Nigeria Will Exit Recession Soon - Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has said Nigeria will be out of the recession soon. Over the weekend, Nigeria slid into its worst economic recession in over three decades. Gross domestic product (GDP) numbers released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Saturday, November 21, indicates the nation recorded a contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020, causing it to slide into another recession. While speaking at the ongoing 26th Nigerian Economic Summit organized by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, on Monday, November 23, the Minister of Finance said the country would emerge from the recession in the fourth quarter of 2020 or by the first quarter of 2021. She blamed the recession on the global Coronavirus pandemic which has forced other economies in other countries into recession. Ahmed said other countries also in recession, including the United Kingdom, the

Clashes Erupt Amid Holy Site Tensions In East Jerusalem

Israeli forces and Palestinians have clashed in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank amid friction over a Jerusalem holy site.  Water canon and tear gas were fired after rioters threw stones and other objects outside the walls of the Old City, police said.

Clashes were also reported at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Tensions have soared since two Israeli policemen were shot dead last Friday.

Three Israeli Arab gunmen killed the officers near the holy site know to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple mount. The gunmen were shot dead after being pursued into the sacred compound.

Palestinians carry a casualty in Jerusalem's Old City (21/07/17)

Palestinian factions had called for a "day of rage" on Friday in protest at the installation by Israel of metal detectors at the entrance to the site.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian man has been shot dead in East Jerusalem, Palestinian officials say. The circumstances were not immediately clear.

Palestinian and Islamic leaders have fiercely objected to the metal detectors, saying the measure is a violation of the status quo.
Israel says it is a necessary for security after the weapons used to kill the policemen were smuggled into the holy site.
The area, in East Jerusalem, has been under Israeli occupation since the 1967 Middle East war.
Israel has repeatedly pledged to maintain the status quo - a delicate set of arrangements in place at the site for the past 50 years. Any changes there are often regarded by Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a sought-after state, as a violation of these arrangements.