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Guinea president’s home hit by rocket fire

The residence of Guinea’s recently installed president was hit by rocket fire as sustained heavy weapons’ fire rocked the capital Conakry overnight, officials told AFP on Tuesday. An official in the president’s office told AFP that President Alpha Conde was unhurt. “He is safe and sound,” said the official, Francois…

Clinton says Syria’s Assad has lost legitimacy

WASHINGTON/AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy and is “not indispensable,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday as tension soared over an assault by Assad loyalists on the U.S. and French embassies in Damascus. Clinton condemned the Syrian attacks and said Washington did not believe…

Accused Boston crime boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger arrested

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the run for 17 years, the accused Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his longtime girlfriend were finally caught in California by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. They were arrested without incident at a residence in Santa Monica, the FBI said in a…

Ivory Coast’s Gbago captured by French troops

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on Monday after French armored vehicles closed in on the compound where he has been holed up in a bunker. A column of more than 30 French armored vehicles moved in on Gbagbo’s residence in central Abidjan after helicopter gunships attacked the compound overnight.…

Gbago detained in his residence by French army

PARIS (Reuters) – French special forces have detained Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo and handed him to leaders of the rebel opposition, after French tanks forced their way into his residence, a Gbagbo adviser in France said. “Gbagbo has been arrested by French special forces in his residence and has been handed over to the rebel…

Massacre victims found as I. Coast standoff continues

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara enforced a blockade Friday around his rival Laurent Gbagbo’s Abidjan residence, as the UN said it had found more than 100 bodies in the west of the country. Reports of massacres in the west of the country emerged last week…

France says Gbago in talks over departure, Ivory Coast crisis could be resolved in hours

PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Tuesday it was aware of negotiations under way for the departure of Laurent Gbagbo from Ivory Coast, amid fierce fighting between his forces and loyalists of rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said the crisis in Ivory Coast could be resolved in a matter of hours.…

Russia jails four environmentalists after protest

MOSCOW – Four environmental activists were sentenced to seven and 10 days behind bars Monday after being detained near what they alleged to be an illegally built residence for Krasnodar region’s governor. The group of 19 activists attempted a protest in form of a picnic in a forest near construction…

Swiss bank investigated after freezing WikiLeaks account

GENEVA — Swiss authorities are investigating if the banking arm of Swiss Post violated secrecy rules by divulging that it had closed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s account, media reported on Sunday. “We are investigating if, in relation to the Postfinance press statement, there has been punishable action,” Hermann Wenger, examining…

White S. Africans convicted over racist ‘urine stew’ video

S. African white students plead guilty over urine-tainted food, drink in racism video case Four white former students pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges surrounding a video they made humiliating black university employees in a case prompting bitter protests that racism remains entrenched in South Africa more than a decade after…

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