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  • Obama’s monsters ball: doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators

    08/06/2014 1:29:29 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 6 August 2014 | Corey Charlton and Ted Thornhill
    "President Barack Obama drew the diplomatic line somewhere at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’...
  • Gambian Leader on Gays: “If I Can Catch Them, I Will Kill Them”

    05/23/2014 5:49:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 23, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with H.E. Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia.Gambian President Yahya Jammeh told supporters that if he finds gay asylum-seekers, he will kill them. The Advocate reported, via Under the Burka: The president of Gambia has threatened to kill any citizen of his country who cites persecution of LGBT people in seeking asylum abroad. “Some people go to the West and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in...
  • Gambia breaks relations with Taiwan

    11/14/2013 9:39:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 11:23 PM EST | Peter Enav
    The West African nation of Gambia has cut off relations with Taiwan, the latest country to spurn the island for its mainland rival China. Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Chen confirmed the move but declined to give a reason behind the move by Banjul, which seems almost certain to lead to the establishment of formal ties between Gambia and China. … With the loss of Gambia, Taiwan is now recognized by 22 countries, mostly small and impoverished nations in Latin America, the Caribbean and the south Pacific. Swaziland, Sao Tome and Principe and Burkina Faso are its only remaining diplomatic allies...
  • Gambia president: Homosexuality top global threat

    09/27/2013 12:07:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2013 10:59 AM EDT
    The president of Gambia is using his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gays and lesbians, calling homosexuality one of the three “biggest threats to human existence.” President Yahya Jammeh on Friday said homosexuality, greed and obsession with world domination “are more deadly than all natural disasters put together.” …
  • 31 dead on doomed voyage to Italy

    07/28/2013 7:19:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | July 28, 2013
    Thirty-one migrants, including nine women, drowned off the coast of Libya during an attempted crossing to Italy on a dinghy according to survivors who managed to complete the journey. A dinghy carrying 53 migrants capsized on Friday evening, and witnesses said 31 of those who had been thrown off it drowned in the accident. The twenty-two survivors, who come from Nigeria, Gambia, Benin and Senegal, said the dinghy had capsized after three days at sea. They were rescued by a passing merchant ship and taken to Lampedusa island, the reports said.
  • World abolishing death penalty, but executions on rise in India

    04/10/2013 3:47:53 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 11, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Fewer countries are carrying out executions than a decade ago, but India along with nations like Gambia, Pakistan and Japan bucked the trend to resume handing out death penalties. An Amnesty International report says that 21 countries executed convicts last year as compared to 28 in 2003. But there is greater concern that Indian courts had meted out at least 78 death sentences with more than 400 estimated to be on death row at the end of this year. The new death sentences given by India (78) are second only to Pakistan (242) in the Asia-Pacific region. At...
  • Gambia to execute all death row prisoners next month

    08/21/2012 11:18:03 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    France 24 ^ | 8/21/2012
    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh (pictured) pledged to have all of the country’s death-row prisoners executed by mid-September in a stern Eid address aired on Sunday which targeted “heinous acts” including homosexuality and drug use. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has told the people of his tiny west African nation that by the middle of September all those already sentenced to death for crimes will be executed. He added that crimes like banditry, drug trafficking or illicit use, homosexuality, murder, terrorism and other subversive activities against either the state or the people will not be tolerated. Jammeh said in a televised address...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Intervening in Mali: West African Nations Plan Offensive against Islamists and Tuareg Rebels

    As Tuareg rebels battle radical Islamists with heavy weapons for control of the northern Mali city of Gao, Mali and the other 15 nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are planning a military offensive designed to drive both groups out of northern Mali in an effort to re-impose order in the region and prevent the six-month old conflict from destabilizing the entire region. So far, however, operational planning has not been detailed enough to gain the approval of the UN Security Council for authorization of a Chapter Seven military intervention, leaving ECOWAS and the African Union...
  • Gambian President: We would ‘rather eat grass’ than accept homosexual behavior

