Ade Obisesan
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/ 11 May 2008

Tsvangirai set for Mugabe showdown

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader looked set on Sunday to return home from South Africa to face Robert Mugabe in a presidential run-off poll despite a risk of "more violence, more gloom, more betrayal". Morgan Tsvangirai had previously refused to say whether he would take part in the run-off, even though failure to do so would have handed victory to Mugabe.

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/ 26 June 2007

Zim exiles in SA doubt Mbeki will prevail

Zimbabweans who have fled to South Africa marked the International Day against Torture on Tuesday by recounting their experiences at the hands of President Robert Mugabe’s security services. Few were convinced that South African President Thabo Mbeki’s efforts to mediate in their homeland would bear fruit.

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/ 8 January 2007

Nigerian separatists threaten new oil attacks

Nigerian armed separatists holding four foreign oil workers on Sunday threatened more attacks on oil facilities, while authorities sought five Chinese telecommunications workers also kidnapped in the Niger Delta. Shortly after the announcement, the Nigerian military said one of its lieutenants had been abducted in the region.

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/ 15 August 2006

Four foreign oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria

Armed men on Monday kidnapped four more foreign oil workers in Nigeria’s southern oil city of Port Harcourt but released three Filipinos abducted more than 10 days ago in the latest of a series of incidents in volatile Niger Delta. ”The situation is becoming worrisome,” a River state police spokesperson said.

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/ 19 July 2006

Liberia to light up for Independence Day

Liberia will celebrate its independence anniversary next week with something of a light show when Monrovia’s street lights are turned on for the first time in 15 years, officials said on Wednesday. Officials made the announcement to delegates at a United States-backed investment conference, hoping to underline progress since the election of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in November.

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/ 17 July 2006

Africa is open for business, summit hears

Stressing gains in financial stability and democratisation, African heads of state meeting hundreds of foreign business leaders in Abuja, Nigeria, called on Monday for stepped-up investment in the continent. ”Africa is changing. Both economic and political landscapes are improving,” said Nigerian Foreign Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.