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Bush Vows to Stop Terrorists Using Africa as Base

President Bush warned on Saturday he would not allow terrorists to use Africa as a springboard to threaten the world as he ended a five-nation African trip that underlined a major U.S. policy shift. Bush, wrapping up his trip in Nigeria — a major U.S. oil supplier — issued fresh vows to help restore peace to war-ruined Liberia, provide funds for Africa to fight its AIDS scourge and promote economic development on the world’s poorest continent. “We will not allow terrorists to threaten African people or to use Africa as a base to threaten the world,” Bush said in a speech in Abuja, capital of West Africa’s powerhouse state, on the last stop of his first trip to black Africa. Bush has reassessed Africa’s strategic importance because of growing U.S. reliance on its oil and fears its porous borders and swathes of lawless territory could prove attractive to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda. Full Story

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