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    Opposition candidate wins DR Congo election — first time since independence

Opposition candidate wins DR Congo election — first time since independence

Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDSP), has been announced winner of the presidential election in Democratic Republic of Congo.In the provisional results released by the country’s electoral commission, Tshisekedi defeated Martin Fayulu, his rival who had since rejected the outcome— describing it as having “nothing to do with the truth of the ballot box".If [...]

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    Jim Kim joins Bayo Ogunlesi’s GIP as vice chairman — after resignation from World Bank

Jim Kim joins Bayo Ogunlesi’s GIP as vice chairman — after resignation from World Bank

Jim Yong Kim, outgoing president of the World Bank, will join Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a New York-based private investment fund, as a partner and vice chairman, Reuters reports.GIP, which is led by Nigeria's Bayo Ogunlesi as managing partner, manages over $48 billion in assets for various investors across the world.The new appointment was announced just a day after Kim [...]

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    Gabon rebel leader arrested, two soldiers killed after failed coup attempt

Gabon rebel leader arrested, two soldiers killed after failed coup attempt

The leader of a rebel military group which staged a foiled coup in Gabon has been arrested and two of his commandos killed.In a statement, the country's presidency said the situation is under control as the coup attempt has been thwarted.Earlier on Monday morning, a group of rebel soldiers led by one Kelly Obiang had seized the state-owned radio station in Libreville, capital of [...]

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    Gabon soldiers seize radio station in ‘coup attempt’

Gabon soldiers seize radio station in ‘coup attempt’

The military seized the state-owned radio station in Libreville, capital of Gabon on Monday morning.Shortly after taking over the station, a soldier identified as Kelly Obiang announced the creation of a “National Restoration Council”.Obiang read a speech, condemning President Ali Bongo’s new year speech.]RFI radio reported that the military had arrived at the office of the broadcaster at about 4am [...]

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    We’ll attend to visa applicants, says US embassy

We’ll attend to visa applicants, says US embassy

The US embassy in Nigeria says its offices in Abuja and Lagos are open for all consular business, including visa interviews. The embassy said this in a tweet on Tuesday."U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos remain open for for all consular business, including visa interviews. Please attend your regularly scheduled interview," the tweet read.U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos [...]

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    Thousands to miss visa appointments as US embassy halts operations in Lagos, Abuja

Thousands to miss visa appointments as US embassy halts operations in Lagos, Abuja

The US embassy in Nigeria has announced a closure of its Lagos and Abuja offices due to the ongoing government shutdown in its country.The closure will affect thousands seeking to apply for, or renew their visas, as their appointments would have to be rescheduled.In a post on its official Facebook page, the embassy said the both offices would re-open once [...]

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    EXTRA: Indian lawyer slaps judge over unfavourable judgement

EXTRA: Indian lawyer slaps judge over unfavourable judgement

Dinesh Parate, an Indian lawyer, surprisingly slapped a judge who delivered a judgement he was not comfortable with.The incident happened at a Bombay high court judge on Wednesday.After the assault on KR Deshpande, the judge, in the court premises, Parate attempted to run away but was apprehended by the police.The judge said Parate waylaid him outside a lift on the [...]

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    Four stowaways ‘from Nigeria’ arrested in UK after ‘hijacking’ cargo ship

Four stowaways ‘from Nigeria’ arrested in UK after ‘hijacking’ cargo ship

Four stowaways reportedly from Nigeria have been arrested in the UK after special forces stormed a cargo ship off the country’s coast.The stowaways were said to have threatened staff on board and hijacked the vessel.The 71,000-tonne Italian vessel, Grande Tema, left Lagos on December 10.Essex police said the vessel was taken to the Port of Tilbury and the four men [...]

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    Minister: Smugglers taking advantage of ECOWAS protocol to bring rice into Nigeria

Minister: Smugglers taking advantage of ECOWAS protocol to bring rice into Nigeria

Heineken Lokpobiri, minister of state for agriculture, says because of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol, neighbouring countries are being used to smuggle rice into Nigeria.In a statement on Friday, George Oji, media aide of the minister, quoted Lokpobiri as saying the development is frustrating the federal government's efforts to stop the importation of rice.The minister raised [...]

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    S’African court orders Grace Mugabe’s arrest for assaulting model

S’African court orders Grace Mugabe’s arrest for assaulting model

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has issued an arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe's former first lady.AfriForum, a minority rights group announced the development at a press conference that held on Wednesday in Centurion."We can report that the warrant of arrest has been issued for Grace Mugabe," Times Lives quoted Kallie Kriel, AfriForum CEO, to have said."It seems that [...]

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