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Nigeria has agreed to meet Commonwealth leaders for talks in London in a first sign of willingness to respond to international disquiet about its civil rights record. The talks, on 24 and 25 June, follow months of refusal to enter formal discussion with the Commonwealth.

A high-level delegation from Nigeria will meet the eight foreign ministers of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, set up in November last year after the execution of the Nigerian opposition leader, Ken Saro Wiwa. The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, said he hoped for a "constructive and continuing dialogue".

Nigerian authorities said yesterday that they had detained the eldest son of the jailed opposition leader Moshood Abiola as part of their investigation into the murder of Abiola's wife.

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