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Security personnel detain youth activists

KHARTOUM | The Sudanese security service detained three youth activists in the latest sign of a clampdown six months ahead of a sensitive referendum on southern independence, their group said Wednesday.

Police arrested three young men from the group Girifna — Arabic for “we are fed up” — as they distributed campaign newspapers in a Khartoum market late on Monday, a spokesman from the organization said.

“The security men took them from the police and they beat them,” said group founder Nagi Musa, who told Reuters he visited one of the men in the police station where they were still held.

Mr. Musa said Girifna campaigned for democratic change but did not advocate the violent overthrow of Sudan’s government.


Americans leave after terror warning

OUAGADOUGOU | Americans working in northern regions of Burkina Faso have been evacuated to the capital Ouagadougou after a terrorism warning, a U.S. Embassy source in Ouagadougou said.

“There was information on a possible terror threat. As a precautionary measure, we chose to withdraw persons in northern areas,” the source told Agence France-Presse, without giving numbers involved.

On July 1, the U.S. State Department issued a warning that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was planning to kidnap an American in the north of Burkina Faso.

Americans working in areas near the Mali border were evacuated in vehicles organized by the embassy on July 3, a Burkinabe security source said.

There are about 250 Peace Corps volunteers in the West African country.

AQIM is holding two Spaniards and a Frenchman as hostages.


South African diplomat summoned over probe

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