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President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday urged Nigerians to turn out in force to vote in this weekend's presidential election, calling for calm in the face of rising tensions and fears of violence. Africa's most populous nation goes to the polls with the election being seen as the closest in its history, with Jonathan facing a strong challenge from the main opposition's Muhammadu Buhari.
A massive power cut has caused chaos in and around the Dutch capital Amsterdam, including halting all flights to and from the busy Schiphol International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said. "We are currently running on emergency power, all flights to and from Schiphol have been halted or are being diverted to other airports," Schiphol's Inge van Rijn told AFP. Planes were diverted to airports in Belgium and Germany and rail and tram transport in Amsterdam has also been severely disrupted, Dutch media reported. The massive powercut was set off at around 9:45 am (0845 GMT) during work at an electricity substation at Diemen, southeast of Amsterdam, a spokesman for the Tennet electricity supplier said.
By Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Friday as worries receded over the threat of disruptions to Middle East supplies due to Saudi Arabia-led air strikes in Yemen. Goldman Sachs said the bombing of Yemen would have little effect on oil supplies as the country was only a small crude exporter and tankers could avoid passing its waters to reach their ports of destination. North Sea Brent crude was down 90 cents at $58.29 a barrel by 0640 EDT after hitting an intraday low of $57.76. Oil jumped around 5 percent on Thursday, its biggest daily gain in a month, after air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears that escalation of the Middle East battle could disrupt world crude supplies.