Africa: Ivory Coast
Former first lady Simone Gbagbo waves as she arrives at the Court of Justice in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on February 23, 2015.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast Former First Lady Loses Final Appeal Against Trial

Thursday, April 21, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo is set to go on trial on charges of crimes against humanity after the country's supreme court on Thursday rejected the latest appeal by her lawyers. The court... has decided to reject the withdrawal called for by Madame Simone Gbagbo ...
Elephants live in the Mount Peko national park in the Ivory Coast's west, a 34,000 hectare (131 square mile) area threatened by rampant deforestation driven by the country's booming cocoa industry.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast deploys rangers to protect dwarf elephants

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast has deployed teams of rangers to protect the country's last surviving dwarf elephants from extinction, the head of the national park service told AFP Tuesday. The elephants live in the Mount Peko national park in the country's west, a 34,000 hectare (131 square mile) a ...

People carry a body on a stretcher after gunmen went on a shooting rampage in the Ivory Coast resort of Grand-Bassam, on March 13, 2016.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Mali arrests two over Ivory Coast resort attack

Sunday, March 27, 2016 Bamako (AFP) - Two Malians who actively participated in a deadly Islamist assault on an Ivory Coast beach resort have been arrested, including the right-hand man of the suspected mastermind, security sources said Sunday. The two were picked up in northern Mali at the weekend, two weeks after th ...
Some 3,000 people were killed in five months of unrest after the election in late 2010, when then president Laurent Gbagbo refused to quit following his defeat to challenger Alassane Ouattara.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

I.Coast 2010 poll violence victims still awaiting justice: HRW

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast must deliver long overdue justice to the victims of deadly clashes that swept the world's top cocoa grower after disputed elections in 2010, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Some 3,000 people were killed in five months of unrest after the election in late 2010, when ...
Simone Gbagbo, Ivory Coast's former first lady, sits in a court dock in Abidjan on December 26, 2014.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Abidjan trial date set for Ivory Coast former first lady

Friday, March 18, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo will go on trial in Abidjan on April 25 accused of crimes against humanity, defence lawyer Mathurin Dirabou has told AFP. Nicknamed the Iron Lady , the 66-year-old had already been sentenced to 20 years in jail last year for attacking ...
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara lays a wreath as he pays tribute to the victims of an attack in the resort town of Grand-Bassam on March 16, 2016.  By Sia Kambou (AFP)

I.Coast toll climbs to 19, govt urges 'back to business'

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - The toll from a jihadist shooting rampage at an Ivory Coast resort rose to 19 Wednesday when a body washed up on the beach, as the president said the country would not be cowed. Images of the body of the young man shot in the head featured on state-run RTI telev ...
A soldier patrols a beach in Grand-Bassam on March 14, 2016.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast toll rises to 19 with body found on beach

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - The toll from a deadly attack in Ivory Coast by an Al-Qaeda affiliate rose to 19 on Wednesday, with the body of a young man shot in the head found on the beach. State-run RTI television showed images of the body and quoted the person who had found it as saying i ...
A man rakes up debris in the sand on a beach in Grand-Bassam on March 15, 2016, a day after a jihadist attack killed 18 people in the resort town.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

France ups Africa anti-terror support after Ivory Coast attack

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - France vowed Tuesday to step up anti-terrorist cooperation in Africa after Al-Qaeda's North African branch said it carried out a deadly weekend attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort. We must reinforce our cooperation so that the terrorists have no chance of success, said French ...
An Ivorian patrols along the beach in Grand Bassam, some 40 kms east of Abidjan on March 14 , 2016, a day after gunmen attacked the Ivory Coast resort town.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

Ivory Coast tightens security after deadly Al-Qaeda attack

Monday, March 14, 2016 Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - Ivory Coast authorities ordered three days of mourning and tightened security at public places and at its borders Monday as the death toll from the first jihadist attack on its soil climbed to 18. Their aim was to frighten us, we will not let ourselves be scare ...
Ivorian soldiers walk on the beach after heavily armed gunmen opened fire on March 13, 2016 at a hotel in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand-Bassam.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

I.Coast attack toll climbs to 18

Monday, March 14, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - The death toll from an attack claimed by Al-Qaeda on an Ivory Coast beach resort has climbed to 18, including three special forces troops, Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said Monday. The minister also said that three terrorists were killed in Sunday's assault on Grand-Bassam, ...
Ivorian soldiers walk on the beach after heavily armed gunmen opened fire on March 13, 2016 at a hotel in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand-Bassam.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

I.Coast holds crisis talks after deadly Al Qaeda attack

Monday, March 14, 2016 Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - Ivory Coast ministers were to hold emergency talks Monday after the first jihadist attack on its soil claimed 16 lives at a beach resort frequented by foreigners, as fears grow of a mounting jihadist threat in west Africa. Condemnation of the attack in the histo ...
Attack in Ivory Coast.  By Laurence Saubadu (AFP)

At least five dead as gunmen attack Ivory Coast beach resort

Sunday, March 13, 2016 Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - At least five people were killed on Sunday when heavily-armed gunmen opened fire in the Ivory Coast resort town of Grand-Bassam, leaving bodies strewn on the beach. At the moment there are five dead, a military source said on condition of anonymity after the a ...
Grand-Bassam is a beach resort popular with Western visitors to the Ivory Coast.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Hotel under attack in Ivory Coast beach resort

Sunday, March 13, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Heavily armed gunmen opened fire Sunday at a hotel in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand-Bassam which is popular with Westerners, witnesses told AFP. The assailants, who were heavily armed and wearing balaclavas, fired at guests at the L'Etoile du Sud (Southern Star), a large ...
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