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Nigerian court overturns seizure of oilfield from Shell and Eni

The Shell logo at a petrol station in London, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Photo:Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/SIPAA Nigerian court on Friday overturned a request by Nigeria's financial crimes agency to seize an oilfield from Royal Dutch Shell and Eni.

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Ivory Coast to nearly double banana production in two years

People stand around a local market selling bananas in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Photo: STR/AP/SIPAIvory Coast's banana output is expected to nearly double within two years thanks to the recent arrival of two large producers and initiatives to promote local farmers and regional trade, an industry official said on Thursday.

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Nigerian lawmakers aim to pass 2017 budget by end of March: Senate president

 In this photo, Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari speaks at the presidential palace in Abuja, Nigeria, March 10, 2017. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze/AP/SIPANigerian lawmakers aim to pass the 2017 budget by the end of March, the president of the upper house of parliament said on Tuesday, following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Etisalat Nigeria in talks over missed payments on $1.2 bln loan

Etisalat main tower, located in down town Dubai, Tuesday Oct. 17, 2006, United Arab Emirates. Photo: KAMRAN JEBREILI/AP/SIPAAbu Dhabi-listed telecoms group Etisalat's Nigerian affiliate is in talks with local banks to renegotiate the terms of a $1.2 billion loan it took out four years ago to expand its network in the country after missed payments, a senior executive told Reuters.

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Cameroon considers two-year IMF aid programme to drive growth

Cameroon's President Paul Biya addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Photo: Richard Drew/AP/SIPACameroon and the International Monetary Fund are considering a two-year aid programme for the Central African country to deliver sustained and inclusive economic growth.

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Millions at risk from African famine worsened by Boko Haram: U.N.

Aid agencies must get food to close to 3 million people by July to avert a famine in Africa's Lake Chad region caused by drought, chronic poverty and Islamist insurgents Boko Haram, the United Nations said on Friday as it launched a funding appeal.

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