators", calling the number of unemployed graduates "cause for worry", it added. "Using this survey as a representative sample for the entire employment age population, it is clear that more work needs to be done to put more people in jobs." It added: "In addition, as employers continue to complain about a dearth of skills among graduates, a massive skill acquisition programme should be put in place for graduates and ...

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Nearly 10,000 displaced by clashes in Sudan's Darfur: UN KHARTOUM: Clashes between Sudanese forces and rebels in conflict-hit Darfur have forced some 10,000 people to flee their homes, the UN-African Union mission in the region (UNAMID) said on Monday.The fighting flared last week around Jebel Marra, a mountainous area straddling South, Central and North Darfur states seen as a stronghold of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdelwahid Nur (SLA-AW)."Some 8,403 affected civilians, mostly women and children, have taken refuge" in the vicinity ...

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UN council weighs next steps on Burundi crisis ADDIS ABABA: UN Security Council ambassadors on Saturday turned to the African Union to map out the next steps to end violence in Burundi after President Pierre Nkurunziza rejected talks and peacekeepers. The 15 council envoys arrived in Addis Ababa a day after meeting Nkurunziza at his residence outside Bujumbura to urge him to agree to mediated talks and an African force.But Nkurunziza was unmoved by their appeals. "He's in total denial about the dangers," ...

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe back home after heart attack rumours HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home late on Friday after a month-long holiday in the Far East, just over a week after the presidency dismissed rumours that Africa's oldest president had suffered a heart attack and collapsed. Mugabe, who turns 92 on Feb. 21, is the only leader that the Southern African nation has ever known, and his health is being closely watched in and outside his ruling party, ZANU-PF. The party is deeply ...

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South Sudan government formation delayed as rebels reject new states NAIROBI: Warring rivals in South Sudan missed a key deadline on Saturday to forge a unity government, with rebels rejecting President Salva Kiir's creation of new regional states as fighting continues.The rivals were supposed to form a government by January 22, but rebels say Kiir's nearly tripling of the number of regional states in December undermines a fundamental pillar of an August power-sharing deal to end two years of civil war.Rebel spokesman Mabior Garang criticised ...

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Gunmen kill 17 in Somalia beach restaurant attack MOGADISHU: At least 17 people were killed when gunmen struck a popular beachside restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu late on Thursday, Somali police said.Al Shabaab, a militant group aligned with al Qaeda, said its members set off two car bombs at the Beach View Cafe on Mogadishu's popular Lido beach, engaging in a gun battle for hours with government troops trying to flush them out."The operation ended at 3 a.m. last night and ...

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Blast at Somali capital restaurant, heavy gunfire: police MOGADISHU: A car bomb exploded at a popular seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Thursday, with intense gunfire following the blast, police said."There was a car bomb explosion at a restaurant at the Lido beach, there is shooting and gunfire," police officer Ahmed Bidan said. The Lido beach area in Mogadishu is busy with restaurants, including upmarket establishments popular with business people and diaspora Somalis who have returned home to the city.There was no immediate ...