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Gbagbo Aide: UN Sanctions Won’t Work

A legal adviser to Ivorian incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo says the renewed U.N. sanctions imposed Wednesday on the embattled leader are, in his words, highly unlikely to force Gbagbo to step down and cede power to the internationally-recognized President, Alassane Ouattara.

This came after Gbagbo re-scheduled an address to the nation for Thursday following reports that the rebels have seized control of the country’s capital, Yamoussoukro.

Augustin Douoguih says the world body is using a template to judge the West African nation.

Ivory Coast Rebels Enter Official Capital

Forces opposed to Ivory Coast's incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, have entered the country's official capital, Yamoussoukro, though Gbagbo forces still control the main seat of power in Abidjan.

A spokeswoman for the New Forces rebels, who support Mr. Gbagbo's presidential rival Alassane Ouattara, tells VOA that fighters entered Yamoussoukro Wednesday, after making major advances across Ivory Coast.

Burma’s Military Government Dissolved, 'Civilian-Led' Government Sworn In

Burma’s military government has been officially dissolved and a nominally civilian government sworn in after decades of military rule. Military loyalists, however, still dominate the new government.

Burma’s state media Wednesday declared the military government officially dissolved and power turned over to what it is calling a civilian-led government.

Gadhafi Forces Drive Rebels From Key Oil Town

Libyan rebels are frantically fleeing eastward after forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi drove them Wednesday from a key oil port.

Western news reports from outside Ras Lanuf say rebels are retreating amid intense fighting with pro-government forces shelling them and firing rockets.

The reports said large numbers of rebels fled in pickup trucks, giving up nearly all the ground they had taken since a weekend push westward.

Supporters of Rival Ivorian Presidents Fight Near Liberian Border

Supporters of Ivory Coast's two rival presidents are fighting for control of a strategic town near the Liberian border. African Union efforts to resolve the political crisis appear to be stalled over the choice of a mediator.

Soldiers loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo are fighting rebels who back the United-Nations-certified winner of November's vote, Laurent Gbagbo .

Blast at Yemeni Ammunition Factory Kills at Least 78 People

Yemeni witnesses say an explosion at an ammunition factory looted by civilians in the southern province of Abyan has killed at least 78 people and injured dozens of others.

The witnesses say the blast happened near the town of Jaar on Monday, as residents were stealing ammunition from a factory raided a day earlier by Islamic militants who took control of the area.

The militants seized ammunition from the factory and left, enabling looters to enter. It was not clear what triggered the explosion. Doctors say many of the injured suffered burns.

Zimbabwe Energy Minister Arrested Again

Zimbabwe's Energy Minister Elton Mangoma has been arrested for the second time in two weeks on corruption charges.

Officials say he was re-arrested on corruption charges in Harare on Friday for his alleged involvement in a deal to buy electrical equipment. Mangoma's lawyers deny the charge.

Mangoma had been free on bail from his previous arrest on March 10 for allegedly abusing his office during a fuel purchase.

Mangoma is a member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), a power-sharing partner with President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe's unity government.

THE LETTER TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Dr LE Thi Le
The letter to the Security Council of the United Nation:
CONSEIL DE SECURITE - HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER
FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
PALAIS WILSON
52 RUE DES PAQUIS
CH-1201
GENEVA (SWITZERLAND)
Tel : + 41 22 917 9220
Email : InfoDesk@ohchr.org

Rival Army Units Clash in Yemen

Yemeni military forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh have clashed with army units who support the opposition.

The fighting took place Thursday in the southern town of Mukalla. The president's troops were from his elite Republican Guard. Witnesses say several people were wounded.

The fighting came a day before what Yemen's opposition is calling the "Day of Departure." Organizers hope to rally thousands of people in the capital, Sana'a, on Friday to call for Mr. Saleh's immediate resignation.