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Nine killed in raid on gang

NINE gunmen have been killed in a shootout after Nigerian security forces raided a bomb-making factory in the state of Kogi.

The men are suspected of having links to the Boko Haram terrorist group, which claimed responsibility for last year's suicide car-bomb attack on a United Nations building that killed 23 people in the capital, Abuja.

It also said it was responsible for blasts that struck eight government buildings on January 20 in Kano, northern Nigeria, killing at least 250.



Fijians cut off in cyclone alert

THE South Pacific island chain of Fiji has cancelled all international flights because of heavy flooding.

A tropical cyclone alert is in operation, with severe flood warnings in force for all major rivers, streams and low lying areas. A tropical depression was located 1,200km west-northwest of Nadi, the island's meterological service service said.

About 1,300 Australians, many of them tourists, have been left stranded.



Female finance chiefs paid less

Female chief financial officers at US companies are paid an average of 16pc than men, according to a new study.

The report, by New York-based GMI Ratings, is based on an analysis of salaries of more than 1,900 finance chiefs.

About 150 of them were women. Female CFOs received on average $1.32m a year in total compensation, compared with $1.54m for their male counterparts.



Palin recruited in ratings war

NBC's Today show in the US is bringing Sarah Palin on board as a co-host tomorrow -- for one morning.

The NBC's website says the former Alaska governor and Republican Party vice presidential candidate will "reveal a different side" than viewers have seen before.

The booking is clearly an attempt to blunt the impact of Today star Katie Couric's weeklong return to morning TV as a guest host on ABC's Good Morning America.

Couric joined ABC last year and was co-host of longtime ratings leader Today for 15 years before leaving for CBS in 2006.


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