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Nigerian insecurity requires urgent attention, U.N. rapporteur warns

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's multiple security problems have created a crisis that requires urgent attention and could lead to instability in other African countries if it is not addressed, a United Nations rapporteur said on Monday.


Thai official dismisses Muslim insurgent demand on detainees

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai deputy prime minister dismissed on Monday a demand made by a Malay Muslim group to free those detained over alleged links to the long-running insurgency in Thailand's mainly Muslim south as a pre-condition for formal talks.


Nigerian court adjourns bail hearing for leader of banned Shi'ite group

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A Nigerian court on Monday adjourned a bail hearing for the leader of a banned local Shi'ite Muslim group until Aug. 5.


Nigerian court grants permission to declare Shi'ite group terrorists

ABUJA (Reuters) - A Nigerian court has granted the government permission to label a local Shi'ite Muslim group a terrorist organisation, the solicitor general told Reuters on Saturday.


Flags of inconvenience - noose tightens around Iranian shipping

LONDON/DUBAI/PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Somewhere on its journey from the waters off Iran, around Africa's southern tip and into the Mediterranean, the Grace 1 oil tanker lost the flag under which it sailed and ceased to be registered to Panama. Iran later claimed it as its own.