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French troops capture Gbagbo in Ivory Coast

(msnbc.com news services)-- After a week of heavy fighting, forces backing Ivory Coast's internationally recognized leader on Monday arrested strongman Laurent Gbagbo who had refused to leave the presidency despite losing elections more than four months earlier. Read more...

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Laurent Gbagbo, surrounded by soldiers loyal to Alassane Ouattara, appears in an image from Ivorian television shortly after his capture on Monday, April 11. Troops loyal to Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara captured former strongman Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone and brought them to their base, Ouattara's spokeswoman said. The former first couple was taken to Abidjan's Golf Hotel, where Ouattara's camp is based

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France's Licorne "Unicorn" forces prepare for a military operation in southern Ivory Coast April 11, 2011. U.N. and French helicopters attacked forces loyal to Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo, damaging the presidential residence in Abidjan and destroying heavy weapons after U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon ordered them silenced. Gbagbo refused to step down after his rival Alassane Ouattara won last November's presidential election, according to results certified by the United Nations, reigniting a civil war that has claimed more than a thousand lives and uprooted a million people.

Forces loyal to the country's internationally recognized leader arrested the former president in Abidjan. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.