Africa

Ivory Coast: 30 Ouattara supporters killed by Gbagbo forces

The Ivory Coast is bracing for more violence Friday on the second day of planned demonstrations by supporters of the U.N.-recognized winner of the presidential election, Alassane Ouattara. Mr. Ouattara has urged his allies to march through Abidjan and seize the state broadcaster's building. A failed attempt to seize the building turned deadly Thursday when the protesters clashed with army troops loyal to self-proclaimed president Laurent Gbagbo

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Gbagbo must leave Ivory Coast – US

The United States says the international community is warning embattled Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo that he has just days to step down or face sanctions. A senior U.S. State Department official said Thursday that the United States, France and African powers have given Mr. Gbagbo what amounts to an ultimatum to leave the country within what he called a “finite amount of time.”

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Kenya to withdraw ICC membership to avoid hague trial

The Kenyan parliament is considering a motion that would remove the country from the Rome Statute and end its obligations to the International Criminal Court. There is a wave of discontent rising within the Kenyan legislature against Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and the International Criminal Court

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Heavy fighting in Ivory Coast

Witnesses in Ivory Coast report heavy gunfire outside the headquarters of Alassane Ouattara, one of two men claiming the country's presidency. Ivorians were braced for violence Thursday after Mr. Ouattara called on supporters to march on state television and government buildings controlled by the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo

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Robert Mugabe’s wife sues newspaper over wikileaks publication

The wife of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is suing the Standard newspaper for $15 million for publishing a WikiLeaks cable linking her to obtaining diamonds illegally. A spokesman for Grace Mugabe said Wednesday the newspaper wrongly identified her in cables from the U.S embassy in Harare, which claimed she and high level government made millions of dollars after hiring diggers to hand pick diamonds at a Chiadzwa mine

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Dick Cheney Escapes Charges in Nigeria

British media say Nigeria has dropped bribery charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, for his alleged actions as a top official at energy company Halliburton. Reports say Halliburton agreed to pay $250 million in fines in exchange for the charges being dropped. The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says charges filed last week accused Halliburton, Cheney

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Fight over Ivory Coast National TV Station

A leading member of groups supporting Ivory Coast’s former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara said they will take over the country’s state broadcaster Thursday, despite threats of violent clashes with the army following the disputed 28th November presidential run-off vote

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United Nations Warns of Possible War in Ivory Coast

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon says he is deeply concerned about the threat of violence in Ivory Coast as a result of that country's continuing political stalemate. In a statement through his spokesman Wednesday, Mr. Ban says recent developments have created a politically-charged environment where actions could have “unpredictable consequences,” including the renewal of civil war

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Kenya: ICC names post election violence suspects

The International Criminal Court has named six Kenyans as suspects in the country's 2008 post-election violence, including several top officials. Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked the court Wednesday to charge the suspects with crimes including murder, persecution and rape. Among those Ocampo named were finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta and industrialization minister Henry Kosgey

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Jacob Zuma demands $700,000 in Rape Cartoon Lawsuit

South African President Jacob Zuma has filed a defamation lawsuit for a 2008 newspaper cartoon he says defamed and humiliated him. In the $700,000 suit, Mr. Zuma says the cartoon published in the Sunday Times the year before he was elected president damaged his reputation. The cartoon depicts Mr. Zuma unbuckling his belt as his supporters hold a figurative Lady Justice on the ground

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Gbagbo’s Forces Block Ouattara Headquarters

Tension is escalating in Ivory Coast, where troops loyal to leader Laurent Gbagbo blocked roads to the hotel housing his rival for the presidency, Alassane Ouattara. Soldiers set up the roadblocks a few hundred meters from Abidjan's Golf Hotel on Monday. They barred access to the area around Mr. Ouattara's headquarters for most of the day before finally letting traffic through

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Nigerian Militant Hands Over 8 Camps to Military

The Nigerian military says a militant leader in the oil-rich Niger Delta has handed over eight camps to authorities. Ateke Tom surrendered the camps in Rivers state over the past few days. Tom is one of several militants who have accepted a government amnesty aimed at pacifying the volatile Niger Delta. Attacks and kidnappings aimed primarily at the region's oil industry have reduced Nigerian oil production and revenue over the past five years

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Alassane Ouattara rejects Gbagbo’s call for talks

Ivory Coast's presidential challenger, Alassane Ouattara, says he will not talk with President Laurent Gbagbo unless the president first accepts that he lost last month's election. A spokesman for Mr. Ouattara said Saturday the two sides can negotiate so long as it is about the conditions for Mr. Gbagbo's departure. Mr. Ouattara is the internationally recognized winner of last month's presidential run-off election, but Mr. Gbagbo is refusing to relinquish power

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Isolated Gbagbo Seeks Talks With rival Ouattara

Embattled Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has said he wants to talk with his rival, Alassane Ouattara. Mr. Gbagbo has been isolated by the international community, including the United States, after refusing to yield the presidency although he had fewer votes than Mr. Ouattara in last month's poll. Both men have taken the oath of office and begun organizing competing governments

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