INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Thursday, 16th December 2010: We look at the newspapers in Ivory Coast this morning which are divided over who of the two pretenders to the Presidency should control the state-run television network. Also, Larry King hangs up his microphone this evening plus letters to Santa: the Norwegian postal service receives some 30,000 letters addressed to Mr. C every year. We bring you some of the best extracts.
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We start this morning with the Ivorian press. Fraternité Matin – a pro-Laurent Gbagbo paper – speaks with one of his ministers who claims that the UN and France are “preparing a genocide”. This is a reference to the clash expected today in Abidjan where Ouattara supporters are to storm the state-run television channel to install one of their own as director. Le Nouveau Réveil, which supports Ouattara, headlines with “The Final Assault”. In neighbouring Burkina Faso, the Observateur Paalgasays that control of the state television network effectively determines who is in power. However, Gbagbo still controls the Ivorian Army.
Other items covered in today’s international press review: The Independent in the UK and The Australian both lead with the tragic death of some 30 asylum seekers who were attempting to reach Australia by boat. They perished off the coast of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Australia’s strict refugee laws are under fire.