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U.N. Imposes Arms Embargo on Ivory Coast Amid Violence

The Security Council voted unanimously, 15 to 0, on Monday night to impose an immediate arms embargo on Ivory Coast and to extend sanctions to include forbidding travel and freezing assets of selected individuals in a month if a cease-fire agreement is not fully restored by then. The resolution, put forward by France and co-sponsored by six other nations, including the United States, had originally proposed starting the arms embargo on Dec. 10, but delegates at an emergency African Union meeting over the weekend in Nigeria asked the Council to make the weapons ban effective right away to try to calm tensions in the divided West African country. Full Story

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