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WFP: 3 Contractors Kidnapped in Darfur Freed

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The World Food Program says three Bulgarian contractors kidnapped in Sudan’s Darfur region have been freed after nearly five months in captivity. The United Nations agency says the men appear to be in good health and will be flown to Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, before traveling to Bulgaria. In a statement Monday, WFP Regional Director Amer […]

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Crew Survives Cargo Plane Crash in Gabon

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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A cargo plane for transport company DHL crashed in Gabon’s capital on Monday but all four crew members on board survived. Witnesses say the plane, identified as an Antonov 26 turboprop, crashed into the sea not far off a Libreville beach. Bystanders and emergency services raced to the scene and helped the crew evacuate. The […]

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Top Nigerian Lawmaker Arrested on Fraud Charges

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency has arrested a top lawmaker for allegedly defrauding the government of tens of millions of dollars. Authorities say they detained the outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, after a four-hour standoff at his home in Abuja on Sunday night. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission suspects Bankole misappropriated at […]

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HRW: Sudan Abuses in Darfur Escalate

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says abuses in Sudan’s Darfur region have increased in the last six months while the world’s attention was largely focused on south Sudan’s upcoming independence. The rights group says there has been a surge in government-led attacks on populated areas of Darfur and aerial bombings since December. A report released Monday says […]

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Cargo Plane Crashes in Gabon

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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A cargo plane for the transport company DHL has crashed in Gabon’s capital, Libreville. Initial reports say all four passengers survived the Monday morning crash. The French news agency says the passengers suffered injuries and were taken to a local hospital. The plane crashed on a Libreville beach, not far from the Leon Mba airport. […]

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Nigerian Lawmaker Arrested on Corruption Charges

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency has arrested the outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives on fraud allegations. An agency spokesman said Dimeji Bankole was detained Sunday and will remain in custody to answer questions on the charges against him. Bankole was arrested at his home in the capital, Abuja.

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Blast in Nairobi Kills 1, Injures 29

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Kenya say one person was killed and at least 29 were injured Sunday when an explosion in downtown Nairobi set a gas station on fire. Witnesses say the blast occurred around 11 a.m. local time near Nairobi’s Kirinyaga Road. The injured were taken to a local hospital, where several were being treated for […]

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Sudan Dismisses UN Call For Abyei Withdrawal

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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North Sudan’s government has rejected a call from the U.N. Security Council to pull its troops out of the disputed Abyei region. On Friday, the Council condemned the north’s occupation of Abyei, describing it as a “serious violation” of the 2005 peace deal that ended Sudan’s north-south civil war. The north’s foreign minister, Ali Ahmad […]

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Sudan Dismisses UN Call For Abyei Withdrawal

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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North Sudan’s government has rejected a call from the U.N. Security Council to pull its troops out of the disputed Abyei region. On Friday, the Council condemned the north’s occupation of Abyei, describing it as a “serious violation” of the 2005 peace deal that ended Sudan’s north-south civil war. The north’s foreign minister, Ali Ahmad […]

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Blast in Nairobi Injures 28

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Kenya say at least 28 people were injured Sunday when an explosion went off in downtown Nairobi and set a gas station on fire. Witnesses say the blast went off around 11 a.m. local time near Nairobi’s Kirinyaga Road. The injured were taken to a local hospital, where several were being treated for […]

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