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Nigeria should simplify taxes, cut fees to boost tech sector: Google

A staff member wears a T-shirt bearing the name of Google Africa, in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPANigeria's government should simplify taxes and reduce fees involved in laying fibre optic cables to encourage development of infrastructure for the technology industry, Google's manager in the West African country said on Tuesday.

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Proxy warfare

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Allies of Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting it out in Nigeria, with the government repressing the Shia organisation, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in a move reminiscent of the conflict that radicalised the Boko Haram Islamist militancy.

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Nigeria's Buhari seeks approval to borrow $6.93 bln from China, World Bank

Passengers traveling to Kano peer through a window of the inaugural train in Lagos, Nigeria Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP/SIPANigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking parliament's approval for a proposal to borrow $5.85 billion from China to modernise its rail network and another $1.075 billion from the World Bank to help rebuild the insurgency-torn northeast.

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Ivory Coast cocoa quality suffers as merchants blend beans

In this photo taken  May 31, 2011, farmer Issiaka Ouedraogo walks past cocoa pods growing on a tree, on a cocoa farm, Ivory Coast. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP/SIPACocoa exporters and grinders in top producer Ivory Coast are rejecting large volumes of beans because of poor quality as farmers seek to blend leftover main-crop cocoa into new mid-crop arrivals, exporters and merchants said on Thursday.

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Gambia's bankrupt state risks failing families seeking justice

In this photo taken on Feb. 18, 2017, Gambia President Adama Barrow speaks during his inauguration ceremony in Banjul, Gambia. Photo: Kuku Marong/AP/SIPAA gutted court system and bankrupt state risks leaving those seeking justice for victims of the dictatorship out in the cold in the new democratic, Gambia.

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Nigeria's lower house committee to probe oil licence deal

The Shell logo outside a petrol station in London, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/SIPANigeria's lower house of parliament has set up a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL) 245, the committee chairman said on Wednesday.

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