    04/28/2012 5:39:39 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 56 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/27/2012 | Christine Dhanagom
    LUSAKA, April 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the face of U.S. threats to cut off foreign aid, President Yahya Jammeh defended Gambian laws banning homosexual behavior in comments to the country’s National Assembly last Friday. “If you want us to be ungodly for you to give us aid, take your aid away, we will survive,” said Jammeh, in comments that were reported by the Daily Observer. “We will rather eat grass than accept this ungodly evil attitude that is anti-God, anti-human and anti-creation.” The country’s stance against homosexual behavior has come under increased scrutiny after President Obama announced in December...
  • Gambia: Manual On Child Sex Tourism Launched [ they're against it, unlike NAMBLA ]

    10/08/2011 1:13:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Daily Observer (Banjul) via AllAfrica ^ | October 6, 2011 | Momodou Jawo
    Speaking at the launching ceremony, Momodou Joof, the deputy permanent secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, who deputised the minister of Tourism and Culture, underscored the importance of the manual saying it is timely and in the right direction. He said the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is committed in ensuring that children are protected in the tourism industry... Joof stated that the government of The Gambia through the leadership of President Jammeh is committed to the welfare of children and the Gambian population at large. He further stated that the importance of the launching of the manual cannot be...
  • Gambia, Mauritania considered as possible destination for Gbagbo's banishment

    04/08/2011 5:19:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Jollofnews ^ | Thursday, April 7, 2011 | Staff Writer
    France has announced that talks for Gbagbo's surrender has failed, and forces loyalty to president elect Alassane Ouattara Wednesday mounted intense attack on the compound of the former president who remained in denial over a lost cause. President Ouattara is reported to be determined not to grant Gbagbo his apparent wish of becoming a martyr by having him killed in the process of forcing him out of hiding... The latest dreadlock came after Gbagbo refused to sign a UN document acknowledging the internationally recognised Ouattara as president of Ivory Coast... Gbagbo's three main generals also reportedly offered to the UN...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • US signs anti-ICC immunity pact with Bhutan

    05/21/2003 2:58:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 21 2003 | AFP
    The United States has signed a deal with Bhutan giving US citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the State Department said Tuesday. The deal with Bhutan brings to 34 the number of countries with which the United States has signed so-called "Article 98" agreements exempting US citizens from the court's jurisdiction, said Lynn Cassel, a department spokesman. Bhutan and Bosnia-Herzegovina both agreed to the pacts on May 16 but the deal with Thimphu was not announced until Tuesday. Washington refuses to support the ICC, arguing that it could become a forum for politically...
  • Gambia cuts economic, diplomatic ties with Iran

    11/23/2010 6:33:18 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Nov. 23, 2010
    BANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's government is cutting off economic, political and social ties with Iran and expects Iranian government officials to leave the tiny West African nation by Wednesday.
  • Report: Passenger Pulled From Plane

    05/06/2010 9:40:34 AM PDT · by Spaghetti Man · 31 replies · 1,335+ views
    http://www.myfoxny.com ^ | 5/6/2010 | LUKE FUNK
    MYFOXNY.COM - A passenger was reportedly pulled off of an Emirates Airlines aircraft at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens on Thursday morning. The passenger was reportedly discovered to be on the no-fly list, according to Breaking News Network.
  • Gambia Promises Quick Resolution of Hippo Assault (Bush /Cheney failure)

    05/05/2010 7:49:35 PM PDT · by woofie · 20 replies · 367+ views
    Today online ^ | 30 April, 2010 05:36:00 | MODOU BALDEH
    The Gambia’s minister of Forestry and the Environment, Hon. Jato Sillah has promised the people of Bakadaji in Nianija District of the Central River Region that the government under the leadership of His Excellency, Sheikh Prof. Dr. Alh. Yahya AJJ Jammeh has heard their cry on the incessant attack of hippopotamus on rice farms in the area and other places, and that a solution would soon be proffered. The minister said this during his nationwide tour of forest resources at the Bakadaji Forestry Station in Nianija while responding to a complaint raised by one Sarjo Sillah of Bakadaji who said...
  • SOURCES: MAN ADDED TO NO-FLY LIST IN AIR

