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Ivory Coast leader tightens vise on man who beat him

IVORY COAST

lEADER TIGHTENS VISE ON MAN WHO BEAT HIM

The president of Ivory Coast on Monday stepped up the pressure on the man who defeated him in an election last month, cutting off food and medical help to his headquarters in a hotel in Abidjan guarded by United Nations peacekeepers. President Laurent Gbagbo ordered the cutoff even as the United Nations extended its mandate in Ivory Coast and rebuffed his demand that its peacekeepers leave the country. Gbagbo continued to defy international demands that he step down, instead showing signs that he was escalating a crackdown on opponents, including Alassane Ouattara, who has been recognized as the winner by foreign powers.

CHARLESTON, S.C.

Secession ball draws protesters

Members of the NAACP on Monday protested a gala ball commemorating South Carolina's decision 150 years ago to secede from the United States. The NAACP said the ball honored men who committed treason in order to keep slavery in place. Organizers of the gala said it honored men who were willing to die to protect states' rights.

MONTGOMERY, Ala.

Guilty plea in gambling inquiry

Lobbyist Jarrod Massey pleaded guilty Monday in the Alabama gambling corruption case and became the second member of his lobbying firm to admit offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling bills. Massey is among 11 people arrested in a federal investigation. The group includes two current and two former state senators, as well as two powerful businessmen.

Elsewhere

Mexico: Crime investigators began their inquiry Monday into what caused an oil pipeline explosion that killed 28 people and laid waste to parts of San Martin Texmelucan in central Mexico. • Diego Fernandez de Cevallos, 69, a former presidential candidate and power broker in Mexico, was released by kidnappers Monday after seven months.

Belarus: The government of President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday carried out a crackdown on opposition leaders after he won Sunday's presidential election.

Israel: The American tourist killed in a forest on Saturday was identified as Kristine Luken on Monday.

Times wires

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