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Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said Rwanda’s government, led by President Paul Kagame, was responsible for “a series of grave press freedom violations” in the African country.

They include the arrest and detention of journalists, closure of Rwanda’s two leading independent newspapers for six months and the blocking of access to another publication’s website.


Court delays sentencing for ex-Interpol chief

JOHANNESBURG | The Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of former Interpol President Jackie Selebi to Aug. 2 to allow time to call for more witnesses.

Judge Meyer Joffe adjourned the court after hearing evidence from the defense aiming to mitigate the sentence.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption for accepting illicit payments of $154,000 from convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti.

He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison or a maximum of life imprisonment.

Selebi resigned as president of the international police force Interpol in January 2008 after he was charged with corruption.


Islamist leader threatens U.S.

LAGOS | A Nigerian Islamist leader believed killed in an uprising nearly a year ago has threatened the United States and paid tribute to al Qaeda in Iraq in a new message, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

The message attributed to the Islamist sect leader was posted on a website on Sunday — the same day attacks in Uganda targeting World Cup fans killed dozens, though there was no apparent link between the two.

In the message posted on the Ansar al-Mujahideen jihadist forum, Abubakar Shekau, formerly second in command of the sect, mourns slain top Islamic State of Iraq officials.

Mr. Shekau, believed to have been killed during last year’s rebellion in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, warned the United States. “Infidels, hypocrites and apostates: Do not think jihad is over. Rather jihad has just begun, … America, die with your fury.”

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