Senegalese police clashed Friday night with protesters, firing tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them from downtown Dakar, where protests have been banned. The unrest was part of the opposition against the candidacy of President Abdoulaye Wade ahead of February 26 elections.
Senegal's opposition June 23rd Movement is calling for a mass rally in Dakar on Tuesday to protest a ruling allowing President Abdoulaye Wade to run for a third term as well as to demand the release of dozens of government critics arrested in the wake of weekend rioting that followed the decision.
Truckloads of riot police canvassed Senegal's capital on Saturday, a day after violent clashes erupted after authorities ruled that the African nation's president could run for a third term -- and a popular musician could not run against him.
It's a breathtaking scenario. Hundreds of petrol-heads roaring across some of South America's most stunning landscapes in a grueling two-week endurance race where the competitors are at the mercy of treacherous terrain.
Robby Gordon's multiple victories in different types of racing define him as one of the most versatile drivers in American history. Gordon has wins in NASCAR's Sprint Cup, CART's Indy car, sports car's Daytona 24-Hour and Sebring 12-Hour and the Baja 1,000 off-road race. Starting Sunday, on the day before his 43rd birthday, Gordon will try to become the first American to win the Dakar Rally, a 6,000-mile race that begins in Argentina, crosses the Andes Mountain range into Chile and concludes in Lima, Peru.
If Ernest Hemingway was living, he would undoubtedly be part of the Dakar Rally. The famed novelist and journalist chased adventure around the world, running with the bulls at Pamplona and going on safari in Africa. He'd find the Dakar irresistible, too, the basis of his next great work. It is an ultimate challenge for man and machine.
Robby Gordon celebrated his 40th birthday last Friday in Argentina, where he was overseeing final preparations for Team Dakar USA in the Dakar Rally. An owner-driver just as he is in Sprint Cup, Gordon has put together an impressive effort to win the marathon of endurance races, transplanted this year to South America from Africa because of security concerns.
Greenpeace called on the world's electronics companies to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products, saying toxic waste from wealthy nations' gadgets ends up being dumped in poor countries despite laws prohibiting it
When Hong Kong's notorious Kai Tak airport closed in 1998, frequent fliers breathed a collective sigh of relief at the thought that they would no longer have to endure a perilous right-angled landing through mountains and residential tower blocks.