    04/23/2010 12:14:42 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 278+ views
    LiveShots.Blogs.FOXNEWS.com ^ | April 22, 2010, 6:32 pm | by Mike Levine
    SNIPPET: "In fact, Mower said, the pilot described it as "a serious security risk." Mower was unable to see the man who was taken off the plane, she said. " SNIPPET: "Two sources confirmed to Fox News that the man in question, a citizen of Gambia, had been added to the no-fly list while Flight 215 was in the air. The man had already been on the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment list, which is comprised of more than 500,000 people with even limited ties to known terrorists, one source said."
  • US Accuses Guinea-Bissau Military Officers of Drug Trafficking

    04/13/2010 12:25:59 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 503+ views
    VOA NEWS.com ^ | 09 April 2010 | Scott Stearns - Dakar, Senegal
    "US Accuses Guinea-Bissau Military Officers of Drug Trafficking Two top officers are named as major players in cocaine shipment from Latin America to Guinea-Bissau" SNIPPET: "Na Tchuto denied the allegations on Friday and said that he will cooperate with the United States government. He also said the charges of drug trafficking do not make sense because he was in Portugal on June 29, 2008 when the cocaine shipment from Venezuela arrived. Na Tchuto said he did not return to Guinea-Bissau until July. Na Tchuto also pointed out that he was not arrested by Interpol when he was in Gambia or...
  • Gambia: President’s death threats spark protests around Africa

    09/25/2009 10:37:50 AM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 732+ views
    Afrik ^ | 25 Sep 2009 | Konye Obaji Ori
    After threatening to kill every homosexual, the Gambia’s leader threatens rights groups Human Rights groups in Africa are demanding that the African Union human rights commission Headquarters be removed from Gambia following a fierce threat made by the Gambian president on opposition leaders and human right workers. "If you are affiliated with any human rights group, be rest assured that your security is not guaranteed... we are ready to kill saboteurs. I will kill anyone who wants to destabilize this country. If you think that you can collaborate with so-called human rights defenders, and get away with it, you...
  • British missionaries in Gambia jailed for one year with hard labour for sedition

    12/30/2008 12:05:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 739+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 Dec 2008
    A British couple working as Christian missionaries in Gambia have been jailed for one year with hard labour for sending emails that were critical of the Muslim state. David Fulton, 60, a former Army major, and his wife, Fiona, 46, pleaded guilty to making seditious comments "with intent to bring hatred or contempt against the president or the government". Their sentence, in a country which has one of west Africa's worst human rights records, sparked concern after reports that other prisoners on similar charges have been poisoned while in jail. The couple, originally from Torquay in Devon, have spent 12...
  • Couple Charged in Norway for Circumcising 5 Girls

    06/07/2008 6:32:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies · 300+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | June 6, 2008 | John Acher
    OSLO (Reuters) - Police in Norway have arrested a Gambian-born man and charged him and his wife with subjecting five of their six daughters to genital mutilation, officials said on Friday. ADVERTISEMENT The practice, also known as female circumcision, is outlawed in Norway and arouses horror among many people in the West but is a rite of passage for young women in many countries, predominantly in Africa. The youngest of the five mutilated girls, all born in Norway, is five years old, police officials said. The others are aged seven, 10, 13 and 14 and live in Gambia, national broadcaster...
  • President plans to kill off every single homosexual

    05/22/2008 5:25:37 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 51 replies · 212+ views
    Afrik ^ | 19 May 2008 | Staff
    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says he will “cut off the head” of any homosexual caught in his country. Addressing supporters at the end of his meet the farmers tour here Sunday, Jammeh also ordered any hotel or motel housing homosexuals to close down, adding that owners of such facilities would also be in trouble. He said the Gambia was a country of believers, indicating that no sinful and immoral act as homosexual would be tolerated in the country. He warned all homosexuals in the country to leave, noting that a legislation “stricter than those in Iran ” concerning the vice...
  • Gambian President's cure for AIDS: green paste & bananas (Islamic medicine)

