Africa

Buildings Burn in Latest Central Nigeria Clashes

Witnesses report renewed violence in the Nigerian city of Jos, where authorities are trying to halt a wave of fighting between Muslim and Christian gangs. Residents say rioters set fire to at least two fuel stations and a number of cars and buildings Saturday. Witnesses say as many as 15 people were killed in the violence, though local officials could not confirm the figure

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Nigeria: Candidate for Governor Killed

Nigerian police say gunmen have killed a leading candidate for governor and six other people in the northeastern state of Borno. Police say candidate Modu Fannami Gubio had just attended Friday prayers in the city of Maiduguri when gunmen on motorcycles shot him and those with him outside his family home

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Governments of Some African Nations Among World’s Most Abusive

In the annual report issued Monday by New York-based Human Rights Watch, several African nations were cited for their alleged human rights abuses. Among those on the list of the organization's most abusive countries are Congo and Zimbabwe. The report also complained about what it called the “soft” approach Western nations have taken toward “certain favored African autocrats,” like Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ethiopia's Meles Zenawi

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US Backs One-Month Ban on Ivory Coast Cocoa Exports

The United States has thrown its support behind a one-month ban on cocoa exports from Ivory Coast, endorsing a call by the internationally recognized leader of that country, Alassane Ouattara. A State Department spokesman said it is a strategy designed to force the current Ivory Coast president, Laurent Gbagbo, to relinquish power and let Mr. Ouattara assume the nation's leadership

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Liberia: FrontPage Africa Editor Freed After Controversial Jailing

The publisher and editor-in-chief of Liberia’s FrontPage Africa online and newspaper was released late Sunday night from jail where he had been since Saturday. Liberia’s Supreme Court sentenced Rodney Sieh for 30 days on contempt charges for publishing a reader’s letter to the editor in its 25th October 2010 print edition critical of one of the court's justices

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South Sudan: 99% Vote for Independence

Results from southern Sudan's landmark referendum show nearly 99 percent of voters supporting regional independence. The results, posted on the referendum commission's website Sunday, show just 45,000 voters out of 3.8 million voting for continued unity with the north. The commission said the results are provisional but noted that vote counting is virtually complete. Results are due to be validated in early February

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ECOWAS fires bank head for releasing cash to Gbagbo

West African regional leaders have forced out the head of a regional central bank after he failed to cut off funds to Ivory Coast's embattled President Laurent Gbagbo. West African leaders meeting in Mali announced Saturday they have accepted the resignation of Philippe Dacoury-Tabley. Dacoury-Tabley is a supporter of President Gbagbo and has been accused of safeguarding the president's access to funds

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French Envoy to lose Accreditation in Ivory Coast: Gbagbo

The government of incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo says it has canceled the accreditation of France's envoy, after France recognized his rival, Alassane Ouattara, as the winner of the country's disputed election. A spokesman for Mr. Gbagbo announced the order Saturday on state television. Mr. Ouattara has already named an ambassador to France, Ali Coulibaly

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South Sudan: 90 plus percent want independence

New results from southern Sudan's landmark referendum show more than 90 percent of voters choosing separation from the north. Western news agencies on Thursday reported new, almost-complete vote tallies gathered from polling officials. The results show near-unanimous majorities voting for secession in all 10 of southern Sudan's states. In Lakes state, only 227 voters out of nearly 300,000 voted to remain unified with the north

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Ivory Coast military action within days – Ouattara

The internationally-recognized president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, says a military operation against incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo is now a matter of days. Mr. Ouattara told VOA that his Prime minister, Guillaume Soro, who is traveling across West Africa, is on a mission to set the last details of the operation. He said Mr. Soro will especially focus on his meeting with Goodluck Jonathan

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Switzerland Freezes Assets of Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo, Tunisia’s Ben Ali

Switzerland says it has frozen the assets of Ivory Coast's incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, and Tunisia's former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said Wednesday the move is aimed at ensuring the Swiss financial system does not become a refuge for funds "illegally" obtained from the people of Ivory Coast and Tunisia

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Nigeria: PDP removes Okwesilieze Nwodo as chairman

Nigeria’s ruling party, the PDP, has removed its chairman, just days after President Goodluck Jonathan won the party nomination for president. The former chairman, Okwesilieze Mwodo, was removed after several top party officials objected to his handling of party activities, but critics say his removal is another indication of how unstable the PDP really is

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Mugabe hospitalized in Malaysia

A spokesman for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has denied Mr. Mugabe is ill, after diplomats and political sources said he was hospitalized in Malaysia. George Charamba told the Zimbabwean newspaper Newsday that President Mugabe is on “annual leave” in Malaysia and will return to Zimbabwe soon

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South Sudan Vote Credible – Observers

International observers have given their approval to Sudan's referendum on secession. The European Union said Monday the week-long vote to decide the country's future was credible and carried out peacefully. A group of observers led by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter also said the vote was “consistent with international standards.”

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