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ECOWAS Chair: ‘Strong Signal’ Needed on Mali Crisis

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of a West African regional bloc says the group must send a “strong signal” to renegade soldiers who carried out a coup in Mali last week. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara told representatives of 15 member states they must take immediate steps to defend democracy in Mali and send a message to all […]

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ECOWAS Meets on Mali Political Crisis

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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West African leaders are holding an emergency meeting in Ivory Coast to discuss Mali’s political crisis following last week’s military coup there. Officials with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are in Abidjan to consider whether to suspend Mali from the 15-member regional bloc. ECOWAS Vice President Toga Gayewea McIntosh tells VOA his […]

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ECOWAS to Discuss Political Crisis in Mali

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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West African leaders and heads of state are meeting in Ivory Coast Tuesday to discuss Mali’s political crisis following last week’s military coup there. The emergency meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is expected to consider the option of suspending Mali’s membership from the 15-member sub-regional bloc. ECOWAS Vice President Toga […]

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US Suspends Aid to Mali After Coup

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is suspending aid to Mali’s government following last week’s military coup there. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland Monday said $60 million to $70 million in aid may be affected by the decision. However, she said the United States will continue to give food and humanitarian assistance. She said U.S. Secretary […]

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US Suspends Aid to Mali After Coup

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is suspending aid to Mali’s government following last week’s military coup there. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland Monday said that $60 million to $70 million in aid may be affected by the decision. However, she said the United States will continue to give food and humanitarian assistance. She said U.S. […]

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UN Decries “Forcible Seizure” of Power in Mali

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council says it strongly condemns the “forcible seizure of power” from Mali’s democratically elected government. In a statement released on Monday, the world body called on “mutinous troops” to cease all violence and return to their barracks. The Security Council demanded that constitutional order be restored and elections be held in […]

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Rebel Leader Demands Return of Former Papua New Guinea PM

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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A retired military commander who claims to have taken over Papua New Guinea’s armed forces has given a seven-day deadline for the government to re-instate former Prime Minister Michael Somare. Reports say Yaura Sasa and a group of rebel soldiers seized a military barracks in the capital, Port Moresby, on Thursday before taking over the […]

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Rebel Leader Demands Return of Former Papua New Guinea PM

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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A retired military commander who claims to have taken over Papua New Guinea’s armed forces has given a seven-day deadline for the government to re-instate former Prime Minister Michael Somare. Reports say Yaura Sasa and at least a dozen rebel soldiers seized a military barracks in the capital, Port Moresby, on Thursday before taking over […]

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Bangladesh Foils Attempt to Overthrow Government

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Military officials in Bangladesh say they have uncovered a plot by religious extremists to overthrow the government. Brigadier General Muhammad Masud Razzaq shared details of the attempted coup with reporters Thursday, calling it a “heinous conspiracy” to topple Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Razzaq said the coup had been planned abroad and that two retired military […]

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Bangladesh Foils Attempt to Overthrow Government

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Military officials in Bangladesh say they have uncovered a plot by religious extremists to overthrow the government. Brigadier General Muhammad Masud Razzaq shared details of the attempted coup with reporters Thursday, calling it a “heinous conspiracy” to topple Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Razzaq said the coup had been planned abroad and that two retired military […]

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