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US Pledge on Africa Terror

US President George W Bush has completed a five-nation tour of Africa by warning that terrorists will not be permitted to operate out of the continent. “We will not allow terrorists to threaten the people of Africa, or use Africa as a base to threaten the world,” he told reporters following talks in the Nigerian capital Abuja with President Olusegun Obasanjo. The United States has already established a military presence in the Horn of Africa as part of its drive to prevent the al-Qaeda network from spreading its influence in the region. Efforts to bring peace to Liberia, the Aids crisis in Africa and trade links between the US and Nigeria were also on the agenda at the Abuja meeting. Mr Bush repeated his demand that Liberian President Charles Taylor must step down to avert a bloodbath there. Nigeria is leading efforts to establish a peacekeeping force in Liberia, where a fragile ceasefire is holding between government and rebel fighters. Full Story

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