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Obama Calls on Congress to Approve Tax Deal

U.S. President Barack Obama has stepped up his appeal to Congress to approve the tax deal struck with Republican leaders. If approved, the deal would prevent taxes from increasing for Americans on January 1. During his weekly address Saturday, President Obama said the plan provides help for middle class families, and helps the unemployed through extended benefits for up to 13 months

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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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African Union Suspends Ivory Coast Until Gbagbo Steps Down

The African Union has suspended Ivory Coast because of President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to relinquish power after last month's election. AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra said Thursday that Ivory Coast is suspended from AU activities until the democratically-elected president, Alassane Ouattara, takes power

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Nigeria: Election equipments stolen at airport

Nigeria's election commission says robbers stole voting equipment after it arrived at the international airport in Lagos. A spokesman for the Independent National Election Commission says the thieves stole data machines to register voters, laptops and cameras. By Thursday afternoon, the commission said it had recovered 16 of the 20 stolen data machines. It said there are adequate safety features on the machines to ensure they cannot be used to compromise the electoral process

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Babangida Threatens to Quit PDP

Former Nigerian ruler Ibrahim Babangida has threatened to leave the country's ruling party amid a dispute about who should be the party's candidate in a presidential election next year. In a letter Tuesday, Mr. Babangida said President Goodluck Jonathan's candidacy to be the People's Democratic Party nominee violates the party's policies. The party, of which both men are members, has a custom of rotating the presidency between a northern Muslim and a southern Christian every two terms

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Eurozone Needs Comprehensive Solution to Debt Crisis – IMF

European officials are giving Greece more time to repay its $110-billion loan, even as worries grow that there might not be enough money available to rescue other financially troubled countries. The European Union insists the nearly one-trillion-dollar bailout fund it established with the International Monetary Fund is more than adequate, but conceded that earlier stress tests to determine how well Europe's biggest banks could handle the crisis were not tough enough

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Julian Assange Denied Bail

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange has been denied bail by a London court. The judge ordered that Assange be held till his next court hearing on December 14. Assange was arrested on a warrant issued by a swedish court on rape charges. Assange founded the WikiLeaks website that has released some 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables over the Internet

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ECOWAS Meets Today on Ivory Coast Political Crisis

West African leaders are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the political crisis in Ivory Coast, where rival presidents have competing governments following a controversial election. Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States, of ECOWAS, will meet in Abuja to discuss how the alliance might help resolve the crisis in Ivory Coast. ECOWAS Chairman and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says West African heads of state will work with the international community to preserve good governance in the region

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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested by British Police

Authorities in London have arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on an arrest warrant issued by Sweden. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden about allegations of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. He denies the claims. The WikiLeaks founder is due to appear in a London court later Tuesday. Assange's lawyers have said he will fight extradition to Sweden, for fear he could be turned over to the United States. Assange founded the WikiLeaks website that has released some 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables over the Internet.

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Argentina Recognizes independent Palestinian State

Argentina's government has announced that it recognizes the Palestinian territories as an independent state within their pre-1967 borders, following a similar move days earlier by neighboring Brazil. The Argentine foreign ministry said Monday that President Cristina Fernandez had informed her Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, of the decision in a letter. The ministry said the recognition is in response to a request made by Mr. Abbas during a visit to Argentina last year. It comes three days after Brazil's recognition, also in response to a similar request

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Thabo Mbeki in Ivory Coast to mediate crisis

Ivory Coast is in political crisis with both of its presidential candidates taking rival oaths of office based on competing election results. Former South African leader Thabo Mbeki met on Sunday with both would-be presidents in hopes of resolving the stand-off. The African Union says Mr. Mbeki's emergency mission is meant to find a legitimate and peaceful solution to the crisis. The former South African president says he is here to better understand what is going on in a country that now has two men who say they are president

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Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara, Laurent Gbagbo both Sworn in as Presidents

Ivory Coast's presidential candidates took competing oaths of office Saturday, deepening the country's political crisis and raising the prospect of further violence. Last Sunday's presidential vote was meant to reunite the country after a brief civil war. But Ivory Coast is now more sharply divided with dueling presidencies and competing electoral results that threaten to drag the country deeper into crisis

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Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo to be sworn in today, civil war imminent

Ivory Coast's military is backing the president's re-election after the constitutional council overturned vote results showing the president losing to a former prime minister. VOA West Africa Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, the president is expected to be sworn in on Saturday. Armed forces chief General Philippe Mangou lead a delegation of senior officers to congratulate President Laurent Gbagbo. Mangou says military chiefs came to greet the president, to give him their respect, to pledge their allegiance, and to reiterate their readiness to carry out any mission he gives them

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Ivory Coast Election Results Overturned; Laurent Gbagbo Declared Winner

Ivory Coast's Constitutional Council says the country's incumbent president has been re-elected, overturning results from the electoral commission that show the president losing to a former prime minister. The United Nations believes the opposition candidate is still the winner. Constitutional Council president Paul Yao N'Dre says President Laurent Gbagbo has won re-election. N'Dre says the constitutional council annulled results from seven northern regions where it says supporters of former prime minister Alassane Ouattara engaged in electoral fraud

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