Nigeria: Nigeria Among 10 Countries Where Conflicts Claim More Babies

[Guardian] A new report by Save the Children, an international non-governmental organisation that promotes children’s rights, has listed Nigeria among the 10 worst conflict-affected countries, where 100,000 kids died yearly as a result of armed conflicts between 2013 and 2017.

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Lebanon’s caretaker government has edged it towards economic crisis

PITY THE finance minister who must instil confidence in Lebanon, which has the fifth-highest public-debt burden in the world, at 150% of GDP. But Ali Hassan Khalil did a staggeringly poor job of it when he told a local newspaper his country was ready to default.

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South Africa: Faith in Turbulent Times – a Priest’s Autobiography of Life Under Apartheid

[The Conversation Africa] The argument has dragged on long enough about who should take the credit for bringing South Africa’s apartheid regime to an end. Of course, some will immediately respond by saying that apartheid has not yet been defeated – it still lives on in innumerable ways.

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Nigeria: Access, Diamond Banks Sign Agreement to Merge

[This Day] Access Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc yesterday ended months of speculations over their future when they finally agreed to merge, signing a Memorandum of Agreement, which if approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), would move Access Bank, the principal partner, from number four to number two or number one in the nation’s banking hierarchy, if the current growth trajectory of Access Bank is maintained.

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