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Kidnapped French priest set free in the Cameroon

A French Catholic priest kidnapped in the Cameroon was released on Monday, after he spent weeks in the custody of Islamic militants in the far north of the country, near the Nigerian border.

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A confidential Nigerian government report obtained by Reuters said that French and Cameroonian negotiators handed over the money before the hostages were set free.

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"We are all very tired but normal life will now resume," Tanguy said in Yaounde today.

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Cameroon bans night travel to fight drunk driving

All night-time public transit will be banned in Cameroon in an attempt to curb the high rate of drunk driving accidents on the country's roads.
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Traffic in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde. Cameroon has banned all night-time public transport on roads, including buses and taxis, in an attempt to curb accidents caused by drunk driving. (MARTIN VAN DER BELEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Cameroon is banning all night-time public transit, including buses and taxis, because of the high rate of fatal accidents caused by drunk driving on the country’s bad roads.

"Night traffic represents just about 5 percent of human transport, but represents 35 percent of road accidents," Aoudou Dotel Moussa from Cameroon’s transport ministry told Reuters.

Cameroon has some of Africa's worst roads. Less than 20 percent of the country’s roads are paved, the BBC reports.

About 1,258 people died in road accidents last year, with another 5,000 wounded, according to the transport ministry.

The night travel ban will be in effect between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Many Cameroonians have criticized the ban, including bar and night-club owners who say it will destroy their businesses.

Vegetable hawkers say the decision to halt all inter-city bus service at night will make it impossible for them to get produce to market, because their vegetables will wilt in the extreme midday heat.


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