Ivory Coast

    Ceremonies have begun to mark the removal of a buffer zone that has divided Ivory Coast for five years. A bulldozer knocked down a UN military check-point and vehicles moved freely into the zone. President Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader PM Guillaume Soro jointly inspected government troops and former rebel soldiers. They will form a joint force to patrol the zone separating the rebel-run north from the loyalist-controlled south. The zone has been patrolled by 11,000 French and UN peacekeepers. (BBC)

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