    02/21/2007 10:07:46 AM PST · by lqclamar · 46 replies · 1,172+ views
    Jammeh has so far refused to disclose details of his herbal concoction, saying only that the treatment uses seven plants - "three of which are not from Gambia." The treatment begins with the president applying the green paste, stored inside a deli-style plastic container. Next is a gray-colored solution, which he splashes on the patient's skin. It is stored inside an old Evian bottle, as is the yellowish, tea-like brew which patients are asked to drink. The therapy is administered numerous times over the course of several weeks. After treating the original nine, Jammeh emerged from his black-tinted treatment chamber,...
  • Gambian dictator's speech about his "cure" for AIDS (plans to share with Fidel)

    02/06/2007 11:42:14 AM PST · by lqclamar · 15 replies · 908+ views
    Gambian Daily Observer ^ | 1-18-07 | Yahya Jammeh
    Speech of President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia to the Gambian Congress, January 18, 2007 “I call you to this meeting and maybe you will wonder why I called you including the two Ambassadors from Cuba and Taiwan. I called the two Ambassadors and of course Rose Clair Charles because you have a direct link with the health delivery system of this country. You know that Cuba is a key partner in our health sector and Taiwan is the force behind the Medical Team in The Gambia. This is a follow up to what I said on GRTS that I will...
  • Iran Introduces AIDS Cure

    02/04/2007 7:24:40 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 49 replies · 4,576+ views
    Fars News Agency ^ | February 5 2007
    After 7 long years of arduous work, Iranian scientists here on Saturday introduced a herbal medicine which cures Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). "The drug named 'IMOD' is completely effective and safe with no proved side effects," Iran's Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Training Kamran Bagheri Lankarani said during a ceremony at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Hospital.
  • Gambian president claims he can cure Aids

    02/03/2007 2:53:49 AM PST · by MadIvan · 18 replies · 807+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 3, 2007 | David Blair
    The president of Gambia has claimed the personal ability to cure HIV-Aids within three days.Yahya Jammeh, who has no medical training but boasts an "extensive knowledge of traditional herbal therapy", said that he would personally cure Gambians struck down by the epidemic after announcing what would be one of the great breakthroughs in medical science, if true. "I am not a witch-doctor," said Mr Jammeh, who seized power in the tiny West African country in a coup 12 years ago. "In fact, you cannot have witch-doctor. You are either a witch or a doctor." A government statement hailed Mr Jammeh's...
  • Hunt for Gambia's mythical dragon (problematic to find because people die within weeks of seeing it)

    07/15/2006 2:05:22 AM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 3,121+ views
    The BBC ^ | July 16, 2006
    Hunt for Gambia's mythical dragon A child's depiction of the ninki-nanka on the expedition's blog A team of UK dragon-hunters is on an expedition in The Gambia to track down a mysterious creature known locally as the "Ninki-nanka".Believed to live in swamps, the ninki-nanka appears in the folklore of many parts of West Africa. It is described as having a horse-like face, a long body with mirror-like scales and a crest of skin on its head. Team leader Richard Freeman told the BBC, evidence so far was sketchy as most people died soon after seeing it. Mr Freeman, a...
  • US and Europe must apologize for slavery: Chavez

    07/02/2006 5:32:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 114 replies · 1,907+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/2/06 | Daniel Flynn
    BANJUL (Reuters) - Europe and the United States should apologize to Africa for the cruelties of slavery, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday, calling on African states to resist modern day U.S. colonialism. Attending a summit of African leaders in Gambia, Chavez said both Africa and Latin America had been blighted by slavery and colonialism for centuries, to the benefit of Europe and North America. "Africa is still weeping ... and Europe does not recognize it. Europe should apologize, get on its knees and apologize," Chavez, invited to attend the summit as a guest, told reporters. "They should lower...
  • Africa invites top anti-Americans to summit

    07/02/2006 2:18:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 580+ views
    My Way News ^ | 7/2/06 | Barry Moody/Reuters
    BANJUL (Reuters) - Two of the world's most anti-American leaders, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attended this weekend's Africa summit in Gambia to the consternation of Western diplomats. Both lived up to their billing with Chavez railing against U.S. "hegemony" and Ahmadinejad blaming Western greed for "poverty, backwardness, regional conflicts, corruption, illicit drugs." The role of West-baiting once fell at AU summits to Libya's colourful leader Muammar Gaddafi but he has now been welcomed into the Western fold and Libya is soon to be taken off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. So why were...
  • GAMBIA: Attempted coup averted, government says

