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Suspected Islamists steal 125 kg of dynamite in north Nigeria

DAMATURU, Nigeria, July 31 - Gunmen suspected to be allied to Islamist sect Boko Haram have stormed a construction site in northeast Nigeria, carting off 125 kg (275 pounds) of dynamite and hundreds of detonators, two security sources said on Wednesday. Full story

Nigeria opposition coalition cleared to run in poll

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's electoral commission has approved the merger of three main opposition parties into a bloc that could pose the most credible threat yet to the long-ruling party of President Goodluck Jonathan. Full story

Estee Lauder eyes buoyant cosmetics demand in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Estee Lauder <EL.N> plans to expand its presence in sub-Saharan Africa by rolling out its $1 billion brands, Clinique and MAC, to tap into strong demand for luxury cosmetics among the region's middle class, a company executive said on Wednesday. Full story

Nigeria says to begin Mali troop pullout on Wednesday

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria will begin withdrawing some of its 1,200 troops in Mali on Wednesday and redeploy them in security operations at home, the military said on Tuesday. Full story

Ex-prime minister Keita holds wide lead in Mali vote

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita holds a comfortable lead and could win an outright first round victory in a critical presidential election, the West African nation's minister of territorial administration said on Tuesday. Full story

Ghana police find three children locked in house for years

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana police are questioning a couple who locked their three children in a house in Accra for years possibly to try to protect them from society's evil, a police inspector said on Tuesday. Full story

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