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New Clashes Erupt in Ivory Coast’s Main City

New clashes broke out Friday in Ivory Coast's commercial city, Abidjan, where hours earlier troops loyal to embattled leader Laurent Gbagbo launched a mortar attack that killed at least 25 people.

Witnesses report hearing heavy weapons fire and seeing military tanks roll into the city's Abobo district, where most residents back Alassane Ouattara, the U.N. certified winner of a November presidential election.

Fighting has been intensifying in Abidjan between army troops and pro-Ouattara fighters known as “mystic commandos.”

At Least 30 Killed in Yemen Protests

Medical officials and witnesses say at least 30 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in Yemen, after security forces and government loyalists opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the capital, Sana'a.

The incident took place after Friday prayers. The Associated Press says security forces fired from rooftops and houses at thousands of demonstrators who were entering a square in Sana'a.

Slain Pakistani Politician ‘Followed’ in Britain Before Murder

British investigators have released new images of slain Pakistani politician Imran Farooq's final hours, suggesting he may have been followed before being stabbed to death in London.

Authorities released closed circuit television footage Wednesday that included images of Farooq at an underground train station as he travelled to work on the morning of his death six months ago.

Blast at Oil Facility in Southern Nigeria

Military and security sources in Nigeria say an explosion has occurred at an oil facility in the country's oil-rich southern delta.

The blast took place late Tuesday night at a facility in Bayelsa state.

There is little information about the explosion, or any casualties that might have occurred.

The blast follows a recent threat of attacks by the Nigerian militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta.

Somali Pirates Threaten Hostages after Failed Rescue

Somali pirates holding a Danish family hostage are threatening their captives if another attempt is made to rescue them.

Puntland security forces staged a raid against the pirates Thursday in the village of Hul Nod in an effort to free the seven Danish hostages.

But the security officials were ambushed and at least seven people, including two pirates, were killed in the gunfight.

A spokesman for the pirates told VOA that if any more rescue attempts are made, it could jeopardize the safety of the hostages.

Thinking like the enemy

It's simple. If I think like the enemy, I will not only be able to defend against him, but ultimately defeat him.

Very few people have ever requested I "think like a terrorist," but that's what makes anti-terrorism training so valuable.

It also makes a lot of sense, but so often we get caught up in our own problems and lives, we forget an attack can happen anytime, anywhere. As uniformed personnel or civilian employees, we all work for the United States military, which inherently puts us at risk for dissent, anti-U.S. sentiment or possibly even violence.

Somali Pirates Release Ship Hijacked Nearly Year Ago

The European Union's anti-piracy force says Somali pirates have freed a cargo ship captured nearly a year ago — but that the crew had to abandon the vessel a short time later because it was sinking.

Mexico Town Fires Young Police Chief in Drug War

A 20-year-old Mexican woman who volunteered to be the police chief of a violent border town has been fired for apparently abandoning her post after it was reported that she received death threats.

Officials say Marisol Valles took leave March 2 to attend to personal matters and was due to return to work Monday in the town of Praxedis G. Guerrero. But the town's mayor fired her when she failed to show up for work without giving any notice.

24 Dead in Taliban Car Bombing

A car bomb set off by the Taliban in Faisalabad killed at least two dozen people and wounded over 100.