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EGYPT: Mubarak's name verboten

An Egyptian court ordered the name of Hosni Mubarak and his wife Suzanne removed from all public facilities and institutions Thursday, the latest step in dismantling the legacy of the former president's 29 years in power. There are hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of schools, streets, squares and libraries that bear his name or that of his wife. Mubarak, ousted Feb. 11, is under detention in a hospital for investigation on charges of corruption and the deadly shooting of protesters. His wife, who wielded behind-the-scenes influence in running the country, is due to be questioned over allegations of illegally amassing wealth.


UGANDA: Opposition leader arrested

The bookshelves of the top opposition leader reveal his ambitions: "The Audacity of Hope" by Barack Obama. "Winning" by former GE chief Jack Welch. Kizza Besigye's books are mostly about grass roots mobilization and effective communication, skills he is putting to the test as he tries to mobilize the masses against President Yoweri Museveni. His efforts have gotten him arrested four times in two weeks, most recently Thursday when police fired tear gas to disperse his supporters. Two months after returns showed him losing elections for the third straight time to Museveni, Besigye's popularity seems to be growing. He is tapping into anger over food and fuel prices.


INDIAN OCEAN: Commandos rout pirates

South Korean commandos stormed a container ship hours after it was attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean on Thursday and freed all crew members unharmed, officials said. An Italian-flagged vessel with 21 crew was also hijacked by Somali pirates Thursday, the European Union's anti-piracy task force said. Hanjin Shipping Co. spokeswoman Sonya Cho said the commando raid was carried out by the Choi Young, a helicopter-carrying warship with a crew of 200. She said the pirates who attacked the 75,000-ton Hanjin Tianjin about 250 miles east of Yemen's Socotra island were not found by the commandos.

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