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February 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Nigeria held out the prospect of ending fighting in Sierra Leone through dialogue, but the move came too late for 50 refugees who drowned at sea while fleeing the battles. While extending an olive branch, Nigerians leading the regional peacekeeping force reported new gains in their drive to oust the unrecognized army junta in the capital, Freetown. Peacekeeping officials said troops seized a junta stronghold on a hill overlooking the capital and rescued hundreds of trapped civilians.
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March 22, 1998 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Pope John Paul II, the first prominent visitor in years to a nation widely scorned for its harsh repression of dissent, urged Nigeria's military rulers Saturday to free about 60 prisoners and to "guarantee respect for human life and for human rights." The Roman Catholic leader coupled his criticism with praise for Nigeria's peacekeeping efforts in West Africa, including an armed intervention last month that booted out a military junta and restored elected leaders in neighboring Sierra Leone.
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March 22, 1998 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Pope John Paul II, the first prominent visitor in years to a nation widely scorned for its harsh repression of dissent, urged Nigeria's military rulers Saturday to free about 60 prisoners and to "guarantee respect for human life and for human rights." The Roman Catholic leader coupled his criticism with praise for Nigeria's peacekeeping efforts in West Africa, including an armed intervention last month that booted out a military junta and restored elected leaders in neighboring Sierra Leone.
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February 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Nigeria held out the prospect of ending fighting in Sierra Leone through dialogue, but the move came too late for 50 refugees who drowned at sea while fleeing the battles. While extending an olive branch, Nigerians leading the regional peacekeeping force reported new gains in their drive to oust the unrecognized army junta in the capital, Freetown. Peacekeeping officials said troops seized a junta stronghold on a hill overlooking the capital and rescued hundreds of trapped civilians.
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June 11, 1997 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nigeria's current efforts to reinstate the ousted civilian government of Sierra Leone and restore democracy to that impoverished West African nation carry a certain irony: Nigeria is ruled by a military regime that itself took power by force in 1993 and has no credibility as a defender of democracy. But Africa's most populous nation is trying to clean up its reputation as a bastion of political and social injustice. Nigerian strongman Gen.
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June 11, 1997 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nigeria's current efforts to reinstate the ousted civilian government of Sierra Leone and restore democracy to that impoverished West African nation carry a certain irony: Nigeria is ruled by a military regime that itself took power by force in 1993 and has no credibility as a defender of democracy. But Africa's most populous nation is trying to clean up its reputation as a bastion of political and social injustice. Nigerian strongman Gen.
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