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Ivorian govt to control cocoa trade

Laurent Gbagbo, the disputed president of Cote d’Ivoire, has issued a decree under which the state becomes the sole purchaser of cocoa in the world’s top grower and handles its export to global markets. Monday’s announcement, made on state television, comes as renewed clashes break out in the West African country.

France and Britain draft resolution to impose no-fly zone over Libya (Video)

UNITED NATIONS – While the United States has not committed to a no-fly zone that would remove Libya’s air defenses, France and Britain are drafting a U.N. resolution that would establish a no-fly zone over Libya. On Monday President Barack Obama made some remarks from the Oval Office about Libyan’s…

US to resume Guantanamo trials after two-year freeze

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a two-year freeze on new military trials at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and suggested Congress was hurting national security by blocking his attempts to move some trials into US civilian courts. In an apparent acknowledgment that the Guantanamo detention camp won’t be shut down any time soon, Obama…

Tunisia scraps hated police unit

Tunisia’s prime minister named a new government on Monday and a much-hated police unit was disbanded as the interim leadership of this North African nation seeks to stabilise a country still finding its way after a popular revolt. Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi kept the heads of the key defence, interior, justice and foreign affairs..

Libyan warplanes strike rebels at key oil complex in Ras Lanuf

A mass evacuation eastward is triggered. Rebel fighters describe it as an upcoming attempt to retake the Libyan desert outpost of Bin Jawwad. Share Related Stories See more stories » X Links By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times..

French Court Opens Trial Against Jacques Chirac

The Associated Press By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press PARIS March 7, 2011 (AP) A long-awaited French corruption trial opened Monday with former President Jacques Chirac as the star defendant. AP FILE – In this May 12, 2006 file photo, French President Jacques Chirac is seen during a bi-lateral… FILE – In this May 12, 2006 file photo, French…

North African boat migrants land on Lampedusa

Backlog grows as hundreds flee unrest in small boats to arrive on tiny south Italian island Migrants arrive on the island of Lampedusa: the Italian government is alarmed by the prospect of many more arriving to escape unrest in North Africa.

Egypt protesters attacked by ‘armed civilians’ in Cairo

Egypt’s Revolution Bowen: Bumpy ride Inside the Brotherhood Final moments before the fall Can military meet demands? Pro-democracy activists in Egypt have been attacked by

men in plain clothes, armed with knives, outside the interior ministry in Cairo, reports say….

US apology for Afghan deaths ‘not enough’ -Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told General David Petraeus, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, on Sunday his apology for a foreign air strike that killed nine children last week was “not enough”. At a meeting with his security advisers at which Petraeus was present, Karzai said civilian casualties by foreign troops were “no…

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