    03/22/2006 6:53:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 294+ views
    Reuters ^ | 22 Mar 2006
    BANJUL, 22 March (IRIN) - The Gambian government has thwarted a coup attempt, a presidential communique said on Wednesday, but it is business as usual in the capital Banjul. "Security forces yesterday discovered that a group of army officers led by Colonel Ndure Cham, former chief of defence staff, were at an advanced stage in their plot to overthrow the constitutional government of The Gambia," said the statement from the office of the president. "All those involved are presently in custody and helping the security forces in their investigation, except the leader who is still at large," it added. An...
  • Senegal May Tunnel Under Gambia

    09/21/2005 9:07:55 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 34 replies · 1,235+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 Sept 2005 | Staff
    Senegal may tunnel under Gambia Senegal's president has suggested building a tunnel under Gambia to link the country's north and south. Gambia - which is a long thin sliver of land surrounded by Senegal - has a stranglehold on the best routes between one part of Senegal and the other. Relations between the two countries have become increasingly frayed since a row over increased ferry charges erupted in August. On Tuesday, some Senegalese soldiers were briefly held in Gambia's capital. The group of soldiers were taking the shortest route between northern Senegal and its southern region, Casamance, which cuts across...
  • Khatami calls Zionist crimes, ethnic disputes, and terrorism main threats to Islamic world

    01/04/2005 5:54:19 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 1 replies · 230+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | January 5, 2005 | Tehran Times
    TEHRAN (MNA) –- President Mohammad Khatami said here on Tuesday that the atrocities committed by the Zionist regime, ethnic disputes, and terrorism are the main threats to the Islamic world. He made the remarks in a meeting with Algeria’s new ambassador to Iran, Mohammad Amin Dragi, saying the two countries should step up efforts to confront common threats and pursue bilateral interests. Khatami praised Algeria for its independence struggle, progress, and development, stressing that the two countries should strive to exploit their potential in the best way possible. The president stated that he had held constructive talks with Algerian officials...
  • African Tribe Worships Salma Hayek's Breasts! (The Headline I've Waited All My Life For...)

    12/09/2004 10:47:58 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 175 replies · 13,725+ views
    Weekly World News ^ | 12/09/04 | Mark Miller
    The Mandinka tribe of Gambia, Africa, adheres to a religious practice completely unique to its people -- they worship actress Salma Hayek's breasts! While most primitive societies tend to pray to animal or ancestral spirits, or to stars and planets as the Mandinkans once did, that all changed in 1995. Mandinkan farmer Danjuma Kianga remembers, through an interpreter, the moment it happened. "As a special treat, Chief Tuamanguluka arranged for a movie to be shown here for the first time ever. The movie was Desperado, starring the blessed Salma Hayek as Carolina, a beautiful woman who works for the local...
  • Cleo A. Noel, Jr. - United States Ambassador

    11/12/2004 9:12:48 AM PST · by gridlock · 6 replies · 670+ views
    The three ambassadors who died violent deaths were Cleo Noel Jr.,killed in March 1973 when Palestinian terrorists struck an embassy in Sudan; Adolph Dubs, killed in 1973 when Afghan police stormed a hotel room where he was being held by terrorists; and Arnold Raphel, who died in 1988 when a plane crashed. Receiving waivers as longtime diplomats with military service were William Rivkin and Philip Crowe. Rivkin, who died in 1967, served as ambassador to Senegal, Gambia and Luxembourg and spent five years of in the Army during World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Crowe, who...
  • Govt. Demands Quick Conclusion of Air Inquiry-Stolen Angolan 727 Aircraft Has US Plates (ID-N844AA)

