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Africa:Condemnations for Trump's 'Shithole' Remark on Africa

[Premium Times] The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, sparred on Saturday with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, over which African leader's conduct informed a series of disparaging comments that U.S. President Donald Trump has hurled on black countries. (AllAfrica)

Mali:Islamic State Affiliate Claims Attack

[RFI] An affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) armed group has claimed responsibility for attacks in the Sahel region, including one that injured three French soldiers in Mali on Thursday and an attack in October that killed four US soldiers and three from Niger. (AllAfrica)

Africa:'Shithole Countries' - Africans Outraged, Say Trump's Remark Xenophobic, Outrageous, Racist

[Vanguard] Africans have reacted angrily after US President Donald Trump reportedly referred to their nations as "shithole countries", with many accusing the US president of racism and ignorance. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Local Government Autonomy in Nigeria

[Daily Trust] Local governments are essentially created to deliver services at the grassroots and bring governance closer to the people. This division of power simplifies the activities of government and serves as a viable incentive for good governance and development. It has also been observed that the local government system serves as the most effective avenue for delivering basic goods and services to local communities. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Power-Shy Legislature Cripples Nigeria's Democracy

[Daily Trust] A widely acknowledged fact about the present administration is the spate of widespread resentment by a widening cross-section of Nigerians over much of its actions, inactions and even avoidable patent missteps, in the context of which it is on the chopping block, for excoriation. To add pain to the injury the President scheduled an appearance at the Umuahia (Abia State) mega rally on Tuesday January 9th 2018, of his ailing party - the All Progressives Congress (APC), even at the expense of a more auspiciou (AllAfrica)

Africa:Africa's Generational War

[Democracy Works] In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta finally secured a second term on Nov. 28 after two flawed elections, outbreaks of violence, and a series of court battles. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Donald Trump Should Apologize for Remarks - African States

[Deutsche Welle] African UN ambassadors and the African Union have called for "a retraction and an apology" from Donald Trump after the US president reportedly described them as "s***hole" countries. Trump has denied using the phrase. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Nigerians in Diaspora Comdemn Trump's 'Vulgar, Insensitive, Racist Language '

[Vanguard] The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas (NIDOA) has expressed outrage at what it called "the vulgar, insensitive and racist language" about Africans and other immigrants allegedly made by U.S. President Donald Trump. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Nigeria - Mixed Reactions to Maiduguri Curfew

[Deutsche Welle] The governor of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state has tightened a curfew and stepped up security checks in a bid to clamp down on terror group Boko Haram. Some welcome the measures, others say they erode freedoms. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Security Operatives Impound Davido's Luggage At Mmia

[This Day] About 17 check-in luggage of the popular Nigerian music artist, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, have been impounded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, by security operatives. (AllAfrica)

Togo:Govt Bans Opposition Demonstrations in Three Cities Over 'Security Concerns'

[MFWA] In a continuing show of force against opposition demonstrators and citizens, authorities in Togo have announced a ban on political rallies in three cities in the north of the country - Sokodé, Bafilo and Mango. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Over 12,000 Cameroonians Taking Refuge in Nigeria - UN

[Daily Trust] The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said at least, 12,100 displaced Cameroonians are taking refuge in Nigeria. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Olamide, Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Win Big At 2017 Sound City MVP Awards

[Premium Times] The 2017 Edition of Soundcity MVP Awards which held at the Eko Convention Center, Victoria Island, Lagos, ended on Saturday morning. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:EFCC Director, Olowonihi, Sues Magu, Commission Over Suspension, Demotion

[This Day] A Director and Former Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Academy, Mr. Ayo Peter Olowonihi, has dragged the commission before the National Industrial Court in Abuja for wrongful suspension and demotion. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Dutch Arms Dealer Case Postponed in Wait of Extradition Documentation

[News24Wire] The Cape Town Magistrate's Court has granted a postponement in the case involving a Dutch arms dealer convicted of crimes against humanity and for selling firearms to former Liberian president Charles Taylor. (AllAfrica)

