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Mobs Outside U.S. Embassy in Ivory Coast

Thousands of government loyalists surrounded the U.S Embassy in Ivory Coast Tuesday to demand that Washington oppose a peace deal they say concedes too much to rebel forces. Waving U.S. flags, the 6,000 people appealed to Washington to block the French-brokered power-sharing accord with rebels who control about half of Ivory Coast, once the economic engine of West Africa. Cheering crowds mobbed the car of a few Americans who ventured out, chanting, “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” and pleading for American support. Heavily armed U.S. soldiers looked on. Organizers passed out lyrics of the “Star-Spangled Banner” for the crowd to sing. One protester carried a sign that read, “Our freedom is in your hands, U.S.A.” Full Story

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