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Ivory Coast: Army Seals Borders as Laurent Gbagbo challenges results

Ivory Coast's military has sealed the country's borders as the president is challenging election results that show him losing to a former prime minister. The country's Constitutional Council says it will now decide who won the vote. Three-and-a-half days after Sunday's presidential vote, the country's electoral commission announced former prime minister Alassane Ouattara as the winner

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CAR criticized for inviting Sudan’s Bashir to 50th 50th anniversary celebrations

A spokesman for Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern that Central African Republic (CAR) has invited Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to participate in its 50th anniversary independence celebrations Wednesday. Reed Brody told VOA his rights group is disappointed the government in Bangui has refused to enforce the international arrest warrants against Mr. Bashir, who is charged with committing war crimes and crimes against humanity

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Uganda: Museveni will rig election – FDC

The leader of Uganda’s main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) told VOA there are strong indications the government will “inherently” rig next year’s general election despite what he described as citizen disaffection with President Yoweri Museveni’s “poor performing” administration. Doctor Kizza Besigye said the government has repeatedly refused calls for an overhaul of both the electoral commission and the voter list ahead of the scheduled February election

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African Beauty Photo Contest Enters Final Weeks

The professional photographers’ competition launched earlier this month by the African Union (AU) and European Union Mission to the AU is entering its final weeks. Professional photographers from across Africa are invited to share their visions of beauty on the continent. The deadline is 15th December. Christophe Boulierac, press officer for the EU delegation to the African Union tells VOA the photo contest

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Election in Egypt marred by irregularities

Egyptians took part in parliamentary elections that many feel will bring little change to a country dominated by the National Democratic Party for the past three decades. But accusations of voting irregularities and reports of violence have raised additional concerns, as the vote is widely considered a dry-run for next year's presidential election

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S Korea Gives Cool Response to China’s Call for Emergency Talks

Diplomatic efforts are underway in Asia to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula. But South Korea is effectively rejecting China's call to quickly convene multi-national talks to discuss North Korea. This comes as the United States and South Korea begin four days of naval drills seen as a show of strength to dissuade Pyongyang after last Tuesday's attack on Yeonpyeong island

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Obama, Top Advisers meet on Korea Situation

U.S. President Barack Obama met Tuesday with his top advisers about the situation on the Korean peninsula, in the wake of North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island. Obama is expected to telephone South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to reiterate U.S. support for South Korea. Immediately upon his return to the White House from a brief trip to the Midwestern state of Indiana, the president went into a meeting of his national security team

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Gambia: Yahya Jammeh behind Iran arms shipment – Ambassador

A former Gambian ambassador to the United States said President Yayah Jammeh might have severed relations with Iran to cover up his reported involvement with an arms shipment confiscated last week by Nigerian authorities. Gambia Monday night gave Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. A statement issued by the Gambian foreign ministry said that "all government of the Gambia projects and programs, which were being implemented in cooperation with the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been canceled."

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Nigeria: PDP to Hold Discussions Ahead of April Election

The spokesman for Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) told VOA top officials of the governing party will soon hold strategic discussions on its next line of action after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced next year’s presidential vote will be held on 9th April. Rufai Ahmed Alkali said his party is determined to work with all stakeholders to ensure the presidential election is credible

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Nigeria:Babangida, Jonathan Campaign on Economy

Nigeria's economy is one of the biggest campaign issues for presidential candidates, especially following last week's strike over wages. President Goodluck Jonathan ended the strike after just one day by promising to raise the minimum wage, which is now about $50 a month. Political science professor Isitoah Ozoemene says the president gets credit for ending the walkout so quickly, but risks greater political losses if he fails to deliver on higher wages before next year's vote

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Uganda: NRM Accussed of Intimidation, Harassment Ahead of Elections

A leading member of Uganda’s opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) said his party and other opposition groups are being prevented from using the state broadcaster as well as other private radio and television stations for their campaigns ahead of the scheduled 18th February 2011 general elections. Jerome Ndiho said supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have also been harassing and intimidating opposition partisans in the run up to the election

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Guinea: Violence spreads, military declares state of emergency

Guinea's military government is imposing a state of emergency as violence continues following the announcement of results from the country's presidential election. Army Chief Nouhou Thiam announced the state of emergency in a nationwide television broadcast. Thiam says troublemakers are deliberating attacking security forces and other civilians. So this state of emergency is meant to counter what he calls those undemocratic elements to preserve peace and national unity

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Alpha Conde Wins Guinea Presidential Election

Guinea's electoral commission said long-time opposition leader Alpha Conde has won the country's first democratic vote. Meanwhile, supporters of the losing candidate clashed Monday with riot police. Electoral commission president Siaka Toumany Sangare said Mr. Conde won more than 52 percent of the vote, while his challenger - former Prime Minister Cellou Diallo - won 47 percent

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Bush: Egypt President Mubarak informed US that Iraq Had Biological Weapons

Former U.S. President George W. Bush says Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak informed the U.S. that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. He also spoke of other people who had influence on his decision to invade Iraq. The revelation comes in Bush's memoirs, Decision Points, in which he highlighted mistakes made during the Iraq war campaign, and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in the country

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