Nigeria launches infrastructure programme to tackle insurgency in oil delta
By Felix Onuah and Ulf Laessing ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria launched a $10 billion infrastructure programme on Thursday in its restive Delta region as part of a plan to end an insurgency that has hobbled oil production. President Muhammadu Buhari will meet representatives of militant groups and community leaders from the Niger Delta in Abuja next week in a bid to end the attacks, Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said. Speaking to a forum in Abuja aimed at outlining strategy for the petroleum industry, Kachikwu described bringing the insurgency to an end as the first goal of a seven-point plan.
Police evict oil pipeline protesters from private land
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) ? A months-long protest over the Dakota Access oil pipeline reached its most chaotic pitch yet when hundreds of law enforcement officers moved in to force activists off private property.
AP News Guide: Pipeline activists swept off private property
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ? Law enforcement in North Dakota moved in Thursday to remove activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline who had set up a camp on private property owned by the pipeline developer. Here's a guide to the latest developments and key background about the protest:
Asian shares mixed as dollar gains against yen, China yuan
Asian shares were mixed Friday as a weaker yen sent Japan's benchmark higher, despite persisting gloom from Wall Street's recent declines. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.6 percent ...
Q&A: Fish and politics behind Antarctic marine reserve deal
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) ? Nations from around the world on Friday reached an historic agreement to preserve an area of ocean near Antarctica that's about twice the size of Texas. Here are some questions and answers about the deal:
Countries OK world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) ? The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica's waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.
Filipino mayor among 10 dead in clash with anti-drug police
KORONADAL, Philippines (AP) ? A Philippine town mayor who was publicly identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as a drug trafficking suspect was gunned down Friday with nine of his men at a police checkpoint, in one of the bloodiest operations since the crackdown was launched.
Oregon militants acquitted of conspiracy in wildlife refuge seizure
A federal court jury delivered a surprise verdict on Thursday acquitting anti-government militant leader Ammon Bundy and six followers of conspiracy charges stemming from their role in the armed takeover of a wildlife center in Oregon earlier this year. The outcome marked a stinging defeat for federal prosecutors and law enforcement in a trial the defendants sought to turn into a pulpit for airing their opposition to U.S. government control over millions of acres of public lands in the West. Bundy and others, including his brother and co-defendant Ryan Bundy, cast the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a patriotic act of civil disobedience.
In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative
By Joseph Nasr COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. Syrians in Germany say many of the country's Arab mosques are more conservative than those at home. People have criticized the way the newcomers dress and practise their religion, they said.
Police arrest 141 in crackdown on North Dakota pipeline protesters
Police arrested 141 Native Americans and other protesters in North Dakota in a tense standoff that spilled into Friday morning between law enforcement and demonstrators seeking to halt construction of a disputed oil pipeline. Police in riot gear used pepper spray and armored vehicles in an effort to disperse an estimated 330 protesters and clear a camp on private property in the path of the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, according to photos and statements released by the Morton County Sheriff's Department.