Horn of Africa’s Troubles Could Make the Region a Major Front in the War on Terror

NAIROBI, Kenya: Oct. 20, 2006 (AP) _ From the Red Sea to Lake Victoria, the Horn of Africa is one of the few places in the world where, if careful, a traveler can move 1,400 miles across four countries without producing a passport or encountering a single government official. These footpaths, back roads and rivers […]

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Drought comes again to East Africa, but Victims and Governments remain Unprepared

BISSEL, Kenya: Feb. 17, 2006 (AP) _ Babies in East Africa are starving again. They lie in battered beds, hooked up to IV drips, their skeletal mothers beside them. Their cries are barely audible for now, but their woes won’t end when they have gained weight. All of their families’ wealth _ their cattle and […]

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Swahili music festival in Zanzibar delivers Sounds of Wisdom

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, Feb. 10, 2006 (AP) _ Singing of sex and domestic violence, Bi Kidude pounded her drum and shouted ancient Swahili lyrics, delivering a nonstop 40 minutes of African tradition with a hip-hop flavor. An impressive performance by any standard, and all the more so for a 93-year-old. Kidude’s performance, which mixed once-secret bridal […]

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PX system sets up food courts, retail stores for troops in Iraq

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2005 (AP) _ Pass the ammunition and a slice of pizza. U.S. soldiers in Iraq spend hours _ sometimes days _ on patrol hunting insurgents and dodging roadside bombs. But when they get back to base, they can pick up a case of Dr Pepper, buy the latest DVD and […]

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AP Exclusive: Somali Banker Accused of being Al-Qaida Money Man in Legal Limbo Two Years after Millions in Assets Frozen

MOGADISHU, Somalia: Oct. 23, 2003 (AP) _ The former Somali refugee had it all: a group of international companies with millions of dollars in revenues and a handsome home on the Persian Gulf. Then the U.S. government froze his assets and accused him of being al-Qaida’s main money mover. Two years later, Ahmed Nur Ali […]

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Joy for Some, Heartbreak for Others as GIs Come Marching Home from Iraq

FT. STEWART, Ga.: Sept. 3, 2003 (AP) _ When it was finally over and his men were out of Iraq, 1st Sgt. Cedric Burns let out a huge sigh of relief. He had kept a promise few professional soldiers would dare to make. Ten months earlier he had promised the families of his 165 combat […]

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For One Infantry Officer, War is a Test of Courage, Endurance – and Simple Decency

BAGHDAD, Iraq: April 18, 2003 (AP) _ Toward sundown, on a patch of Kuwaiti desert 10 miles south of the Iraqi border, the first sergeant of Attack Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment called the men to attention. Their commander, Army Capt. Chris Carter, a 31-year-old soldier from Watkinsville, Ga., strode up to the formation […]

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Safe house in 1960s style: Troops discover what they call a Saddam hideaway

BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 12, 2003 (AP) – The doors of the town house opened to reveal a playboy’s fantasy straight from the 1960s: mirrored bedroom, lamps shaped like women, airbrushed paintings of a topless blonde woman and a mustached hero battling a crocodile. Troops thought it was the home of Saddam Hussein’s mistress, though on […]

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Battling for a Bridge and a Town, U.S. Troops Risk Their Lives to Rescue an Elderly Woman

HINDIYAH, Iraq: March 31, 2003 (AP) _ “We’ve got to get her off that bridge,” he said. Capt. Chris Carter winced at the risks his men would have to take. Engaged in a lightning-fast raid for this Euphrates River town, they were battling for a bridge when _ through the smoke _ they saw the […]

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Food Shortages Grip Africa Again, so How Can the World and Africans End it Forever?

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Almost 40 million Africans _ more than Texas’ population _ are short of food, left to rely on aid to stave off hunger and even starvation. Perhaps as troubling, though rarely mentioned, is that almost all of these people live within 100 miles of well-fed towns. Farms just a few hundred […]

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