May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

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Nigeria Lifts Gas Subsidy, Nearly Doubling Price of Fuel

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s government announced Wednesday it is lifting a controversial subsidy on gas, nearly doubling the price amid a massive fuel shortage and militant attacks on oil installations in Africa’s biggest petroleum producer. Previous attempts to end the subsidy have provoked riots and, in 2012, the biggest demonstrations ever seen, forcing the government to retract. Rampant corruption fueling shortages of everything from power to running water had many Nigerians feeling cheap fuel was one of their few advantages. It was unclear how Nigerians would react to Wednesday’s decision by the year-old government of President Muhammadu Buhari, announced after a

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