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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A relative of one of five Palestinians arrested by Israel over the killing of an Israeli couple in the West Bank says troops took measurements of their homes in an apparent prelude to demolishing them.
Former Ivory Coast foreign minister turned opposition candidate Amara Essy said on Tuesday he had suspended his participation in this month's presidential election, saying the process was undemocratic and dominated by the incumbent. President Alassane Ouattara is heavily favoured to win re-election in the Oct. 25 ballot, meant to draw a line under a decade-long crisis that ended in a civil war that killed over 3,000 people after the last presidential vote in 2010. Essy, a member of the National Coalition for Change (CNC) opposition bloc, stopped short of saying he would boycott the election, but said his participation was conditional upon certain demands being addressed by the government.