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  • Grayson [D.Florida] safe after Niger coup; returning home

    02/19/2010 4:06:16 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies · 687+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | February, 19 2010 | Mark Matthews
    News has a way of following U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson — even when he travels overseas. The bombastic lawmaker from Orlando was in the Niger capital this week when military officials overthrew President Mamadou Tandja in a show of force. Tandja has dissolved key government institutions in a bid to stay in power indefinitely. “He was very close to the action; he heard the gunfire” said Todd Jurkowski, a Grayson spokesman. He said the freshman Democrat already was on his way back to the United States and should land sometime late Friday or early Saturday. Jurkowski said Grayson’s stay in...
  • Niger president held by troops: military sources (Coup)

    02/18/2010 11:38:25 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 39 replies · 10,184+ views
    Reuters ^ | 18 Feb, 2010 | Abdoulaye Massalatchi
    Niger's President Mamadou Tandja was detained by mutinous troops on Thursday after a coup in the west African uranium exporter that left at least three soldiers dead, military sources said. Three Nigerian military sources said the coup was led by a soldier named Major Adamou Harouna. "The coup leader has succeeded. It is being led by Major Adamou Harouna," one source said. The president and the ministers are being detained not far from the presidential palace, the sources added. Earlier in the day plumes of smoke were seen rising from the palace after soldiers attacked the building where Tandja was...