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.
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.
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.
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