Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Former Indian minister faces death penalty for role in massacre
“We are not going to allow outside forces to incite Kenyans to create religious war” – KENYAN PRIME MINISTER RAILA ODINGA
Hijacked Greek tanker located in Nigerian waters TOBORE OVUORIE
WITH AGENCY REPORTS
OMEA Greek-operated oil tanker seized off Togo was tracked down on Wednesday off the coast of Nigeria under the control of pirates, the ship’s operator and Togolese authorities said. The seizure early on Tuesday of the ship, which is operated by Golden Energy Management, underscored the growing risks to ships in the Gulf of Guinea, where piracy is rising, but still not as common as off the coast of Somalia. “The vessel is presently sailing off the coast of Nigeria under the control of pirates who have the intention to steal the cargo,” Golden Energy Management said in a statement. The firm said they were in touch with a French naval ship that was nearby. The crew are believed to be in good health and unharmed, the statement added. The Greek coastguard said there were 24 people on board, none of
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday called for the nation to come together to stop religious violence, after two days of deadly rioting sparked by the killing of a radical cleric. “We are not going to allow outside forces to incite Kenyans to create religious war,” Odinga said after flying to the port city of Mombasa, where four people died in street battles that broke out on Monday. Police said Wednesday that they had restored calm to the town, after hundreds of angry youths fought running battles with police -- looting churches, torching cars and attacking a police truck with a grenade -- following the assassination of preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed.
UN ‘alarmed’ at reports of massacres in DR Congo
The hijacked tanker on Nigerian waters yesterday.
whom were Greek. Colonel Inoussa Djibril, spokesman for the Togolese army chief of staff, confirmed
the ship had been located on Wednesday morning in Nigerian waters with pirates onboard. According to the Internation-
al Maritime Bureau’s website, there have been eight attacks and attempted attacks off the coast of Togo since January.
Leader of anti-Islamist militia ‘kidnapped’ in Bamako he leader of a Malian youth militia against the Islamic occupation of the country’s north has been “kid-
WORLD BULLETIN Kenya’s PM wants country to unite after deadly riots
napped” in the country’s capital of Bamako, his associates told AFP. Mahamadou Diouara is
the head of Bouyan Ba Hawi (“Death is worth more than shame” in the Songhoi language), one of several self-de-
About 300 Malian civilians receiving military training near Mopti last week on how to fight Islamists occupying the north of the country. PHOTOS: AP
fence groups which have formed over government’s perceived inaction against the northern occupation. Souleymane Maiga, a member of the militia which counts several hundred youths, told AFP Dioura “was kidnapped” last week. “We don’t know if he is alive or dead,” he said, without giving further details. The disappearance of Diouara was also reported by the Committee of Youths Following the Crisis in the North, of which he was the head of security. The group’s leader Almamy Alphamoye Haidara said Dioura was taken from his home on the evening of August 25. “According to his family he was kidnapped by about 30 people wearing balaclavas who were on board three 4x4 vehicles,” Haidara said, adding that the movement was carrying out their own investigation.
The United Nations said Wednesday it has received reports of new massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, raising alarm over allegations of hundreds of civilians being slaughtered. The UN said it had sent four fact-finding missions to investigate reports of mass killings since the beginning of August in the remote Masisi territory, in the eastern province of North Kivu, an area haunted by numerous armed groups. “Allegations of hundreds of killings are still being verified,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. “However, the preliminary findings suggest that a significant number of people -- most of them women and children -- were slaughtered. The sheer viciousness of these murders is beyond comprehension.
South Africa hosts ‘peace talks’ in mine standoff South African officials Wednesday brokered closed-door talks between workers and management of Lonmin’s platinum mine to end a strike where violence has killed 44 people. Almost three weeks into the work stoppage, about 50 negotiators from unions, non-union workers, the mine and the labour ministry met in the Rustenburg town hall, near the Marikana mine in North West Province. Fewer than eight percent of the 28,000 employees showed up for work on Wednesday.
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