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Ivory Coast battles rage as incumbent Gbagbo digs in

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo desperately clung to power on Friday as explosions and gunfire rocked Abidjan as forces loyal to leader-in-waiting Alassane Ouattara closed in on his last bastion. While the 65-year-old strongman remained silent, his whereabouts unknown, a close aide said he has no intention of…

‘Abducted’ scientist wants to return to Iran: TV

TEHRAN (AFP) – An Iranian nuclear scientist Tehran claims was abducted by US intelligence agents has taken refuge in the Islamic republic’s interest section in Washington, state media reported on Tuesday. “Shahram Amiri, the abducted Iranian expert, took refuge in Iran’s interest section in Washington hours ago,” state television’s website…

Sheen of oil confirmed ashore on Louisiana island

Oil sheen from a massive crude spill in the Gulf of Mexico has started washing ashore on an island off Louisiana, officials said Thursday, confirming a land impact for the first time. “Teams have confirmed oil on Freemason Island,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Terrell told AFP. “It is at…

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