World Briefs: US to sell Nigeria planes to counter Boko Haram

US to sell Nigeria planes to counter Boko Haram

WASHINGTON • The Trump administration is pushing ahead to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria for the fight against extremist group Boko Haram, sources said, in a deal worth up to US$600 million (S$842 million).

The sale originally agreed by the Obama administration was delayed after the Nigerian Air Force bombed a refugee camp in January.


Fire destroys huge migrant camp in France

GRANDE-SYNTHE (France) • One of the biggest migrant camps in France, housing 1,500 people near Dunkirk, was destroyed by a fire that began after a brawl involving hundreds of Afghans and Kurds, police said yesterday.

Firefighters said at least 10 people were injured.


South Africa's Zuma faces no-confidence vote

JOHANNESBURG • South Africa's top court yesterday granted the opposition United Democratic Movement the right to seek a secret ballot on a parliamentary motion of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

Opposition parties claim the April 18 ballot could have a chance of success if it is a secret vote.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe