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U.N. to deploy 2,000 more troops to Ivory Coast

The United Nations plans to add 2,000 more soldiers to its peacekeeping mission in the Ivory Coast amid escalating violence between supporters of rival politicians, the CNN informs. Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent leader, is defying calls to step down after an electoral commission declared he lost the election in November. Reinfor­cements will also include three more armed helicopters to help protect civilians, according to a spokesman. The 9,000-strong mission has been in the country for seven years, according to the United Nations.

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