ALGIERS, Algeria — Ten suspected Islamists and three soldiers
were killed in a fierce gunbattle in the Sahara Desert when a
convoy of heavily armed militants was attacked by the Algerian
army, officials said Saturday.
FASS MBAO, Senegal — The only piece of furniture that survived
the most recent flood in Fat Dione's house is her bed. It's propped
up on cinder blocks and hovers just above the water lapping at the
walls of her bedroom.
YENAGOA, Nigeria — A top militant leader and 1,000 fighters
surrendered to the Nigerian government Saturday, turning in their
weapons in the biggest hand-over since an amnesty began two weeks
ago, but other fighters said attacks in the oil-rich Delta region
will resume next month regardless.
WASHINGTON — Robert Novak, the longtime syndicated columnist and
television commentator who was at the center of a furor late in his
career as the first journalist to disclose the identity of CIA
operative Valerie Plame, died Tuesday. He was 78.
ABUJA, Nigeria — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
said Wednesday that corruption has undermined the legitimacy of
Nigeria's government and urged the oil-rich nation to embrace broad
political reform and ease sectarian tensions.
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A former general who ousted this
Islamic nation's first freely elected president is vying to become
its legitimate ruler in elections Saturday expected to return power
to civilian rule.