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Uganda: President Museveni will arrest Besigye if he announces election results

In Uganda, the candidate for a four-party coalition in next year’s presidential election told VOA he will not be intimidated by President Yoweri Museveni’s threats ahead of the elections. Kizza Besigye was reacting to a warning from President Museveni that he would arrest and imprison Besigye if the opposition leader announces his own election results from the 18th February presidential poll

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China gives Nigeria $900 Million Loan

China has boosted its investments in Africa with a $900 million loan to Nigeria for infrastructure improvements. Nigeria's finance minister said Thursday Chinese contractors will be used to build a $500 million railway between the capital, Abuja, and the northern city Kaduna

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ECOWAS Leaders Hold Second Emergency Meeting On Ivory Coast Crisis

West African leaders are holding emergency talks in the Nigerian capital Abuja Friday on how best to address the escalating crisis in the Ivory Coast. Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to step down as president has resulted in deadly violence. The meeting is the second this month by the 15 member Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) since last month's election

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United Nations Recognizes Ouattara As Ivory Coast President

The United Nations General Assembly has recognized Alssane Ouattara as the winner of Ivory Coast's presidential election. The 192-nation world body adopted a resolution Thursday that accepted Mr. Ouattara's choice for the country's ambassador to the United Nations. The move gives a boost to Mr. Ouattara's bid to unseat Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to step down after last month's disputed election

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EU Sends Millions In Humanitarian Aid to Ivory Coast

The United States says it is talking with African nations about the possibly of boosting international peacekeepers in Ivory Coast as the political crisis there continues. State Department officials say they are talking with West African nations and France, Ivory Coast's former colonial ruler. U.S. officials say any move to increase the 10,000-person U.N. peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast would not be aimed at deposing incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, but rather to deter him from using his own forces to stay in power

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Ivory Coast: Over 170 people killed in post election violence

Diplomats at the United Nations say more than 170 people have been killed in violence following Ivory Coast's disputed election. They say there are substantiated reports of the killings, as well as instances of torture and other mistreatment. The situation in Ivory Coast was discussed Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva

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World Bank Freezes Financing For Ivory Coast

The World Bank says it has frozen financing for Ivory Coast, where incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo is clinging to power in the face of global criticism. World Bank President Robert Zoellick announced the freeze Wednesday, after talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris. The move increases pressure on Mr. Gbagbo to hand power to rival Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognized winner of last month's presidential election

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UN holds emergency meeting on Korea tensions

The United Nations Security Council is holding emergency talks to try to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, where South Korea is vowing to proceed with a live-fire military exercise, despite threats of retaliation from the North. Russia called for Sunday's emergency talks in New York to send what it calls a “restraining signal” to the two Koreas, and to “help launch diplomatic activity” aimed at resolving their disputes politically

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American tourist stabbed to death in Israel

Israeli police say a female American tourist has been found stabbed to death on a road outside Jerusalem. Police said Sunday a second woman, a British national who reported her friend missing, was found with her hands bound and suffering from stab wounds. She told police they were attacked by two Arab-speaking men while hiking Saturday in a wooded area south of Jerusalem

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Ivory Coast: more than 50 people killed – UN

The United Nations is reporting a wave of killings and abductions in Ivory Coast, where incumbent leader Laurent Gbgabo is refusing to give up power. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, issued a statement Sunday saying more than 50 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in violence since Thursday

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Ivory Coast: Gbagbo demands UN peacekeepers leave the country

The demand came a few hours after the U.N. mission reported an attack on its base in Abidjan. The mission said men in military uniforms opened fire on the base overnight, prompting return fire from peacekeepers. There were no reports of injuries in the exchange. The U.N. has called on Mr. Gbagbo to step down in favor of Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognized winner of last month's presidential runoff election

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Ivory Coast: Violence Pushing Ivorian Refugees Into Guinea

The United Nations refugee agency reports the number of people fleeing Ivory Coast continues to rise. It says more than 4,200 Ivorians now have fled fearing an eruption of civil war in the wake of the disputed elections in their country. The UNHCR says some 200 Ivorian refugees have gone to Guinea. So far, there has been no refugee movement toward Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mali, according to the agency

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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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