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NIGERIA: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a countrywide deployment of troops and other security personnel ahead of Senate elections Saturday. Supporters say the presence of security officials will calm fears of violence and boost public confidence, making voters feel it’s safe to take part. But critics say the soldiers, who are under the direct control of the president, may be used to intimidate the opposition.
IVORY COAST: Forces loyal to Ivory Coast's internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara are surrounding the Abidjan residence of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, but there is no way to confirm if Mr. Ggbagbo is inside.
IVORY COAST: Heavy fighting is raging Friday around Ivory Coast's presidential palace as fighters loyal to internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara battle to install him and unseat incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo. However a Gbagbo adviser says he will not surrender.
IVORY COAST CRISIS: Fighters backing Ivory Coast's internationally-recognized president are surrounding the home of the incumbent leader who has refused to give up power. Scott Stearns has filed for radio and television and updates throughout the day.
IVORY COAST CIVILIANS: Relief officials are calling on both sides to avoid civilian casualties in the fight for control of Abidjan as the political crisis has already displaced nearly one million people.
NIGERIA VOTE: Electoral officials in Nigeria prepare for Saturday's first round of nationwide elections.
SADC/ZIMBABWE/MADAGASCAR: The regional Southern African Development Community has delivered a sharp rebuke to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in implementing the political agreement that is the foundation of the two-year-old inclusive government. The so-called Organ on Peace and Security comprising the leaders of three countries* in the region also decided to call for an extra-ordinary summit on Madagascar.
THAILAND/KENYA/IVORY: Thai customs this week seized 247 elephant tusks, weighing about 2 tons, and estimated value of 100 million baht (about 3 million dollars), smuggled from Kenya by a Thai company and hidden among frozen fish.
ZIMBABWE: A mass grave in Zimbabwe has become a propaganda tool for President Robert Mugabe as he seeks a new election to end the country's tense power-sharing government.
LIBYA: A Libyan opposition leader says rebels are willing to accept a cease-fire, if leader Moammar Gadhafi ends his military siege and agrees to allow anti-government demonstrations.