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Libya’s Foreign Minister Resigns

Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa has arrived in Britain and has declared he is leaving Moammar Gadhafi’s government. The British foreign office said Wednesday that Koussa traveled from Tunisia to London under his own free will, telling officials he is resigning his post. British officials urged Mr. Gadhafi’s other supporters to desert him as well. A Libyan government spokesman denied the foreign minister has defected, saying he is in Britain on a “diplomatic mission.”

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World Powers Increase Pressure on Gadhafi

U.S. President Barack Obama says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's camp knows his reign is reaching its end, as the international community steps up pressure on his government. In a television interview Tuesday, President Obama said the “noose has tightened” around Mr. Gadhafi, and that those around him are starting to recognize “their days are numbered.”

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Namibia floods kills 62

Namibia's president has declared a state of emergency after floods killed at least 62 people north of the capital Windhoek. President Hifikepunye Pohamba said Tuesday the country could be experiencing some of its worst flooding. An estimated 10,000 people have been displaced and 247 schools closed

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Ivory Coast Rebels Rapidly Advance

A negotiated outcome in the Ivory Coast crisis appeared further out of reach Tuesday as forces backing the country's internationally-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, captured several key towns. In an offensive begun Monday, the fighters have captured Bondoukou and Abengourou in the east, the west-central town of Daloa and the western town of Duekoue. From there, the pro-Ouattara New Forces continued their march south toward Abidjan

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Ivory Coast: France, Nigeria introduce tough United Nations resolution

The U.N. Security Council is considering tough new measures to press Ivory Coast’s incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to end months of post-election violence and finally transfer power to his rival Alassane Ouattara, who won the November presidential election. The U.N. Security Council has repeatedly expressed concern over attacks against civilians in Ivory Coast, where the United Nations says post-election violence has killed at least 462 people and injured scores more

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Libya Rebels Seize Ajdabiya

Libyan rebels, backed by a barrage of Western airstrikes, seized control Saturday of the strategic eastern oil town of Ajdabiya from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces. Ajdabiya is about 160 kilometers south of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi

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One Million Displaced in Ivory Coast

The U.N. refugee agency says up to one million people have fled their homes in Ivory Coast because of post-election violence. Spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told reporters on Friday the mass flight is being fueled by “fears of an all-out war.” The agency estimated that between 700,000 and one million people have been displaced, mostly from the commercial city of Abidjan

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Libya Not Complying with Cease-fire -Ban

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is no evidence to support Libyan assertions that it is complying with a cease-fire. In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council Thursday, the U.N. chief said he continues to have serious concerns about the protection of civilians, abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law

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Death Toll Rises To 462 in Ivory Coast Violence

A U.N. official in Ivory Coast says forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo are “indiscriminately” shelling areas seen as backing Mr. Gbagbo's rival, Alassane Ouattara. Human rights official Guillaume Ngefa told a news conference Thursday that the shelling and other attacks have killed at least 50 people in the last week, including five children, and wounded dozens more

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Libya Airstrikes Enters 6th Day

Several explosions were reported east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Thursday, as a U.N.-approved military operation to enforce a no fly zone over the country entered its sixth day. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi had resumed their assault on the western city of Misrata Wednesday after Western planes had temporarily halted the government attacks with a series of airstrikes

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Japanese Nuclear Plant Workers Hospitalized

Japanese officials say two emergency workers at the country's crippled nuclear plant have been hospitalized with lesions on their legs after being exposed to excessive levels of radiation. A spokesman for the nuclear safety agency said Thursday three workers received radiation in excess of legal limits while working to repair vital cooling pumps at the Fukushima nuclear plant's number 3 reactor, considered the most dangerous of because its fuel rods include unstable plutonium

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Climate talks: storm clouds ahead

When thousands of ministers, scientists and activists descended on the Mexican resort town of Cancún for another gruelling round of talks on climate change last December, there was little of the debate about the science of global warming that marked the chaotic 2009 meeting. The weather had seen to that

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In Rwanda the future is digital — and here

A luxury commuter bus pulls up by the kerb to pick up passengers. A young woman quickly jumps in, retrieves a smart card from her wallet and swipes it against a machine next to the driver before taking her seat. A routine occurrence in Germany or the US, but this is Rwanda, one of the world’s poorest countries, where genocide in 1994 nearly brought the tiny landlocked African country to its knees

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