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Sectarian strife roils Nigeria amid strike

(January 10th, 2012)

An attack targeting Muslims leaves one dead in Nigeria’s largely Christian south. A nationwide strike over the end of fuel subsidies continues for a second day. January 10, 2012|By Gretchen L. Wilson and Victor Okhai, Los Angeles Times Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa, and — Unrest continued to spread across Nigeria on Tuesday amid new […]

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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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Oil discovered off coast of Mozambique

(August 19th, 2010)

U.S. oil company Anadarko has discovered oil off the coast of Mozambique. It’s the first time oil has been discovered near this part of East Africa. It’s still unclear whether getting the oil out of the sea floor will make economic sense. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Equatorial Guinea not seeing oil money

(July 9th, 2009)

Equatorial Guinea’s GDP has increased more than 5,000 percent since it discovered huge offshore oil reserves in the early 1990’s. But Human Rights Watch says the country’s half a million people haven’t seen that wealth. 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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Nigeria’s efforts at peace in oil sector

(September 11th, 2008)

Determined to quell militant violence in the oil-rich but impoverished Niger Delta, the Nigerian government has set up peace talks and established a ministry for the region. Gretchen Wilson explains.

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Angolans vote for first time in 16 years

(September 5th, 2008)

Today’s election in Angola is significant worldwide because the African nation — in peace after a decades-long war — has major stores of oil, gems and metals. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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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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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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China Speaks Out on Darfur

(February 20th, 2008)

Pledging $100 million to Darfur peace efforts, President Bush noted human suffering should preempt commercial interests. Gretchen Wilson reports what China is saying and that the country is calling on the West to do more.

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