    05/31/2003 9:19:20 AM PDT · by ewing · 38 replies · 474+ views
    Angola Press ^ | May 31, 2003 5:02 PM | Andre Luis Brandao
    The Angolan Goverment recommended the setting up of mutilsectorian comission to study, evaluate, and propose the adoption of measures aimed at reinforcing security of airports in the country. (after one man walked on the African tarmac and piloted the 727 off to destinations unknown-ed)The Angolan Minister of Transportation Andre Luis Brandao assured that an inquiry is being done and that in his department 'the results are always published' noting that this was a very unusual case.He stressed that this situation will call for urgent and efficient measures to be taken to keep order and security in the '4 de Fevereiro'...
  • Plane disappears after take-off (Luanda, Angola)

    05/28/2003 9:43:42 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 60 replies · 360+ views
    Australia News ^ | May 29, 2003 | Australia News
    A BOEING 727 passenger jet, grounded at Luanda airport a year ago, has disappeared after a mysterious unauthorised take-off, Angola state radio reported today. The plane, chartered by the Angolan airline Airangol, was grounded after being banned from overflying Angolan territory on account of a series of irregularities, said Angola civil aviation director Helder Preza. A witness to the plane's departure on Sunday, airport employee Luis Lopes, said he saw a white man start the empty plane and then take off after a few dangerous land manoeuvres. Airport chief Celso Rosa said there was some evidence to believe the Boeing...
  • Missing Boeing 727 Aircraft - Angola Africa

    05/30/2003 9:54:13 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 16 replies · 490+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) | May 31, 2003 | unknown senior U.S. official
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A senior U.S. official confirms that the government of Angola has reported a missing Boeing 727 aircraft. The plane apparently departed from Angola several days ago on a flight to Burkina Faso, in northwestern Africa, but it never made it to its destination, and its whereabouts are unknown, this official said. The official said there is "no evidence or information to suggest this is terrorist-related," and suggested "it is most likely criminal." According to this official, the plane was leased, and the people involved were behind in their payments. U.S. law enforcement and the intelligence community are...
  • Of Fallen Despots, Uncertain Futures And Satellite Stations (hopeful editorial from Gambia)

    04/15/2003 1:10:58 PM PDT · by dead · 5 replies · 181+ views
    The Independent (Banjul, Gambia) ^ | April 14, 2003 | Baba Galleh Jallow
    Washington, DC: Last week was the most eventful and dramatic of the three weeks since the war on Iraq began. Starting with the cautious entrance of American forces into the Iraqi capital, the third week of Operation Iraqi Freedom ended with the fall of Baghdad, and the definite end of Saddam Hussein's 35 years iron grip on power. One by one, major cities around the country fell to coalition forces and rather quickly, the autocratic regime of Saddam Hussein melted into oblivion. The regime is down, but not out, analysts say. But Saddam Hussein is surely out, though whether he...
  • 2 held for threatening US envoy in Gambia

    01/14/2003 2:26:33 PM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 220+ views
    The Times of India ^ | January 13 2003 | AP
    BANJUL, Gambia: Authorities in the West African nation of Gambia have arrested two people in a suspected plot against the US ambassador there, a US State Department official has said. The plot concerned "a possible threat" to Ambassador Jackson McDonald, the State Department official said in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity. Neither the US embassy officials in the capital, Banjul, nor Gambian military or government officials could immediately be reached for comment. News of Thursday's arrests emerged only late on Sunday. US authorities gave no details. Gambia, a former British colony that won independence in 1965, is a predominantly...
  • Searchers say more than 700 likely dead in ferry sinking off West Africa, 88 bodies recovered

    09/27/2002 12:54:48 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 23 replies · 227+ views
    Associated Press | September 27, 2002 | NAFI DIOUF
    DAKAR, Senegal, Sep 27, 2002 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- An ocean ferry sank off West Africa in a fierce gale, leaving 88 confirmed dead Friday and bodies of more than 670 others believed trapped inside the capsized vessel. Thirty-two of the 796 crew members and passengers were known to have survived, rescued by boats that had been in the area and responded to an alert. The state-owned Joola ferry sank in the Atlantic Ocean about 11 p.m. (2300 GMT) en route to the Senegalese capital, Dakar, from the south of the country. Dive teams recovered 88 bodies, and...