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Ethiopian troops deployed amid pop star protests

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The 34-year-old musician's songs focused on the rights of the Oromo ethnic group

The Ethiopian government has deployed the military in the capital, Addis Ababa, to help contain escalating unrest triggered by Monday night’s killing of a popular musician.

More than 50 people have died since violent protests erupted against the shooting of Hachalu Hundessa, who used his songs to reflect public grievances of the Oromo people.

There are reports of armed gangs patrolling neighbourhoods and deepening divisions in Oromia region, the musician’s home and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's political heartland.

Police are holding more than 30 people, including prominent politician and government critic Jawar Mohammed - a move critics fear could flame ethnic tensions.

A regional spokesperson said dozens had been killed, many others injured and property significantly damaged.

Internet access remains blocked in the country, but it appears to have done little to stop the violence from spreading.

Hachalu is expected to be buried in his hometown of Ambo on Thursday.

The motive for his killing remains unclear.

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The pop star's death has led to solidarity protests in Minnesota in the US

Nigeria's black market fuel 'less toxic than imports'

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Nigerians can buy petrol and diesel on the black market

Black market fuel made in Nigeria is less toxic than the petrol and diesel sold to Nigeria by European traders, a report says.

Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), a non-governmental organisation, compared 91 samples of imported fuel and black market petrol from Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta region.

Its study showed that imported diesel and petrol sometimes contained more than 200 times more sulphur than the limits set by the European Union.

In comparison, fuel from black market sources in the Niger Delta contained more than 150 times more sulphur than those limits.

SDN is now calling for fuel quality tests to be carried out nationwide immediately to explore the full extent of the problem.

In 2017 improved standards for fuel quality were approved by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, but SDN says there has been little enforcement.

Nigeria is one of the world’s largest producers of oil, but with its refineries closed or dysfunctional, the country relies heavily on fuel being processed abroad before it is sold back to Nigeria.


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