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Hostages Held on Nigerian Oil Rigs

Negotiations are taking place to free as many as 100 foreign oil workers who are being held hostage on four separate oil rigs off the Nigerian coast. Local employees took control of the platform after some of their colleagues were sacked, but their specific demands remain unclear. The siege has been going on for more than a week but has only recently come to public attention. The nationalities of those being held has not been officially released, but it is believed there are at least 50 Britons and 20 Americans among them. The US firm operating the rigs, Transocean, is giving away few details and the first indications that any workers were being held at all only emerged following telephone conversations between the hostages and their families. Full Story

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