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LAGOS, Nigeria -- Hundreds of protesters ended their three-day siege of oil platforms in the oil-rich Niger Delta, paddling away in canoes and boats after Royal Dutch-Shell Group and ChevronTexaco Corp. agreed to talks.

It was not clear when operations would fully resume. The protests halted production of 120,000 barrels a day.

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Disarming Northern Ireland

Villagers protested what they said was the lack of local benefits from more than four decades of drilling around their impoverished community, Kula.

RABAT, Morocco -- Five Moroccans held for nearly three years at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay -- including a suspected bodyguard for Osama bin Laden -- went on trial here charged with posing a threat to national security.

Arrested in Pakistan and Afghanistan in late 2001, they were accused of taking courses in handling firearms and making explosives.

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Gun battles between rival militias in the central region of Galgudud have killed at least 42 people, wounded 123 and displaced hundreds of villagers, witnesses and an aid agency said.

Fighting erupted in Galinsoor on Dec. 1, resulting in 29 dead and 30 wounded in the first two days, witnesses said. It spread to other villages and continued Sunday.

-- From News Services

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