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WORLD
September 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
French commandos stormed a yacht hijacked by Somalian pirates, killing one, capturing six and freeing two French hostages. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the raid was a warning to criminals on the high seas, and he called for other nations to take action against piracy off East Africa. He said Somalian pirates were holding 150 people and at least 15 ships, mainly in Eyl, a Somalian area that serves as a base for the pirates.
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BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
That's the suggestion buried within this item from Reuters. The item reports that Peugeot closed its assembly plant in Nigeria some years ago, and that " Africa's growing middle-class" has shifted out of Peugeot sedans and into Toyota Land Cruisers as status symbols. If this is so, it's proper to mark the end of an era. To old hands in East, South and West Africa, the Peugeot 504 was a familiar sight on highways, byways, dirt roads and mud flats. Our family acquired one shortly after arriving in Nairobi in 1988, and it served us for nearly five years, surviving indescribably potholed roads and one broadsiding by a couple of joyriders from Kenya President Moi's personal motor escort.
WORLD
October 17, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
The gunmen appear calm, almost nonchalant as they saunter through a Kenyan shopping mall firing automatic rifles. Terrified shoppers dive for cover as bullets streak by. Security camera video obtained by CNN from the Westgate mall in Nairobi provides chilling new details of the attack last month that claimed the lives of at least 67 civilians and soldiers and injured many more. During hours of video from the first day of a four-day siege, only four attackers are seen, all of them men, CNN reported . PHOTOS: Westgate mall attack A man lying in a pool of blood attempts to crawl to safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1999 | PAULA PISANI
Ojai resident Rick Ridgeway has sailed to Tahiti, climbed the Himalayas without the use of bottled oxygen, joined the Bicentennial Everest Expedition, survived typhoid in Borneo, almost died in an avalanche and walked across East Africa, dodging herds of angry elephants and cranky hippos. He's also written a number of books on his adventures, produced documentaries, and launched his own line of sleeping bags, tents and packs.
SCIENCE
May 7, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Malagasy people of Madagascar carry the genes from ancestors in nearby East Africa and distant Borneo, suggesting a big migration from Asia to Africa 2,000 years ago, British researchers reported Tuesday. The genetic study, published in the current issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, supports the puzzling finding that the Malagasy language more closely resembles Indonesian dialects than East African tongues.
TRAVEL
April 19, 1992
Your State Department advisory regarding robberies in Kenya and in particular the Masai Mara (News & Briefs, March 8) troubled me because I have just returned from this wonderful country and its popular game park for the second time. Never did I feel threatened nor did I ever feel suspicious of any Kenyan. To the contrary, they (made me) feel very special and treated me with the utmost respect and courtesy. I take with great offense that Kenya was singled out as an "alert" to tourists as I uphold East Africa as my favorite, special corner of the world.
BOOKS
July 2, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Snow traces the evolution of Chinese foreign policy in Africa and attitudes toward Africans, from the first contacts between the cultures in Roman times through the present. Unlike their European counterparts, the Chinese explorers and traders who visited East Africa during the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries showed no interest in conquest or colonization.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1986 | From United Press International
The Hollywood hit movie "Out of Africa" is luring U.S. tourists to East African safari parks despite widespread fears of terrorist attacks abroad, tour operators have reported Cautious American travelers are avoiding routes that would take them through European cities where terrorists have operated in the last year, the operators say.
REAL ESTATE
April 23, 1989
You probably remember African violets as the plants your grandmother raised years ago. African violets are as popular today as they were back then, and now there are dozens of new varieties to choose from. The name African violet is somewhat of a misnomer. The plants aren't violets at all, but gesneriads, close cousins to achimenes, episcia, columnea and gloxinia. African vilets are named after the Dutch baron who discovered them in the mountains of East Africa. African violets are fairly easy to care for and may bloom several times a year if conditions are right.
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