Estelle Shirbon

West Africa seeks Côte d’Ivoire breakthrough

The Economic Community of West African States called for innovative solutions to unblock the stalled peace process in Côte d'Ivoire as heads of state launched talks on Friday aimed to map a new route to elections in the world's top cocoa grower. Time is running out in the war-divided country to decide a new transition arrangement.

Nigeria militants call off attacks in oil delta

Militants in Nigeria's oil heartland said on Thursday they had called off attacks on troops after two bloody gun battles and would fight only in response to actions by the military. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said it had killed 17 soldiers in separate fire fights in the Niger Delta on Wednesday but would now hold back.

Security fears raised in Nigeria

Militants freed about 25 kidnapped Nigerian oil workers on Wednesday but seven abducted expatriates were still missing in another part of the Niger Delta after an unprecedented attack on a residential compound. Heightening security concerns, the United States consulate in Nigeria warned that militants may target Bonny Island, a major oil and gas export hub in Africa's top oil producer.

Opec: Oil price spike ‘very uncomfortable’

The latest spike in oil prices to near a barrel is ''very uncomfortable'' and is hurting the world economy, the president of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) said on Wednesday. Edmund Daukoru, who is also Nigerian minister of state for petroleum, said the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah was responsible for the latest jump.

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