- - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ANGOLA

U.S. ship carrying food detained in Angola

JOHANNESBURG | A U.S.-flagged cargo ship and its load of American food aid for Africa has been delayed for weeks in Angola because of questions about ammunition for Kenya it also was carrying, the U.S. said Wednesday.

Adele Gillen, spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Luanda, said U.S. officials had met repeatedly with Angolan officials since the Maersk Constellation and its 23 crew members were detained Feb. 28 at a port.

She said the U.S. is concerned about the well-being of the crew aboard the ship, 20 of whom are American, and about the delay in the shipment of corn, beans and other food for Rwanda, Malawi and Mozambique.

NIGERIA

President takes campaign to north

KANO | From Islamic police enforcing a ban on beer and prostitution to its centuries-old market and mosques, Nigeria’s northern city of Kano feels like a different country than the pulsating southern sprawl of Lagos.

Its low-rise buildings and dusty tree-lined streets have more in common with the sleepy Sahelian cities of Niger or Chad than with Nigeria’s commercial hub, a city built on hustle and home to some of Africa’s largest companies and richest tycoons.

Securing support in this ancient city - the second most populous after Lagos - and other parts of Nigeria’s Muslim north will be key if President Goodluck Jonathan, a southerner, is to clinch victory in the first round of elections next month.

As the incumbent, Mr. Jonathan is considered the front-runner, but his main rival, Muslim ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, has strong grassroots support in the north and the opposition is hoping to force a run-off.

MAURITANIA

Man gets death sentence for killing U.S. aid worker

NOUAKCHOTT | A Mauritanian court sentenced one man to death and jailed two others for the 2009 murder of an American aid worker, a killing claimed by Islamist fighters operating in Africa’s Sahara zones.

The trio - alleged members of Al Qaeda’s North African wing - were on trial in the slaying of Christopher Leggett, who worked for a charity and was head of a language school when he was killed in the capital.

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