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    Confusion surrounded the fate of a missing Canadian UN special envoy in Niger on after a dissident Tuareg rebel faction in the West African state first said it was holding him and then denied it, Reuters reported. The contradictory statements about UN envoy Robert Fowler were posted on the website of the Front of Forces for Rectification (FFR), a faction which split from the main Niger Tuareg-led rebel group MNJ (Niger Justice Movement) in May. UN officials said on the vehicle in which Fowler, his Canadian aide Louis Guay and a local driver were traveling was found abandoned at the weekend northeast of the capital Niamey. The engine of the UN vehicle was still running, they said.

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