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Christophe Parayre

‘It is within your power to give people hope’

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on Friday urged African leaders gathered for a landmark summit to overcome decades of suspicion and bring hope to those living in the volatile Great Lakes region, which has been riven by wars and genocide. Annan was opening the landmark two-day conference in Tanzania.

Families of Kenyan hostages in Iraq slam govt

The families of Kenyan truck drivers kidnapped in Iraq have criticised their government and urged France to step in and mediate the release of the hostages, whose execution was stayed on Monday to allow negotiations. An Iraqi militant group calling itself Holders of the Black Banners last Wednesday kidnapped the Kenyans and four other men.

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