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General News Archive - January 30, 2006

LAGOS (Reuters) - Four foreign oil workers held hostage by Nigerian militants were released on Monday and were well, a government spokesman said. The hostages -- an American, Briton, Bulgarian and Honduran -- were abducted from an offshore oilfield operated by Royal Dutch Shell on January 11.

Enron Corp.'s former top bosses Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling will enter a federal courtroom on Monday to face the jury that will judge whether the two took part in the fraud that brought down the company.

By Austin Ekeinde YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian militants released four foreign oil workers on Monday, ending a 19-day hostage crisis that also saw Nigerian oil output cut by a tenth.

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Woodruff and Doug Vogt are no strangers to combat or sticky situations. Like hundreds of other journalists, both built their careers on going to war zones and bringing back the story.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants who released four foreign hostages on Monday said they would continue their attacks on the oil industry with the aim of reducing 30 percent of Nigeria's exports in February.

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Two policemen were killed and 20 people were wounded when a suicide bomber in a car attacked their barracks in the southern city of Nassiriya on Monday, police said. Police said the wounded also included soldiers and civilians.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Iranian officials will present to the European Union on Monday what they call a compromise plan aimed at halting a transfer of Iran's case to the U.N. Security Council, a diplomat with access to the Iranian position said.

TORONTO (Reuters) - A group of Canadian miners, trapped by a fire in a potash mine for 24 hours, were finally brought to the surface after the mine was cleared of fire and smoke, a mine official said on Monday. The fire, which broke out at 3 a.m.

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria is likely to sign a deal at the end of April to establish two U.S. military bases on its territory, Defense Minister Veselin Bliznakov said in an interview published on Monday.

By Matt Daily HOUSTON (Reuters) - Jury selection was set to begin on Monday in the long-awaited trial of former Enron Corp. chief executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling for their roles in the spectacular 2001 collapse of the former energy trading giant.

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