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Red Cross: 800 killed in Ivory Coast town

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says that more than 800 people were killed in intercommunal violence in a town in western Ivory Coast. The town was the first of many in Ivory Coast to fall earlier this week to an armed group vying to install the country’s democratically elected leader, Alassane Ouattara.

Mob kills 8 U.N. workers in Afghanistan

Officials say a crowd of up to 1,000 people attacked the United Nations compound in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, killing eight guards believed to be from the Philippines. The attack was sparked by a mosque sermon describing the burning of the Koran by an American pastor….

Showdown for Ivory Coast rivals

Troops supporting the UN-recognised president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, appear poised for a final push to oust his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to give up the presidency. In the main city, Abidjan, pro-Ouattara forces have launched an assault on the fortified presidential residence.

Battles rage in Libya amid defections of key Gadhafi allies

Libyan opposition leaders emerge Are you in Libya? Send your pictures, video to iReport. Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — As Moammar Gadhafi’s inner circle showed possible signs of cracking Friday, heavily armed forces loyal to the Libyan leader continued pounding cities that were once some of the country’s most prosperous places.

Grim search for dead three weeks after Japan quake

Tokyo: Thousands of Japanese and US troops launched an intensive air and sea operation on Friday to recover bodies of those killed in the huge earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan three weeks ago. The grim search came as the government revealed that radiation from a nuclear power plant crippled by the twin disaster had been found in…

Ivory Coast fighters descend on main city

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast-Fighters trying to install Ivory Coast’s democratically elected president descended Thursday on its largest city and seat of power, poised for a final push to unseat the entrenched ruler. Forces backing Alassane Ouattara have overrun nearly 80 percent of the country as soldiers fled and towns fell in quick succession.

Rebels cheer cracks in Gaddafi rule

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebels cheered the defection of a Libyan minister as a sign that Muammar Gaddafi’s rule was crumbling, but U.S. officials warned he was far from beaten and made clear they feared entanglement in another painful war. After former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa arrived in Britain, London urged others around…

Libya: Nato insists Alliance will enforce arms embargo

Nato has slapped down Barack Obama and David Cameron by insisting that the Alliance will enforce an arms embargo on all of Libya, including rebel held territory. Rebels have pleaded for more arms and ammunition to supplement dwindling stocks taken from government depots at the start of the conflict

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