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Eleven Foreign Oil Workers Freed from Nigerian Rig

Eleven foreign oil workers, including eight believed to be French nationals, were released from a rig off Nigeria Tuesday after being trapped there by contractors angry about pay, a government official said. Nigerian contractors blocked the helicopter landing pad on the rig off the coast of Bayelsa state Sunday to prevent the expatriate staff from leaving. Disputes between local communities and oil companies are frequent in the Niger delta, where extreme poverty and neglect have fueled a violent conflict in which about 1,000 people die every year.Full Story

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