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Families trapped in Côte d’Ivoire church, UN warns

The United Nations said armed men blocked about 60 families without food or water from leaving a church in Abidjan on Tuesday.

Obasanjo shows up unexpectedly in Côte d’Ivoire

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo made an unannounced visit to Côte d'Ivoire, arriving late on Saturday for a meeting with Laurent Gbagbo.

Guinea candidate says he will not accept results

Less than 24 hours before Guinea's elections results were due, one of the candidates said he would not accept the outcome.

Guinea coup leader names civilian prime minister

Coup leaders in Guinea named a civilian banker as prime minister, making good on a key promise a week after seizing power.

Guinea announces death of dictator Lansana Conte

Guinea's long-ruling dictator, Lansana Conte, died after a lengthy illness, the head of the National Assembly announced early on Tuesday.

Ghana votes in poll seen as beacon of hope for Africa

Officials began counting ballots late on Sunday in one of Africa's rare democracies, where voters are painfully aware of the example they are setting.

Scrabble lessons for the French

To compete in the Scrabble competition, Elisee Poka spent five days in a bus traversing potholed roads. His competitors from France arrived by plane.

African nations mourn peacekeepers killed in Darfur

A woman stuffed the ends of her veil in her mouth to choke her cries, as men carried the wooden coffin of a 48-year-old Senegalese officer killed in the deadliest blow to peacekeepers in Darfur. Ten peacekeepers, including both soldiers and policemen, were killed when an estimated 1 000 rebels stormed an African Union base.

Liberian women turn to law in fight against rape

Under an old foam mattress in one of Monrovia's slums, Niome David keeps a dark memento -- the underwear her nine-year-old daughter was wearing the night she was raped. The mother refuses to wash out the blood stain, keeping it as proof of the brutality her child endured. In a nation inured to violence, the fact that she knew to preserve evidence is also, somehow, a sign of hope.

Desert country battles to break culture of fat women

She struggles under her own weight, lumbering up the stairs, her thighs shaking with each step. Once she reaches the top, it will take several minutes for 50-year-old Mey Mint to catch her breath, the air hissing painfully in and out of her chest. Her rippling flesh is not the result of careless overeating, but rather of a tradition of force-feeding girls in a desert nation where obesity has long been the ideal of beauty.

Emotions run high as Nike targets Adidas

When Emma Agger turned six, her father Simon, a die-hard European soccer fan, decided she was old enough to watch the game in its native habitat. So last summer, they packed their bags in their home not far from Nike's Beaverton headquarters and headed to Britain.

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