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NIGERIA/IVORY: Kenyan police have seized more than a ton of illegal ivory destined for Nigeria at Nairobi airport.
IVORY COAST/POLITICS: Ivory Coast's Constitutional Council says Alassane Ouattara will be sworn as the country's elected president on Friday.
GUINEA/VIOLENCE: Witnesses and police in Guinea say at least 25 people were killed and several wounded in ethnic clashes near the Liberian border.
IVORY COAST PRESIDENT: Ivory Coast's president is set to take the oath of office Friday, formally ending the violent political crisis that followed November's disputed election. A U.N. human rights team is investigating a possible mass grave in an Abidjan suburb where the new national army has been battling loyalists of the ousted president.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK REPORT: The African Development Bank says the continent’s middle class is on the rise and that 300 million people on the continent now fit into that category. However the bank includes in that number a large unstable group that is able to live a little above subsistence levels. Nadia Samie reports for VOA from Cape Town, where the Bank’s latest report on the middle class was released on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum conference in the city.
KENYA/LIVING COSTS: Shortages of food and fuel in Kenya are sending the cost of living upwards, threatening political and social crises. For VOA Michael Onyiego looks at some of the causes of spiraling prices in Kenya and around east Africa.
HEALTH: CHRONIC DISEASES-WHO: It is not the communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis that are taking millions of lives but the non communicable ones. The World Health Organization's latest report identifies non communicable diseases as the real killer diseases. In 2008, more than 36 million people died from cancer, heart diseases, strokes, and diabetes and 80 percent of these deaths were reported in low and middle income countries.
SOUTH AFRICA: The wife of South Africa's intelligence minister has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug trafficking.
SUDAN: The United States is expressing growing alarm over the build up of forces in Sudan's disputed Abyei region. A State Department spokesman said the United States condemns the deployment of forces by both sides. He said “it is a dangerous standoff and it is unacceptable.”
LIBYA/FRANCE: France announced plans to expel 14 Libyan diplomats on Friday, a day after Britain ordered two Libyan officials to leave.