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Cholera outbreak kills more than 700
KANO, Nigeria The embattled government of northern Nigeria's most populous state has acknowledged the scale of a cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 700 and hospitalized thousands.
After weeks of denying the seriousness of the outbreak, which began in October and quickly spread through the narrow streets of this ancient city, the Kano state government said it was facing a crisis. "The epidemic has been worse than we expected," state Health Commissioner Mansur Kabir told Agence France-Presse yesterday.

Mbeki plan offered at meeting in Tokyo
PRETORIA, South Africa A high-level South African delegation goes to Japan this weekend to attend the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).
Led by Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the delegation will present an African economic-rescue plan to the conference, due to start Sunday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
The talks were expected to focus on forging the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), which South African President Thabo Mbeki helped devise, with the TICAD process. Adopted by the Organization of African Unity at Lusaka, Zambia, in July, NEPAD later was welcomed by Western leaders at the Group of Eight summit in Genoa, Italy.

Khartoum says SPLA has abducted thousands
KHARTOUM, Sudan The government has accused the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) of abducting thousands of civilians and of burying others in mass graves.
The rebel movement "committed inhumane deeds" at Raga and the surrounding areas before the town was liberated by government forces last month, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Sulaf Eddin Sailh was quoted in newspapers yesterday as saying.
The SPLA, which recruits mainly from animists and Christians in south and central Sudan, has been fighting successive Arab and Muslim governments in Khartoum since 1983.

'Survivor' amuses S.African viewers
JOHANNESBURG The first series of the U.S. television show "Survivor" to be set in Africa, featuring American competitors trying to outlast each other, left its South African audience in stitches this week.
"Can the image of the American tourist get worse than this bunch of screechers?" asked Robert Kirby, TV critic for the weekly Mail & Guardian.

Weekly notes
A Rwandan former officer suspected of being involved in the 1994 genocide has been arrested in Senegal, the independent Hirondelle news agency said yesterday. Aloys Simba, former head of a civil-defense unit, was sought by the U.N. genocide tribunal in connection with a massacre of ethnic Tutsis at Gikongoro. From wire dispatches and staff reports

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