nation splits on strike to remove leader
Ivorians unevenly followed a strike aimed at pressuring incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to step down, largely sticking to the same fracture lines that marked the West African nation's civil war eight years ago. Supporters of Alassane Ouattara, widely recognized as the winner of a Nov. 28 runoff vote against Gbagbo, called for the strike to begin Monday. The strike turned Bouake, the rebel capital, into a ghost town, but much of Abidjan, the largest city, did not follow the strike, and Gagnoa, a Gbagbo stronghold, was open for business.
Families allowed to visit journalists
Iran said Monday it will allow relatives to visit two German journalists detained while covering the case of an Iranian woman whose sentence to death by stoning for adultery has caused an international outcry. It was not immediately clear when the visit would be allowed. Iran has put the death sentence on hold.
Obama, Clinton top most admired list
For the third straight year, President Barack Obama is the man most admired by people in the United States, according to a USA Today-Gallup poll released Monday. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most-admired woman for the ninth year in a row. The poll asked respondents what man and woman, living anywhere in the world, they most admired.
Strip club shooting leaves two dead
A man started shooting inside a strip club, killing a security guard and a patron and wounding two people, including a topless dancer, before patrons wrestled the gunman to the floor, police said Monday. Gavin MacFarlane, 28, of Scottsdale opened fire at the Great Alaskan Bush Company late Sunday, police said. His motive was unclear.