Helen Vesperini

Helen Vesperini

Helen Vesperini

 

Fire put out at site of Nigerian pipeline blast

Helen Vesperini

Thousands gathered on Friday around charred destruction from a deadly pipeline explosion as Nigerian firefighters doused flames triggered by the blast that had burnt for more than a day. Local officials put the death toll at 15, disputing the Nigerian Red Cross's claim that about 100 people were killed.

Nigeria's president-elect faces discontent

Helen Vesperini

Nigeria's president-elect Umaru Yar'Adua on Tuesday faced a growing tide of discontent after being declared winner of a disputed poll that even the outgoing head of state admitted was far from perfect. In his first press briefing late on Monday, Yar'Adua issued an appeal for national unity.