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Nigeria unsettled by president's illness

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian president Umaru Yar’Adua’s latest bout of ill health has sparked calls for his resignation and prompted fresh political scheming as his chances of standing for a second term in the 2011 election look increasingly uncertain.

Opinion: Nigeria proposes reform of oil industry

WASHINGTON — Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua’s efforts to reform the oil and gas industry have the potential to upset the fragile Nigerian internal political balance among the regions, ethnic and religious groups, and patronage networks.

Nigeria to press First World on climate change

ABUJA, Nigeria — Eziuche Chinwe Ubani, a top Nigerian climate change official, has joined a growing chorus of African delegates who believe that developed countries must pledge cash to the continent to help it deal with the effects of global warming.

Coming soon: Nigerians in space?

LONDON, U.K. — Recently I received an email labeled "Strictly Confidential" from Dr. Bakare Tunde, who said he was astronautics project manager at Nigeria’s space agency. He also told me he was the cousin of the first African in space, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde, and that this poor intrepid astronaut had been stranded on a secret Soviet military station ever since the Soviet Union dissolved in 1990.

Nigeria's banking crisis

LAGOS, Nigeria — When Nigerian Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi took office in June, he certainly had a hunch about how deeply distressed his nation's banking sector was. Foreign risk management analysts had been issuing warnings about Nigerian banks and their toxic assets since January, and oil prices were down — always a harbinger of hard times coming for Africa's top oil producer.

Meet the economic gangsters

The dismal science of economics is, by most definitions, about finding the most efficient allocation of resources. And that goes for individuals, companies, governments and — yes — criminals. Edward Miguel is an expert on that last category. He's the co-author, with Raymond Fisman, of “Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations.” Published in late 2008, the authors use new data, innovative number-crunching and various pattern recognition models to plumb the worlds of kleptocrats, corruption, black marketeers and violence.

Who's behind those Nigerian email scams?

"Chop off their heads at their workplaces."

Al Qaeda says it will target 50,000 Chinese working in Algeria and North Africa, in retaliation for the July 5 deaths of 46 Muslim Uighurs in western China. Two other Al Qaeda affiliated web sites are also calling for the deaths of Chinese working in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East:

Africa's moment?

PARIS — If the gods aren’t entirely crazy, in 2010 — after 50 years of post-colonial woe — Africans can show us a vibrant, hopeful continent that is light as well as dark. The question is whether France, China, and the United States can stop enabling so many self-installed despots who stand in the way. First, the caveats: “Africa” below the Sahara is 48 states, some so pathetically failed that even their separate fragments defy hope. In places, psychopaths in epaulettes murder en masse.

Nigeria's oil curse

LAGOS, Nigeria — During a scene in the Leonardo DiCaprio film "Blood Diamond," an elderly African man surveys a village destroyed in Sierra Leone's vicious civil war and laments the violence tearing his country apart as rebels and government forces fight for control over access to diamonds and the wealth and power they bestow. "All this for some little stones," says the old man. "Let's hope they never find oil."
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