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Ivory Coast Incumbent President: Nigeria Arming Rebels

Incumbent government spokesman Ahoua Don Mello says Nigeria is giving military assistance to rebels who support the United-Nations-certified winner of Ivory Coast's vote, former prime minister Alassane Ouattara.In a statement read on national television, Mello says Nigeria has brought nearly 500 mercenaries to the rebel stronghold of Bouake. He...

Amnesty Warns of Pre-Election Violence in Nigeria

Nigerians go to the polls next month to vote in a new president, but Amnesty International says violence and corruption is threatening to undermine the vote. The group says Nigeria’s leadership is doing little to stop the violence. c says, "The Nigerian government is not doing enough to bring people to justice in connection with the violence, and...

Nigerian Militants Attack Oil Facility, Warn of More Violence

Nigeria's best-known militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, is claiming responsibility for attacking a facility run by the Italian oil firm Agip.In a written statement, the group says it is launching a new campaign of attacks ahead of April's legislative, presidential, and gubernatorial elections as a reminder to the...

Human Rights Watch Accuses Gbagbo Allies Targeting Foreigners in Ivory Coast

Human rights officials say allies of Ivory Coast's incumbent president are targeting foreigners in a campaign of violence that may constitute war crimes. The U.N. certified winner of Ivory Coast's presidential vote says attacks on foreigners must end.Human Rights Watch says soldiers and militia loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo are...

HRW, Nigerian Lawyers Seek Crackdown on Political Violence

Violent, rigged elections have been the norm in Nigeria since 1999 when the country moved from military to civilian rule. Election-related violence killed at least 300 people during the last nationwide poll in 2007, which was so marked by voter intimidation and ballot stuffing that it was rejected by many national and international observers.Now,...

Aide Says Gbagbo Rejects AU Endorsement of Ouattara as Ivory Coast Leader

The incumbent government of Ivory Coast is rejecting the African Union's endorsement of the United-Nations certified winner of November's presidential election, saying African leaders are making the situation worse and will be held accountable for a possible return to civil war.Former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara says African Union leaders...

Ouattara Says Nationalizing Ivory Coast’s Cocoa Sector is ‘Stealing’

Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized president-elect has described the nationalization of the country’s cocoa industry as ‘stealing’ and promised to reverse a period of economic decline. A day after receiving a vote of confidence from the African Union, Alasanne Ouattara met with AU accredited diplomats to brief them on his plans as Ivory...

Incumbent Ivory Coast Government Criticizes AU For Recognizing Ouattara

The incumbent government of Ivory Coast is rejecting the African Union's endorsement of the United Nations certified winner of November's presidential election, saying African leaders are making the situation worse and will be held accountable for a possible return to civil war. Former prime minister Alassane Ouattara says African Union leaders...

Oxfam: Ghana's New Oil Law Leaves Room for Financial Mistakes

Oxfam says Ghana's new oil law will not protect it from making the same financial mistakes as established oil producers such as Angola and Nigeria. The Petrol Revenue Management Bill that Ghana's parliament ratified on March 2 is to regulate how the country spends and saves the $1 billion in oil money it expects to reap this year alone, an amount...

Wait Continues for Some Migrant Workers Who Fled Libya for Tunisia

More than 14,000 migrant workers and refugees who fled Libya's conflict are still waiting repatriation at a camp set up near the Tunisia-Libya border. Although the majority of Egyptians have been flown home, other nationalities are waiting for news from their governments and aid agencies. Nigerian migrant workers who fled violence in Libya...

Oil: Collapse of Old Order?

The political turmoil in the Arab world may not only lead to much higher oil prices, but greater competition for resources and a shift in priorities for oil-producing nations.  So says the author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet. What’s happening in North Africa and the Middle East, says Michael Klare, is the collapse of what he calls the “Old...

Charles Taylor Lawyer Says Trial is 'Neocolonialism'

The defense has begun closing arguments in the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.Lawyer Courtenay Griffiths told judges at The Hague Wednesday that the trial is "politically motivated" and a "21st century case of neocolonialism."He also asked why the Special Court for Sierra Leone did not indict Libyan leader Moammar...

Fistula: Healing the Pain of Obstructed Labor

A medical aid group says many pregnant African women suffer needlessly from complicated or prolonged labor. As a result, they’re forced to live with obstetric fistula – a condition that scars them physically, emotionally and socially.  Doctors Without Borders is highlighting the problem as the world marks the 100th anniversary of International...

African Union Head Leaves Ivory Coast After Talks With Rival Leaders

The head of the African Union Commission has wrapped up talks in Ivory Coast by inviting both of the country's rival presidents to a meeting in Ethiopia to resolve their political crisis. African Union Commission chief Jean Ping left Ivory Coast's commercial capital after separate talks with incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and the United...

Fourteen Die in Niger State Bomb Blast

Fourteen Die in Niger State Bomb Blast A twin bomb explosion yesterday ended the flag-off of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Niger-East senatorial district rally in Suleja, Niger State. It left in its wake a string of tragedies as 14 people were killed while 15 others were unconscious. Another 16 were seriously injured as at time of compiling this report. Those seriously injured...