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Unrest in Africa growing

The Pentagon says almost 300 Marines have been moved to a naval air station in Sicily in response to the growing unrest in Africa. There is trouble in Sudan, the Central African Republic, Libya and Nigeria. The U.S. is using surveillance drones in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls. Officials say at least one Global Hawk surveillance drone is in use, in addition to manned MC-12 aircraft.

Tags: United States , Africa , unrest , Central African Republic , Libya , Nigeria , kidnapping , drones , Global Hawk , MC-12

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:11pm EDT

US orders some diplomats out of Sudan, Tunisia

The State Department on Saturday ordered the departure of all family members and non-essential U.S. government personnel from its embassies in Sudan and Tunisia and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the two countries due to security concerns over rising anti-American violence.

Tags: State Department , Tunisia ,

Sunday - 09/16/2012, 03:13am EDT

Attempted Hijacking

A Sudanese man used a knife from the in-flight meal to threaten crew members and demanded that the flight be diverted to Jerusalem, the official said. Guards on the flight were able to detain the man and no one was hurt, but it sent a chilling message. It was 10 years ago that Egypt Air Flight 990 in October, plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. All of the 217 people on board were killed. The pilot on that flight deliberately crashed the plane.

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , Hijack , Egypt , Massachusetts

Thursday - 10/22/2009, 11:18am EDT

Census demographer helped bring peace to Sudan

Oliver Fischer is a demographer and a conflict monitoring and response officer with the U.S. Census Bureau and a Sammies award finalist.

Tags: Census , Sammies , SAMMIES 2011 , In Depth

Tuesday - 06/28/2011, 03:53pm EDT