Africa

West Africa Struggles to End Ivory Coast Crisis

Three West African leaders say they will return to Ivory Coast next week to press incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to yield power to the internationally recognized winner of last month's presidential election. The presidents of Benin, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone met with Mr. Gbagbo Tuesday to demand he accept the results of last month's election. However, they left Ivory Coast Wednesday after inconclusive talks and went to Nigeria to meet with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

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Gbagbo: Any use of force to remove me will lead to war

Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo says any attempt to use force to remove him from power could start a war in West Africa. Mr. Gbagbo told France's Le Figaro newspaper Sunday that no one can trample on Ivory Coast's laws and constitution. Both Mr. Gbagbo and political rival Allassane Ouattara claim they won last month's presidential election. The international community is recognizing Mr. Ouattara as the winner, and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS is threatening to use force to get Mr. Gbagbo to leave

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Nigeria: Religious violence in Jos between muslims and christians

New religious clashes broke out in central Nigeria Sunday, two days after bombings that killed 32 people in the city of Jos . Witnesses report that buildings were set on fire in Jos in the clashes between armed Christian and Muslim groups. Security forces were sent to break up the fighting, as smoke billowed over the area. There are unconfirmed reports of people being injured in the Sunday clashes

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Ivory Coast: Refugees Flee To Liberia As Tensions Grow

The United Nations says 14,000 Ivorians have fled to neighboring Liberia as tensions grow following the country's disputed presidential election. The U.N. refugee agency said Saturday that most of the refugees are women and children and said it is seeing more malnourished children and people suffering from malaria and other diseases

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Uganda: President Museveni will arrest Besigye if he announces election results

In Uganda, the candidate for a four-party coalition in next year’s presidential election told VOA he will not be intimidated by President Yoweri Museveni’s threats ahead of the elections. Kizza Besigye was reacting to a warning from President Museveni that he would arrest and imprison Besigye if the opposition leader announces his own election results from the 18th February presidential poll

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China gives Nigeria $900 Million Loan

China has boosted its investments in Africa with a $900 million loan to Nigeria for infrastructure improvements. Nigeria's finance minister said Thursday Chinese contractors will be used to build a $500 million railway between the capital, Abuja, and the northern city Kaduna

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ECOWAS Leaders Hold Second Emergency Meeting On Ivory Coast Crisis

West African leaders are holding emergency talks in the Nigerian capital Abuja Friday on how best to address the escalating crisis in the Ivory Coast. Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to step down as president has resulted in deadly violence. The meeting is the second this month by the 15 member Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) since last month's election

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United Nations Recognizes Ouattara As Ivory Coast President

The United Nations General Assembly has recognized Alssane Ouattara as the winner of Ivory Coast's presidential election. The 192-nation world body adopted a resolution Thursday that accepted Mr. Ouattara's choice for the country's ambassador to the United Nations. The move gives a boost to Mr. Ouattara's bid to unseat Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to step down after last month's disputed election

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EU Sends Millions In Humanitarian Aid to Ivory Coast

The United States says it is talking with African nations about the possibly of boosting international peacekeepers in Ivory Coast as the political crisis there continues. State Department officials say they are talking with West African nations and France, Ivory Coast's former colonial ruler. U.S. officials say any move to increase the 10,000-person U.N. peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast would not be aimed at deposing incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, but rather to deter him from using his own forces to stay in power

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Ivory Coast: Over 170 people killed in post election violence

Diplomats at the United Nations say more than 170 people have been killed in violence following Ivory Coast's disputed election. They say there are substantiated reports of the killings, as well as instances of torture and other mistreatment. The situation in Ivory Coast was discussed Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva

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World Bank Freezes Financing For Ivory Coast

The World Bank says it has frozen financing for Ivory Coast, where incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo is clinging to power in the face of global criticism. World Bank President Robert Zoellick announced the freeze Wednesday, after talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris. The move increases pressure on Mr. Gbagbo to hand power to rival Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognized winner of last month's presidential election

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Ivory Coast: more than 50 people killed – UN

The United Nations is reporting a wave of killings and abductions in Ivory Coast, where incumbent leader Laurent Gbgabo is refusing to give up power. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, issued a statement Sunday saying more than 50 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in violence since Thursday

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Ivory Coast: Gbagbo demands UN peacekeepers leave the country

The demand came a few hours after the U.N. mission reported an attack on its base in Abidjan. The mission said men in military uniforms opened fire on the base overnight, prompting return fire from peacekeepers. There were no reports of injuries in the exchange. The U.N. has called on Mr. Gbagbo to step down in favor of Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognized winner of last month's presidential runoff election

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Ivory Coast: Violence Pushing Ivorian Refugees Into Guinea

The United Nations refugee agency reports the number of people fleeing Ivory Coast continues to rise. It says more than 4,200 Ivorians now have fled fearing an eruption of civil war in the wake of the disputed elections in their country. The UNHCR says some 200 Ivorian refugees have gone to Guinea. So far, there has been no refugee movement toward Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mali, according to the agency

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