- - Wednesday, April 4, 2012


BAMAKO The main opposition parties in Mali said they will not take part in a national convention being organized by the military officers who seized control of the country in last month’s coup.

Coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo over the weekend proposed holding the convention as a way to appease the international community, which is demanding that he immediately restore the nation’s constitutional order.

Capt. Sanogo said the gathering would be held Thursday to decide on what kind of transitional body will lead the nation before new elections are held.

Opposition leader Tiebeli Drame, one of the leaders of a coalition representing some 40 opposition parties, said Wednesday that the parties do not recognize Capt. Sanogo’s legitimacy, and that the military has no place calling for such a convention.


Police station attacked in previously targeted city

KANO Police said gunmen attacked a police station in the north Nigeria city previously targeted in a massive assault by a radical Islamist sect.

Police said no one was injured in the shootout Tuesday night , though gunfire echoed around the nervous city.

Kano was attacked by the sect known as Boko Haram in January, an assault that killed at least 185 people.

Meanwhile, a military spokesman in Maiduguri in the northeast said suspected sect members fatally shot an auto parts dealer who is from the nation’s Christian Igbo people.

Officials also said four suspected Boko Haram gunmen were killed Tuesday night in Kano and Maiduguri.


Anti-gay group issues hit list of rights supporters

MONROVIA An anti-gay group distributed fliers over the weekend with a hit list of people who support gay rights, and one member of the group threatened to “get to them one by one.”

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