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The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, arrived Abuja on Monday to begin a four-day visit to Nigeria.

The visit is part of a two-nation West African region tour to engage policy makers and top officials of Nigeria and Cameroon on economic developments affecting both countries and the West African sub-region.

The Federal Government has dispatched drugs and a medical team to Taraba State to fight Lassa fever outbreak in the state.

The Taraba State Commissioner of Health, Innocent Vakkai, said on Sunday that one person had died and two others quarantined as the state moved to contain the ailment.

 

Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has paid tributes to compatriot and former Ivory Coast defender, Steve Gohouri, who died at the age of 34.

The ex-Wigan player went missing on 12 December after a Christmas party with his German club, TSV Steinbach.

German police confirmed his body had been found in the River Rhine in the western city of Krefeld on Thursday.

 

The United States is shutting down its drone operation in southern Ethiopia.

The US military has been using a base in Arba Minch, some 400km (250 miles) south of the capital, Addis Ababa, to launch the remotely-piloted aircraft since 2011.

At the time the US told the BBC that the drones were being used only for surveillance and not for air strikes.

 

Fighters from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group have clashed with guards near Libya's Sidra oil port east of its Sirte stronghold, reports say.

It is not clear how close the fighting is to the port, but IS says it now controls Bin Jawad, 30km (19 miles) west of Sidra on the road from Sirte.

In December, France said that IS was aiming to control Libya's oil wells.

Stock markets have fallen after a sharp decline in Chinese shares, while oil and gold prices have increased as tensions rise in the Middle East.

Trading in China's main stock markets ended early on Monday after the indexes tumbled 7%.

Europe's main stock markets followed Asia lower, with the FTSE 100 sinking 2.4% and Germany's Dax index down 4.3%.

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