Tripoli/Cairo - Loud explosions were heard in southern parts of Tripoli on Friday as airstrikes by coalition forces imposing a no-fly zone over Libya continued.
A Libyan military spokesperson said several civilian and military sites in the country's capital were bombed in the attack. He did not elaborate.
Friday's raids came just hours
Abidjan - Access to healthcare in the Ivory Coast has been hit hard by post-election violence, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported on Friday, as medical staff flee the country and stocks of medicine run out.
"Faced with insecurity like the rest of the population, medical personal have fled health establishments in conflict zones," in western Ivory
Brussels - Nato readied itself on Friday to police Libyan skies and stop Muammar Gaddafi’s jets, but doubts remained over whether the alliance would take full control of military operations there.
After marathon talks focused on Turkey's objections to the US-led coalition's bombing campaign, Nato agreed to enforce the no-fly zone late on Thursday but had
First Lady delayed for 3 hours and British Airways plane also stranded in Lagos
First Lady Patience Goodluck Jonathan yesterday waited for three hours at the Sokoto airport as the presidential jet that took her and Hajiya Amina Sambo, wife of the vice-president, to Sokoto developed a technical fault which the crew could not rectify. The first lady
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the United States is taking the next step in military operations against Libya by transferring command and control of the no-fly zone to NATO.
Clinton said the alliance eventually would protect Libyan civilians, enforce the U.N. arms embargo on the North African country and support humanitarian aid efforts
Post-election violence claimed 52 lives in the Ivory Coast in the past week, bringing the death toll this year to 462, as strongman Laurent Gbagbo defiantly clings to power, the UN mission said Thursday.
Rocket fire and shelling on Thursday rocked the Abidjan suburb of Abobo, a stronghold of internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara, witnesses said,
The Sudanese government will cross a "red line" if it goes ahead with a referendum on the future administrative status of the war-torn Darfur region next month, one of the rebel groups warned Thursday.
"We are calling on the government to stop talking about holding a referendum on Darfur," said Ibrahim al-Hillu, a spokesman for exiled
Rebels battled on to the eastern oil town of Ajdabiya Thursday as plans firmed for NATO to take over coalition operations after Tripoli came under attack for a sixth day and death tolls mounted.
France promised to continue air raids "for as long as necessary," and Italy offered to increase its participation in the coalition operation.
Benghazi - Libyan rebels desperately need arms and ammunition from foreign countries - especially weapons to knock out tanks - to bolster their struggle against Muammar Gaddafi, a rebel military spokesperson said on Thursday.
But they do not want foreign advisers or troops to intervene on their behalf, said Colonel Ahmed Bani, an air force officer
Abuka - The regional body representing nations in West Africa called on the United Nations Security Council to take immediate steps to force the outgoing president of Ivory Coast to cede office.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Economic Community of West African States described the situation in Ivory Coast as a "regional humanitarian emergency"
Representatives of Moammar Gadhafi's government and the Libyan opposition will be among those attending an African Union meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.
The meeting is part of efforts to reach a cease-fire and political solution in Libya, Ban said. The U.N. chief told the Security Council that his
A Libyan military aircraft was shot down in Mistrata by a French fighter jet on Thursday, an American official told the AFP news agency, confirming an earlier report on American television.
The circumstances of the attack are still unknown, but the G-2 Galeb appeared to have been shot down during the landing process, says the official.
Benin authorities on Thursday fired tear gas to disperse youths protesting against the re-election of President Boni Yayi in recent polls after they refused to clear roadways, police said.
"We could not accept that their presence in the roads obstruct others' freedom," national police chief Anki Dosso Maiga told AFP.
"After having asked
Algiers - Algeria warned on Thursday that events in Libya could favour the spread of terrorism and that foreign intervention could make things worse.
"What is happening in Libya could be considered as an extra chance we are giving the terrorists," Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci told the French language daily L'Expression.
Uyo — Disturbed by Tuesday's mayhem in Akwa Ibom State as a result of the clash between the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), President Goodluck Jonathan has directed security operatives in the state to take effective control of the situation.
Already government has ordered a shoot on
Blasts and anti-aircraft fire rattled the Libyan capital for a sixth day as France hailed the allied air raids against Moamer Kadhafi's forces and promised they would go on indefinitely.
In Paris, military officials announced French warplanes had struck a Libyan military base overnight while NATO was preparing for a fresh round of talks later Thursday
Benghazi - French airstrikes hit an air base deep inside Libya and Nato ships patrolled the coast to block arms and mercenaries from flowing in to help Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Other coalition bombers struck artillery, tanks and parked helicopters, officials said on Thursday.
Libyan state television on Thursday showed blackened and mangled bodies that it
Rome - The time is not yet ripe for a mediation to end the Libya conflict as embattled strongman Muammar Gaddafi still believes he can prevail, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said in an interview published on Thursday.
"It seems to me the time is not yet ripe for a mediation," he told the daily Corriere
Johannesburg - The proposed Gauteng toll fees will weaken the competitiveness of the South African economy, Business Unity SA said on Thursday.
"Business believes the current tariff proposal and mooted e-tolling trajectory will weaken the competitiveness of our economy, and therefore the ability of the economy to create jobs," Busa said.
Over 18,000 Special Police Constables (SPCs) recruited late last year to help in election policing have camped at various police stations and Electoral Commission (EC) offices countrywide for the second day demanding payment of their salaries.
The SPCs are demanding Shs350,000 each from the police and EC which they claim were supposed to be paid after
Fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has been continuing in key cities after a fifth consecutive night of air strikes by international forces.
Overnight, several loud explosions were heard in the capital, Tripoli.
In the rebel-held city of Misrata, east of Tripoli, government tanks have been shelling
Focusing now on Libyan ground forces, coalition jets pounded targets for a fifth consecutive night but so far have been unable to stop Moammar Gadhafi's armor.
A resident in Misrata told CNN that he heard an explosion and that snipers loyal to Gadhafi were operating from rooftops in the besieged western city.
Bamako - Authorities in Mali have arrested four people after an aircraft loaded with 10 tons of cocaine crashed in the country in 2009, a source close to the probe said on Thursday.
Malian authorities suspect the aircraft was part of a larger drugs trafficking network linked to Colombia.
French pilot Eric Vernay,
Leaders from West African bloc ECOWAS were expected to issue a statement on the Ivory Coast crisis later in the day, after Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said they may ask the United Nations to take further action.
The summit comes three months after 15-nation ECOWAS threatened to use force to oust Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo,
A total of eight rebels have died in fighting around the western Libyan town of Zintan in recent days, although the situation was quieter on Thursday, a Swiss journalist in the town said by telephone.
Forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi still have more than 30 tanks outside the town, Gaetan Vannay told Reuters. "But the
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