- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2007

NIGERIA

Court adjourns case against Pfizer

KANO — A high court in northern Nigeria adjourned yesterday until Nov. 6 a criminal case over a reputed illegal drug test brought by the Kano state government against the U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

The Kano high court ordered the state police to deliver a summons to Pfizer and its nine staff named in the lawsuit, all U.S. citizens living in the United States.

Kano state in March filed civil and criminal lawsuits against Pfizer, demanding $2.75 billion compensation and the prosecution of nine Pfizer doctors for a clinical trial of the meningitis drug Trovan.

UGANDA

Marburg fever reappears in west

KAMPALA — A new case of the deadly hemorrhagic Marburg fever has been reported in western Uganda, the Health Ministry said yesterday, nearly two months after it announced that the disease had been contained.

The victim — a mine worker — re-entered a closed gold mine near the border with Congo, where the outbreak erupted in August. Scientists in August discovered its source to be the African fruit bat found across sub-Saharan Africa.

EGYPT

Study finds 6 million addicts

CAIRO — At least 8.5 percent of Egypt’s population, amounting to 6 million people, are addicted to drugs, an official survey published yesterday showed.

A study published by Egypt’s National Council for Fighting and Treating Addiction (NCFTA) reported that the majority of drug users are ages 15 to 25, NCFTA member Suheir Lutfi told the English-language Al-Ahram Weekly.

Bango, a type of marijuana found in the Middle East, is the drug of choice, but cocaine, heroin and chemical drugs such as Ecstasy and methamphetamine are also widely available on the local market.

SOMALIA

Merchant killed in fire looting

MOGADISHU — A merchant died in a looting spree after a fire at the main market in the Somali capital destroyed about 200 stalls because no firefighters or equipment were on hand to stop it, shopkeepers said yesterday.

The cause of the fire, which raged until midnight Tuesday, was unknown. After the fire, looters fatally shot a trader trying to protect a neighbor’s property.

Also yesterday, the son of a prominent Hawiye clan member was fatally shot in Mogadishu. Ahmad Diriye said his son Abdi Dhof Ahmad Diriye was assassinated by men with pistols but could not say who was behind the killing.

ETHIOPIA

Government angered at U.S. legislation

NAIROBI — Ethiopia yesterday strongly criticized U.S. legislation moving through Congress that links future aid to democratic reforms, calling it a threat to regional stability and its close military ties with Washington.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Ethiopian Democracy and Accountability Act, which demands Washington’s top counterterrorism partner in the Horn of Africa make a host of democratic changes or face security aid cuts.

The bill, which still needs Senate approval and a presidential signature, also would deny U.S. entry visas to any Ethiopian human rights violators. The act would bar the aid unless Ethiopia accepted outside rights monitoring, fostered an independent judiciary and press, and allowed U.S.-funded aid to those ends.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide