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Explosions, gunfire in Nigeria's Damaturu city: residents KANO: Explosions and gunfire rocked the north Nigerian city of Damaturu on Monday, in a suspected Boko Haram attack that targeted police, residents told AFP.The sound of blasts and heavy weapons being fired woke locals in the Gujba Road area of the Yobe state capital at about 4:45 am (0345 GMT), said Umar Sada, who lives in the area."We have left our homes. We are now in the bush. We don't know what's going to happen," said local man Umar Sada, who said a police barracks had been destroyed.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Leftist Vazquez wins Uruguay presidential runoff MONTEVIDEO: Uruguay's ex-president Tabare Vazquez won a new term in a runoff election Sunday, extending the left's decade in power, though not necessarily his predecessor Jose Mujica's groundbreaking marijuana law.Vazquez, a 74-year-old cancer doctor who previously served as president from 2005 to 2010, had won 55.5 percent of the vote with almost 72 percent of the ballots counted.His center-right opponent, 41-year-old lawmaker Luis Lacalle Pou, conceded defeat after three exit polls showed him losing by ...
Uruguay starts voting in presidential election, leftist favorite to win MONTEVIDEO: Uruguayans began voting on Sunday for a new president, with former leader Tabare Vazquez looking set to win comfortably, securing the ruling leftist coalition a third consecutive term and allowing it to roll out its pioneering marijuana law.Opinion polls give Vazquez, 74, who was president from 2005 to 2010, a 14 percentage point lead over Luis Lacalle Pou, 41, of the center-right National Party.A Vazquez win would see him replace his ally, Jose Mujica, ...
Hage Geingob: Namibia's president in waiting WINDHOEK: Namibia's Hage Geingob must be the envy of democratic politicians around the world.Before a single vote was cast in Friday's general election, the 73-year-old veteran prime minister could be almost certain of becoming the next president of his country.A member of the SWAPO party, which has governed Namibia since independence in 1990, Geingob strolled confidently over the chewing gum-stained floor of a community hall in Windhoek's Katutura township early Friday to cast his ballot.Wearing ...
South African disease lab on frontline of Ebola fight JOHANNESBURG: South African professor Janusz Paweska hesitates for a moment as he describes his work trip to the heart of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone."Obviously we had to touch the tubes," he says. "I wonder if I should tell you but I opened them with my hands -- I opened 1,400 tubes of blood with my hands."He used gloves, of course, three pairs of them. But when handling a disease that has so far ...
Burkina will ask Morocco to extradite former president OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso will ask Morocco to extradite ousted leader Blaise Compaore, interim prime minister Isaac Zida told reporters on Thursday after the new government's first meeting. "We will ask Morocco... to place president Compaore at the disposal of Burkinabe justice," Zida said during a meeting with journalists in Burkina's capital, Ouagadougou.Compaore fled Burkina Faso on October 31 after being ousted in a popular revolt sparked by his bid to extend his 27-year hold on ...
Gunmen kill 3 Egyptian police in Sinai CAIRO: Gunmen shot dead on Wednesday three Egyptian policemen in the Sinai Peninsula, where militants regularly launch attacks on security forces, the interior ministry said.The three policemen, including a colonel, were travelling in a pick-up truck in North Sinai's provincial capital El-Arish when assailants in a car shot at them and fled, the ministry said in a statement.The attack came several days after two policemen were killed in a roadside bombing at the entrance to ...


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ICT 2014

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