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US growing concern over currency swaps between Africa, China

The U.S. is concerned that increased currency swap agreements between China and African nations will reduce visibility into financial transactions and will make it harder to prevent money laundering, a senior U.S. sanctions official said. Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for terrorist financing, told a congressional hearing that while there was greater Read more

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Intelligence Unit predicts Buhari will lose 2019 presidential poll – Report

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research unit of The Economist Magazine, has predicted that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the upcoming 2019 presidential election. It predicted slowdown in economic activities in Nigeria as politics takes centre stage. The London-based magazine, which also anticipated Read more

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UK calls for ‘immediate’ release of Reuters reporters in Myanmar

Britain called for the “immediate” release of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar on Monday, saying the verdict had “undermined freedom of the media”. “We are extremely disappointed with this verdict and sentencing and we call for the journalists to be released immediately,” said a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May. Wa Lone, 32, and Read more

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Tariff threat against US ‘justified’ – China

China’s foreign minister said Saturday that his country’s threat to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of American goods in an escalating trade spat was “fully justified”. Beijing threatened Friday to bring in the levies on products ranging from beef to condoms after US President Donald Trump’s administration upped the ante in its plans for Read more

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Trump hails start of dismantling North Korean missile site

US President Donald Trump welcomed Tuesday reports that North Korea has started dismantling facilities at its main satellite launch station, which is seen as a testing ground for intercontinental ballistic missiles. New satellite imagery shows “that North Korea has begun the process of dismantling a key missile site, and we appreciate that,” Trump said during Read more

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Secret papers show Trump aide suspected of ‘conspiring’ with Russia

The FBI believed that a former campaign advisor to Donald Trump was “collaborating” with Russia as it worked to influence the 2016 presidential election, top secret documents released to US news organizations have revealed. The US president hit back Sunday, portraying the wiretapping of his ex-aide as part of a partisan and “illegal” conspiracy because Read more

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Another Nigerian killed in South Africa unfortunate – Dabiri-Erewa

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa is worried over the killing of another Nigerian in South Africa, describing it as unfortunate. The Nigeria Mission in South Africa had on Sunday confirmed the killing of Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence, by an unknown gunman in the country. The Nigeria Consulate-General Read more