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3 Boston University Students Killed In New Zealand Crash

(NEW YORK) -- Three Boston University students who were studying in New Zealand were killed Saturday when their minivan crashed near the vacation town of Taupo on the country’s North Island.

Police said two identical minivans carrying students were just minutes from their destination when one van drifted left going around a bend. After the wheels touched gravel, the driver over-corrected, causing the van to roll.

The dead were identified as Daniela Lekho ’13, Roch Jauberty ’14 and Austin Brashears ’13.

Five other students riding in the van were injured and one was described as critical.

Kevin Taylor, a police official, speculated some of the students were not wearing seat belts because they were thrown from the vehicle.  The students had been en route to Tongariro Crossing, one of New Zealand’s most famous hiking sites.

“This is a horrible tragedy,” said Robert Brown, president of Boston University. “Our prayers go out the students and their families. We will do all we can to provide comfort and assistance to those who have been injured, and to the families and friends of the victims.”

The university’s New Zealand program, which is based in Auckland, has 50 students and integrates academic study with professional internships.

None of the passengers in the second van were injured.

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US Offered Dictator a Professorship to Step Down, Officials Say

ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down following a loss to his political rival in last November’s election, the U.S. floated several offers to entice him to cede power, according to U.S. officials. Among them was a professor position at Boston University, which is home to an African President-in-Residence program.

“I can say that after the November 28 election, the State Department did reach out to Mr. Gbagbo's staff and contacts to discuss the results of the election, first and foremost, and the need for him to step aside and allow for a transition to take place,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner says.

Gbagbo, of course, ignored the offers and refused to step aside. The offer expired at the end of December. Instead, he stepped up a military campaign against Alassane Ouattara, who won the election. Over the next several months the conflict became increasingly violent and culminated with a weeks-long siege on Gbagbo’s stronghold in the city of Abidjan.

On Monday, Gbagbo was finally captured by military forces, though some violence has continued in the form of reprisal attacks.

According to the Boston Globe, Charles Stith, director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at BU, which sponsors fellowships for African leaders, declined to confirm whether former President Gbagbo was offered such a position. The paper also reported that Senator James Inhore, R-Okla., was asked by the State Department to convey the offer to Gbagbo.

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