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Christmas mass in Nigeria rocked by terrorist bombing

(December 25th, 2011)

A radical Muslim sect claims responsibility for the blast, which killed 35 people. December 25, 2011|By Gretchen L. Wilson | Times staff writer REPORTING FROM JOHANNESBURG — A bomb blast during Christmas mass left 35 people dead and dozens wounded at a Nigerian church near the nation’s capital of Abuja. The radical Muslim sect Boko […]

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Global Diamond Industry Eyes Abuse in Zimbabwe

(June 21st, 2010)

Members of the international diamond industry will decide whether to expel Zimbabwe over abusive practices in its diamond trade.

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Case checks business roles in apartheid

(October 13th, 2009)

A lawsuit against several multinational companies accused of working with South Africa’s former apartheid government could set a new standard for corporate accountability overseas. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Oil attack puts Nigeria in sticky place

(June 29th, 2009)

Oil prices were dropping until a major militant group in Nigeria said it attacked a Royal Dutch Shell oil platform. Gretchen Wilson reports there are questions about whether Nigeria’s government can quell the violence.

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Fighting for Nigeria’s oil

(June 24th, 2008)

Militant attacks on oil rigs in Nigeria have caused the loss of around 300,000 barrels a day. Scott Jagow talks to Gretchen Wilson in Africa about what the militants want and what governments are doing to control the situation.

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Arms may be headed to Zimbabwe

(April 17th, 2008)

Zimbabwe election results remain under wraps, but today a new twist in the troubled nation’s saga: South African officials confirm a Chinese ship carrying arms has been cleared through South African customs. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Third World export: security guards

(March 26th, 2008)

The number of civilian contractors killed in Iraq last year rose 17%. Not all of them were Americans. Private security firms are increasingly using third-country nationals to support the war. Gretchen Wilson reports from Namibia.

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Private security firms look to Africa for recruits

(March 17th, 2008)

Namibia’s independence war ended nearly 20 years ago, but the experience gained by many soldiers during the conflict has made the country a fertile hunting ground for private security companies seeking recruits for the world’s 21st century wars.

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U.S. Africa Command Sparks Skepticism

(February 15th, 2008)

On his current trip to Africa, President Bush is scheduled to address the U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, a new facility said to be for peacekeeping and anti-terrorism training. But many worry it’s part of a plan to control the continent’s oil resources. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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