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2006-08-26 17:36:36

By Abdoulaye Massalatchi NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger said on Saturday two Italian tourists kidnapped by a former Saharan rebel group had been moved out of the country by their captors to a neighboring state but gave no further details. The two hostages were part of a group of more than 20 mainly Italian tourists seized while traveling in a convoy of vehicles in desert terrain in the West African country on Monday. The other hostages were freed on Tuesday. "The (two) abducted tourists...

2006-08-26 16:22:43

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Two Italian tourists kidnapped in Niger by a former Saharan rebel group have been moved out of the West African country by their hostage takers, the government in Niamey said on Saturday without giving further details. "The abducted tourists are no longer on Niger's territory but in a neighboring country. The authorities in Niger ... are doing their best to obtain their release," Niger's government spokesman Mohamed Ben Omar told national television. The tourists...

2006-08-25 15:27:26

By Nick Tattersall DAKAR (Reuters) - A little known Saharan rebel group threatened to kill two Italian tourists it kidnapped this week in southeastern Niger if the army attacked to release them, French radio reported on Friday. The pair were part of a group of 20 mainly Italian tourists captured on Monday while traveling in a convoy of off-road vehicles. Eighteen of the tourists were released on Tuesday. "The two hostages are here, sitting beside us," a man who said he represented...

2006-08-22 12:16:48

ROME (Reuters) - Two Italian tourists are still being held by bandits in Niger, after most of their tour group was released, the Italian foreign ministry said on Tuesday. "Two people, both Italians, are being held," the ministry said in a statement. The ministry said it had established contact with other members of the group. It said earlier that 21 Italians had been abducted on Monday and later released in the desert area of south-east Niger, near the border with Chad.

2005-07-31 09:01:05

By Matthew Green TAHOUA, Niger (Reuters) - The United Nations has more than doubled the number of people it plans to feed in Niger over the past few days as dwindling food supplies in villages bring people closer to the brink of starvation. The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) now aims to provide emergency rations to 2.5 million people compared to the 1.2 million it said it aimed to help last week, reflecting a major increase in the scale of its response. "We are increasing the number to...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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