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Coup Topples Sao Tome Government

Soldiers toppled the government of tiny West African nation Sao Tome and Principe at dawn on Wednesday while the president of the potentially oil-rich island state was out of the country, residents said. Machinegun fire crackled and grenades boomed around the capital of the former Portuguese colony at about 3 a.m. (0300 GMT), but the shooting did not last long. By morning light in the equatorial country, soldiers wielding machineguns patrolled the streets, having taken control of the television station, the airport and the central bank. Soldiers said they had detained Prime Minister Maria das Neves, who suffers from a heart condition, and other ministers including Public Works Minister Joaquim Rafael Branco. Full Story

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