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Polling stations opened in Nigeria on Saturday, the electoral commission said, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest contest in the country's history. Accreditation has started," Independent National Electoral Commission spokesman Kayode Idowu told AFP, despite reports of delays to the 8:00 am (0700 GMT) start. President Goodluck Jonathan arrived by helicopter in his home town of Utuoke in southern Bayelsa state on Friday night, hoping for a second term of office despite stinging criticism of his record. His main opponent, the self-styled scourge of government graft Muhammadu Buhari, was in Daura, northern Katsina state, eyeing a democratic return to power after a spell as military ruler in the 1980s.
Heavy bombing shook Yemen's capital for a third night, residents said Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the United States shared a "collective goal" with its regional ally Saudi Arabia to see stability in the war-torn state. "It was an intense night of bombing and the windows shook," said a foreigner working for an international aid organisation in Sanaa. "People want to leave but there are no flights out of Yemen," she said. The airstrikes apparently mainly targeted arms depots and other military facilities outside Sanaa, witnesses said.