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UAE: Government in JV Talks on Oman Refinery

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The United Arab Emirates is in talks with Oman with a view to jointly producing a refinery at Duqm on the Omani east coast. In a statement published on the Economic Ministry websites, UAE Minister of the Economy Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri  (pictured) confirmed that he met with officials in Muscat to discuss the project. 

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Nigeria: Fuel Subsidy Protests Turn Violent

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Strike and protest action against the Government’s decision to remove fuel subsidies, which led to a doubling of prices last week, has turned violent with the deaths of 16 people two days of national protests, according to a Red Cross tally. An attack on a mosque in Benin City killed five and led thousands of Nigerians from the north of the country to flee, raising concerns that opposition to the move was stoking religious strife. 

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Nigeria: Lawmakers Move to Abolish PPPRA

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Members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have moved to scrap the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) following the abolition of fuel subsidies on January 1. Deputy Minority Leader Kawu Sumaila (pictured) said that 200 of the house’s 360 members had indicated support for a bill to abolish the agency, which he plans to introduce as soon as the house reconvenes. 

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