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Pfizer begins long-delayed payouts over Nigerian drug trial

US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Thursday began long-awaited compensation payments to families over a 1996 drug trial blamed for the deaths of 11 children and disabilities in dozens of others. But even as the compensation process began, the company faced further criticism since only four families were paid in the…

Al-Qaeda’s E. Africa chief killed in Mogadishu: sources

MOGADISHU (AFP) – Al-Qaeda’s presumed head in east Africa, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, wanted for blowing up the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, died in a shootout in the Somali capital, officials said Saturday. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacted immediately, calling it a “significant blow to Al-Qaeda, its…