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The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, met with leaders of the National Assembly and called for the removal of fuel subsidy. During a meeting with some lawmakers from both the lower and upper legislative chambers, she also called for a review of Nigeria’s tax regime.

 

'The Gambia's government has banned its female employees from leaving their hair uncovered at work, a leaked memo quoted by private newspapers says.

Women should use a "head tie and neatly wrap their hair", the memo said, without giving reasons for the ban.

Last month, The Gambia's President, Yahya Jammeh, declared the Muslim-majority country an Islamic republic.

 

 

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) says it will push for tougher legislation to jail anyone guilty of "racial bigotry", or "glorifying" apartheid.

Black people could no longer be treated as "sub-humans", it said.

 

 

Former Nigerian Defence Minister, Bello Haliru Mohammed, has been charged with money laundering.

He is accused along with his son, Bello Abba Mohammed, of diverting $1.5m (£1m) that was meant to buy arms for soldiers fighting Islamist Boko Haram militants.

The two men have pleaded not guilty.

 

 

Astronomers have spotted two huge waves of gas being "burped" by the black hole at the heart of a nearby galaxy.

The swathes of hot gas, detected in X-ray images from Nasa's Chandra space telescope, appear to be sweeping cooler hydrogen gas ahead of them.

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