Ivory Coast president: Strongman will face charges

ivory coast

president: Gbagbo will face charges

President Alassane Ouattara tried to establish order in the days after the country's strongman was arrested, moving him to a secure location and assuring the public that looting and gunfire will cease and that life will soon return to normal. Ouattara said Wednesday that Laurent Gbagbo had been moved out of the Golf Hotel, where he was taken after his capture on Monday. He said that Gbagbo will be kept in a villa and that his rights as a former head of state will be respected. A U.N. official said its peacekeeping forces are providing personal security protection for Gbagbo. ''There will be charges (against Gbagbo) on a national level and an international level," Ouattara said. "Reconciliation cannot happen without justice." Gbagbo refused to cede power after losing a November election, leading to the standoff that plunged the West African nation into chaos and killed untold numbers.

new orleans

Two officers convicted

A police officer was convicted of beating a 48-year-old handyman to death, while a fellow officer was found guilty of trying to help his partner cover it up. A federal jury convicted Officer Melvin Williams of violating Raymond Robair's constitutional rights by kicking and beating him with a baton while he and Officer Matthew Dean Moore patrolled the Treme neighborhood on July 30, 2005. The jury also convicted Williams and Moore of submitting a false report and found Moore guilty of lying to the FBI.

connecticut

Hair snag kills student

A Yale University student nearing graduation was killed inside a school chemistry lab when her hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment. Michele Dufault, a senior majoring in physics and astronomy, died Tuesday night after her hair became caught in a fast-spinning lathe, university president Richard Levin said. Her body was found by other students who had been working in the building.

sudan

Violence claims 800

More than 800 civilians have died since January in fragmenting violence in southern Sudan, less than three months before the vast, impoverished, battle-scarred region becomes its own nation. Lise Grande, humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations in southern Sudan, said the number did not take into account the many soldiers who had died in recent fighting. It also does not reflect the continuing standoff around the contested region of Abyei, a conflict-ridden dividing line between north and south.

california

College cuts protested

More than 10,000 people marched, waved signs and occupied buildings at college campuses in a show of opposition to state budget cuts to education that could lead to higher tuition, larger class sizes and lower enrollment. The rallies were part of a day of protest planned for all 23 California State University campuses. Similar events took place in states such as Massachusetts and New Jersey, where legislators are slashing education spending to close huge budget shortfalls.

washington

Two get top medal

President Barack Obama will award the nation's highest medal for valor to two Army privates killed in the Korean War. The families of Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano and Henry Svehla will be present May 2 to receive the Medals of Honor on their behalf.

Elsewhere

North Korea: The official Korean Central News Agency says U.S. citizen Jun Young Su was arrested in November and authorities are preparing to indict him.

Times wires

Ivory Coast president: Strongman will face charges 04/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:49pm]

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