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NIGERIA/FOOTBALLER RANSOM: Representatives for Nigerian football player John Obi Mikel say he has received a ransom demand for the return of his missing father. Michael Obi has not been seen since last Friday in the central Nigerian city of Jos, and family members say he was kidnapped. The Sport Entertainment & Media Group says that reports of a $130,000 ransom demand for the release of Mikel's father are not true.
LIBYA: Libyan rebels say they have seized the government's last functioning oil refinery in a city west of Tripoli, as they continue to push towards the capital in a bid to force leader Moammar Gadhafi from power.
MOZAMBIQUE/SOUTH AFRICA: Mozambique and South Africa will soon issue a single visa for individuals traveling to both countries.
ZIMBABWE BANKER: Authorities in Taiwan have arrested a fugitive Zimbabwean banker on an Interpol warrant.
UN/MALAWI: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has welcomed steps toward dialogue by the Malawian government and civil society organizations following last month's deadly violence.
SUDAN GRAVES: A U.S.-based group says new satellite imagery has identified three new mass graves in the southern part of Sudan.
FRANCE/RWANDA: Rwanda's government says President Paul Kagame will make an official visit to France next month, the first by a Rwandan head of state since 1990.
IFRC/ETHIOPIA: A senior official of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies who has just returned from Ethiopia tells VOA millions of drought affected people are living on the edge and are having great deal of difficulty coping. She says the indigenous Ethiopian population is largely being overlooked because of the focus on Somali refugees in the camps. She says urgent action must be taken and the Red Cross is in the process of scaling up its operations for these people.
FAO/SOMALIA: The UN Food and Agricultural Organizaiton is hosting a high-level meeting in Rome today to agree on steps to spark a short-term agricultural recovery, such as cash for work for agricultural and water harvesting, seed distribution, vaccination and animal feeding, irrigation and food storage.
GULF OF GUINEA PIRACY: Piracy attacks are escalating in the Gulf of Guinea, endangering the future of one of the world's emerging shipping hubs and highlighting the weak state of maritime security in West Africa.