ABUJA, Jan 18 (BERNAMA) -- President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has expressed disappointment that leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were forced to use "strong-arm tactics" to get former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh out of office.

KHARTOUM, Jan 18 (BERNAMA-NNN-SUNA) -- The Speaker of Sudan\'s National Assembly, Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, has disclosed that a delegation from the United States Congress will arrive in Sudan Sunday for a three-day visit to the country.

MOGADISHU, Jan 18 (BERNAMA) -- While Somalia, with the international community´s help, averted famine last year, long-term solutions for drought, conflict and displacement must still be found, the United Nations office in the country said, launching the 2018 humanitarian response plan, which calls for $1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million people.

QUANG NAM (Central Vietnam), Jan 18 (Bernama) -- More than 1,000 artefacts uncovered during the excavation and restoration of towers in the world heritage site of My Son sanctuary in Vietnam's central province of Quang Nam have been digitalised thanks to the assistance of experts from Italy and India, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

SEOUL, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- South Korea on Thursday marked the start of the 50-day countdown to the PyeongChang Paralympic Games amid rising expectations for North Korea's first Winter Paralympics appearance, Yonhap News Agency reported.

HANOI, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- Myanmar and China pledged to further promote bilateral ties and maintain peace and stability in the border areas between the two countries at a round of consultations on diplomacy and defence in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

BRASILIA, Jan 18 (BERNAMA) -- Brazilian experts have released a new report detailing high rates of rape among women and girls in the South American country.