- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2005

HORN OF AFRICA

Ethiopia, Eritrea move tanks, troops

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Kofi Annan is concerned by U.N. peacekeeper reports that rival Ethiopia and Eritrea have moved tanks and troops toward their shared border, a top aide said yesterday.

“It is essential at this stage, at a very fragile moment, that neither Eritrea nor Ethiopia make any movement that could be misunderstood by the other side and could lead to a very dangerous situation,” said Jean-Marie Guehenno, the head of U.N. peacekeeping operations.

The two Horn of Africa neighbors fought a two-year border war that ended in 2000. Peacekeepers between the armies said Tuesday that the situation on the ground was no longer stable, but “tense.”

NIGERIA

Military accused of killing civilians

LAGOS — Nigerian security forces often fire on unarmed civilians while protecting foreign oil firms in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International said early today, calling on U.S. and British firms to investigate two incidents.

Amnesty released its report a week before the anniversary of the execution of minority rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was hanged in 1995 after a show trial conducted by the military regime.

MAURITANIA

Court shields assets of former ruling party

NOUAKCHOTT — The administrative court here put the assets of the former ruling Republican Party for Social Democracy (PRDS) under judicial safeguard Tuesday, an attorney for the party told Agence France-Presse.

The PRDS, which feared its property would be confiscated, requested the action, said attorney Sid El Moctar Ould Sidi. The party has been out of power since Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya was ousted Aug. 3.

Weekly notes …

The world’s leading economic powers and emerging countries agreed at a meeting in London to use clean-energy technology to combat climate change, host Britain said yesterday. The Group of Eight industrial nations engaged in talks Tuesday with countries including China and India to find ways to develop sustainable energy sources and clean technology before a United Nations climate conference this month in Montreal. The meeting tried to emphasize technological solutions rather than setting pollution “targets.” … The editor of one of Guinea’s leading weeklies has been jailed for an article unfavorable to Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, the newspaper told Agence France-Presse yesterday. Louis Esperant Celestin, editor of Guinee Actuelle, was “kidnapped” from the newspaper late Tuesday by five police officers and taken to a police station for questioning, his wife told Agence France-Presse. He reportedly has been transferred to the jail in Conakry but has not been charged.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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