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Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims in UN court

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been defending her country against allegations of genocide at the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is responding to widespread claims that Myanmar (formerly Burma) committed atrocities against Muslim Rohingya. In her opening remarks, she called the case against Myanmar “incomplete and incorrect”. […]

Senate begins probe of N20tr unremitted stamp duties

The Senate raised the alarm yesterday over the non-remittance of over N20 trillion revenue collected as stamp duties, mandating its Committee on Finance to investigate the anomaly. It said the non-remittance from banks and other financial institutions was through the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems (NIBSS), a subsidiary of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from […]

Algeria jails two ex-prime ministers

An Algerian court jailed two former prime ministers for corruption on Tuesday, two days before a presidential election which protesters want cancelled. Ahmed Ouyahia, who was prime minister four times, received a 10-year jail sentence and Abdelmalek Sellal, who was twice premier, was jailed for 12 years. They denied all charges, including “misappropriation of public […]

Buhari seeks Senate confirmation for new FIRS boss Nami

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm newly-appointed Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) chairman Muhammad Nami. Buhari, in a letter dated December 9, also sought the approval of the red chamber for the appointments of 13 others as members of the FIRS board. Members of the board are James Ayuba (North Central); […]

Fernandez takes office as Argentina shifts to the left

Argentina’s incoming president Alberto Fernandez takes office Tuesday having pledged to put Argentina “back on its feet” but he faces a tough task due to recession, high inflation and rising unemployment and poverty. Fernandez, a leftist who ousted market-friendly Mauricio Macri in October’s elections, will be sworn-in at a ceremony in Congress at 10:30 am […]

Pressured at home, Ethiopia PM picks up Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will collect his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Tuesday, but as ethnic violence rises at home he has kept festivities and meetings with the media to a minimum. Hailed as a modern, reformist leader, Abiy’s decision to skip all events with the press has dismayed his Norwegian hosts. Africa’s […]