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United States Renews Travel Warning for Ivory Coast

The United States has renewed its travel warning for Ivory Coast because of what it says is the increased probability of demonstrations and unrest before and after the scheduled October 31 presidential election. The warning calls the situation tense and unpredictable and says political demonstrations can turn violent. It says security conditions in the north and west can deteriorate without warning. Foreign visitors are at high risk for muggings, robberies, burglary, and carjacking

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Dispute Over Nile River Heats Up

Controversy is bubbling in Africa over who owns the rights to the waters of the Nile River. From the river's source, our correspondent reports newly assertive upstream nations are challenging treaties that grant most of the Nile's flow to consumer countries Egypt and Sudan. Some say the source of the Blue Nile is on Mt. Ghish, in the north Ethiopian highlands, where many believe the waters have miraculous healing powers

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Rwanda ranked bottom ten in world Press Freedom ranking

Rwanda, Yemen and Syria have joined Burma, North Korea and Eritrea in the group of the world's worst abusers of the media, according to Reporter's Without Borders 2010 Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders says press freedom is getting worse in the 10 countries at the bottom of its index. It says it is becoming hard to tell which country has the most problems, because all are persecuting the media and blocking news and information to their citizens

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United States Renews Travel Warning for Nigeria

The United States is renewing its travel warning for Nigeria, three weeks after twin car bombings in the capital killed 12 people. The State Department is again warning Americans against all but essential travel to nine of Nigeria’s 36 states because of the risks of kidnapping, robbery and other armed attacks. The warning says extremists and militants have kidnapped more than 111 foreigners since January, 2009. Six of those kidnap victims have been killed

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Sudanese Divided On Peacekeepers On North South Border

The Sudanese government has objected to a proposal to move United Nations peacekeepers to the tense border between the north and south ahead of a referendum on independence for the south. A senior Sudanese official said that the UN would need Khartoum's approval to move troops to the region to avoid violence ahead of the January referendum that could see the break-up of Africa's biggest nation

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South Sudan Trains Future Police Force Ahead of Referendum

In southern Sudan preparations are underway for the referendum scheduled for January 9 that will decide whether that part of the country secedes from the north. Part of the preparations for the vote, and for a possible future state, include training a regional police force. They sing songs of appreciation for coming through a long civil war to this moment when they will decide their future

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France Submits Immigrant Law Changes to EU

France has submitted planned changes to its immigration laws to the European Union following the country’s controversial expulsion of more than 1,000 Romas in recent months. A spokesman for the EU says it received France’s proposal late Friday, and will be reviewing it during the next few days to determine if the changes match the EU’s regulations

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US Citizen Appointed new Prime Minister of Somalia

In an attempt to strengthen Somalia's fractious transitional government, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Thursday appointed 48-year-old American-Somali Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed as the country's new Prime Minister. The president praised the experience of Mohamed, also known as Farmaajo, and expressed confidence in his ability take up the difficult post

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Ivory Coast Presidential Election Campaign Starts

Candidates in Ivory Coast’s long-delayed presidential election, scheduled for October 31, will officially begin campaigning Friday. The U.N. envoy to the African nation, Y.J. Choi, appealed for peace ahead of the vote and expressed confidence the Ivorian people will not tolerate any act of violence disrupting the electoral process

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Rwanda Opposition Leader Victoire Ingabire Arrested

A leading member of Rwanda’s opposition said police Thursday arrested the leader of the United Democratic Forces (UDF) party, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, after she was accused of having ties to a Hutu rebel group. Rwanda’s government said that the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) Hutu rebel group had a role in the country’s 1994 genocide. The rebel group has also been accused of committing atrocities in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo

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Nigeria independence day Bombing Suspect to Appear in South African Court

A former Nigerian militant leader will appear in a South African court Thursday to face charges related to this month’s bombing in Nigeria that killed at least 12 people. Henry Okah, a former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, is accused of engaging in terrorist activity and conspiring to set off the twin car bombs in Abuja on Nigeria’s 50th Independence Day

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Sudan Partition would be ‘Dangerous’ – Gadhafi

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says the possible break-up of Sudan could promote similar splits in other Arab and African countries. Addressing a summit of Arab and African leaders Sunday, Mr. Gadhafi said the January referendum on independence for southern Sudan is a “dangerous” event. He said that if southern Sudan decides to split from the north, separatist conflicts will spread through Africa like a disease

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No Clear Consensus at International Climate Talks

United Nations talks on climate change are nearing a close with no clear consensus yet in sight. The meeting is aimed at laying the groundwork for progress at a major climate change meeting in Mexico later this year. While many of the negotiators for a global climate change accord consider it a pressing issue, there is less agreement on how to share the burden of tackling the problem

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Trapped Chilean Miners could be reached by Saturday

Officials in Chile say the rescue shaft they are drilling to free 33 trapped copper miners could reach the men by Saturday. Chile's mining minister, Laurence Golborne, told reporters Thursday that once the drill breaks through, it could take anywhere from three to 10 days to bring the men to safety

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Goodluck Jonathan says MEND innocent of Nigeria at 50 attacks

Controversy is growing over who was responsible for last week's Nigeria at 50 bombings in which 13 people were killed. The attacks came as the country was celebrating 50th independence anniverssary. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) released a statement and laid claim to the attacks but Nigeria's President said they are lying

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