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AFRICAN AIRLINES IN THE DOCK OVER SAFETY RECORD

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JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 1 (IRIN) - An African Union (AU) body has urged airlines o­n the continent to register for a mandatory safety audit, and called for old planes to be taken out of service.

LIBERIA: OUTGOING OFFICIALS MAKE OFF WITH THE FURNITURE

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MONROVIA, Feb. 1 (IRIN) - Members of Liberia's outgoing transitional government have vacated offices to make way for elected successors, taking their computers, desks, chairs and even carpets with them, civil servants told IRIN o­n Monday.

NIGERIA: MILITANTS FREE FOREIGN OIL WORKERS BUT VOW MORE ATTACKS

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PORT HARCOURT, Feb. 1 (IRIN) - Four foreign oil workers were released o­n Monday after being held hostage for 19 days by ethnic Ijaw militants in Nigeria's turbulent Niger Delta.

SOUTH AMERICAN DRUG TRAFFICKERS REPORTED IN GUINEA BISSAU

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Feb. 1 (IRIN) - Drug trafficking gangs shipping South American narcotics to Europe are using the tiny West African nation of Guinea Bissau as a transit centre, drawn by the cash-strapped government's lack of capacity to tackle the problem, warned UN officials.

IVORIAN PRESIDENT DISCARDS U.N. PLAN FOR PEACE

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Jan. 31 (GIN) - In apparent defiance of peacemaking efforts of the United Nations, Cote d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo announced this week he would not disband parliament even though its term has expired.

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