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Rebel Clashes Spread in Ivory Coast

Three African leaders will mediate between Ivory Coast’s government and rebels, the president announced Monday as fighting between rebel factions in two cities killed at least 22 people. Laurent Gbagbo’s announcement came under pressure from his fellow African leaders. Tensions in Ivory Coast are threatening the regional economy and efforts being made by neighboring countries to recover from their own civil wars. Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producer and one of West Africa’s most developed nations, remains divided into rebel north and loyalist south after a civil war launched in September 2002. Both sides in Ivory Coast have boycotted a power-share government since March, when government forces were blamed in the killings of more than 100 opposition demonstrators. Full Story

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