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Palestinian U.N. draft calls for Israel occupation end by 2017

Palestinian U.N. draft calls for Israel occupation end by 2017

The Palestinian-drafted resolution was formally submitted to the 15-member council, which means it could be put to a vote as soon as 24 hours later, but it does not guarantee it will happen.
Oil prices slash Nigeria 2015 GDP growth

Oil prices slash Nigeria 2015 GDP growth

The 4.3 trillion naira ($23 billion) budget rests on a benchmark oil price of $65 a barrel, down from $77.50 in the 2014 budget, and a significant cut on previous budgets, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said.
Social media - the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunman

Social media - the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunman

After traditional media refused to air or print details of phone calls his hostages made, Man Haron Monis turned to Facebook and YouTube, forcing his captives to use their personal accounts to issue his demands.
U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce.
Buhari catches anti-graft mood but divides Nigerian voters

Buhari catches anti-graft mood but divides Nigerian voters

"I want a Nigeria ... where corruption no longer trespasses into our institutions and national behaviour." His words struck a chord with Nigerians fed up with leaders filling their pockets.