Tuesday, June 9, 1998

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  • Responses to Nigerian Dictator’s Death

    Few tears were shed over the death Monday of Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha, reportedly of a heart attack. General Abdusalam Abubakar was sworn in on Tuesday as Nigeria’s ninth military ruler. Abubakar made no mention of presidential elections looming on August 1, for which Abacha had been the sole candidate. Nigeria’s opposition coalition warned they would not accept another military strongman, and demanded that detained presidential claimant Moshood Abiola be made head of state in the wake of Abacha’s death.

  • United Nations Members Discuss Drug Conference

    Following President Clinton’s address yesterday at the United Nations special session on drugs, a number of Non-governmental organizations and critics of the so-called War on Drugs blasted the president’s message as kicking off what they called a UN pep rally for a failed drug policy. Tune in to a tape of President Clinton’s address and a conversation with some of its critics.

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