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Nigeria votes in key gubernatorial, state assembly polls

LAGOS: Nigerians return to the polls on Saturday for gubernatorial and state assembly elections, two weeks after the country’s historic first opposition victory in the presidential race.



Chicken farm quarantined as Niger suspects bird flu

NIAMEY: Niger has identified a suspected outbreak of H5N1 bird flu on a chicken farm in the southern town of Maradi, near the border with Nigeria which has confirmed cases of the virus in several nort



Ukraine military, rebels accuse each other of increased attacks

KIEV: Ukraine’s military and pro-Russian rebels accused each other on Friday of intensifying attacks in separatist eastern territories despite a two-month-old cease-fire deal.



Ebola still an emergency despite big drop in cases

LONDON: The World Health Organization says the year-long Ebola outbreak in West Africa still qualifies as an international emergency even though the number of cases has plummeted.




Oklahoma to use nitrogen gas for executions

WASHINGTON: Oklahoma was poised Friday to become the first US state to use nitrogen gas as an alternative to lethal injection when carrying out executions.



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