Armed gang kills at least 18 in northwest Nigeria May 23, 2019 0 1112 12345 Nigeria: An armed gang killed at least 18 people in the northwest Nigerian state of Katsina, police and residents said on Wednesday, as unrest spreads across region and into the president’s home state. Hundreds of people have died in Nigeria’s northwest since beginning of the year, in attacks government attributes to bandits, a loose term for gangs of outlaws carrying out robberies, kidnappings. Despite military and police operations to quell conflict, death toll continues to rise, along with incidents of kidnapping and robbery. experts say Nigeria can ill-afford more instability. (Reuters) Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Air strikes kill 12 as Damascus battles militants May 23, 2019 0 444 Turkey says ready for US sanctions over S-400 missile deal May 23, 2019 0 458 America does not dare attack Iran, says elite guards commander May 23, 2019 0 818 Omani woman writer wins Man Booker literature prize AFP Muscat Omanis on Wednesday hailed writer Jokha Alharthi’s “historic achievement” and praised her for bringing “honour” to their Gulf nation after she became the first Arab author to win the Man Booker International .. Yemen’s rebels claim drone attack on Saudi airport Cairo: Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthi rebels on Wednesday said they had attacked an airport in a Saudi border city for the second straight day amid regional tensions. Saudi Arabia, a regional rival of Iran, is leading a .. Conflicting reports about alleged Syria chemical attack Beirut: Conflicting reports have emerged about an alleged chlorine attack by the Syrian government on a rebel area at the weekend. On Tuesday, the United States warned the Syrian government against using chemicals and .. Russia condemns ‘US ultimatum’ to Turkey over missile deal MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Wednesday condemned as unacceptable an alleged US ultimatum to Turkey designed to force it to cancel a deal to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and purchase US Patriot missile .. Western nations urge swift Sudan agreement to install civilian rule AFP Khartoum The United States, Britain and Norway called for a swift agreement between Sudanese protesters and generals on installing civilian rule, saying it would be harder for them to work with any other new .. US calls for dismantling UN Palestinian refugee agency AFP United Nations, United States The United States called Wednesday for dismantling the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA, weeks before unveiling the economic aspects of its long-awaited Middle East .. S African parliament re-elects Ramaphosa as the president Cape Town: South African lawmakers on Wednesday re-elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the nation’s president, two weeks after the ruling ANC party returned to power in legislative elections. Ramaphosa was “duly elected .. Armed group kills 26 in Central African Republic Bangui: More than 26 people were killed and many more wounded when an armed group attacked two villages in northwestern Central African Republic on Tuesday, the UN’s peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) said. The massacre ..