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Power Struggle in Ivory Coast

Forces backing Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara are fighting for control of the presidential residence where the country's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to surrender. The battle for control of Abidjan continues.

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A picture released by the French spokesman for Laurent Gbagbo on April 7, 2011 shows a burnt out tank reportedly in the gardens of the residence of Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan. (AFP image)
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A picture released by the French spokesman for Laurent Gbagbo on April 7, 2011 shows a burnt out tank reportedly in the gardens of the residence of Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan. (AFP image)

Soldiers loyal to Alassane Ouattara look at the body of a civilian who they say died as they tried to transport him for medical help at their operating base, after he was allegedly shot by militiamen loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, April
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Soldiers loyal to Alassane Ouattara look at the body of a civilian who they say died as they tried to transport him for medical help at their operating base, after he was allegedly shot by militiamen loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, April

This image taken from a video provided by the French military Thursday April 7, 2011 shows Yoshifumi Okamura, right, the Japanese ambassador to Ivory Coast thanking an unidentified French officer of the Licorne operation, left, following a rescue mission
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This image taken from a video provided by the French military Thursday April 7, 2011 shows Yoshifumi Okamura, right, the Japanese ambassador to Ivory Coast thanking an unidentified French officer of the Licorne operation, left, following a rescue mission

A French tank crosses General de Gaulle bridge in Abidjan, April 5, 2011. (Reuters image)
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A French tank crosses General de Gaulle bridge in Abidjan, April 5, 2011. (Reuters image)

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