- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2002

Africans to meet for Congo summit
BLANTYRE, Malawi Heads of state from the Southern African Development Community will meet in Malawi on Jan. 14 to discuss the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said yesterday.
"The main agenda is the DRC," Malawi's information director, Antony Livuza said, adding that Zimbabwe's land crisis might also be discussed.
Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda were invited to attend, as was former Botswanan President Ketumile Masire, the coordinator of the DRC domestic dialogue.

Ebola death toll rises to 23
GENEVA The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in Central Africa has risen to 23 after the feared virus claimed another victim, the World Health Organization said yesterday.
As of Tuesday, there were 32 confirmed cases of the virus, which is spread by contact with bodily fluids and kills 90 percent of those it infects within days, the WHO said in a statement.
The outbreak was reported in early December in a forested region around Mekambo in northern Gabon, where 17 persons have died.

Nigerian police search for minister's assassins
LAGOS, Nigeria Nigerian police said yesterday they are redoubling efforts to find the assassins of Justice Minister Bola Ige, a leading Yoruban politician and close confidant of President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Rewards totaling more than $126,000 have been offered by Yoruba leaders, the late minister's home state of Osun and the police since Mr. Ige was killed on Dec. 23 at the age of 71 in Ibadan, capital of neighboring Oyo state.
"We are intensifying our search for Ige's killers," federal police spokesman Haz Iwendi said. "We are exploring every possible lead and anybody can be invited for questioning."

Sudan not expecting U.S. attack
KHARTOUM, Sudan Sudan does not expect to be attacked by the United States in the course of the U.S.-led war on terrorism, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Ismail said yesterday.
"Until now, we do not see a [U.S.] attack against Sudan in sight," Mr. Ismail told a press conference.
"There are numerous statements in the United States about a possible attack on Sudan, but we consider them as aimed at addressing domestic U.S. issues," Mr. Ismail said.
Mr. Ismail said that there were "daily contacts" between diplomats and other officials of the two countries, "although [the dialogue] is slow, and aimed at normalization [of diplomatic relations], which is still far from having been achieved."

German ships sail for Africa
WILHELMSHAVEN, Germany Six German navy ships set sail yesterday for the Horn of Africa to protect shipping routes and prevent al Qaeda fighters traveling to Africa to seek sanctuary and set up bases.
Two frigates, a maintenance ship and three other support vessels with a total of 750 sailors were expected to take about three weeks to reach the coast of Somalia after leaving the northwestern port of Wilhelmshaven.
An additional 200 sailors serving on faster ships will head for the region tomorrow and another frigate with a 200-man crew currently off the French coast will also join the fleet.


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