2 in Muslim vigilante group sentenced in 1998 bombing
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Two members of a Muslim vigilante group were sentenced to 30 years in jail Friday for their role in bombing a police station three years ago, state radio reported.
Faizel Waggie and Ismael Edwards, who belonged to People Against Gangsterism and Drugs, were sentenced to 15 years each for bombing the Landsdowne police station and another 15 years for three counts of attempted murder, the South African Broadcasting Corp. radio reported.
Authorities said PAGAD is responsible for a wave of bombings at restaurants, bars and police stations over the last three years that have killed three people and injured scores of others.
Waggie is already serving a 15-year prison term and Edwards 25 years for previous offenses. Part of the new sentences will run concurrently with their current terms.
Late Emilie Schindler lauded for role in saving Jews
MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- Representatives of Germany and Israel lauded the late Emilie Schindler on Friday, saying the attention paid to her husband's efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust overshadowed her own heroism.
Emilie Schindler, wife of the late Oskar Schindler, was buried Friday in the village of Waldkraiburg, in the German state of Bavaria. She died a week ago at a hospital in Strausberg, outside Berlin, where she had been brought in July. The cause of death was not announced, but news reports have said she suffered a stroke. She was 93.
The Schindlers' campaign to save at least 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust went largely unnoticed until Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film came out in 1993.
Although the film made little mention of Emilie Schindler's contribution to helping save Jews, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial says she prevented the Nazis from sending a trainload of nearly starved Jewish prisoners to Auschwitz. Yad Vashem bestowed her with the "Righteous among the Nations" award in 1993.
Nigerian gets prison time for kidnapping 3 Americans
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan judge sentenced a Nigerian man to seven years in prison on Friday for kidnapping three Americans in April and holding them for a $5.2 million ransom.
Augustine Azubuike Nwanga was convicted Friday in the kidnappings of the Rev. William Daniel Marrow of Norfolk, Va., James Edwards Harrel of San Diego, and Jurgen Robert Ahlmann of Escondido, Calif.
Nwanga lured the three Americans to Nairobi by claiming to have $9.5 million worth of diamonds to export. He also said he was looking for investors in a fish export business.
The Americans arrived in Kenya on April 14 and were held for 10 days before Kenyan police, in cooperation with the FBI, raided the Nairobi house where they were being held.
Nairobi Chief Magistrate Boaz Olao convicted Nwanga on three counts of kidnapping and three counts of demanding money by false pretenses. He could have faced 29 years in prison but will serve his sentences concurrently.
330,00 Liberian civilians displaced by fighting
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- President Charles Taylor said fighting between government troops and dissidents in northern Liberia had displaced about 330,000 civilians.
Liberian rebels have waged a low-level insurgency, mostly in northern Lofa County, since 1999.
Taylor says the rebels are backed by neighboring Guinea and have bases there. Guinea denies the claims and accuses Liberia of backing its own Guinean dissidents.
Taylor said four northern towns -- Salayea, Zorzor, Voinjama and Foya -- had been completely emptied of their inhabitants. The latest fighting was taking places around the town of Kolahun, near the Guinean border, he said.
The London-based human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Oct. 15 that Liberian troops had raped women and mistreated others in the war.
Taylor denied the claims, but accused rebels of carrying out similar atrocities.