- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 6, 2001

U.N. troops ambushed, robbed in east Congo

KIGALI, Rwanda — U.N. military observers in the Congo ran into an ambush in the rebel-held east of the country and had radios and money stolen.

Monday's ambush came as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited the Congo and Rwanda to show support for peace efforts in the region. U.N. officials said the incident underlined the difficulty of their task in monitoring an accord in a country where scattered bands of militia roamed the forests of the east, looting at will.


Nigeria will test generic HIV drugs

ABUJA, Nigeria — In a breakthrough on AIDS in Africa, this country will undertake the first trial treatment of thousands of HIV-AIDS sufferers with imported generic anti-retroviral drugs since Western companies dropped a lawsuit against them.

Government doctors at more than 60 federal medical centers and state health centers will administer the trial treatment to 15,000 people living with HIV, Health Minister Alphonsus Nwosu told Agence France-Presse yesterday.


White farmers give Zimbabwe 531 farms

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The government accepted yesterday an offer of nearly 2.4 million acres of farmland from white commercial farmers to help resolve a raging land dispute that has cost several lives.

"Government looked at the spirit behind the offer, and welcomes the fact that some white commercial farmers appear to have turned a new leaf in their attitude towards the government land reform program," said Vice President Joseph Msika, in charge while President Robert Mugabe visits Libya.


Zambia will join Nacala corridor

MAPUTO, Mozambique — Mozambique and Malawi have agreed to bring neighboring Zambia into the Nacala Development Corridor, a railway network serving landlocked Malawi, Mozambique's transport minister announced yesterday.

Minister Tomas Salomao told state radio he met with Malawian officials last week to determine exactly how Zambia could join the railway plan. The Nacala corridor currently comprises a railway line between the Mozambican port of Nacala and Malawi.


Weekly notes

Nigeria's special human rights commission has called for one of late dictator Sani Abacha's henchmen to be tried for murder, state television said yesterday. Col. Hashim Abubakar, a member of Gen. Abacha's notorious security squad Operation Bang, is accused of shooting a civilian, Prince Emeka Ahumibe, on Nov. 3, 1998. … Zambian police summoned two top opposition leaders yesterday to answer charges of defaming President Frederick Chiluba by calling him a thief. Dean Mung'omba, leader of the Zambia Alliance for Progress (ZAP), and United National Independence Party (UNIP) Vice President Rabbison Chongo were served summons to the central police station immediately.


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