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EU, Iran agree on new payment system to skirt US sanctions

Five world powers and Iran agree to set up legal entity to circumvent US sanctions after Trump pullout from 2015 deal. In a major snub to the United States, the European Union has decided to set up a new mechanism to enable legal trade with Iran without encountering US sanctions. The EU will create new payment

Poor sanitation: Nigerians prefer cellphones to toilets, lose $1.3bn annually  

Senator Iroegbu  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has expressed concern over the poor attitude of people towards healthy sanitary conditions, saying Nigerians prefer cell phones to improved toilets. Specifically, the UN agency said 140 million Nigerians have cell phones more than toilets in Nigeria. The Chief of Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH),

New EU-AU partnership to create 10 million jobs

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday the continent’s regional bloc will propose a new alliance with Africa, that will create up to 10 million jobs. Juncker, who was delivering his annual state of the union speech to the European Parliament said a framework will be set up to

Secondus alerts EU on threat to 2019 elections

•Says INEC not ready for free, credible polls •Wants harassment on Clark probed Senator Iroegbu   The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus,  has alerted that the 2019 general election is under serious threat because the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the federal government are not disposed to conduct

Germany’s chancellor merkel set to tour Nigeria, others

Trip to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria marks Germany's belated interest in Africa and concern over irregular migration. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to begin a tour of three West African countries, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, with efforts to boost economic ties and limit irregular migration to Europe expected to dominate her agenda. Analysts say

Global Cyber Security spending to top $114bn in 2018-Gartner

The need for improved detection, response and privacy is driving the demand for security products and services in response to security risks, business needs and industry changes, Gartner reveals Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on information security products and services will exceed $114bn in 2018, up 12.4% from last year The market is expected

Mali: presidential election results postponed to Thursday

Results for the runoff vote in Mali’s presidential elections have been postponed from Wednesday to Thursday for logistical reasons, a senior official said. The results had been expected to be given on Wednesday at 1730 GMT. But an aide to the minister for territorial administration Mohamed Ag Erlaf, said the results

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa inauguration called off

The inauguration of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been halted after the opposition filed a court challenge against the election result. ­MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says he has evidence to show that he was cheated out of the 30 July presidential vote which Mnangagwa narrowly won with 50.8% - just

Migrant crossings from Niger to Europe fall by 95% – EU

The flow of migrants crossing through Niger in a bid to reach Europe fell by 95% last year, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani announced ahead of a visit to Niger this week. "Through financial support and a strong partnership, the European Union has helped Niger to reduce migratory flows to Libya

EU to double funding for African Sahel force-sources

The European Union is to double its funding for a joint African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region with a 50-million-euro boost, EU sources said Wednesday. The bloc is expected to announce the new money for the G5 Sahel force, grouping Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger,