Political parties loyal to Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara call a general strike from Monday to force incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to cede power.
The whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks has not been convicted of a crime. The Justice Department has not even pressed charges over its disclosure of confidential State Department communications. Nonetheless, the financial industry is trying to shut it down.
Visa, MasterCard and PayPal announced in the past few weeks that they would not process any transaction intended for WikiLeaks. Earlier this month, Bank of America decided to join the group, arguing that WikiLeaks may be doing things that are “inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.”
A spokesman for Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo warns that foreign intervention to oust him could ignite an “interior war”.
China’s central bank has raised its interest rate for the second time in just over two months as the nation fights to keep inflation in check.
Large parts of the US eastern seaboard are braced for an intensifying winter storm that is dumping heavy snow as it sweeps north.