Liberia:House Adjourns, Shelving Ellen's Last-Minute Bills

[Observer] The House of Representatives has finally adjourned the 53rd Legislature and leaves behind the much-unfinished business, including all the listed bills of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, which she described as "draft bills of vital importance to the economy and revenue generation." (AllAfrica)

Liberia:VP-Elect Taylor Cries in Ghanaian Church

[New Republic] Vice President-elect, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, braved the tense atmosphere occasioned by the victory of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), and held back tears even when her boss wept before thousands of hands-waving crowd at the party's headquarters on the first day NEC announced results of the December 26 polls. But in Ghana, in an Accra-based Church, she did not hold back her tears before hundreds of unassuming congregants. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Nigerian Shiite Leader, El-Zakzaky, Not Dead - Lawyer

[Premium Times] The detained leader of a Nigerian Shiites group, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, is alive but seriously ill, his lawyer has said. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Forbes Names Dangote Richest Man in Africa for 7 Consecutive Years

[Leadership] For the seventh year in a row, president and chief executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote was adjudged as the richest man in the continent of Africa with a net worth that Forbes pegged at $12.2 billion. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Fuel Scarcity Persists Amid High Prices Across Nigeria

[Premium Times] Barely a week after the fuel scarcity across Nigeria subsided in major cities, long queues of motorists have resurfaced at filling stations in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Nigerian Herdsmen Crisis - What's At Stake?

[Vanguard] Violence between Fulani herdsmen and farmers is one of Nigeria's most persistent security problems and has left thousands of people dead in recent decades. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Govt Gives Reason for Proposing Cattle Colonies

[Premium Times] The federal government has explained the reason for its planned establishment of cattle colonies, saying it is a measure to quickly curb the incessant bloody clashes between farmers and herdsmen. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Ex-Governors, Others Want Killer Herdsmen Declared 'Terrorists'

[Premium Times] Delegates to a rare conference of South-east, Sout-west, South-south and North-central political leaders have demanded that the Federal Government declare the Miyetti Allah cattle breeders group, and Fulani herdsmen as terrorist groups. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Oil Price Hits U.S.$70 Per Barrel, Raises Hope for 2018 Budget

[Vanguard] The price of crude oil has risen from $68 to $70 per barrel in the international market as a result of rising demand, thus raising hope for the implementation of the nation's N8.6 trillion 2018 budget. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Ajimobi Appoints Chancellor of State-Owned Technical University

[Premium Times] The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has approved the appointment of an oil magnate and philanthropist, Tunde Afolabi, as the pioneer chancellor of the state-owned Technical University, Ibadan. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Stop Playing God With Our Father's Assets, Kudirat's Son Tells Kola, Deji

[This Day] Crisis is brewing in the house of late Moshood Abiola, with one of his sons, Abdul Mumuni Abiola, calling on his brothers, Kola, Deji and Agboola to come clean on the properties of their late father and "stop playing god." (AllAfrica)

Liberia:32 Players for Aminata Tennis Open 2018

[Observer] At least 32 players are expected to participate in a three-day lawn tennis knockout tournament, dubbed the Aminata Tennis Open 2018, beginning today -- Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 14. (AllAfrica)

Liberia:Ellen Dealt Big Blow

[New Republic] What appears as a big blow has been dealt President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's push for the passage of several bills before leaving office in few days' time. (AllAfrica)

Liberia:Inauguration May Turn Sour

[New Republic] Liberia's historic inauguration ceremony for new government could turn sour if threats coming from the Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia worth believability. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:How Onlookers Took Pictures As Family of 7 Battled for Life in Auto Crash

[Vanguard] Mr. Lawrence Ughamadu, a pastor, narrated, on his Facebook page, an engaging experience he had with people heading to church and victims of a ghastly car accident on Sunday, January 7. He started his story by stating that many Nigerians are like killer-herdsmen. (AllAfrica)

Liberia:President-Elect Weah On His Plans

[Deutsche Welle] Former football star George Weah will be Liberia's new president. He spoke with DW during the campaign about his plans for the country, as well as the controversy surrounding the choice of his running mate. (AllAfrica)