Africa

Man Sets himself ablaze in Mauritania

A Mauritanian man has set himself on fire, in an act similar to the one that triggered an uprising in Tunisia. Witnesses say the man, identified as Yacoub Ould Dahoud, set fire to himself while in a car parked in front of the presidential palace Monday. Police took him to a hospital after he was removed from the car. His condition is unclear

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Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan Wins PDP Primaries

Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party has selected President Goodluck Jonathan as its candidate in April's presidential election. In Thursday's party vote, Mr. Jonathan won 2,736 votes, compared to 805 for former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. Only one delegate voted for veteran politician Sarah Jibril. In speeches ahead of the vote, Mr. Jonathan cast himself as the person best able to change the country

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Gbagbo supporters attack UN forces in Ivory Coast

The United Nations says three U.N. vehicles in Ivory Coast have been attacked and burned by youths loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo. A spokesman for the U.N. mission in Ivory Coast says the attack occurred Thursday in the Riviera district of the main city, Abidjan. There were no immediate reports of casualties

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Nigeria: PDP To choose between Atiku and Jonathan

Leaders of Nigeria's ruling party meet Thursday to choose their presidential candidate, amid tight security following a series of bombings. Security officials say thousands of police, soldiers and civil defense forces are on patrol in the capital, Abuja, to guard against any disruption of the ruling People's Democratic Party primary

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Obasanjo in Ivory Coast to talk to Gbagbo and Ouattara

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was in Ivory Coast Sunday, making a new effort to mediate the country's political crisis. Officials familiar with the situation say Mr. Obasanjo arrived in the main city of Abidjan on Saturday and held separate talks with incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alassane Ouattara

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South Sudan: Rebels kill six on eve of independence referendum

South Sudanese officials say rebel attacks in an oil-rich area along the dividing line with north Sudan have killed at least six people in two days. The incidents come as southern Sudanese count down the hours until polls open for a week-long referendum on independence. A spokesman for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army that is responsible for security in southern Sudan said the attacks occurred in separate clashes in neighboring states

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Nigeria: CPC Picks Buhari For President

A Nigerian opposition party has chosen a former military ruler as its candidate in the country's April presidential elections. The Congress for Progressive Change nominated General Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting Tuesday in Abuja. General Buhari ruled Nigeria from January 1984 to August 1985. President Goodluck Jonathan's People's Democratic Party is set to hold its presidential primary January 13 ahead of the April 9 national elections

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ECOWAS Leaders Return to Ivory Coast Monday Not to Negotiate

Three presidents from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are expected in Ivory Coast Monday to reiterate the regional bloc’s demand that embattled President Laurent Gbagbo leave power and give way to his rival Alassane Ouattara. The leaders will be joined by African Union envoy and Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga

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Policeman killing: Nigeria points finger at Boko Haram

Authorities in northern Nigeria are blaming a radical Muslim sect for the death of a policeman killed early on Monday. Police in Borno state say two gunmen on motorcycles followed the officer home from work and shot him near his house in the city of Maiduguri. Authorities suspect the gunmen are members of extremist group Boko Haram, which has been blamed for a string of attacks on police and government officials in recent months

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Gbagbo’s Young Patriots Threaten attack in Ivory Coast

So-called Young Patriots who support incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast are now threatening street protests against his rival, internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara. Friday, the Young Patriots leader who is now the Youth Minister in the disputed Gbagbo government, Charles Ble Goude, reiterated a warning against Mr. Ouattara and the United Nations

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Ivory Coast: Protest at Ivorian Embassy in Washington

The Ivory Coast battle over ambassadors has moved to Washington where supporters of internationally-recognized President Alasanne Ouattara apparently forced the Ivorian embassy to shut down. Incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to step down following elections in November, despite growing outside pressure including from diplomatic postings

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Ivory Coast: Gbagbo minister urges attack on Ouattara ‘headquarters’

A minister in Ivory Coast's government is urging supporters of incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to seize the Abidjan hotel where his rival, Alassane Ouattara, has set up headquarters under U.N. protection. Youth Minister Charles Ble Goude told an Ivorian newspaper Thursday that Mr. Ouattara has until January 1 to leave the hotel where he has been organizing an internationally recognized government

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Ivory Coast Crisis Threatens to Bring Genocide: Diplomat

Ivory Coast's new U.N. ambassador said Wednesday the ongoing dispute over who won last month's presidential election is pushing his country to the brink of genocide.Meanwhile, Mr. Gbagbo's minister of youth and employment has urged supporters to seize the Abidjan hotel where Mr. Ouattara has set up his headquarters under U.N. protection

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