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Nigeria orders witness secrecy in trial of separatist ABUJA: A Nigerian court on Tuesday ordered that the identities of witnesses in the high-profile treason trial of a separatist leader be kept secret over fears they could be targeted. Nnamdi Kanu heads the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) group which spearheads the Igbo people of southeast Nigeria's claim for a separate "Biafra state". He is in the dock alongside three other men and they face various allegations including terrorism charges.Despite having been granted bail, Kanu has been in state custody since his arrest in October 2015.Federal High Court Justice Binta Nyako ruled that the names of security operatives serving as prosecution witnesses should be "classified". Speaking in the capital Abuja, the judge said the court would separate protected witnesses from the main court using screens as well as providing special entrances for their use.The prosecution argued that they would be at risk if their identities became known. "I won't ...

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IMF approves $659mn for Ivory Coast in two credits ABIDJAN: The International Monetary Fund's executive board approved two three-year credits for Ivory Coast worth a total of $659 million, it said in a statement on Tuesday. The board's decision allows for the immediate disbursement of about $94.1 million. The rest will be staggered over the duration of the West African nation's IMF programme. "(Ivory Coast's) economy has made an impressive turnaround since 2012 and its outlook remains favourable," IMF Deputy Managing Director Mitsuhiro Furusawa ...

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Nigerian President says Gambia's Jammeh was receptive to mediators BANJUL: Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday that Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh had been very receptive to a delegation of West African leaders who were expected to urge the long-ruling leader to step aside following a poll defeat. Asked if Jammeh had been receptive, he told reporters shortly after the meeting: "Yes, very much so." Earlier on Tuesday, Gambia's security forces entered the building of the Independent Electoral Commission, instructed its chairman to leave and ...

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Nigeria church roof collapse leaves over 50 dead LAGOS: More than 50 people died when a church roof collapsed on worshippers in southeastern Nigeria on Saturday but fears mounted of a significantly higher toll as rescue operations continued Sunday."We have recorded over 50 deaths from the incident," a nurse at the Ibom Specialist Hospital who asked not to be identified told AFP by telephone.Rescue workers were combing the rubble for survivors on Sunday after the president said the accident caused "many deaths and ...

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At least 20 dead in blast at Cairo church: ministry CAIRO: An explosion in a Cairo church on Sunday near the headquarters of the Coptic pope killed at least 20 people, the health ministry said.The blast ripped through the church around 10:00 am (0800 GMT), Egyptian security officials said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...

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Somalia suicide truck bombing kills more than 20 MOGADISHU: More than 20 people were killed Sunday in a suicide truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said, in a fresh strike claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group."The tally we have made so far indicates that more than 20 people, most of them civilians, were killed in the blast," said Ibrahim Mohamed, a Somali police commander.He said the toll might rise further as the injured and dead had been taken to different hospitals ...

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Over 30 dead as Kenya petrol tanker crashes, explodes: officials NAIROBI: More than 30 people died when a petrol tanker crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha in Kenya late on Saturday night, officials said."Over 30 people confirmed dead, many injured and over 11 vehicles burnt at a road traffic accident along Nairobi-Naivasha," Pius Masai of Kenya's National Disaster Management Unit said in a statement early Sunday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...