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BURKINA FASO VIOLENCE: Gunfire has erupted at the presidential compound in Burkina Faso during what sources say was a protest by presidential guards demanding their housing subsidies.
MALAWI/LIBYA: Malawi has announced it is severing its much-criticized diplomatic ties with Libya. Malawi's foreign ministry announced it is breaking its ties with Tripoli over the armed conflict in Libya, which it said has caused "grave loss" of civilian life.
IVORY COAST ARMY: President Alassane Ouattara's new government is recruiting more security forces to improve conditions in the commercial capital Abidjan after more than four months of political violence. Life is increasingly returning to normal less than a week after the arrest of former president Laurent Gbagbo.
NIGERIA ELECTIONS: Nigerians are preparing to cast their ballots on Saturday for the country's presidential election, a contest that incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is highly favored to win.
UNHCR/IVORY COAST: The UN refugee agency reports tens of thousands of internally displaced people in western Ivory Coast are living in alarming humanitarian conditions. Although fighting appears to have ended, the UNHCR says ethnic tensions remain high and people are still hiding in the bush. In the meantime, the World Food Program says it is beginning an airlift of desperately needed food into Abidjan on Saturday. It says some 70,000 people in the city urgently need food aid.
NATO/FOREIGN MINISTERS:NATO foreign ministers wrap up a two-day meeting amid continued divisions over whether to intensify the campaign in Libya. The leaders of the US, France and Britain have published a joint statement in international newspapers saying Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must go.
LIBYA GASOLINE: The conflict in Libya has affected oil and gasoline prices not only abroad but also at home, posing problems for civilians and the rebel military campaign.
LIBYA/LIFE: The fighting in Libya has devastated coastal cities in the central part of the country, but life in parts of the rebel-controlled east has settled into some measure of uneasy calm.
GUINEA WORM ERADICATION: As the country of Southern Sudan prepares to emerge on the world stage as the newest nation on the planet, health workers combating Guinea Worm disease are hoping the country’s independence will lead to eradication of the parasite. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh spoke with officials at the Carter Center who are leading the global effort to eradicate the disease, once and for all.
WORLD BANK/IMF: Finance ministers and central bankers attend spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Friday.