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Freed Foreign Hostages Head for Nigerian Port

The first large group of freed foreign hostages headed for a Nigerian port on Saturday after being held by striking local workers on offshore oil rigs for more than two weeks. Port officials said two boats carrying a total of about 60 people had left the M.G. Hulme rig, one of four operated by Houston-based Transocean Inc . The strike and hostage crisis began on the four platforms on April 16 with almost 400 people on board. The nearly 100 foreign workers held captive included 35 Britons and 17 Americans. The Hulme is on contract to TotalFinaElf and the other three are drilling for Royal Dutch/Shell . All are in southern Nigeria’s Gulf of Guinea. Full Story

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