- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 21, 2007

KENYA

Security beefed up on Somalia border

NAIROBI — Kenyan security forces yesterday intensified patrols along the border with lawless Somalia a day after clashing with Islamist militia suspects.

Clashes erupted Tuesday when a group of Islamist suspects tried to cross into Kenya from the Somali border town of Bulla Hawa. Kenya, citing security concerns, closed its border with Somalia in January and deployed security forces there to stop defeated Islamist fighters from fleeing into its territory.

SIERRA LEONE

Trio convicted of war crimes

FREETOWN — A U.N.-backed court yesterday found three former leaders of a Sierra Leonean junta guilty of war crimes, the first convictions stemming from the country’s decade-long civil war.

The court found the three defendants guilty of 11 of the 14 charges, including acts of terrorism, using child soldiers, enslavement, rape and murder.

The tribunal was set up in 2002 to prosecute the worst offenders in a conflict that ravaged the small West African nation and spilled over into neighboring Liberia. The court has indicted 12 persons, including former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is charged with backing Sierra Leonean rebels.

NIGERIA

Oil flows despite crippling strike

LAGOS — A general strike over a rise in fuel prices brought much of Nigeria to a standstill yesterday, but oil exports from Africa’s top producer initially were uninterrupted.

Unions pressed on with the strike despite a series of concessions offered by President Umaru Yar’Adua, who faces the first major test of his government three weeks after taking office.

Unions spared oil production and exports on the first day of the strike, but threatened to withdraw key oil ministry workers and inspectors from oil fields and export terminals by today.

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