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No action from Shell, Nigeria on oil pollution report: Amnesty LAGOS: Nigeria and Shell have done almost nothing to ease oil pollution in the Ogoniland area of the Niger Delta, three years after a landmark UN report called for a $1 billion dollar clean-up, Amnesty International said Monday.Environmental devastation in Ogoniland has for many come to symbolise the tragedy of Nigeria's vast oil wealth.Decades of crude production filled the pockets of powerful government officials and generated huge profits for oil majors like Shell, while corruption and spills left the people with nothing but land too polluted for farming or fishing.Exactly three years ago, a United Nations Environment Programme report said the area may require the world's biggest-ever clean-up and called on the oil industry and Nigerian government to contribute $1 billion."Three years on and the government and Shell have done little more than set up processes that look like action but are just fig leaves for business as usual," said ...

Libya exodus gathers pace as Tripoli clashes kill 22 TRIPOLI: The exodus of foreigners from Libya gathered pace on Sunday as the government said at least 22 people were killed in clashes in Tripoli and warned of a "worsening humanitarian situation".Thousands of Egyptians seeking to flee the strife-torn North African country were being airlifted home after being allowed into neighbouring Tunisia, many after a wait of several days at a border crossing.And a British navy ship was evacuating Britons from Tripoli, the defence ministry ...
US Ebola patient 'seems to be improving': CDC chief WASHINGTON: A US doctor infected with the Ebola virus "seems to be improving," a top US health official said Sunday after the aid worker was flown back to the United States from Africa for treatment.Kent Brantly, one of two American aid workers infected with the deadly virus in West Africa, is being treated in an isolation unit at Emory University hospital in Atlanta. "It's encouraging that he seems to be improving. That's really important, and ...
Nigerian president replaces state oil firm's leadership ABUJA: Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has replaced the top four executives at Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, his office said on Saturday, intervening in one of the country's most powerful institutions and the source of 80 percent of government revenues.Joseph Thlama Dawha replaces Andrew Yakubu as NNPC group managing director. Reuben Abati, a spokesman for Goodluck Jonathan's office, declined to give further details.A senior presidency source, who declined to be named, said it was because Jonathan ...
Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance FREETOWN: A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment centre and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, a health official said. Health officials say fear and mistrust of health workers in Sierra Leone, where many have more faith in traditional medicine, are hindering efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 450 ...
Five dead in north Nigeria NIGERIA: Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday cancelled celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after two bomb attacks blamed on the Boko Haram.At least five people were killed and eight were injured in a bomb attack on a church police said.The attack came shortly after the end of mass at the Saint Charles Catholic church, police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP."We suspect an IED (improvised explosive device) that ...
Egypt army says 14 militants killed in Sinai CAIRO: Egyptian troops have killed 14 militants in shoot-outs in the restive Sinai Peninsula, scene of an insurgency since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, the army said Sunday.It said 47 people were arrested in the clashes on Saturday that state news agency MENA said broke out near Sheikh Zuwaid in north Sinai.Also on Saturday, four children were killed when a mortar round crashed into their home in El-Joura, a suspected bastion of militants.Officials said ...


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