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LAGOS, Nigeria | Artillery rockets like those often used by insurgents in Afghanistan were inside an illegal arms shipment seized by authorities in Nigeria.
Authorities showed the weaponry to journalists Wednesday at Lagos’ busy Apapa Port.
Nigerian National Security Adviser Andrew Owoye Azazi told reporters at the site that authorities did not want to “jump to conclusions” about where the weaponry came from. The shipment also included rifle rounds.
A spokeswoman for Nigeria’s secret police has said authorities seized the shipment Tuesday. The arms were hidden inside 13 shipping containers supposedly holding building materials.
Opera will not nix Israel tour
JOHANNESBURG | Cape Town’s renowned opera troupe is rejecting a call from retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu to cancel a performance in Israel scheduled next month.
The opera’s managing director, Michael Williams, said in a statement Wednesday that the opera would not take a political position and cut cultural ties with Israel or the Palestinian territory.
Mr. Tutu, who earned a Nobel for his peaceful opposition to apartheid, on Tuesday compared Cape Town Opera’s planned visit to international artists performing in apartheid South Africa. He said Israel is “luring” international artists to the Tel Aviv Opera House to advance its “fallacious claim to being a ‘civilized democracy.’”
‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero may face charges
KIGALI, Rwanda | The Rwandan hotel manager portrayed by Don Cheadle in the movie “Hotel Rwanda” could face charges by Rwandan authorities over allegations the man sent money to opposition commanders, Rwanda’s top prosecutor said.
But the former manager, Paul Rusesabagina, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he hasn’t sent any money to Rwanda in years, and that the government is launching a smear campaign against him because he has opposed President Paul Kagame in the past.
Rwanda’s top prosecutor, Martin Ngoga, said Mr. Rusesabagina helped finance what he described as terrorist activities in Rwanda by helping fund commanders with the FDLR, or Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. No formal charges have yet been filed.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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