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05 February 2005 Military News

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  • Nepal`s former prime ministers under house arrest IRNA 05 Feb 2005 -- Taking the military takeover of the King of Nepal to extreme ends, authorities in Kathmandu today arrested former prime minister and Nepali Congress founder and leader Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and Nepali Democratic Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba.
  • WEST AFRICA/DISARMAMENT VOA 05 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is calling for a regional agreement to limit small arms in West Africa to prevent new flareups of fighting. The U.N. refugee chief is in Ivory Coast on the last stop of a four-nation tour to assess repatriation programs for people who fled recently ended conflicts in the region.
  • NEPAL / CRACKDOWN VOA 05 Feb 2005 -- After seizing power earlier this week, Nepal's King Gyanendra ordered strict media censorship, forbidding newspapers from publishing articles critical of the government. While few are optimistic that the king will ease restrictions, some newspapers have found creative ways to get their messages out.

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  • TOGO: Military suspend constitution, Eyadema's son takes power IRIN 06 Feb 2005 -- President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, Africa's longest serving head of state, died on Saturday. The armed forces of the small West African country immediately suspended the constitution and named one of his sons, Faure Essozima Gnassingbe as head of state.
  • TOGO / EYADEMA VOA 05 Feb 2005 -- Togo's army says it has handed over power to Faure Eyadema, one of the sons of Gnassingbe Eyadema, who died earlier in the day. The main opposition leader says this is a military coup.
  • TOGO: President Eyadema dies after 38 years in office, frontiers closed IRIN 05 Feb 2005 -- President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, Africa's longest serving head of state, has died in office after ruling his country continuously for 38 years, Prime Minister Kofi Sama said on Saturday.



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