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Nigeria is to deploy drones to monitor the
movement of ships in an effort to curb the
rampant oil theft in the country, the state oil
firm says. Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) says it wants to end
crude theft in the next eight months.
Nigeria is Africa's biggest crude producer
but its revenue is severely reduced by theft
and attacks on oil pipelines.
New President Muhammadu Buhari has
vowed to clean up the industry.
Oil generates around 70 per cent of
government revenues in Africa's biggest
But a 2013 report by think tank Chatham
House said that 100,000 barrels per day were
being stolen. That was equivalent to 5 per
cent of Nigeria's daily production.
Senior politicians and military officers are
said to be involved in the illegal trade.
The new head of NNPC Ibe Kachikwu also
said the company would work more closely
with Nigeria's navy to tackle the problem.
Nigeria to start using drones to fight oil theft
A woman who recently died in northern Sierra
Leone has tested positive for Ebola.
It comes as a setback to the country's effort to
eradicate the deadly disease.
Sierra Leone was celebrating last week when it
discharged its last known Ebola patient from hos-
News of the new case means the country is no
longer Ebola-free. High-risk contacts of the woman
have been identified, isolated and will now be watched
The National Ebola Response Centre is assessing
whether to isolate the whole village of Sella in the
Kambia district where the woman, who was in her
mid-60s, died. The end of the outbreak will only be
declared six weeks after the last Ebola patient either
dies or tests negative for the virus.
At the height of the outbreak, Sierra Leone was
reporting more than 500 new cases a week.
Meanwhile, in Guinea there were three confirmed
cases in the week up to 23 August.
The last known Ebola case in Liberia was discharged
on 23 July. (BBC)
GAUHATI---Rioters set fire to the homes of seven
lawmakers during a rampage to protest new legislation
defining who can claim to be from the northeastern
Indian state of Manipur, police said yesterday.
One person died while trapped in a burning house
on Monday night, and two died when police fired to
disperse the arsonists. Yesterday, hundreds of people
angry about the deaths circled the town's police station
and protested. The police, outnumbered, opened fire
again. Two people were killed and another three were
hospitalised with critical injuries.
Lawmaker N Biren Singh said the law demanding
people provide proof that their families lived in Manipur
before 1951 is aimed at keeping "outsiders" including
migrants from settling in the state bordering Myanmar.
But Singh said authorities had no plans to begin checking
The protesters said that setting such a limit excludes
many who arrived legitimately after that date or who
don't have proper documents. (AP)
ARGENTINA---A family from Argentina drove
13,000 miles to Pennsylvania to see Pope Francis
during his visit to Philadelphia later this month.
The family, including four children, made the trip
in a Volkswagen bus. They say they started in Buenos
Aires, drove across 13 Latin American countries,
crossed from Mexico into Texas on Sunday then drove
up the east coast to Pennsylvania.
They say after the Pope's visit, they want to visit
New York, then fly back home to Argentina.
Pope Francis is set to arrive in the United States,
in Washington, on September 22. It will be his first
time in the country. (CNN)
Migrants gesture as they stand in the main Eastern Railway station in Budapest, Hungary,
yesterday. The vast majority of refugees fleeing violence and other migrants escaping poverty
first arrive on Europe's southern and eastern edges but are determined to press on and seek
asylum in richer and more generous countries further north and west. REUTERS PHOTO
Colombia is to offer citizenship
to Venezuelan relatives of Colom-
bians who have been deported from
Venezuela, officials say.
It is the latest move by the Colom-
bian government to ease a crisis trig-
gered by Venezuela's closure of a
key stretch of their mutual border.
More than 1,000 Colombians have
been deported from Venezuela as
part of a crackdown on smuggling
in the area.
Some complained about being
separated from their Venezuelan
Colombian Foreign Minister Maria
Angela Holguin said that the gov-
ernment wanted to help those
Venezuelans married to Colombians
who wanted to move to Colombia.
"We're going to give them Colom-
bian citizenship, we want families
to live together, not to break them
apart," she told Colombian radio on
Many Colombians have settled
on the Venezuelan side of the border
and married Venezuelans and had
children there. (BBC)
GEORGETOWN---UN officials are
visiting the South American
country of Guyana to help settle
a border dispute with neighboring
The office of Guyana President
David Granger says UN officials
were studying the issue yesterday
and that the secretary general
eventually will meet with both
presidents to help find a solution.
Granger's office says it plans to
go to the International Court of
Justice if the dispute continues.
Venezuela long has claimed two-
thirds of Guyana as its own,
including a large marine area where
Exxon Mobil Corp said it had made
a significant oil discovery.
Guyana recently announced it
would buy all of its fuel from near-
by Trinidad after it accused
Venezuela of refusing to sell it oil.
pended all rail traffic yester-
day from its main terminal
in Budapest and cleared the
train station of hundreds of
migrants trying to board
trains for Austria and Ger-
many---the hoped-for end
destinations in their flight
from turmoil in the Mideast
Migrants chanting "Free-
dom! Freedom!" congregated
outside the station after being
pushed out of the building,
joining hundreds more in what
has become a transit zone and
place of refuge for those flee-
ing Syria's war and other
Police acted shortly after
authorities announced over
station loudspeakers that all
trains would be stopped from
leaving for an indefinite period
of time. Hundreds of passen-
gers with travel documents
and tickets remained in the
cavernous station, some star-
ing at information boards still
showing arrival and departure
Scuffles broke out earlier
yesterday morning as some of
the hundreds of migrants
pushed toward metal gates at
the platform where a train was
to leave for Vienna and
Munich, and were blocked by
police. Several said they spent
hundreds of euros (dollars) for
tickets after police told them
they would be allowed free
The closure of the station
appeared prompted in part by
pressure from other European
Union nations trying to cope
with the influx of thousands
of migrants flowing through
Hungary. Europe has been
overwhelmed by a surge of
migrants, with over 332,000
arriving so far this year,
according to the International
Organisation for Migration.
"Allowing them to simply
board in Budapest ... and
watching as they are taken to
the neighbour (Austria)---that's
not politics," Austrian Chan-
cellor Werner Faymann told
state broadcaster ORF.
While critical of Hungary,
Austrian authorities also
acknowledged they were over-
whelmed by the thousands
who arrived by rail Monday
Many of the migrants had
entered Europe through
Greece and then traveled
north through Macedonia and
Serbia before reaching Hun-
New Ebola death
confirmed in Sierra Leone
India rioters rampage
against residence law
Road trip: Family drives
13K miles to see Pope
Hungary shuts down rail traffic to refugees
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