Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.


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.


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.


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

Ivory Coast leader tightens vise on man who beat him 12/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 11:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series


    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  2. Review: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shower love, star power on Tampa's Amalie Arena


    Near the end of their potent new duet Break First, Tim McGraw stopped singing, and let Faith Hill's powerhouse voice take over.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 20, 2017.
  3. Senate to take up AUMF debate as Trump defends reaction to Niger attack


    WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking up a long-awaited debate about authorizing military force against the Islamic State as President Trump comes under unprecedented public scrutiny for his treatment of dead soldiers' families, following an ambush on troops helping to fight Islamic …

  4. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath


    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  5. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.