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Ivory Coast Rejects 'Death Squad' Claims

The Ivory Coast Government has denied that it is behind the killing of opposition sympathisers in loyalist held areas. Justice Minister Desire Tagro Assegnini was responding to a report by the United Nations human rights agency, alleging that “death squads” operating in the country are made up of elements close to the government and the presidential guard. Last weekend a popular comedian and opposition supporters were killed in government-controlled Abidjan, sparking riots by opposition supporters. On Wednesday, thousands of supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo again demonstrated in Abidjan against a French-brokered agreement to share power with rebels. Full Story

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