Jacques Lhuillery

Court reviews DRC vote amid fears of Kabila bias

The Supreme Court now takes centre stage as the arbiter of a poll that five opposition candidates have rejected in the DRC's presidential election.

Tunis museum flourishes after Ben Ali fall

Just as a fresh breeze now blows through the country's politics and press, Tunisia's cultural institutions too have the chance to flourish.

Nigerian minister calls for ill president to transfer powers

A Nigerian minister has called on ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua to transfer power, a senior official said on Thursday.

Southern states kick against Nigeria oil sector Bill

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua is facing pressure to divert more government revenues towards oil-producing states in the impoverished south.

Nigeria struggles as oil output falls

Nigeria does not know exactly how much of the black gold it churns but one thing is certain -- three years of attacks have led to a sharp decline.

Oil giants tremble at Nigeria’s oil reforms

A proposed law aimed at reforms of Nigeria's oil sector is halfway through the legislative stages but is sending jitters among oil operators.

The nightmare of Nigeria’s oil-rich delta

Rich in oil and gas, the Niger Delta is the cornerstone of Nigeria's economy, but the region is a nightmare for the authorities and its residents.

Nigerians await presidential poll court ruling

Nigeria's Supreme Court is expected to decide on Thursday whether to rule invalid the election of President Umaru Yar'Adua.

Peace plans falter for Nigeria oil region

With unrest in the Niger Delta cutting into oil output, Nigeria has made peace efforts a priority, but has little to show for its efforts.

Nigeria becomes world piracy hot spot

Nigeria has become the world piracy ''hot spot'', with its prized oil industry a particular target, and the raiders have exposed flaws in the country's security. Despite the massive revenues earned from oil, officials concede Nigeria is ill-equipped to combat pirates who ply the seas with speed boats, modern machine guns and radios.

Food price crisis under spotlight at UN conference

More than 3 000 delegates from 193 nations will descend on the Ghana capital, Accra, on Sunday for five days of United Nations talks on globalisation -- against a backdrop of rising food prices and an economic slowdown. The talks will be opened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who will warn that not everyone benefits from globalisation.

Clouds gather over Nigeria’s oil industry

Despite being the world's eighth petroleum exporter and sitting on huge gas reserves, Nigeria will not have it easy over the next two years, between peristent unrest in the Niger Delta and strained relations with oil companies. This absence of security means that Nigeria, which ranks fifth among suppliers of crude oil to the United States, lost one quarter of its production in 2006 and 2007.

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