Gbagbo orders ban on flights by U.N.
Ivory Coast's entrenched incumbent president imposed a no-fly order on U.N. aircraft, possibly complicating the return of the country's internationally recognized election winner, who was attending an African Union summit Thursday in Ethiopia.
The United Nations said it would ignore the order and continue its flights in Ivory Coast.
Alassane Ouattara left Abidjan, the commercial capital, on a U.N. helicopter Tuesday. He then traveled to the city of Bouake, from which he took a private jet to Ethiopia for the meeting aimed at ending the three-month political crisis.
State television said Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to cede power since a Nov. 28 presidential election, had sent a delegation to the meeting.
U.N. peacekeepers have come under attack in Ivory Coast, and U.N. officials say they have been blocked from investigating allegations of human rights abuses.
More than 400 people are thought to have been killed by forces loyal to Gbagbo during the leadership crisis.
- Associated Press
Premier wants out of unity government
Zimbabwe's prime minister said Thursday he wants to leave the country's unity government after police arrested one of his top political allies, calling it the act of "a barbaric and senseless dictatorship."
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai entered into an unlikely power-sharing agreement in 2009 with Zimbabwe's longtime ruler, Robert Mugabe, who remained president under the deal and now says he, too, is ready to end their shaky partnership.
On Thursday, authorities detained Energy Minister Elton Mangoma, a founder of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change. The charge against him was unclear.
An angry Tsvangirai said his party would urgently examine its role in the government after "a minister is paraded like a common criminal."
- Associated Press