- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 17, 2004

KENYA

Darfur rebels join Security Council talks

NAIROBI — One of the two main rebel groups from Sudan’s Darfur region said it will send a delegation to a two-day session of the U.N. Security Council opening today.

“We are participating. There will be a delegation,” Ahmed Adam, a spokesman for the Justice and Equality Movement, said yesterday.

SOUTH AFRICA

3 agree to testify in Mark Thatcher trial

JOHANNESBURG — Three South African men yesterday pleaded guilty to mercenary activities and agreed to testify against Mark Thatcher, who is charged with bankrolling a purported coup plot in Equatorial Guinea.

Lourens Horn, Harry Carlse and Crause Steyl paid hefty fines and were released under a plea bargain, their attorney said, that also provides for their testimony at the trial of the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

“They do want us to testify, and we said we would be willing to do that. We do not have a problem with that,” said attorney Alwyn Griebenow.

Mr. Thatcher was arrested in August at his luxury home in Cape Town for purportedly contributing $275,000 to help finance the overthrow of Teodoro Obiang Nguema, longtime leader of Equatorial Guinea.

NIGERIA

Fracas among Muslims kills 1, injures 11

KANO — One person died and 11 were injured in Dutse, capital of northern Jigawa state, in a clash between members of an Islamic sect and some Muslims shocked by their teaching, a police spokesman said yesterday.

The clash occurred Tuesday when members of the Kalakato sect from Dambam in northern Bauchi state began preaching in public, said Sunday Digha.

Weekly notes

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo accused the governor of the strife-torn Plateau state yesterday of smuggling millions of dollars out of the country and challenged lawmakers to impeach him. Joshua Dariye is to resume his duties as governor today at the end of a six-month state of emergency. Mr. Obasanjo released a copy of a letter detailing the progress of an investigation by British police into money laundering. … Swarms of pink locusts swept through Cairo yesterday in scenes that recalled the biblical plague of Egypt. The flying insects, some longer than 3 inches, swooped down onto tree-lined streets, where pedestrians stamped on them or ran for cover. The locusts arrived from neighboring Libya after having devoured the countryside in Central and West Africa in the past months.

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