- - Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Bashir reassured of Chinese investments

BEIJING | Sudan’s president, wanted on a war-crimes warrant, won pledges Wednesday from China and its state-owned energy firm that they will continue investing in his country after its resource-rich southern region becomes independent next month.

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti said Wednesday that President Omar Bashir came to China hoping to hear Sudan’s biggest diplomatic and economic backer would continue to invest in northern Sudan’s oil, agriculture and mining sectors.

“We had good assurances from his excellency President Hu Jintao that China would go on working with Sudan hand in hand whether politically or financially or economically,” Mr. Karti said.

Mr. Karti said Mr. Bashir also visited the Beijing headquarters of China National Petroleum Corp., Asia’s biggest oil and gas producer by volume, and was assured the state-owned firm would continue to invest in the north.


Ethiopia arrests 9 on terrorism charges

ADDIS ABABA | An Ethiopian official said nine people were arrested last week on suspicions of organizing a terrorist network and planning attacks.

Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said Wednesday that two journalists were among those arrested. He said they were involved in planning attacks on infrastructure, telecommunications and power lines. He said two other suspects are members of an opposition party.

Mr. Shimeles said the suspects were supported by Ethiopia’s archenemy, Eritrea, and by an international terrorist group, which he did not name.

International media rights groups have been calling for the release of Reeyot Alemu, a columnist for the independent weekly Feteh, and Woubshet Taye, deputy editor-in-chief of the weekly Awramba Times newspaper.


Lightning kills 22 students, 1 teacher in midwest

KAMPALA | Ugandan officials said 22 students and a teacher died after lightning struck their school in the country’s midwest.

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